Fear and Objectivity

September 29, 2008

One of our most human traits is empathy.  The ability of a person to separate themselves from their inherent solipsism, to embrace and accept another person’s frame of reference, that is a truly divine ability. 

We pride ourselves on being open-minded, accepting and progressive.  

As I read punditry about the debate I cannot fathom how anyone would believe that McCain was the stronger debater.  I watched it live with everyone else.  I fear mine, and perhaps everyone’s objectivity has gone out the window as we approach the election.  

If there is no objective truth or standard, then who is right and who is wrong and how do we know which direction we are headed?

My only solace is that no matter what either party says, it can be close to certain that the next 4 years will be better than the last 8.


A brief quiz on your intelligence

March 1, 2008

Is your quality of life going to improve because abortion or gay marriage are outlawed?

Do you really care if the government is listening to you tell your sister that your dog peed on your bed again?

Do you personally feel threatened by Al Qaeda?

Do you think it’s the government’s fault you lost your no skills required, minimum wage job because of illegal immigration?

Do you really need to complain about your health plan that won’t let you see that specialist in Chicago who will, in all likelihood, tell you the exact same thing the 3 specialists in your area have already told you?

Is this negative economy really the governments fault?

Do you think the federal government should tell each state how it is… especially when it comes to immigration, abortion, and gay marriage?  (If you answered yes and call yourself a “conservative” please remove your uneducated ass from the gene pool before finishing this article)

Did you expect Congress to do anything?  Anything at all?

Do you vote for that guy, whose name you recognize, because that’s just who you’ve always voted for?  Do you struggle to identify anything they’ve done since they’ve been elected?

Do you think you’re blameless for your current economic situation because you failed to read your mortgage contract or racked up $10k in credit card debt, because hey… banks and credit card companies are good people… they aren’t trying to squeeze you for every penny… it’s the government’s fault for not regulating them and informing you of the obvious, right?

Is somebody constantly out to get you or intentionally trying to make your life worse?  A Democrat, Republican or Ralph Nader?

If you answered yes to any of these questions… please do us all a favor and _______
***For those smart enough to pick up on my smarmy quips… please fill in the blank with your own suggestion in the “comments” section below.


A Prophecy

February 26, 2008

I stood on a balcony overlooking the city of San Francisco. I felt a wave of energy emanating that I thought was lost in time. Shenanigans will befall, and there will be scandal. An election, not stolen, but utterly incompetent will be a strong impetus, but the momentum has been growing for some time. The populace can only take so much abuse of policy, there needs to be a stool pigeon. The unjust war is a start, but it needs to be something more social. Energy, or immigration… something to coral a too comfortable populace into action.

When the time comes there will be great suffering, not on the level of past plagues, epidemics, and disasters, but financial and mental suffering. A suffering at the hands of a system we have for too long be complicit within.

A great leader will emerge to unite, but in doing so will divide. A second great leader will come on par with the first, representing the division of thought. Progress will win, but only after the emergence of a 3rd. One of great foresight who will purge the corruption and sacrifice themselves for the perseverance of the corrupt and flawed system that began the vicious cycle.

“If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.
Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.
A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.” – Hopi Indian Prophecy from Koyannisquatsi.