Archive for September, 2012

I’ll make a deal with religious believers: you stop vilifying me, and I’ll stop saying things that result in you causing YOURSELF to be offended (but we can still ridicule each other). They’re just words.

Good behavior, 365, is not complicated. But it is hard as hell.

I can’t afford the luxury of thinking my every thought is of interest to everybody. I can’t afford to waste time. I can’t afford being told by a machine how to communicate.

I can’t afford the Twitter.

Happy New Year!

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increased noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego.”
Jean Arp
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To every Muslim who thinks he must avenge the supposed profanation of a book with violence and anger, I say: grow up. Get over it. Stop your childish temper tantrums over nothing. Put out your fires, go home, go to school, go to work, play with your kids, treat your women kindly (if you cannot accept them as equals), and live in peace. As Christians and Jews learned long ago, you cannot force the world to respect your dark superstitions.

Once again the awful destructive power of religion is on display. The main reason Osama staged 9/11 was to get the US off sacred Saudi soil. That’s right; 3,000 people died because of their stupid sacred soil. That’s really what it was about. A few years later, while making expensive and bloody war in Afghanistan and Iraq, we quietly withdrew from Saudi Arabia, which no doubt made Osama happy.

Maybe freedom means having nothing to lose – and perhaps some the Bartlebys of the world aren’t simply lazy: they have looked hard at the world of work, assessed the trade-offs, and found the courage to say “I prefer not to” – and damn the consequences.

Why is football still legal? It’s a serious question. Why maintain, nay, lionize a pastime that wrecks bodies and minds?

If one closes one’s ears and does not listen to the siren song of the political and economic elites, or to the hosannas of the Leadership/Management/Motivation industries, which constantly pump out ever more slogans, ever more reasons for working harder and regarding work as meaningful…one can ask, in the resulting silence: is work really worth it?

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