by Weston J. Kathman
Any group consisting of three or more people is a potential lynch mob….
Males make up roughly 90 percent of the prison population. That’s one form of inequality we don’t hear feminists carping about….
Activism is a response to an itch that needs to be scratched. Scratching that itch is usually the sole objective. People hold rallies against sweat shops, for the environment, against war, opposing abortion, etc. These rallies rarely accomplish anything. But the activists don’t care. They’re just scratching an itch, relieving their own guilt and dissatisfaction. They’re not concerned about whether their actions have a positive effect — or even if their actions have a negative effect. Such folks are not “progressive” or “enlightened.” They’re just as self-interested as everybody else….
Disagree with the Left on racial issues, you are a racist. Period. Disagree with them on the sacrosanct matter of feminism, you are a sexist. Period. Don’t bother debating these things. Just own up to what you are and move on….
When two factions are in contention over something, it’s almost never that one side is right and the other is wrong. Most of the time both sides are wrong; each is simply wrong in its own unique ways. This is one reason why independence from factions is essential to critical thinking. Taking a side virtually ensures that one will be unable to evaluate that side with proper skepticism….
In a world of endless atrocities, the team name “Redskins” seems extraordinarily low on the list. But the activists have to scratch that itch….
“Character” and “morality” are among the most overrated things in the universe. What really matters is productivity. Satisfy people’s desires enough — you will enjoy immunity from common moral standards. Politicians order villages of helpless children chopped to pieces. We throw parades for those same politicians, and we name streets and schools and airports after them. If some sports star gets accused of rape or busted for steroids, his home fans will continue cheering like hell for him as long as he helps his team win. Religious leaders can commit all manner of transgressions; their flocks inevitably forgive them. Morality only applies to those insufficiently productive. Give people what they want in the right amounts, you can get away with the worst character imaginable….
Kill twenty people and you will qualify as a villain of the most despicable variety. Kill twenty thousand — the history books will likely label you a “great leader”….
The most dominant theme of modern society is MORE. There can be no such thing as ENOUGH. Forget about “In God We Trust”; in EXCESS we trust. If a man has ten million dollars, he wants 100 million. If he makes it to 100 million, he wants a billion. Satisfying our greed is impossible. This almost universal obsession with MORE indicates a society steeped in personal insecurity.
A few years back, some lawyers here in the Cincinnati area won a major class action case against a pharmaceutical company. Had the lawyers played it straight, they would have made something like 60 or 70 million. But that just wasn’t ENOUGH. Not in the culture of MORE. The lawyers wanted hundreds of millions — and thereby stole the money from their clients. Their actions were completely consistent with the main priorities of this society.
The NFL made something like 16 billion dollars last year. Not ENOUGH. So now they’re discussing adding a team in each conference to the playoffs — because, you know, we just don’t get enough 8-8 and 7-9 teams in the playoffs. The world is just pining to see the seventh best team in each conference get a shot at the big prize. This is nothing beyond a crass revenue grab by a bunch of guys who already have enough money for fifty lifetimes. But actually, there is never ENOUGH. Must always overextend for MORE.
There are countless examples of this phenomenon. “Land of Opportunity” is a sugarcoated euphemism for land of greed. The endless quest for MORE will likely lead to the eventual disintegration of this culture — an outcome that will be richly deserved….
The good news is that none of these things need hamper those of us savvy enough to divorce ourselves intellectually, morally, and spiritually from this toxic environment. Each of us is an INDIVIDUAL. Never forget that. In fact, the only two human entities that are not artificial concoctions are the INDIVIDUAL and the FAMILY. The FAMILY is rooted in biological truth. All other organizations are contrivances. They may serve decent purposes, but they remain no less make-believe. When enough people embrace INDIVIDUALISM — and reject manufactured associations based on accident of birth and other trivialities — the world will experience a great leap forward. The noxious quest for MORE will end peacefully. There will at last be ENOUGH. It would be a beautiful thing to see.