Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Why Can't Everybody Just Be Like Us?

I would like to thank "Anonymous" and "Nadarama" for their spirited debate and hope that they will evolve into people who are more like us, as we are, according to a recent national poll, as close to the top of the evolutionary ladder that you can find. However, I do take issue with the fact that Nadarama thinks I'm "too serious." In fact, I'm making silly faces right now. And I mean REALLY REALLY silly faces. And I'm laughing. I'm guffawing. I'm light as a feather. I'm also hitting on your wives and making surprisingly easy headway. Who knew they would love evil infidels who make really really silly faces? I'm also wearing a hat shaped like a duck that says "MORE TEQUILA!" when you squeeze it. But in all seriousness, but not in all too seriousness, we welcome anyone, especially those who we immediatly rub the wrong way, who wish to express their opinions on this blog. Though it may not seem it sometimes, your views are always respected. So, fare thee well faithful adversaries, and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.


mikecrackpot said...

I heard there was a lot of action on the blog today. So I read of bunch of it and decided to pos something. This is it:

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books.

What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information.

Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.

Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us.

Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.

Orwell feared we would become a captive culture.

Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture. . .As Huxley remarked in "Brave New World Revisited", the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny ‘failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.’”

Greg Mills said...

Certainty leades to people beating the crap out of each other. Ideologues, dogmatists, and bullies of every stripe -- commie, nazi, democrat, repub -- suck for this reason. If the conviction of rightness is strident and loud enough for long enough, it will be met, sooner or later, with force.

That a systemic problem with "causes". They are the attempts to compel one group to conform to another group's view of what is a correct view of the future (an impossible thing). And the group intent on doing the compelling usually can't offer any greater authority than they know what's best for the rest of us. (See: the flag burning amendment, gay marriage, smoking bans, miscengeneration laws, standardized spelling, etc.)
People who know they know are very comfortable with forcing the incorrect into punitive domains.

Every social interest, even ones we might find personally distasteful, deserves a chance to be heard. Our society, our culture, our technology, our government become more vital when experimentation is condoned and protected. And the alternative is, well, Iran. Or Mississippi, circa 1964.