Conform or be cast out

When someone talks about “educating” people, what they often really mean is “convincing them to adopt my views as their own and further propagate them.” A highly effective means of forcing someone’s hand in order to achieve this is to silence all dissenting voices. Those who will not be silent are either demonized or viewed as crazy because of their failure to conform and subsequently … Continue reading Conform or be cast out

No Opinion

I have attempted, over the course of the past two years or so, to identity and eliminate any opinions I might have permitted to take hold within my brain. Preferences? That’s different. Some people like peach cobbler and some don’t. If I don’t, that’s not an opinion, that’s a preference. An opinion says “Peach cobbler sucks,” which is not fact. A preference says “I personally … Continue reading No Opinion

Shut Up, Be Happy

Remember when independent thought, tolerance, non-conformity and distrust of big business were commonly viewed as cornerstones of liberalism? Remember when censorship was bad? I remember. I also remember viewing conservatism as a stodgy, closed-minded ideology that favored corporations over public interest and demonstrated a complete lack of tolerance for anything new or different. Conservatives were usually the ones complaining about “messages” in music, film and … Continue reading Shut Up, Be Happy

I’m going to kill 2021

2019 knocked me down hard. 2020 knocked me down harder, and kicked me while I was down. Yeah, I know, it knocked everyone down and I’m not special in that regard–don’t claim to be, but this is my website, so… 2021 is a big, ugly fire-breathing dragon eyeing me from beyond the chasm of winter, waiting with baited, smoky breath to greet me when I … Continue reading I’m going to kill 2021

Life lessons from Star Trek

In the Star Trek episode Day of the Dove, the crew of the Enterprise is pitted in mortal combat against the crew of a Klingon ship by a mysterious parasitic entity that feeds on hatred. The entity takes away their phasers and disrupters, providing them instead with swords, ensuring maximum negative energy. It resuscitates the dead so they can get right back up and continue … Continue reading Life lessons from Star Trek