Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Happy Turkey Day

Things are slowing down in the blogosphere, so I am going to save all the heavy topics I've been marinating for next week. I am on hiatus from work and hubby is playing hookie, so we have home improvements to do. Anything I can do to advance the cause of our gutted bathroom in the hallway I will do to end the tyranny of sharing a bathroom with him. You see, men and women should not share a bathroom! Anyone who is married will agree and single people take notes -- this is the wisdom of ancients. Really. I am pretty sure it says it in the Bible somewhere - "Thou shalt not share a bathroom with thine spouse." It's the Eleventh Commandment.

I read a really cool article this morning on my favorite Libertarian website Lewrockwell.com, which I will share here and say Happy Turkey Day to everyone.

Life Is Beautiful
by Charley Reese

An astute reader suggested to me recently that people today are no worse than they were in the past, and they will not get better in the future. Now, that's a sobering thought even for a teetotaler – which, by the way, I'm not.

Upon reflection, I believe he is right. After all, human history is a record of folly, war, tragedy and greed. It requires a dark sense of humor to get even a few laughs out of it. We humans have been defiling the planet ever since we arrived and are still doing it. I know it takes 10 acres of rain forest every year just to produce the junk mail I get in my mailbox. That reminds me: If the U.S. Postal Service weren't, like every other institution, a servant of big business, it would cut the price of first-class mail and increase the price of second, third and fourth class.

But let's get back to the story of mankind. I did notice, even in my idealistic youth, that one could read Plato, Aristotle, Seneca, Cicero and Caesar, and it was just like reading contemporary writers. That's because human nature really doesn't change. Poverty and war have been the norms of human existence and still are. But youthful enthusiasm and idealism quickly crowded such thoughts out of my head. Every time I ran into chicanery or tragedy, I thought I was seeing something new, or at least the exception. It took a while to realize that all I was seeing was normal human behavior.
If you review all of human history, you can easily see that the only thing that has changed is technology. Someone gave us this wonderful brain – the best there is among living creatures, so far as we know. It has the capacity to "time-bind," to use the phrase coined by Alfred Korzybski, the founder of general semantics. That simply means we can pass on whatever knowledge or skills we accumulate, and that's what makes technical progress possible.

You can see how it works just by following the path of weapons. It starts with a rock, then a sling, then a spear, then a bow, then an ax, then a knife, then a sword, then a gun, then an explosive, then an airplane, then a missile, then a nuclear warhead. How much indeed have we improved upon the means to kill each other! We can now murder millions of people in seconds and probably will eventually. (Someone asked
Southern comedian Brother Dave Gardner where he would want to be in the event of a nuclear war, and he replied, cupping his hand behind his ear, "Wherever I could say, 'What was that?'")

The odd thing about us humans is that this same time-binding ability allows us to preserve the wisdom of how to live together in peace, harmony and cooperation. Many wise people in different cultures have figured it out, and they or their disciples have written it all down. We tend to either ignore it or allow our emotions and desires to override our reason.

The problem here is that each of us is born with a blank slate. Civilization itself is literally born anew with each baby. Whatever that baby needs to know must be learned, and that's why education – parental, peer and formal – is so important.

By now, you might be thinking, What's the point? Well, the point is that despite our faults, life is beautiful. This planet is beautiful. People, especially children, are beautiful. People can create beauty, as well as weapons. What we should do is enjoy the moment more and worry less about the future.

I'm not suggesting that we ignore Aesop and go completely grasshopper, but we should recognize that good and evil are permanent components of the human existence, and nothing we do will change that. What we can do is associate as much as humanly possible with the good and the beautiful, and avoid as much as possible evil and ugliness.

The world outside of us is as it is. Whether what we see and experience make us happy or depressed depends on our internal evaluation of it. Going down the highway of life, we can look at the litter and the billboards or the grass and the trees. I prefer the trees.


At 12:33 PM, November 22, 2005 , Blogger Tyreael said...

Excellent article. I am currently reading a book on Lincoln written in the 1950's and as it describes some of the political turmoil surrounding elections and politics, it is like reading today's news. It really is true that the same problems occur over and over and although the environment may change, the results are almost cyclical.

Also, I definetely agree with the bathroom comment...I made a comment to my wife the other day that perhaps we should have gone for the two-bathroom apartment instead of the one with the vaulted cieling and fireplace :)

At 9:29 PM, November 22, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Tyreael -

Thanks for stopping by. Vaulted ceiling vs. extra bathroom. That's a tough choice but, at the end of the day, I think the 2nd bathroom wins out. :-)

Happy turkey day and I hope to see your comments again soon.

At 2:26 PM, November 23, 2005 , Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

11 23 05

II: I haven't the time to read the current post, but Happy Thxgiving to you and your husband:)

At 3:06 PM, November 23, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Thanks! You too.

