“Why Is White H8tred Encouraged While Black H8tred Penalized?”

The parts I paid most attention to begin about 55:15 in.

Restarting at 1:04:57… My Grandma’s super superstitious like that too. If we think it, we’ll bring it upon ourselves. heh

Ya know, that’s where some superstitions served humans well and still could. Making fun of the other for his or her affliction might result in that same affliction befalling yourself or someone in your family. That gets a person thinking. Being born that way isn’t fair according to many, but cosmic circumstances dole out however they do, fair or not. And that’s just a fact of life. Helps to keep that sort of thing in mind. Superstitions can aid in that purpose. That’s the upside.

A little further on… “Damn Mexicans.” Hehehe I do appreciate equal opportunity humor.

That was Tommy Sotomayor imparting his perspective on the topic. He does crack me up. biggrin

“Thomas Sowell – The False Dichotomy of Race” (an excerpt from his book “Intellectuals and Race”)

Very interesting audiobook excerpt from Dr. Thomas Sowell’s book. Just finished his Black Rednecks and White Liberals and today began his Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy book. I do enjoy listening to that man’s perspective.

“Take Me To Church”

Came across a new song today, introduced to me by my companion. It’s by Hozier and titled “Take Me To Church”:

He’s been listening to it on the radio and said it reminded him of me due to its gospel feel. Never saw the video before though.

This song has really been growing on me over the last couple of days. Very emotionally provocative.

Still rambling on Thursday while listening to the rainstorm

Trying to get out of being “stuck on stupid” this week, which is to say to direct my mind away from circling around the same loop of thoughts again and again. Very tough for someone like me who can get quite obsessive with thoughts and feelings, though I realize it’s a road to nowhere. All I’ve been writing on here recently about my past and personal life has all been thought about and rehashed again and again and again over the years, with no real and lasting change brought about even where I uncovered new insights. Because I’m stuck rather than moving forward.

Neurotic? Probably. That’s what happens if you can’t or don’t find a creative outlet for emotions and energy.

I feel trapped by a sense of alienation from most others and by feelings of not measuring up to some mystical standards I’m not even sure of. I’ve watched others’ lives unfold and listened to their happier stories about growing up, and sometimes I feel jealous and saddened, which then makes me feel guilty because I want to be happy for them and do recognize what they had was a good thing that more people really should experience (nurturing, loving family environments, I mean, not reckless spoiling). It’s not their fault that the cards were dealt as they were, just as I suppose it isn’t my fault either for the situation I was born into. Could always be worse, could also have been better. But it’s water under the bridge by this point. I wish this envy would leave me so that the comparisons could fade from my mind and I could just enjoy people’s company without seeing us as being from different walks of life.

But that’s difficult when people judge so harshly, as they are prone to do. It’s embarrassing when they’ve looked down on me and my situation when I was younger, or when as an adult I’ve been judged as worthy for sexual involvement but not love. That made me angry with people. Especially toward women who are so quick to cut others down due to what they perceive as sexual promiscuity or “ungodliness” or otherwise not seeming lady-like enough to want to affiliate with. Most especially when I learn of those same people doing their own dirt covertly, while so loudly denouncing others for nearly the same thing. I have found far too many women to be disingenuous in that way, which is probably part of the reason why I aim to leave them alone nowadays or attract toward older women who aren’t afraid to admit their faults and past experiences and choices.

My own choices have humbled me a bit in terms of recognizing how easy it can be to navigate down the wrong path, pursuing ends that won’t ever satisfy. And I guess I don’t mind speaking about some of that, admitting my wrongdoing or choices I was responsible for making that led to places I wasn’t prepared to go. And yet so few others seem comfortable conversing on that level, preferring instead to elevate themselves at another’s expense by drawing distinctions and forming quick judgments. I don’t like that. But perhaps we’re all prone to thinking like that at times. Good to take notice of it though, so as to correct my thinking and to be open to other people’s humanity despite our differences. Continue reading

“How America Became a Nation of Victims: Culture of Victimization & Personal Responsibility (1992)”

Currently watching this 1992 footage from CSPAN2’s BookTV:

“The rise of the therapeutic state”…yes, that’s what we’ve got. I’ll go a step further and say we’re witnessing the rise of the Administered Society to boot. “…use litigation as the tool of choice in order to advance causes.” Very strange to observe, that’s for sure.

