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The Scary Stuff
I read an article in the latest New Scientist, and I have to say it worried me. It wasn't about how human activity is harming the planet today, nor the latest species to be driven from its habitat (although stories on each were included, and I'll talk about those later). This was about events in motion that could be a serious challenge to those issues ever being addressed, at least in or by the United States. As if there weren't enough of those already, eh?
There is growing pressure from Evangelicals in the US for religious children to be home schooled, in accordance with a more, shall we say... FALSE knowledge of how science works. From what I read in the article, the books are awful. If you think a politically correct science book is gimped, thank your lucky stars that it is at least a science book. Evolution goes, radiocarbon dating is deemed 'unreliable', and the Grand Canyon is written off as a result of the biblical flood. It's amazing how people comfort themselves with such flagrant lies when the truth scares them. The worst part is that there are educational booksellers who profit from the sale of these lies to students.
It is scary that God doesn't exist. I may not be able to prove that He/She does not, but I won't use “if”. God does not exist for me, because I do not believe. If it were proven that an omnipotent being does indeed exist, that being would not be God per se. God is a concept you believe in, and an omnipotent being is Q In Star Trek, Q was more a Greek deity than anything else, although it is open to interpretation how much his desires and emotions were acted to facilitate human comprehension. That's not the important point. I do not believe in God, and I don't want to believe in God. As Sartre says, however, it is “distressing...that God does not exist”, which is true. Personal responsibility is such a great burden, that it would be nice to know that Mr/Mrs/? Big had everything under control. If I were to believe, I would be hurting myself, though. I accept that my successes and failures are my own, and that I must try to solve things, and not trust all to faith. You may disagree, but then that is your right.
I don't have a huge problem with faith. It is impossible to prove or disprove God. Faith is therefore of little consequence when it comes to scientific conflicts. As I have noted in the past, many great scientists had faith themselves. What I don't like about Religion (apart from past issues. Read back to find those, I don't want to repeat myself) in this case is that it has a new power: A college to groom them for jobs in the White House. Sooner or later, these brainwashed, backwards bible belt bullies will be after science, sexual freedom, religious freedom...maybe not all at once, but theocracy will be bad news, should it come to pass. I may be exaggerating, but why run the risk?
I figure, of course, that this threat will pass. If it doesn't, I'm gonna put my money on science. After all, it has been abused for millenia to produce better and better weapons. What's one more?
I really hope it never comes to that, though. It is astonishing that humanity survives its evils, and its folly. I don't know how much longer the luck will hold.
I Am A Cynical Bastard
So shoot me.
So someone – and that's ALL you get – tells me that he's engaged. “Someone” is younger than I am, for the record. Plans to move, and everything. There's only one way to talk about this....
Loud's Rational Mind (LRM) : It's rushed, and that's enough to sound alarm bells. People should get to know each other, and see how things go over time. A hotter fire runs out of fuel faster.
Loud's Emotional Mind (LEM) : The “someone” is happy now, let them have this moment, even if it lasts no longer than that. I've been in that state of mind, and there is no greater purpose to life.
LRM: 'Cause procreation imperatives are soooooo romantic.
LEM: Leave the physicalism out of this! Love is a real feeling, no matter what causes it.
LRM: Fair to say, but you know what happens after a while. Things can get strained, and if “someone” is moving there, it's too much of a risk, personally and financially to take without a lot more time invested in the relationship first.
LEM: We had plans once, if you remember. This is no different. I know, I know, you'll tell me how waiting until 18 or more would be the better way...it's no less rushed at 18 than at 16.
LRM: Touché. I think the problem is that these kind of plans are whimsical, but not to the planner. Maybe they're harmless in the end, but what if it goes too far, and doesn't work out?
LEM: That could be said of any plan, and where would we be if it was always heeded? Not anywhere fun or interesting.
LRM: I'm all aware that it's “someone's” choice, and it is not for us to burst their bubble...but at the same time, the experience you cite makes it tempting to point out the pitfalls.
LEM: One assumes they'll read this, so we've done our part. Let them decide
All: Our minds are yours to heed or discard as you will. There are only two people of significance in this affair, and we are neither. Decide, and we'll abide, for whatever comes, you will have tried.