Sorry to get all complicated and stuff but. . . .
Words matter. Terms matter. What we say and how we say it matters a whole lot, assuming of course that you want to convey information and you want other people to understand it. If that were not the case then why bother saying anything?
So in this case, it’s important to define what it means to be friends with someone and I think it also is worth defining what it means to be nice to someone. If what Ellen said is genuine then it would have to hold true that she would have to be friends with Hitler and be nice to Hitler. And I think that is ethically tenable depending on how you define friendship and being nice.
See what I mean?
Personally, I think at the end of the day we have to be able to connect to feelings of love for every single person on Earth in order to have a civil, just, and peaceful society. So I would be okay saying I love George W. Bush, but he’s also a fucking idiot and a war criminal and there’s no fucking way I would choose to spend time with him. If I were to find myself spending time with him I would strive to be civil, respectful, and treat him as a human being, as I would want to be treated. We should all do the same toward each other every day.
I think Ellen’s error is that the way she put it sounded too sickeningly Disney.
I’m finally reading The Tools!!! 🙂 I read Coming Alive last year and it made a big impact on me.
I’m tempted to read his book. I have a lot of other stuff to do right now though. 🙂 If anyone else has read it, however, please do tell me what you thought of it.
When someone denies, for example, that police are guilty of committing first-degree murder in the case of the 16 Shots victim, the black man who was murdered by Chicago police fascists and whose murder was covered up by the corrupt Chicago government fascist system, she does so because she is psychologically incapable, that is her psyche is incapable, too fragile, too weak to bear the strain of admitting such a thing and acknowledging something that directly contradicts her worldview, her perception of reality. That’s it, plain and simple.
The fact that Tulsi Gabbard is not mentioned at all in this article says much about how wrong the mainstream media are, how wrong the punditry/fuck-sticks are, how wrong the “educated” class are about what democratic elections are supposed to be about, what’s wrong with our country’s hamfisted approach to them, and what needs to change in order to save our species. These people who supposedly know something are masturbating with spreadsheets and graphs and poll numbers while truth is staring at them in the fucking face.
You’re not so smart. None of you are. The vast complexity of politics (oooo, scary!!) is a shared delusion that you must perpetuate in order to sustain your fraudulent reality.
In the end, the emperor is naked and stands before you while you don’t even notice him anymore because you are too busy noticing how knowledgeable you are.
People who tell you to tell the truth are lying. That’s ironic, isn’t it? Not only are they lying by extolling the virtues of lying but they don’t actually want you to tell the truth. Who wishes to hear nothing but, or even just mostly, the truth? Not many! 🙂 Just shut up and face it.
And yes, it is crazy that in a world full of people only some want to fly. Excuse it however you like; it’s a crazy shame and denotes failure, failure on the part of multiple parties including those who “do not wish” to fly. That’s the best excuse for something, saying “that’s the way I *want* it to be”. Because considering for a slight moment that that is not in fact the way the person *wants* it to be would bring on the storm of truth.
If you have any idea what I’m talking about (generically, not specifically — in other words I’m not expecting only to hear from people who know me personally) please leave a comment so I know you are out there. 🙂 It’s nice to see Web traffic stats but actual feedback is extremely meaningful to me right now. (But that’s not your problem! I know! I know.) 🙂
I think we’ve come to the point where any reasonable person would concede that what we’re doing isn’t working. There necessarily comes a time when there is no more time left to conduct studies; to have discussions; to debate trivialities into infinity; to convince or educate the ignorant and shallow and easily satisfied and incurious; to compromise yet further; to reach across the aisle. That time is upon us. It’s time to shift gears now. This is a binary change. On or off. Forward or backward. Thrive or wither.
There is no middle.
There is no half gear. Do you see a 1 1/2 gear on your car’s stick shift? You pick a direction and you follow it. You do not simultaneously follow one direction and another or else you will split yourself in two. Any idiot can see that.
We’ve so far gathered much information throughout our human history about ways human beings can thrive on this planet. We have way more information than is necessary to solve all of our problems! Do you understand that? However we have chosen not to act upon that information and pursue courses of action that truly allow us to thrive as a species and to thrive as a planet. Instead we have chosen to follow the moving target, the rabbit on the post, watch the same old show over and over again, tell the same old joke, perform the same old tradition. Instead of using what we’ve learned in order to move forward and better ourselves and our society and our circumstances and our understanding of the universe we have chosen instead to take all of that, fancy merely the shiny bits, sit on the couch, eat potato chips and watch TV and get fat and drunk and stupid and drive bigger and bigger trucks. Our coastlines are not collectively-owned celebrations of nature’s beauty and places to reflect and enjoy but staging areas for pushing more metal and plastic and oil and waste into the oceans, making them merely extensions of our mismanaged, exploitative, terrestrial roadways.
Sigh. It’s late and I’m tired so I’m going to go home. I’ll write more later maybe. 🙂👍💜✌️🌍🌌🦄🌈👽🛸
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