No I don't. I agree there are cold, hard things in the world, but *you* choose to focus on that.
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Oh, him. After I donated in 2008 he kept sending me emails. It does occasionally come in handy, like when my wife tells to mow the grass. "Not right now, honey, Barack Obama just sent me an email."
It is your choice to make your eventual obliteration the focus of your life. That's something you can either try to change (good luck with that), or it's something you can choose to accept. But choosing to accept that doesn't mean you have to sit around being miserable and resentful while you wait for the Grim Reaper. The world is only as cold and hard as the things in it you choose to focus on. There's also more wondrous and amazing and even funny things in the world than you an get around to thinking about in a lifetime.
It's like summer vacation when you're in school. You only get ten weeks or so of it, not nearly enough to get to all the things you want to do. And there are some people who will react to that by spending the whole time from day 1 unhappy about going back to school. What a waste of existence! But that's definitely a choice open to you.
Imagine your last few seconds of consciousness before you die. How would you like to spend them? Being angry? Sad? I think that's a waste of precious time. I'd like to have someone I love very much tell me a very funny joke.
No, we all make the choice of the kind of world we want -- or maybe it'd be better to say the kind of world we can live with. It just so happens that some people can live with a world that they don't like very much, so long as that doesn't demand very much of them.
Anyone can by choice have an immense effect on the world around them. Maybe they can't change the *whole* world very noticeably, but they can transform their own neighborhood.
The world is cold and hard as we allow it to be. It is a *choice*, albeit one made by default for people who think like you.
The only thing more annoying than a computer is a computer that tries to be helpful.
If it's acceptable for machines to be playground equailizers than all schoolchildren should be issued sidearms and be given training on how to employ deadly force to stop bullying.
Projectiles from your puny weapons will simply bounce off my armored playground robot.
Now, hand over your weapon and your lunch box to the machine.
Oh, yeah. The rational actor theory. But by the same postulates that underly that theory there should be no human being who eats unhealthy, boozes or gambles excessively, or picks fights he obviously can't win.
I have an alternative theory which states that going by actual behavior most people discount their future welfare to zero when there's an immediate reward, even a trivial one. It's almost impossible to resist an immediate burst of pleasure a nasty habit's got you hooked, whether it's a relaxing smoke or that glow of self-righteousness you get when you act on your bigotry.
People will literally kill themselves for a little short-term reward. Forgoing a little profit is nothing compared to that. If you look at places where segregation was historically sanctioned, you'll see you're entirely right: it's economically irrational. That didn't stop people from doing it.
not "terrorism in the sense we have become accustomed to"
but still terrorism
what tim mcveigh did was terrorism, for example
maybe unfortunately terrorism has come to mean "done by muslims"
although, maybe we should remove attacks on military installations as terrorism
surprise coordinated violent attacks on civilians for ideological reasons is about as good a definition of terrorism as we can get i think
we call too many things terrorism that are not, and too many things not terrorism that are
they oppose government when they should be opposing corruption
the idiots are actually helping the corruptors. the corruptors would rather not have anyone to corrupt as an extra expense, and the idiots oblige by insisting on the same: remove the corrupted position, rather than fix it. because they apparently like shoddy, expensive, manipulated, inefficient markets
it's like someone robs the bank because they paid off the bank guard
the intelligent response is to fire, prosecute, and replace the guard, and go after the criminals who paid him off
the idiots want to fire the guard and leave the bank unguarded, and leave it at that: not pursue the criminals who paid off the guard and robbed their bank, their money
it's stunning how stupid and propagandized people can be
no that's hay-zeus
jee-zuz is the proper pronunciation of the anglosaxon founder of christianity
us civilized folk need to teach his compassion to dirty brown people like mexicans and middle easterners
you're trolling right?
They don't (and shouldn't) have the "right" to have Hobby Lobby buy them contraception.
Their employer doesn't "buy them contraception", it just buys them health insurance. And at that point, they can start minding their own business about their employee's personal lives. Why should details about your health care still be under the influence of your employer's religion? Your employer has no business deciding if you shouldn't get insurance coverage for a circumcision.