Partisanship: Thinking as a Non-Thinking Herd

It betrays me to say that I don’t typically like clubs. Clubs in the other sense rather than the sense in which one refers to “clubbing”. I believe this dislike arises from my experience in group identity becoming a gossip game in which I would ignore some people and listen to others, all the time defending my own brittle clique regardless of it’s actions. The Mayor of my town is an elder of a Presbyterian church that I used to go to (I still stand as a member) . I also had a physical trainer who happened to know a bit about this elder/mayor figure. This physical trainer was involved in town affairs and attended each town meeting. During one of these meetings it was noted by my trainer that the Mayor said very inappropriate things during this documented but unbridled public forum. The Mayor said some insensitive things and also made a false accusation of this man during this meeting. I remember the timidity with which I began friendly conversation with my trainer for weeks because of my affiliation with the Mayor which overshadowed what I held to be true. In the same way, I find it impossible to have rational discussion when all involved are merely speaking for their herd.  Democrat and Republican and all other parties (herds)- these distinctions should not be made. It is not acceptable for the representers of America to assemble as a mob.

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Fuck the NSA.

People encrypt files such as email and instant messages if they don’t want big corporations, hackers, scammers, and other people seeing their personal messages illegally. And oh yeah, the NSA too. I looked into email encryption and found out that it only works with people who have encrypted email, and is a painstaking process. It is grossly unjust that I have to go through such bullshit so that I can have a fucking chance at having a smidgen of privacy. I understand hackers and people like that. They get punished when caught. The NSA intercepts and fingers through a billion (literally) of US citizens’ full-length phone calls and texts as well as reads millions or more emails and instant messages in a month’s time, and when found out, gets a fucking slap on the wrist, and off they go back into their disgusting corner. One hacker could get jail time.The NSA does it on a national scale on American Citizens and doesn’t get any type of punishment? Think about this one: The US Government fucks up again and again, gets caught red-handed breaking laws and trampling over people’s rights and even blatantly killing innocent people over and over and over and nothing- nothing- happens. Hits the press, gets fussed about in public, and goes to some white-haired shit heads in Washington who did it in the first place. No punishment is enacted- ever- unless it is money given to a citizen (who paid the taxes merely get them back merely to pay them again later). The US Government has become the biggest Mafia in the history of modern civilization, and it is “legal”, meaning unpunished and unchecked. The NSA is a quintessential example of how you are butt raped and used daily without consent by the people who’s only job is to protect you and maintain basic peace. Fuck them.

Dead Man

The bull walked out the door
The muleta fell to the floor
The mail came back with a check
The man is no longer poor.

The effort with which he toiled
The sweat with which he sweated
Is all under the soil
That’s what everyone betted.

No longer will he fight
No longer will he run
No longer will he struggle
All his work is done.

The man is dead
Hollow is his head
Never again

Anything to dread.

“An Appointment” by W.B. Yeats

Being out of heart with government
I took a broken root to fling
Where the proud, wayward squirrel went,
Taking delight that he could spring;
And he, with that low whinnying sound
That is like laugher, sprang again
And so to the other tree at a bound.
Not the tame will, not the timid brain,
Not heavy knitting of the brow
Bred that fierce tooth and cleanly limb
And threw him up to laugh on the bough;
No government had appointed him.

Quick Quip: Eschatology

Eschatology. A daunting word to be sure. It’s the kind of word you bring to Christians and get coffee spilled on their Sunday suit. “You’re trying to complicate things”, they’ll say. It means the doctrine or study of the end times. Biblically, I think it’s better taken to mean “ultimate things” rather than “end times”. Cheerfully, this isn’t a relevant topic because I don’t know anyone who’s been to the end of time, or I guess that’s how you can come to think of it. Bleakly, we have to deal with this subject because there is actually a book out there that a few men wrote who said they did know how the end of the world will come about, and who will bring it about.

I found in my studies of theology that eschatology should be a constant context for reading the holy scriptures. The letters of the New Testament use eschatology as a hinge for their message, and you can’t really ignore it’s significance when reading the ancient passages. To those authors, the end times were upon them. When Paul wrote about false teachers and antichrists coming in the end times he was referring to those who were antichrist in that day.

It’s a huge issue, I think, because if the writers claimed to be infallible in their written and oral assertions, they also claimed to know how the end of the world would come into effect. So, not only were they perfect in their analysis of the present state of mankind and God and the heavenlies and their God’s feelings and opinions and judgements, they were unquestionably right about their claims as to what the future would hold. Conveniently, most of their claims in regard to these events were very “symbolic” in nature, as the intellectual Christians call it, making their inerrant ideas very ambiguous. For a word for all time they sure did make it hard for us to understand. If these things were so important, why didn’t God bless these guys with clarity that would surpass the knowledge of their times so that we could benefit from their writings?

I think it is more likely that they were wrong. Anyone who claims to be without error, and his reasoning for this looks like an appeal to something that told him, and this thing is without error, and it is without error just because, is not telling the truth. I don’t know how else to put it. Eschatology is interesting and to me is very fun to think about. It just shouldn’t be taken too seriously. You don’t want to ingest this stuff. Just chew on it a little.