Antagonists are exclusive. I used to think they were anti-social, but shared antagonisms actually seem to serve as a social bond. Some people identify with others on the basis of shutting some people out. And people who aren’t exclusive of other people are perceived as a threat. Which they are. Generosity is perceived as a threat by people whose basic impulse is to exclude and deprive, even though their own assets aren’t an issue. Generosity implies a critique of the hoarder and, consequently, must be vilified.
“so much sex” for “Sandra,” “the slut.” It’s not just the alliteration.
Imitation and repetition, brought to us by the gift of gab, let limp bough collect lots of money, without having to resort to actual thievery. Advertisers pay him. Why? Most likely, it’s to drown out the competition.
And then there’s the guilty pleasure you get from hearing somebody else’s kids whine. You come away thinking “gee, I’m glad that’s not mine.”
Besides, how great would it be if other annoyances were as easy to shut off?
America’s State Parks Association is sponsoring a first day hike in which all fifty states will participate. Texas, being a big state, has forty five venues on offer, while Georgia is promoting twenty sites with a variety of inducements:
“First Day” Along with a Little Luck Hike / 10 AM to 12 PM
UnicoiUnicoi State Park – Helen, GA
Welcome the New Year with a 2 1/2-mile moderate hike around Unicoi Lake. Finish the trail at our campfire ring where hikers can add a little luck to their year by enjoying a small meal of black eyed peas, greens, and pork cooked in Dutch ovens over an open fire. Register in advance. $5 parking. 706-878-2201 ext. 305.
Generations of Missourians have passed through Dr. Edmund A. Bablerâ€™s Memorial State Park’s massive stone gateway for cookouts and family get-togethers or to spend time with friends. The parkâ€™s camping facilities, Civilian Conservation Corps architecture, and hiking, bicycling and equestrian trails help all visitors find their place to get away from it all, just minutes from St. Louis.
Meanwhile, poor Louisiana seems able to manage guided hikes at just two of its parks. But, they are free.
Of course, it isn’t necessary to have a park to hike. Wherever you are, get out of the house for an hour and perambulate.
Lust is one of the seven deadly sins and commonly associated with the desire to acquire satisfaction in the sexual realm. Somehow, that one person’s gain is another’s loss tends to be overlooked, perhaps because the obsessed, being self-centered, are incapable of recognizing another person’s interests, whether it be their bodily integrity, sustenance, or locomotion.
It is true that you can’t eat a gun. However, for the impotent, potency is more important than sustenance. Besides, since the beginning of the nation, property rights have trumped human rights. We have been led to accept the ownership of things as a substitute for respect for our properties (speech, perambulation, association, recreation, etc.). That’s because free men are difficult to control. When they are attached to their belongings, they are easier to manipulate. Neither liberty nor equality are desired when the object is social control. And social control is a necessity for people who have few if any talents with which to sustain themselves.
The incompetent are impotent. So, it makes sense that they crave the power to make others care for them. Lucky are those whose gift for gab enables them to dissemble and coerce what they need for themselves without having to resort to physical threats. The incompetent, impotent and inarticulate need a gun.
At two and a half hours, it is both too long and too short. Would have made a better TV series, like “Roots,” wherein the history could have been explored in greater detail. Also, the title is misleading in the same way as reference to reform of the medical insurance industry as “Obamacare” is misleading. What the movie is really about is the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment by a lame duck Congress and before the readmission of the secessionist states to the Union would have interfered with the passage of a law to regularize the status of former slaves as free men and citizens. Peace was held hostage and the city of Wilmington was torched to extort a permanent change from self-serving members of the House, not very different from the scoundrels we see grandstanding today.
Thaddeus Stevens, compellingly portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones, is rightly credited as the moral force behind the termination of legal slavery and his speeches are presumably accurate renditions of what is preserved in the Congressional Record. So, in retrospect, there is some irony in his restriction of the principle of equality to legal/legislative dealings, the rule of law. No one could have expected a hundred and fifty years ago that the impulse to rank and segregate their fellow men would lead the majority of the population to countenance the abrogation of most human rights in the interest of maintaining dictatorship. Who knew that government by the people could be effectively undone by the rule of law, impersonal, impartial and highly impervious to change? Who knew that the deprivation of human rights would be the price of civil rights?
Legal injustice. Slavery was the exemplar from the beginning, was it not? What the law taketh, it can return and then take away again. And the scofflaw legislators need not even show their hand.
Indeed, that’s the only rational explanation for the gun fetish with which some U.S. citizens are afflicted. How else to explain the NRA spokesman calling for more guns to “keep the children safe,” except as a euphemistic assertion of the fact that only dead children are safe? “If we slaughter them early, they won’t be a worry.”
And habits are what instinct-driven individuals, people who respond to prompts and don’t give much, if any, thought to their actions, rely on to direct their daily lives.
In EuroAmerican society, the dominant tradition is the culture of obedience. That is, the main thrust of social organization is towards keeping the human members in line, rather than focusing on man’s interaction with his/her natural environment.
As I understand it, native American societies were much more conscientious about the human interaction with other species, animals and plants, even as they had virtually no interaction with their inorganic environment (the earth’s crust). That is, native American societies, at least in the north, did little to manipulate minerals or stone.