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22
Aug
12

Nihilism

So, today I realized I am a nihilist.  I must admit this came as a shock to me.  I am not a trenchcoat mafia type playing dungens and dragons while doing drugs and waiting for the world to end kind of guy.  But, I realized that Nihilism, if you ignore the stereotypical idiots who ascribe to it, IS essentially correct.

It started because I got in a very bizarre discussion with a co-worker about a story I read years ago about some guy who got diagnosed with inoperable cancer, and went out and killed 6 random people in a store and than himself.  I made the observation that although horrendous in action, I sympathize with this action more than the Boulder Colarado kids.  I realize it was a bizarre conversation, but this is not meant as a defense of murder, obviously bad, but an argument about how one rationalizes death.  The argument for the Boulder kids is that it was simple revenge.  Atrocious as it was, it was still simply a modern smaller version of Agamemnon launching 1000 ships because the Trojans kidnapped his brothers wife.

But the cancer guy was a little different.  In fact, it was the exact opposite.  His victims were random, and that was his point.  The boulder shootings were targeted.  They didn’t like the jocks, so they shot the jocks.  But the Cancer guy took the essential Nihilistic world view, that everything is meaningless, and decided to roll the odds for other people to somehow compensate that his die roll went bad.  Wrong obviously, but I find the distiction between the 2 extremely fascinating.  Because in his life he rolled the die and lost, he decided to roll 10 others peoples die FOR THEM.  There was no targetting.  If you were in front of his gun at the store, you were dead, that was the only targetting.  I find his logic far more fascinating than the simple revenge excuse.

Now, I am in no way advocating killing random people.  But ignoring the shooting, this guy was essentially correct.  Life IS meaningless.  I could get diagnosed with a brain tumour today!  There is no god that makes this happen (In my opinion), there is no food I eat that could make it happen.  A brain tumour is just a role of the dice.  Are you one of the x% of random people that will get one this year or not?  There is no way to avoid it.  You either DO or DO NOT.  praying to God will not help, nor will eating healthier food or excersize.  Not for Brain tumors.  And this is the biggest question humanity has ever dealt with.  We have evolved these big brains, but we have not evolved how to handle that we are GOING to die some day, and there is no reason for, and there is no way to avoid it.  That is where religion and philosophy come in.

I do believe that Nihilists are fundamentally correct.  There is no reason for life, death, brain tumors, or morals.  However, I do not follow the nihilists into the depressive state many of them go into because of this.  In some sense, I feel freed because of my nihilistic world view.  I believe liberals have essentially embraced nihilism and are reacting with an obsession with self and personal freedom, that I frankly believe this in the long term leads to chaos and societal destruction.  Modern conservatives (In America in particular) are fighting against nihilism as much as possible while deep down recognizing the correctness of it.  For example the famous quote “The quickest way to make someone an atheist is to read them a few quotes from the bible”.  I do agree with Nietzsche that science has dealt a serious blow to religion, but that without “purpose” people have a hard time living life.  which is why I think modern liberals are so empty.

Which brings me to my point.  I completely agree with the following statement: “Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value.[1] Moral nihilists assert that morality does not inherently exist, and that any established moral values are abstractly contrived.”

But I completely disagree with this one: “explain the general mood of despair at a perceived pointlessness of existence that one may develop upon realising there are no necessary norms, rules, or laws”

See, I don’t get that.  Squirrels do not get depressed about the pointlessness of existence, so why should I.  The is why I embrace some things that some on the left do not care for like nationalism or ethnic violence.  I think those are very correct and necessary modes of human and animal existence.  I think embracing things like that is what we are designed to do.  I think the depression that comes in modern society is the combination or our acceptance that there is no point to anything, but the rejection of our lower more animalistic instincts.

Generally, as I see it, Nihilists believe that life is meaningless and pointless.  I agree with them it is meaningless, but I do not agree it is pointless.  I am a husband and father, and I have a career.  My life is very pointed.  If I don’t make money my family suffers.  Plus, like all animals on earth, I would like my lineage to spread to all corners of the earth after I die.  My life very much has a point.  Meaning?  Probably not.  I suspect nihilists (maybe even people in general) who do not have kids will end their lives very depressed.  I wouldn’t be surprised if people who are childless go on more medication for mental issues than those that have kids.  Focusing on children is a very focusing event in life.  Without kids you would constantly wonder what your purpose is, and eventually hit the limits of mortality with your genes unable to compensate the loss of your individual life.  Very depressing stuff.  But although my individual life is meaningless, my life most definitely had a point.  My children.  As all animals have always had.