At 3:20 PM, November 23, 2005 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

The first half of that article was some of the best stuff I've read all week! :-) One of the things I love about Buddhism is that it accepts struggle as part of life. It states that there will always be struggle, but that your job is to maintain throughout it. Similarly, I like the way the author discusses war, ignorance, etc, as just being part of life. Sometimes, it's very hard for me to relax with so many things wrong in the world. I feel a responsibility to act--which is good. But it can be overwhelming. Sometimes I just have to remind myself that Rome was not built in a day...

At 3:21 PM, November 23, 2005 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

By the way, my wife booted me to the back bathroom. I was sharing it with a kitty litter box! Yuck! I saw how important it was to her, so I just caved. After a while, though, I got rid of those dang cats and moved my butt back up to our bathroom. We share. It ain't that bad--at least for me! haha :-)

At 3:28 PM, November 23, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

It's not so bad for you since you are probably used to all the stray clippings from your shaves. :-)

At 4:49 PM, November 25, 2005 , Blogger Stalin the Shark said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Intellectual Insurgent!

(Signing off in a tryptophantic bliss), :-), StS

At 5:20 AM, December 05, 2005 , Blogger Free Agency Rules said...


Happy belated Thanksgiving! :)

You know there is a statement in the article that is very philosophical and has cause me much pondering.

It is the statement, "The problem here is that each of us is born with a blank slate."

I don't believe we are born with a blank slate, in fact I think that sort of thinking is mostly Eastern.

Anyone who has had more than one child, will easily attest to the individual personality that each of them have. I believe that their "spirit" brings previous characteristics with it when it enters the body.

But anyway, the article was interesting.



At 9:48 PM, December 05, 2014 , Blogger oakleyses said...

polo ralph lauren, prada outlet, oakley vault, christian louboutin shoes, cheap oakley sunglasses, tory burch outlet online, true religion, michael kors outlet, coach outlet, prada handbags, michael kors outlet online, chanel handbags, louis vuitton outlet, tiffany jewelry, gucci handbags, burberry outlet online, kate spade outlet, michael kors outlet online, coach outlet store online, michael kors handbags, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet online, tiffany and co jewelry, longchamp outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet store, louis vuitton, nike air max, longchamp outlet, red bottom shoes, true religion outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet online, nike outlet, ray ban outlet, christian louboutin, nike free, nike air max, burberry outlet online, kate spade outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, coach outlet, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton handbags, coach purses, christian louboutin outlet

At 9:51 PM, December 05, 2014 , Blogger oakleyses said...

converse pas cher, nike roshe run, hermes pas cher, nike roshe, true religion outlet, ray ban pas cher, north face, nike air force, guess pas cher, mulberry, scarpe hogan, hollister, true religion jeans, ralph lauren pas cher, ralph lauren, sac michael kors, burberry pas cher, hollister, louis vuitton pas cher, michael kors uk, oakley pas cher, air max pas cher, nike free, michael kors canada, louis vuitton, nike air max, sac vanessa bruno, nike air max, chaussure louboutin, north face pas cher, vans pas cher, air jordan, nike blazer pas cher, longchamp pas cher, sac louis vuitton, louis vuitton uk, lululemon, tn pas cher, longchamp, air max, ray ban uk, lacoste pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, timberland, new balance pas cher, barbour, nike free pas cher

At 9:57 PM, December 05, 2014 , Blogger oakleyses said...

babyliss, new balance outlet, replica watches, vans outlet, mcm handbags, celine handbags, beats headphones, nike trainers, nfl jerseys, giuseppe zanotti, jimmy choo shoes, ugg boots, birkin bag, asics shoes, canada goose outlet, ferragamo shoes, insanity workout, nike huarache, chi flat iron, hollister, abercrombie and fitch, uggs outlet, north face jackets, north face jackets, mac cosmetics, soccer jerseys, canada goose outlet, uggs outlet, uggs on sale, bottega veneta, instyler ionic styler, ugg boots clearance, nike roshe, valentino shoes, lululemon outlet, ugg, marc jacobs outlet, ugg outlet, longchamp, ghd, reebok shoes, ugg soldes, p90x workout, soccer shoes, wedding dresses, mont blanc pens, herve leger, canada goose outlet, canada goose

At 10:05 PM, December 05, 2014 , Blogger oakleyses said...

ugg, gucci, canada goose, iphone 6 case, hollister canada, vans, canada goose, swarovski uk, pandora jewelry, air max, ray ban, pandora charms, moncler, timberland shoes, moncler outlet, moncler, canada goose, replica watches, louis vuitton canada, uggs canada, coach outlet, juicy couture outlet, converse shoes, thomas sabo uk, nike air max, juicy couture outlet, ralph lauren, hollister clothing, moncler, hollister, supra shoes, louboutin, toms outlet, oakley, canada goose pas cher, parajumpers outlet, moncler, wedding dress, baseball bats, converse, swarovski jewelry, links of london uk, lancel, moncler outlet, pandora uk, karen millen, moncler, montre femme

At 1:00 AM, September 16, 2015 , Blogger Zheng junxai5 said...

