Blagospherology, Status Quo, and the elusive Anton Liebowitz

October 31, 2008 at 3:52 pm (Wrongs of the World) (, , )

I took a break from blogging because I realized that I wasn’t breaking ground: not only has the ground I’ve been hammering at been thoroughly tilled and reseeded, but… In fact, the metaphor I didn’t bother to come up with has likely been worn out many times over. My thoughts on politics are moot: the institution is corrupt, and any replacement institution will also be corrupt (or will fail). Or both. Most of society (at least, that part of society that maintains a profitable standard of living) survives thanks to that corruption, so I find it awkward to do either of 1) start or 2) join an anti-corrupt government crusade.

In similar news, my crusades against religion are no better than others’ crusades for religion. In fact, I can recommend nothing more than everyone reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins during or immediately after high school, and that parents not force religion onto any children who resist it.

However, I do have a new mission in life, which I am sure others will be more successful at: spread the science seed. In literal terms. Just because a person doesn’t understand your views (on science) doesn’t mean they are worthless. In fact, they are necessary for assimilation into the science sphere. If you have any interest in science, have many children, even with someone who doesn’t understand you. With any luck of genetics, your children will share your passion, at least to some degree. And, if your spouse happens to not particularly enjoy science, at least you have taken them out of the non-science mating pool.

A friend of mine, Emily Orthogonal, has always been active in the Mornington Crescent community. This win against Anton Liebowitz was a rather exciting game, and so I have resolved to perhaps once again peruse the rulebooks and get back into the scene.

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Pharyngitis, Conjunctivitis, MyDoom, and other Viruses. And Politics. Maybe it’s a Mindvirus?

September 27, 2008 at 4:07 am (Wrongs of the World) (, , , )

I am sick, as is much of the rest of the campus. Cold, pink eye, and the last is a joke – I hope I’ve graduated to the point where computer viruses are in the past for me. Being sick means that I still go to class, still do homework, still take tests, still socialize. My routine is not so much broken as it is stressed: I can’t stay awake, I can’t concentrate, I can’t recall previous knowledge, and I can’t spend more than two minutes without breaking out into a scary volley of deep coughs, respectively. Which gets me thinking about the world’s problems.

We are all victims of the world, because of several groups of people: those who want to delegate, and advertisers. Which brings me to voting: the biggest lie out there, composed of a thick collaboration of those two groups of people. In my search for validation for reasons not voting I found Don’tVote.org, and I think they have the right idea. Unless politics are your passion, you have just about no place voting. Particular policies are generally flopped or flipped upon inauguration anyway, so standing by someone’s campaign is a false hope. Meanwhile, truly understanding a candidate’s motives and underlying plans is an impossible task: not only have that candidate’s views and plans been warped by their party and their staff, but political candidates are professional liars in the public eye. Such good liars, in fact, that they can lie to everyone flat out from one day to the next with no one thinking any worse of them.

When a country is okay with their leaders lying to them, well, it’s finally a proper country of the modern world, right? It’s painful how politics (in USA, Russia, everywhere else) hinges on clear-cut corruption, deception, propaganda, and abuse of power. Although that particular idea can be taken further, because the majority of non political organizations (companies, national agencies, societies, forums, etc) are built from, controlled by, and reliant on that very same political veil. One thing you might say is “Well, Yuriy, you say that’s a problem, but you are doing nothing to fix it!” and you would be missing the point. The problem with the world is that up-front, no-holds-barred, corrupt, deceptive, power-mongering manipulation works, so “fixing” it is out of the question. To convince all of humanity that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is NOT the best maxim to live by is a fool’s errand, but you’re welcome to try it! (It would be like reprogramming society. I might have to find Username God to promote the allegory of our insignificance.)

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