Saturday, September 20, 2003

You all have a tampon commercial to thank for today's post. What brand it is I seem to forget, but if you all just go buy some tampons, I'm sure that eventually justice would be done to the makers of the wonderfully thought-provoking feminine care products, as well as the commercial psychologists and marketing executives that sell them.

You may have seen it. A girl, herein referred to as Girl A, passes a note to the girl next to her, at which point Girl B responds by handing Girl A a tampon. The teacher, doing a wonderful job of enforcing senseless anti-note-passing rules, asks the girl to bring it up to the front. Mistaking it for a candy, he says he hopes she has enough for the whole class. "Well, enough for the girls anyway" she responds.

Ha ha ha! Delightful! In any case, it brings you back to the halcyon days of elementary school, where teachers were of socialist and/or communist persuasion. Yes, you're allowed to bring your delicious morsels to school and ingest them as you please. That is, provided you're willing to feed the rest of the class as well.

Notice the pervasive socialist principles thrown upon today's (and, I'm assuming yesterday's as well) youth. It doesn't matter if you worked hard somewhere to earn that candy; every other little kid in the class is deemed just as deserving of it as you, without respect to the fact that they didn't do anything to earn it.

Sure, socialistic tendencies are nothing new to the world of academia, but this is elementary school. Perhaps it explains the prevalence of these fundamental principles governing so many adolescents lashing out at the system they implicitly wish to strengthen, as well as why faulty beliefs just don't seem to go away. By peddling, and by peddling I mean forcing, ideas like this to young children, through methods of shame and punishment, they aren't given an adequate chance to formulate beliefs without socialist bias. It accounts for the fact that most people can't provide a sufficient defense for their ideas, but instead just "know" they're right.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

What's happened to the seemingly endless supply of politically and philosophically abhorrent worldviews and causes as of late? Reading the paper in the morning these days usually takes me about fifteen to twenty minutes - there's just not anything worth keeping track of. I don't care what happens in California. Screw those hippies.

What else is there? The presidential election is too far off to be very interesting, and really feels like a waste of time. Technically, there is the somewhat local Texas redistricting issue, AGAIN. Violence in the Middle East is just as overdone as anything. What happened to bans on the ingestion of various potentially harmful substances? What happened to anti-gay legislation? Summarized, what happened to everything fun?

In truth, despite how offensive and purely idiotic a lot of viewpoints were, I really miss their preponderance in the media. I feel like I'm in some children's/young adults' show on PBS where you're pontificated to about the importance of diversity (No affirmative action, either?) of viewpoints and character. As much as it pains me to say this, fallacies make the world a lot more fun. Well, at least for argumentative, philosophically inclined people like me.

So, I pose this question to everyone that cares: Would you really want to live in a world where everyone's always right? Where people all accept the truth, never run into contradictions, and... well, you see how this is going. Or, even, just a world where people didn't ever propogate their ideas and visions, and most certainly wouldn't even argue in their defense?

I'm incredibly interested in how people will respond to this.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Everything in the world is being washed down a moral sewer. You know, a cool sewer with rats, weird noises, and sewage. It's nothing new. The world's been going down this moral sewer for thousands of years as far as I know. Obviously, it's a really damn big sewer, but that's an irrelavent detail.

But, despite the fact that apparently, the morality of the sum of all existents decreases every few days, a long editorial about it was recently published in the local newspaper. In fact, I think a big one gets posted every few weeks/months. You can't go wrong with outrage and dissatisfaction with popular culture and kids these days. Moral sewer editorials are like human interest stories - if there's nothing good to write about, you can just throw one in, and watch the happy and/or outraged letters flow.

It was the petty standard complaint. Kids these days aren't learning what's right and what's wrong. Kids are watching too much TV and advertisements = corruption. Those two, of course, physically coerce girls into wearing revealing clothes. Which in turn, means being sluts. Which means guys getting aroused and raping them. Only dumbass teenagers would contest the notion that TV is the primary instrumentality in the sluttifying of America.

For my argument, I need to refer to my post last Wednesday about the proposed immorality of various obscure sexual fetishes. Really, what's immoral about sex? What's immoral about obscenity? Maybe you should take it upon yourself to ask someone one of those questions, particularly the one about obscenity. You're not likely to get any answer other than something religion based, or perhaps a "that's offensive." Hey, maybe it is. Offensive is a really subjective term though. To quote The White Stripes, I've said it once before, but it bears repeating. Positing that something is offensive doesn't establish its immorality. There's no way around it. If someone argues with you about it, maybe you should tell them you're offended by their moral establishment.

Though, of course, you know everything's fine'n'dandy when the world's big problems revert to being about MTV.