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The First Day of Spring…

Posted in Society on 20/03/2012 by Rob Cotton

It’s kind of fucked up, or at the very least, it’s majorly annoying that the first day of spring is not a holiday. Spring is the time for beginnings, regenerations, reemergences and rejuvenation. It is a time to reflect on past hardships and to embrace future hardships, as they lead to new springs. So, why the fuck is bullshit like presidents day celebrated, but not this beautiful, universal event, the beginning of spring?

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Some Thoughts on Why Religion Must Be Destroyed…

Posted in Society on 10/02/2012 by Rob Cotton

If a philosophy is having more of a negative than a positive impact on society, that philosophy is a problem and must be dealt with accordingly. This is the position I take against religion. While some may argue that religion can be a positive personal experience for many who believe, the tendency for those beliefs to negatively impact society as a whole outweigh the alleged benefits of the religious experience.

From extreme examples such as Muslim terrorists who wage Jihad on those who don’t believe in their bullshit, to Christian terrorists who threaten and murder abortion providers, the tendency for irrational belief structures to cause major problems for those who choose to follow different moral, spiritual or intellectual paths is too much of a problem for us to allow them to persist, no matter how ‘good’ it makes someone ‘feel’ to believe these fantasies.

The fact is, that we are quickly evolving beyond the need for imaginary deities to serve as the backbones for our existence. In that light, it’s no surprise that the religious are often opposed to rational, scientific, evidence-based explanations for phenomena. Such critical modes of thought are anathema to religious bull shit.

It is imperative that we continue to attack religion, as it is an enemy of progress in terms of both our human evolutionary consciousness and the betterment of our society on a day-to-day basis.

It’s Time To End The Failed ‘War On Drugs’

Posted in Politics, Society on 08/02/2012 by Rob Cotton

Consider, for a moment, in the abstract, the absurdity of a governmental ‘war on drugs.’ Basically, the ruling class has decided that an arbitrary selection of substances are prohibited because, in some circumstances, they can harm the person using them. Of course, it’s not merely that they harm people that causes the prohibition. If that were the case, then bleach should be prohibited as well, since swallowing bleach is harmful. But, it’s not the harm caused to the individual or society that places these substances on the prohibited list. No, it is the pleasure involved that is the crux of why these substances are prohibited, and that leads to the obvious question: why?

The reason is not that the government has legitimately deemed these substances as a threat, but because the deeming of them as a threat serves a greater purpose for the ruling class. By prohibiting substances which provide varying degrees of pleasure, the government ensures that a convenient criminal class will always exist, around which a complicated power structure can be erected and maintained. Thus, the goal of the drug war is solely one of exercising and building upon power – the power of the ruling class, which in a capitalist society happens to be the rich.

The war on drugs is, first and foremost, a class war. Sure, there are wealthy drug lords who, in extremely rare cases, are arrested and prosecuted, but, by and large, the people who are targeted by the government’s drug war are the underclasses.

The drug war should be a primary target of attack for those who wish to defeat the current societal power structure and topple the illegitimate regimes of control at the top of our societal hierarchy. Contained in the war on drugs is a veritable backbone of this power structure, and if it can be compromised, a significant battle has been won against the privileged elite whose goal is to perpetuate the enslavement of the masses in varying degrees (basically, whatever’s possible at any given time or place).

Dear Idiots: Keep Your Religious Bullshit Out of Science Classrooms…

Posted in Society with tags on 02/02/2012 by Rob Cotton

Evolution is a scientific fact. Yes, there are individual theories as to how it has taken place, but the basic premise is a truth about life here on Earth. It can not be denied. Sure, you are free to choose not to ‘believe’ in this fact, but then you will be what is commonly called ‘wrong’. Likewise, you can choose to believe 2 + 2 = 500,000, but, once again, you would be wrong. It’s really that simple. It’s not a matter of whether others are being ‘intolerant of your religious beliefs’. It’s a matter of you choosing to be wrong. So, please stop pretending that your ‘theory’ that you absurdly call ‘intelligent design’ is equally or even more valid than an irrefutable scientific fact. It’s not. And, I’m not being ‘intolerant’ when I say this, because you’re free to believe what you like, but you shouldn’t be free to preach your baseless, fantastic bullshit to a classroom of impressionable schoolchildren who should be able to trust their scholastic institution to provide them with a valid scientific curriculum, untainted by the whims of a handful of people who think that the garbage inscribed in a book of fairy tales is more believable than mountains upon mountains of documented scientific research.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

