CNN: Taylor Swift calls sale of her music catalog her ‘worst case scenario’.
Our concept of “property” is almost ridiculous.
All well-intentioned people need to be courageous enough to confront the fact that our lives, our future, our economies, even our governments, are hamstrung by superstitious beliefs. We are all individually responsible for our own actions. Forget destiny. Forget Heaven. Forget Hell. Imagine if you can bring yourself to do so for a slight millisecond that we can determine what happens with our lives and our societies. One group can go be crazy over there. One group can go be happy over there. One group can go be super productive over there. One group can go fight each other over there. There’s room for that. There’s room for everything. But to think that we are in some pre-arranged scenario is foolish and ficticious. To think so is detrimental to human health and civility. WE decide what happens. So choose for YOURSELF, and please allow me to CHOOSE FOR MYSELF. Pretend that you actually honor the values you claim to respect and represent. Fake it until you make it. That’s good enough for now. Just stop ruining the world because you think you know how it works. You are likely stupid but you can grow out of it. Stupid is as stupid does. Open your eyes and do the right thing. Because there actually are right things. And it’s our job to figure out what those things are and to pass those discoveries along to those that come after us.
What a massive failure to understand what is happening. These people have so little left to lose that they are willing to risk their lives and the lives of their children, to throw themselves under the pitiful mercy of the brutal nation that is the United States of America in hopes of securing a better life for themselves.
The USA looks a whole lot different on the outside than it does on the inside, folks.
Sure, of course there are some things that happen in the USA that are NOT savage and inhumane. We all know that (from the endless movies and TV shows and sitcoms and magazines and stories and books and lectures and history books and textbooks…). But that is not worth talking about right now. Because that is not what is killing people and ruining lives and preventing human progress. The things that are actually causing dire consequences at this moment is what we should be focusing on not how pretty we were last year at the beach.
Now don’t get me wrong! There should be a public education system that is stellar in every regard. But it is incumbent upon each of us (or at least those of us who want to be able to vote, or make any decisions in the public sphere) to ensure that we have a torrent of diverse information constantly flowing into our brains with which we can make decisions, compare and contrast, reach conclusions, ponder, meditate, etc., resulting in a nuanced, intelligent, wise, well-informed, reasonable, citizen of the world.
And like I said earlier this might not be for everyone. Maybe some people don’t want to put forth the effort or care or attention into doing this for themselves. In that case I would politely request that you refrain from doing anything that would affect anyone else on the planet and get used to accepting the guidance of those who do care to accept this responsibility.
How does that sound?
Check out @profwolff’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/profwolff/status/1029053971627892736?s=09
This references an article I wrote about previously:
As Mr. Wolff points out, the New York Times continues its seemingly proud tradition, one it shares with plenty of other purveyors of truth, of stopping short of assigning blame where it is due and responsibly questioning the premises of this situation.
So now all the non-human animals have to die because humans have failed at living in harmony with their environment.
Scientists seem to hold out hope that there’s still time to avoid catastrophe but it ain’t looking good. Good job, superstitious idiots. I hope you’ve had a fun ride with your season tickets and your Bible and your traditions. I haven’t.
Source: WIRED NL 080618
Avarice personified. Among other things.
Nice photo though!