I think focusing on survival, be it sex, violence, and enjoying life are OK.  Nihilists often reject these as pointless.  I do not understand why.  We were programmed to do these things, so what is the problem with embracing them.   My biggest problem with modern times is that liberals think humans are just worthless rapers of earth, and conservatives think we have a right bestowed by GOD to do anything we want (short of offending GOD).  But I think there is a healthy middle ground.  Recognizing that we are one of the greatest creations evolution has given, with the most ability to affect the universe, celebrate that fact (which libs do not), but recognize that GOD did not do this for us.  WE DID it, through evolution and survival of the smartest of us.  This is why I support space exploration.  Any species can fight a war or have sex, but how many species in the history of the universe have gone to another planet.  God may not exist, but what is wrong with trying be godly.

30
Jan
12

QUOTES

“You spend alot of time on your show, and this is broadcast nationally, ridiculing people of faith.” Dana Rohrabacker (R) to Bill Maher.

“Exactly”  Bill Maher, in response.

 

“In 1,000 years, what will people say of America? The highway system, the quality of our public schools, and hundreds of other government programs will not make the list. The fact that we put a man on the moon will be remembered for all of human history. ”  J. Oswald

 

Newt Gingrich-isms

“The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.”

One more reason this guy scares the hell out of me

“I have enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I’m doing it. I am now a famous person. I represent real power.”

“It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.”

 

 

“You’re not a Washington insider? You, the former Speaker of the House and Freddie Mac consulting millionaire, are the Washington insider. When Washington gets its prostate checked, it tickles you!” –Jon Stewart, on Newt Gingrich campaigning as a Washington outsider

 

24
Jan
12

The following is a reply to a blog post on Affirmative Action (AA).  I think it is one of the shortest, yet precise, explanations for the Democratic Party support for AA policies.

 

“A rather conniving white person would know ………… and thus argue for AA knowing that it’s a status booster for himself, with no real impact on his welfare from the detriments of AA (the burden of which will be shouldered much more by Asians).”

 

It is perfect.  It makes a lot of sense.  Affirmative Action actually does very little to whites in America (at least those already in the elite class), while very negatively affecting Asian americans in college admission Et al….

It has never surprised me why African-Americans or Hispanics support AA policy, as rational beings they should, but it has always surprised me how white liberal Americans will step all over themselves proclaiming how much they are trying to help poor minorities to the point they sound quite pretentious (watch any speech on minority politics by John Kerry) to see this in practice).  But of course it makes perfect sense, since now the way to be popular among liberal circles is support for failing minorities.  it is signaling method to other white liberals, nothing more, I mean they wouldn’t of course send their kids to schools with minorities (except Asians, their safe).  And they might get more votes to boot!

The blog is here.

http://www.overcomingbias.com/2012/01/imagine-being-wrong.html

24
Jan
12

For the debate, I thought the end was dull, but the first 30 minutes were riveting. I loved watching Newt and Mitt rip into each other. My favourite part was where Mitt called Newt an”influence peddler”, prooved it onstage, and somehow Newt made you feel like Mitt was the asshole. BTW guys, that is what scares me so much about Newt. He is the most incredible debator America politics has ever seen. I fear that he could convince America to do stuff that might not be in our best interest just because he is so good at convincing us. Here is how I feel about the candidates, from fave to least fave.

 

1. Ron Paul: screechy weirdo voice guy who nonetheless is the only major politician today who has good ideas and wouldn’t be just a democrat with a republican hat on.

 

2. Mitt Romney: I do think he is a chickenhawk, but he is easily the most capable, and possibly most disciplined politician alive today. No doubt our economy would do the best under him. I like his Tax policy the most of any of the candidates. I think if he keeps pressure on China, he could be a phenomenal president. My concern is that once elected, he will lay off on China and open trade deals that could hurt the American middle class more than it is now.

 

3. Barack Obama: Just not as bad as most conservatives say he is. His written opinions tend to be crazy liberal, but functionally, his policies have been borderline conservative, and virtually identical to Bush. His foreign policy is more Robust than Bush (with the exception of Torture), although domestically he has been a disaster, but again, no different than Bush whatsoever in functional policy. The Bailouts were extensions of Bush policy. Plus, he has created programs that directly benefited me and my family. We got a great refi from the HARP program that I doubt a republican would have created. My odds of voting for him are fairly low, but I can’t hate the guy because of his opinions, his actual policies are more important. He capped Osama, but like the banks you won’t give a black man credit! (I stole that Joke from Bill Maher!!!)

 

4. Santorum: Likable, I guess??? He looks like a clown, makes way to many consessions to the religious right, has been shown to be one of the biggest pork-barrel spenders out there, and is probably going to keep us in Afganistan for the next 4-8 years. That being said, he is the only one who is openly aggressive towards Iran and is the only politician alive today who actually was against the bailouts when everyone else was saying America will collapse if we don’t do them. He walks the walk.

 

5. Newt: I would love to see him cream Obama in a debate, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he is an egotistical PSCYCOPATH!!

