Thursday, July 30, 2009

Looking for a New Dance

Life begins to feel like early school years. Pressures to conform. Others mainly desire you to go through the motions, as they do. Motions. The motions should mean more.

Many tease with meaning, but dissapoint and remain. Why must they remain when they have proven deficient?

Why do people still value monetary income so highly, as if it possessed meaning? It teases with meaning but dissapoints, and remains. Socially normative pressure to earn more remains. Claps from family at promotions, even when it costs quality of life, even when it estranges the promoted from what has meaning.

Desire for us to go through the motions, desire for us to value what has so little value is a social force softly and constantly blowing against us, bending us like a tree on a cliff's edge, bowed to the unrelenting wind. We are maimed by society.

What should our response to this state of life be? While going through the motions, as we must, we can consider this question. Questions of meaning are not easy, but we have time to think while empty motions are executed again and again. A dance we have been taught since children.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Defensible Position

The United States is in a time of transition. Change evokes fear, division, nervousness, anxiety, and a host of other fleeting and tempestuous emotional states, this is true for an individual and for our compound human organism: the state. Many citizens have been reflecting on the founding of our nation and our core principles, hoping to find in them a guide for the course we are steering.

Whether you find yourself honestly researching foundations for old or new opinions, or you find yourself confronted with less than honest public statements to the contrary I would like to offer a piece of source material and a clear rebuttal of what I think is a pernicious and dangerous violation of our long national dialogue.

Position: The United States was not founded on the Christian religion.

Reference: Article 11 from the Treaty of Tripoli signed by President John Adams on June 10, 1797.
Summary:
Many other elements of our history and national documents make this clear but none so clear as this and for those wishing to advance the earthly influence and power of their religions it seems that the spirit of our country and history do not provide enough clarity to forestall their ambitions, so I offer this clearest of statements by an early leader of our Republic.

I doubt that this will stop the imposition of selfishly wishful thought upon our shared history, but it may give us a defensive weapon against outright ignorance, say "President John Adams and congress stated unanimously that the United States was not founded on the Christian Religion."

Friday, July 24, 2009

"In God We Trust"

I do not trust god and you don't either. Either you go to the Doctor or you trust god. Either you have a standing army or you trust god. Either you trust god to heal you and protect you or you don't. Actions reveal those things we most trust to perform as we need them to. I know of no reason to trust god, and I know no theists whose actions reveal their trust either.
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"In God We Trust is the official motto of the United States and the U.S. state of Florida. The motto first appeared on a United States coin in 1864 during strong Christian sentiment emerging during the Civil War, but In God We Trust did not become the official U.S. national motto until after the passage of an Act of Congress in 1956.[1][2] It is codified as federal law in the United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, which provides: "In God we trust" is the national motto."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Deadenders

When a person lifts himself up by putting others down,

keeps himself up by keeping others down,

raises up one to keep another down, or

keeps one up to keep another down;

when a person does any of these things he has long lost

and now hopes only for delay and stasis.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Give me a child for the first 5 years of his life and he will be mine forever."— Vladimir Lenin

"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."— Proverbs 22:6

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I will not give my child to the state nor the church, they would use her for their ends and purposes. I will make the decision that my parents did not make for me, to leave her both free and prepared to own herself.

Vigilance is Required

"The National Government will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."

— Adolf Hitler
Berlin, 1933
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Upon this foundation he built an empire. He did not build this empire alone. He had a nation behind him, a nation founded on Christianity and family. A nation that prayed with him and carried out the will of the government, not because they could not think for themselves, but because their thinking was fundamentally akin. The credulity that religion demands of its adherents leaves them predisposed to believe thin statements from those in authority especially when they seem, on their surface, to reinforce dearly held beliefs.

Vigilance is required to keep our beliefs, atheist or theist, from being used as handles to drag us about.
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"I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

— President George H.W. Bush
Chicago, Illinois, on August 27, 1987
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There is a potent potential in this country for persecution of out-groups (e.g. minorities). This is especially dangerous when seen to be righteous. I worry for the future of others, like myself, who have come through much thought and study to stand solidly on conclusions that would put us at the end these loving and righteous knives.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dissatisfaction. Ennui.

Mind forced to engage on less than challenging projects. Mind forced to treat digital ditch digging with similar importance others place upon it. Mind wishes to shut-down now. Hope in fresh start-up springs eternal.

Praxis Fatigue

I tire of my praxis. We answer small questions, solving old problems in slightly new ways, same answer just reworked with new technology. This powers cycles of economy, round and round, leaving little left over for non-capital producing praxis. Humanity's march has always been slow, but it needn't be.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

PSA: Diet Books are for Suckers

I hear people talk about dieting as if it were a complicated topic. There are entire isles dedicated to diet books at local bookstores. Amazon has diet books in the thousands selling their dieting angles as if it required several hundreds of pages to understand and implement. Celebrities and doctors pretend to have found new ways to loose weight "and keep it off". WTF people?

Dieting for the vast majority of humans couldn't be simpler; eat less and exercise more. If it feels complicated to you its because you won't accept the most obvious facts in front of your face. I'm not saying you are stupid or retarded, just that you are choosing to act in a stupid and retarded manner (e.g. buying diet books).

My diet book consists solely of its title and makes me zero money: Eat Less, Exercise More. Done. That is fucking it. It is not complicated.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Nathan would sniff canned air. After a few seconds of inhalation he would pass out cold, head smack against his keyboard or a little bounce off carpet, just enough to make his hair dance up and down. He was a great guy. I never understood his motivations, but I knew he was a friend.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cicero wrote "On Duties" ostensibly to his son as a type of instruction on how to be a quality person. This work has been appreciated far more widely than its dedication would indicate, enough so that it was hand copied for centuries, and now an anonymous individual like myself can easily get Amazon to deliver a dual language copy to my door step in two days. I wonder what Cicero would think about the longevity of his work and the diverse crowd of his new inheritors. I wonder if his son ever read it.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Commute

Week day. Typical commute from employment location to suburban home commences. I stand up from my desk, remove headphones, comrade eyes look into mine and I say, "For those about to drive, I salute you."

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Pack Dreams

Morning. Development cave is dimly lit. Searching the web. Searching my mind. The old urge to run with a posse, a pack of wolves, surfaces and planes other thoughts level.


This urge is strong, imparting boldness and desire to run with tongue out. A pack running together, eyes bright and muscles pumping, we feel alive.

This urge is never far away. It sleeps when it must, waiting to remind and instruct. This urge is ancient and is never far from my mind. My ancestors must have wrestled with similiar. My offspring will likely share the dream of running over open terrain, tongue out, compeletely in the moment, now, now, full of now.

A pack working together, free of past and future, tongues out with joy, eyes bright with bold unfettered action. A day dream that weaves itself into my days without care for its nonsense, and I respond with equal lack of care for its nonsense. I dream of the running pack.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

"Think big, act small, fail fast; learn rapidly"


I say this statement today while studying a new project development methodology and it struck me as widely applicable and worthy of some brooding over beers.