While depersonalization mat be ascribed to materialism, a reductionist perception of reality, imparting personal (human) characteristics to inanimate entities, even symbols, and other species, is not just the opposite of the former. Of course, both are produced by intellect and cognition. But that is not necessarily so. Birds can tell the difference between an object and an organism with very small brains. Continue reading →
Learned a new word. Well, actually, I went looking for an explanation of what strikes me as peculiar behavior. Mechanophilia I suppose that is what American car designers were appealing to, virtually disrgarding the utilitarian and functional reequirements.
I used to think that Christianity had been suborned by commercial interests. Now I realize that Christianity is a vector for what is, essentially, an abstract version of predation. That is, christianity and commerce both seek to exploit their targets. Commerce does it in the name of monetary profit; christianity does it in the name of salvation. Continue reading →
Juvenile court is a problem. Juvenile court does not just deal with miscreant young people. Juvenile court deals with child abuse, neglect and incest. “To protect the victims,” the hearings are all closed to the public and all the participants (judges, clerks, social workers, defendants’ lawyers, social workers, foster care providers, and guardians ad litem for the children), are sworn to remain silent about what they know. There are no notices of public hearings published. Warrants are probably sent by mail.
Equality is a value-free concept. Morality or immorality of particular behaviors depends on the character of the agents. What happens when behaviors targeting some populations with injury or deprivation is prohibited, equality prompts an extension of the abuse to other or entire populations. It is sort of like a virus that spreads when targeted. Continue reading →