You should know.
(Just kidding this time.)
You should know.
(Just kidding this time.)
I'm the more cynical BD now, who realizes all is lost with my country. Otherwise, right back atcha, and hope everything is going well with you and yours.
...100 years of sin proves that humanity can't handle governing itself. Then obviously human authoritarianism can't fix that.
I.e. your implied argument is of the utmost absurdity. You're saying people can't be trusted, so people must stop them. But people can't be trusted!
The EOW may come in our lifetimes. The only workable authoritarianism is divine authoritarianism. (And your popes are not Christ.)
You Conservatives. It's so passe to analyze things objectively in terms of principles and strive for such antiquated values as consistency and coherency in positions. Your Constitutional republic is dead, boys, it's now a democracy, where a thing is right if it can be made popular. (Or if you can get a court to foist/force it.) You guys have such laughably American ways of looking at things. America is almost dead, but Americanism died a long time ago.
TL;DR: Why would you even try to think about larger ramnifications and meanings of things? Just play with your smartphone and otherwise do what the authorities and experts tell you.
I dub his persona a "freedom troll".
Not to me. I was never a bleeding-heart Liberal, but I'll admit I had a deficit of compassion in my 20's. My sis on the other hand was. And now she's experiencing the truth behind the rest of that saying.
There's deceptively a lot of wisdom in that saying. How for example youth and inexperience is naivety, and what one might have thought compassionate early on used to grow (when Americans used to grow up when they became adults) to be recognized as actually overall harmful.
"It's run by con men."
You should know.
There is some linear acquisition of wisdom with age, or at least there used to be, upon which the saying that starts "If you're not a Liberal by the time you're 20..." was based.
I had a similar conception growing up, but not exactly the same. To me it wasn't about heeding/power/obedience, because I didn't have a Lefty influence on me growing up and those are Lefty ways of thinking about things, but I did assume that people in prominent positions were among the best and brightest for those positions. It was a difficult thing in my late 20's (late bloomer) to come to grips with how that it not how it is at all, and that many times, while I'm no genuis, these people are much stupider and less qualified than even me.
I.e. I was never the type when I was a yute that thought I knew it all and old people were dumb. I grew up naturally assuming that the adults were better than me and I had a lot to learn from them. And was eager to learn. Until I got well into my adulthood, and realized that, well selective things I could learn from selective people, but the world is definitely not run by experts.
There are two kinds of companies when it comes to hiring; the ones where the hiring managers have all the power, and the ones where HR has all the power.
I've never gotten past the gatekeeper kind, because I need to talk to the person with a need, to be noticed.
What's that, the name if Vito and Kip formed a band?
he thinks God doesn't exist because the Church teaches against pre-marital sex and contraception.
And this is why all the stuff earlier in that same paragraph is all wrong. He's not rejecting morality, he's only rejecting God's morality, because he likes man's better.
And atheists are not anarchists; not wanting to be told what to do is almost always entirely divorced in practice from not wanting others to be told what to do. Rather, they want what they want to do to be imposed on others, and then it's no imposition on them because it's already what they want to do. No libertarianism here.
Do you really need to be told NOT to use the hair dryer in the shower?
That's not nanny state-ism; it's not the govt. that told them to put that on there. It's that some dumbass did it once and he or his family sued, and some jury box full of dumbasses compounded the ridiculousness of the situation by awarding a ridiculous amount of money, so the sharks said to the suits we better put this on there. It's like defensive patents, where you have to register even the most ridiculous things, because otherwise you're vulnerable to getting sued over the most ridiculous things. Just a downside of the overall good legal system we have in this country.
And the problem with atheists' "Good without God" scheme is the same as with their worshipful faith in science; at one time it was "good" to have slaves just as at one time the earth was flat. I.e. "Good without God" means a moving target, and while the people of an era are not to go against the popular morality of that era, the people of the next era are evidently free to change it. I.e. "sin" becomes relative to whatever is the composition of the majority at the time. It takes a very interesting critter to not be uneasy with defining morality like that.
1) You have an unusual personality quirk that manifests itself in obnoxious passive-aggressive badgering, and
2) You constantly complain that Slashdot is a far-Right web site
Then you're going to tick people off. Most people are naturally going to assume that #1 is voluntary and not a defect. And the 90-some percent Leftist majority on Slashdot, while agreeing with his feeling that one Right-wing comment posted to the site is intolerable and one too many, by and large they *like* Slashdot for the place it is where Left-wing thoughts rule and the occasional Right-wing thought gets blasted, and they don't like their place criticized.
With that said, mod-bombing is a form of political correctness, which I'm against. And I'm esp. against it in journals, where it's not about the quality of the presentation to the general public; i.e. tucked away in your own journal you should be able to say whatever you want.
I used to counter-act his and others' mod-bombings when I had mod points, when I got to the point where I saw moderating the general discussion areas pointless. But I turned off the moderation option a couple of years ago, as the whole thing's as overall futile as us sacrificing lambs to achieve forgiveness of sins. And now I think they took the screen that housed it (in D1 at least) away, the basterds.
p.s. Why would you assume that whoever might mod-bomb DR also happens to read your journal?
"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman