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How many sailors, finding the comfort of a port, never dared the sea again? How many of us have?
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How many sailors, finding the comfort of a port, never dared the sea again? How many of us have?
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How different would the world be if we all recognized that "I don't like it" isn't the same as "It's wrong?"
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How different would the world be if we all recognized that "I don't like it" isn't the same as "It's wrong?"
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Hating on America is just hipster American Exceptionalism.
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Hating on America is just hipster American Exceptionalism.

A thought.

Oct. 14th, 2010 03:56 pm
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If life gives you lemons...squirt the juice in life's eyes and kick it in the tender parts while it flails around blind.

A thought.

Oct. 14th, 2010 03:56 pm
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If life gives you lemons...squirt the juice in life's eyes and kick it in the tender parts while it flails around blind.

A thought

Sep. 24th, 2010 09:47 am
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True optimism is only found by tunneling all the way through pessimism. You may seem to have arrived at the same place on the circle but two people are not in the same place if they took different ways to get there.

A thought

Sep. 24th, 2010 09:47 am
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True optimism is only found by tunneling all the way through pessimism. You may seem to have arrived at the same place on the circle but two people are not in the same place if they took different ways to get there.

Throwdown

Sep. 20th, 2008 09:17 am
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Obama. Yeah, I like Obama. Well, like may be too strong a word for any politician, but I favor him. Why?

Thought.

He at least sounds like he rubs two neurons together before he speaks. This is also why a lot of people hate him.

I've seen several people complaining about the anti-intellectual atmosphere in America today. I was one of them. And it is abundantly true. But at least to a small degree, understandable. Because even brainiacs can suffer from the real problem--thoughtlessness.

Thinking, real thinking, is difficult. We all know it is much simpler to parrot someone else. To only let popular notions rattle around in our heads. To only listen to that which reinforces the limited thinking we already do. That is easy and comfortable. However, we also know it is stupid.

Let me digress a moment--Anthony Bourdain is a hip author/chef who has a show on the Travel Channel where he roams the globe exploring the nexus of food and culture. He's a fuck-you sort of meat eater. But he always gets wibbly when some poor little animal is about to get whacked for his dinner. To me it explains why he's so obnoxious about his meat eating--he's really trying to convince himself. Trying to hide from the fact he's not completely comfortable about what's necessary for him to eat meat. (Yeah, I'm also projecting.)

I think this is the same thing that is happening with most people and thought. Most people know thought is a good thing. They just like not thinking--a lot. It's like bacon. So they get boisterous and defensive about their lack of thought. And why not? They've got so much company these days. "Fuck you and your thinking!"

I also understand the desire not to think.

As I near nine months of sobriety, I am painfully aware of the pain of thinking. That's why I drank; why I did and do a lot of things--to stop thinking. But I learned (and am learning) that not thinking is like using credit cards--it adds up. The stupid actions compound and drive one deeper into avoiding thought until the weight of it all can't be held back anymore.

That's where America is now. We've shot from the hip, played from the gut, avoided thinking for years now. A little more than seven actually. Sure, we had a habit before that, but that's when we closed the door on thinking, when we crawled into the bottle and hoped the bad shit would go away. It hasn't. It's gotten worse. Which just makes us want to crawl in deeper.

And Lord how we resent those who want out! Is there anything so distasteful to someone avoiding a painful necessity than someone who isn't? Yes, there is--someone who calls them out.

So a lot of people hate Obama because he's calling them out.

And for my part, as one seeming doomed to think, I don't mind the company.

Throwdown

Sep. 20th, 2008 09:17 am
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Obama. Yeah, I like Obama. Well, like may be too strong a word for any politician, but I favor him. Why?

Thought.

He at least sounds like he rubs two neurons together before he speaks. This is also why a lot of people hate him.

I've seen several people complaining about the anti-intellectual atmosphere in America today. I was one of them. And it is abundantly true. But at least to a small degree, understandable. Because even brainiacs can suffer from the real problem--thoughtlessness.

Thinking, real thinking, is difficult. We all know it is much simpler to parrot someone else. To only let popular notions rattle around in our heads. To only listen to that which reinforces the limited thinking we already do. That is easy and comfortable. However, we also know it is stupid.

Let me digress a moment--Anthony Bourdain is a hip author/chef who has a show on the Travel Channel where he roams the globe exploring the nexus of food and culture. He's a fuck-you sort of meat eater. But he always gets wibbly when some poor little animal is about to get whacked for his dinner. To me it explains why he's so obnoxious about his meat eating--he's really trying to convince himself. Trying to hide from the fact he's not completely comfortable about what's necessary for him to eat meat. (Yeah, I'm also projecting.)

I think this is the same thing that is happening with most people and thought. Most people know thought is a good thing. They just like not thinking--a lot. It's like bacon. So they get boisterous and defensive about their lack of thought. And why not? They've got so much company these days. "Fuck you and your thinking!"

I also understand the desire not to think.

As I near nine months of sobriety, I am painfully aware of the pain of thinking. That's why I drank; why I did and do a lot of things--to stop thinking. But I learned (and am learning) that not thinking is like using credit cards--it adds up. The stupid actions compound and drive one deeper into avoiding thought until the weight of it all can't be held back anymore.

That's where America is now. We've shot from the hip, played from the gut, avoided thinking for years now. A little more than seven actually. Sure, we had a habit before that, but that's when we closed the door on thinking, when we crawled into the bottle and hoped the bad shit would go away. It hasn't. It's gotten worse. Which just makes us want to crawl in deeper.

And Lord how we resent those who want out! Is there anything so distasteful to someone avoiding a painful necessity than someone who isn't? Yes, there is--someone who calls them out.

So a lot of people hate Obama because he's calling them out.

And for my part, as one seeming doomed to think, I don't mind the company.

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