I’ve heard about that Bradshaw guy and his infantilism “therapy” they’re speaking of around the 23-minute mark. Weird shit that began with the Baby Boomer generation since they were the first to take flight from reality en masse (at least in the 20th century). People like to claim that television plays no major role in shaping people’s imaginations and that most are able to keep reality and fiction separate, but take note of all the evidence defying that. Boomers were raised up on televised fantasies that colored their worldviews and gave rise to the notion that they deserved to have their wishes brought into fruition, even if through political means. To simply dream something could be possible became commonly accepted as proof enough that it can and should be brought about — nevermind any potential negative consequences; leave those to be ironed out by future generations.  disapprove

What we’ve discovered in the decades since is that those fantasies very often aren’t realistic, not in full, not how commonly expected, from the dreams of ever-higher standards of living to 100% equality across the board to eliminating all sex- and/or race-related prejudices through legal and organizational means. Because human life is far more complex than that and legal measures aren’t adequate to overhaul hearts and minds. Arguably, using coercive legal and organizational strategies and encouraging an atmosphere of censorship has led to more social divisions and bred greater resentment. Ambitions of attaining and maintaining la-la-land standards of living has driven deeper wedges between socioeconomic classes that, on the one hand, produced many spoiled, historically-ignorant, idealistic youths geared toward suburbanite fantasies, and, on the other, has helped to exacerbate the erosion of already-impoverished communities. The aim to bring about some sort of utopian society has backfired and instead has ushered in a web of contradictions and exploitative wishful thinking, without end in sight.

When asked who is responsible, the typical answer is to point to the other guy, those people over there, those institutions, those politicians, that race or class of people. Always somebody else. But we were all born into this and make of it what we are able. Helps to strip it down to the fundamentals. If influential parties and groups aim to undermine others through legal manipulation, we have the choice to respond in various ways, not merely to wage war on the political battleground or to give in to being miserable and powerless. The way shit’s been framed has gotten into our heads and is limiting our imaginations and therefore our possible responses. It’s a mental matrix determined by what have become cultural, political, and economic and social norms — but those are still only human constructs, not immovable obstacles or unchangeable facts of life. Not when it’s contradicting so much else that too appear to be facts of life.

Kind of like when people say the only things certain in this life are death and taxes (which I actually heard repeated, yet again, earlier today). I’m quick to correct people who say that and to explain that no, taxes are not an unavoidable, ever-present fact of life. They are not. Taxation is a human construct that we abide by, for better or worse, but most certainly isn’t on the same playing field as death. Financial taxation is not a guaranteed condition of living. To equate these two is to grant taxation a higher status than it’s due, and I don’t think that’s come about by accident or oversight. No, the two are equated intentionally so that citizens accept taxation as just as inescapable as death and impresses on us that we should then give in to it, even when too much is taken from us and is used to fund programs and whatever else that further violate us and others against many of our true wills. That’s stupid to accept as a fact of life, and it’s stupid to behave as if we’re powerless in the face of it and that all we’re capable of doing is sitting here and pointing out others to blame for it. Yet that’s become the American public’s modus operandi. Rather than alter or go up against what we’re able, it’s easier to cast blame and expect somebody else to do something about whatever’s going on. And I’m not claiming to be a saint here myself.

“…bogus victims drive out real victims. And if everybody’s a victim, nobody’s a victim.” So true.

Anyway, gonna finish listening to this man before heading back out for my last appointment for the evening.


[Updated Aug. 22nd, 2014: Edited for typos and greater clarity.]