2015-09-16 zhengjx
Michael Kors Outlet Stores Online
canada goose outlet
Kobe Shoes,Kobe 9,Kobe 8 Discount
Coach Factory Outlet Official Coach Handbags Sale
ray-ban sunglasses
Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet Online
michael kors bag
Coach Outlet Online Coach Factory Outlet
Louis Vuitton Handbags UK For Sale
Louis Vuitton Handbags Official USA Website
timberland boots
ugg boots
Oakley Sunglasses Official Website Cheap Off
coach factory outlet online
nike trainers
toms outlet
celine handbags
michael kors outlet
Hollister UK Clothing Store
Louis Vuitton Outlet Discount Handbags
Cheap Louis Vuitton Handbags Luggage Bags Sale
cheap jordans
hollister uk
michael kors bags
ugg boots sale
Gucci Outlet Online 80% OFF
ugg australia
michael kors outlet
Mont Blanc Pens For Sale
Michael Kors Outlet Online 70% Off Handbags

At 6:53 PM, September 23, 2015 , Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.24
oakley sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, tory burch outlet, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, replica watches, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, uggs on sale, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, burberry, polo ralph lauren outlet, replica watches, michael kors outlet, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, nike air max, gucci outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, ugg boots, tiffany and co, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp, longchamp outlet, prada outlet, ray ban sunglasses, louboutin outlet, prada handbags, ugg boots, nike air max, ugg boots, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, nike outlet, michael kors, jordan shoes, louboutin

At 6:56 PM, September 23, 2015 , Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

burberry, new balance pas cher, michael kors, coach outlet, sac longchamp, true religion jeans, mulberry, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, louboutin pas cher, ralph lauren uk, nike free run uk, north face, true religion jeans, michael kors, ray ban pas cher, true religion jeans, sac guess, nike air max, air jordan pas cher, vans pas cher, nike air max, nike free, tn pas cher, coach factory outlet, air max, coach purses, nike roshe run, chanel handbags, coach outlet, hollister pas cher, converse pas cher, abercrombie and fitch, north face, true religion outlet, nike blazer, hogan, kate spade outlet, hermes, longchamp pas cher, lululemon, nike air max, timberland, nike free, hollister, michael kors, michael kors, kate spade handbags, air force, ray ban uk, lacoste pas cher

At 6:59 PM, September 23, 2015 , Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

instyler, nike air max, oakley, ferragamo shoes, herve leger, jimmy choo shoes, nike huarache, giuseppe zanotti, celine handbags, mcm handbags, hollister, north face outlet, ray ban, beats by dre, hollister, converse outlet, vans shoes, nike roshe, hollister, soccer shoes, lancel, ralph lauren, louboutin, insanity workout, valentino shoes, new balance, wedding dresses, mont blanc, abercrombie and fitch, asics running shoes, reebok shoes, chi flat iron, longchamp, nike air max, nike trainers, north face outlet, converse, p90x workout, soccer jerseys, vans, timberland boots, mac cosmetics, lululemon, ghd, baseball bats, nfl jerseys, birkin bag, nike roshe, gucci, babyliss, iphone 6 cases, bottega veneta, vanessa bruno

At 7:01 PM, September 23, 2015 , Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

pandora jewelry, marc jacobs, moncler outlet, coach outlet, canada goose, replica watches, bottes ugg, michael kors outlet online, canada goose, pandora charms, wedding dresses, ugg boots uk, doudoune canada goose, canada goose outlet, moncler, karen millen, louis vuitton, moncler, links of london, pandora jewelry, moncler, michael kors outlet, toms shoes, moncler, barbour, ugg pas cher, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, louis vuitton, supra shoes, swarovski crystal, juicy couture outlet, montre pas cher, thomas sabo, doke gabbana outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, canada goose, louis vuitton, moncler, sac louis vuitton pas cher, canada goose outlet, swarovski, michael kors handbags, hollister, canada goose uk, juicy couture outlet, moncler, moncler, canada goose, louis vuitton, barbour jackets, pandora charms
ninest123 09.24

At 2:59 AM, October 27, 2015 , Blogger dong dong said...

coach outlet
uggs clearance
Cheap Michael Kors Handbags Outlet
uggs sale
Air Jordan 6 Champagne Bottle
Michael Kors Handbags Clearance Outlet
Designer Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet stores
coach outlet online
ugg boots
abercrombie store
tory burch sale
Louis Vuitton Online Shop Stores
michael kors bags
toms outlet
michael kors outlet
nike trainers
coach outlet store online
Louis Vuitton Official Site Outlet Stores
ugg boots
ugg boots sale
Louis Vuitton Outlet Stores Usa
Nike Kobe Bryant Basketball Shoes
Abercrombie and Fitch USA Outlet Store
Louis Vuitton Outlet Mall Store
Christian Louboutin Outlet Sale Cheap Online
Oakley Polarized Sunglasses Cheap Outlet Store


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home