New Year’s Resolutions…

Posted in Society on 03/01/2012 by Rob Cotton

What is the reason for this tendency of many people to attempt to resolve some negative aspect of their behavior at a completely arbitrary time, like the moment the calendar shifts up a year? Do these people actually think that their inability to commit to these changes will finally succeed after many non-starts and a few failed attempts, simply because the year is now mathematically one more than it was the previous few times they acknowledged that the flaw they are focusing on needed to change? I don’t think so…

More likely, people get a general feeling of well-being simply by stating to themselves or the world that they’re finally ready to change these things, and that fleeting feeling of satisfaction then often is enough to prompt a gradual backing away from carrying out the resolution. Since one already feels a little better, why go the extra step and actually follow through with the behavior modifications required to make the resolution succeed? Then, less than a year later, it’s time for a new ‘new year’s resolution’ that is doomed to fail due to its inauthenticity.

I’ve learned through experience that the kind of personal change that people truly desire takes more work than merely making a few half-assed minor adjustments and convincing yourself that you’re doing something. It takes will, dedication, patience and perseverance to accomplish the goals that many people would ideally like to set for themselves, but are all too often discouraged from following through on because they didn’t put in the necessary effort in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that is not easily broken.

In a way, I am truly glad it’s not easy, because this is what separates the strong from the weak. I am not claiming to be in the upper echelons of the strong, but I am at least on what I perceive as the path that will bring me closer to that level. In the past year, I have made great personal strides physically and mentally in a number of areas, and thus have no need for a ‘new year’s resolution’, as I was already working on them. It is an ongoing project of mine to improve in any and all areas where I see the need for improvement, whether they are better learning the foreign languages I study, improving my skills as a musician, getting into better physical shape, or a variety of other things I am focused on.

I am not trying to say that I have all the answers, but let’s be honest here: saying you’re going to ‘lose weight’, for example, is not going to happen by choosing some fad diet and sticking to it until February when you’ve lost 10 pounds of water weight and you decide it’s now okay to ‘cheat a little’ to ‘reward yourself’ for all the ‘hard work’ you’ve done. That’s what happened last year, and look where you are now…

No, the solution is a wholesale change in your approach to life. To continue with the example of dieting, you must change the way you think about food and the way you choose what foods to eat and when to eat them. The same basic principle applies in all areas. It is always about really digging in and doing what needs to be done from the roots of the problem. Superficial solutions never work. I’m not saying it is easy, but the rewards are always worth the effort.

People Who Wave at the Camera During Street News Reports

Posted in Society on 29/12/2011 by Rob Cotton

There are few things that are more gratingly irritating as a general function of their banality than the spectacle of an idiot or, even worse, an entire group of idiots standing behind a news reporter in some sidewalk or street and waving enthusiastically at the camera, replete with empty headed smiles on their buffoonish faces, suggesting their unmitigated glee at the prospect of being seen by someone, anyone, on television.

“Gee whiz honey, even though we’re on vacation from Indiana, maybe someone we know will be watching this 30 second reporting segment on a local New York network’s news broadcast. We should flail our arms like morons and wave to them to get ther attention.”

Of course, I suspect not even that base level of forethought occurs in the minds of those who do these things. Rather, they are compelled by a pre-intellectual urge to respond to the presence of tv cameras by trying to become a part of whatever is being captured by those cameras and broadcast to the world at large. It’s not a matter of getting attention for the purpose of communicating anything, except the very fact that one is, in fact, managing to get attention. There is no teleology to this action, it is an end in itself: an end that serves no real purpose or function, except, perhaps, to make the person involved look like an idiot.