Random observations for February 2017
If I do ever die, I want people to say "he died", not this "passed away" horseshit. I hate euphemisms.
If Donald Trump had not been born rich, he would probably be indigent or dead. His mentality and behavior are too weird and offensive to succeed at any ordinary job.
I feel a special horror at regimentation, at anything that subsumes the individual within the mindless mass. The chanting of slogans, the singing of hymns or recital of creeds, marching in unison -- it all reeks of yielding one's humanity to a deadened and dangerous subhumanity.
The fact that you personally don't understand the scientific evidence for something doesn't mean that that evidence is not conclusive.
Can we someday do without leaders at all? It would be contrary to our nature as a species -- we are primates, and primates have dominance hierarchies. But we have already transcended our biology in so many other ways.....Who can say?
A person who knows only one language is like a person who has only one eye. You can see just as much, but all the depth is missing.
You are free to the extent that -- and only to the extent that -- you can say "no" to someone who gives you an order, and make it stick.
Human lust and sexual passion are a constant across the millennia and around the world. Taboos about various forms of sexuality seem pretty much random and change like the weather, from decade to decade and from country to country. It's absurd to think that the particular configuration of clouds we see right here at the present instant constitutes a final "correct" state which will be fixed forever.
A lifeless universe? I prefer to imagine that there are many worlds out there with their own peoples, where the stories that cannot be told on this world can have their chance to live.
[For previous random observations, see here and here.]