 

BTW, has anyone noticed how the media keeps telling how strange the republican field is, and how it is bad they cannot pick a leader?  I seem to remember in ’08 the media telling us how having a 3 way race between Obama, Clinton, and Edwards, was refreshing, andgood for America to have such good selections.  And the republicans were dirty and nazi-like because they fell in line with McCain so easily.  Yet, how are democrats diverse, Idea-wise, at all?  Find me a pro-life major democrat?  One who want s to protect our border?  One how doesn’t pander to every ethnicity or immigrant no matter what?  Find me a major democrat the doesn’t tow the democrat line on EVERY ISSUE……The republicans on the on the other hand, are diverse up the wazzoo.  Ron Paul is the only truly anti-war candidate of either party.

23
Jan
12

We forget how awesome the bible is.

“Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourself every girl who has never slept with a man.” (Numbers 31:17-18)

 

Now that’s a GOD I can believe in!!!

22
Jan
12

Newts’ best friend is Romney’s taxes.

It should go without saying the Mitt Romney lost South Carolina because he didn’t release his 2010 tax return.  How stupid could he be?  I am a Romney supporter (although crazy Ron Paul is my first choice), but I have 2 issues with Mitt Romney.

 

1.  We are still in the midst of a financial crisis and people are sick of the Vampire Squids (as Taibi puts it!) with their tentacles all over Washington politics.  People think that there is no way for a rich person to get rich unless they cheated, stole, or lied to get it.  The democrats, of course, do whatever they can to inflate these charges to get their nutty supporters riled up.  either way, people HATE the rich, and are convinced they are all dirty.  And let’s be honest, most of them probably are.  For Mitt Romney not to have already released his taxes scares me.  Maybe he is hiding something?  He is so smart in every other way, but to miss the GAPING hole between him and the average voter and not do anything to close it, which is as simple as releasing tax returns eludes me?  Considering he is about 7 inches from the presidential nomination just confuses me even more.

 

I don’t think Mitt is dirty, that being said, I don’t think he really is a capitalist in the true sense of the word.  he does not produce anything.  Economists love to argue that point, but I am solidly in the camp of people who believe that being good at making money from money, is NOT being a production member of society. In this sense, I fail to see how Romney is really any better than the rappers conservatives love to hate.  How is the picture below really any different from rappers rapping having money and bitches?

If this was Tupac or Dre or Snoop eating money, what would the conservatives be saying

Sorry, christian conservatives, would Jesus really prefer these slick turds actually posing eating money over a community organizer?  I am really sick of middle class white people thinking that bazillionaires like Romney give any shit for them at all outside of giving him a vote to get into the white house.

 

2.  Romney is a chicken little

Romney did not fight in the Vietnam War.  Romney was a Mormon
Missionary during the Vietnam era, and under the conscientious
objector provisions, you do not need to fight in American wars if your
religion prohibits it (which is stupid, BTW), thus Romney was exempt
from fighting.  At this point, I have no issue, I wouldn’t want to die
either.  However, he often protested the protestors.  there is my
issue.  that is bull#$%.  You can’t be a rich punk that gets exempt
from fighting and then protest the young poorer people who WILL be
drafted to fight and possibly be killed.

http://blindersremoved.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/romneyprotest03.jpg

This makes me incensed!  An I get into arguments all the time (my wife included) who for some reason think this is OK?!?  Listen, if I had a fortune and could pay to keep my kids out of the draft, than GREAT, hey that’s the american dream, but if my kid turned around and protested the poor sops that DO have to go over and fight and die because they don’t have rich parents, well, I would kick his ass on the curb.

I just don’t understand how other conservatives have the gall to say protesters are evil cowards, but then turn around not go fight wars themselves! f-that.

Now, is Romney a coward?  I don’t know, despite what I say above, he is the only politician that can think AND stare down his opponents!  he is the most alpha-male of any politician I have ever seen, on either side of the fence.  I do like that. Plus, he would be the first adult we have had in the white house since the elder Bush.

Anyways, other than that, I like Romney.

11
Jan
12

Great Links

1.  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html

I love this, it really show how only two of the republican candidates have not really ever gone down in popularity.  Romney and Paul.  Paul in fact has slowly gained double the supporters he started with, the only candidate to do this.

 

2. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/11/06/business/economy/unemployment-lines.html

Unemployment by group.  unfortunately it only goes up to Sept.09, but you get the point.

 

3. http://blog.reidreport.com/uploaded_images/sharpton-brown03-730642.jpg

Doesn’t this picture just say everything you need to know about Al Sharpton??

 

4.  http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/01/nutrition-and-inequality.html

Interesting.  So I guess if Paul Krugman is correct than more food aid to low-income mothers will lower the pool of white and asian players in American Professional sports even further?