Friday, June 26, 2015

All purpose go to guide for people who are against same sex marriage.

You're a bigot. But enter one twitter user who simply refers to himself as Mike. See he had a problem with being called a bigot (which he is) after he made the statement that he is opposed to same sex marriage in the public forum which is Twitter. He pulled up the most simplistic definition of the word and doubled down on the fact he's not a bigot. Learned definitions seem to disagree however. Note how it says "unreasonable beliefs" there. Keep that in mind because it's going to be a recurring theme for this discussion.

I admit, yes, I am dismissive of his type as he mentions but there's a very good reason for this. Enough people have been hurt. Any time you state that X humans don't get to do what the other humans are doing when it has absolutely no bearing on your freedoms, that's the end of the discussion. You're no longer thinking or operating on rationale, reason or morality. I've been through enough conversations to know that pointing out your galactically stupid position and putting you in your place is the best course of action in order to save time and one's sanity because you need those 3 key components in order to be able to admit that your position is indefensible. In essence, have the ability to admit that you're wrong. Without that you're just going to be doing a lot of talking and not a lot of thinking, which is what got you to your idiotic conclusion in the first place.

Well Mike does seem to have a lot to say without saying anything at all. I like to refer to this as verbal diarrhea. It doesn't take him long for him to bring up god. Remember what I said about unreasonable beliefs? Well, the etymology for bigot mentions that it may have come from "by God" revolving around religious hypocrisy.

In his twitlonger response, he reveals the true nature of his position regarding opposing same sex marriage. And that reason is because he's one of the many people, due to geographical birthplace, found an imaginary friend they can talk to with a nifty book that tells them how to think instead of thinking for themselves. See to people like Mike the LGBT are not only destroying themselves, they're creating a level of spiritual decay that will somehow have an impact on reality. There's a little teeny tiny itsy bitsy teeny weeny problem with that though. It's completely batshit insane.

I've already written at great lengths regarding religion and how it's absurd for any human being to conclude without a shred of evidence that there are/is a god(s) that cares so much about what happens to man only after they evolved from apes and have been on Earth for 100k years without any intervention whatsoever. Greater writers and scholars than I have already pointed out the absolute disastrous consequences of beliefs without evidence and the absurdity of such supernatural claims. Same sex coupling is something that occurs in myriad species in nature. Somehow, to these morons, it's sinful. That's not something I care to hear or give any weight to. I've seen what mankind does with such beliefs. On the more moderate side you have parents disowning their own children and harassment from peers leading them to commit suicide. On the other you have human beings throwing others off of rooftops to their death. It's venemous scripture found in Abrahamic religions written by bronze age men that we have to thank for this. Thankfully, sounder minds prevail and we're moving forward. No thanks to Mike.

This is the reason I'm curt with you. This is the reason that your opinion and belief deserves absolutely no respect and is to be dismissed immediately. It's what we do with bad ideas like spraying kids with DDT to show how safe it is or that you should always put salt in your eyes. We stop doing it after identifying that it's harmful to us and/or others. Eventually. See the religious seem to think that because they deem something to be sacred that it's immune to scrutiny. It's not.

So the next time I call you a bigot and you think you're not being heard, on the contrary, I hear you loud and clear. You can go on spouting your nonsense on public forums all you want. I, on the other hand, don't have to listen to it. Nor do I have to give it any more weight than one would give a fairy tale or a schizophrenic's account of the world when they're off their medication. As a result, the table your sitting at becomes a lot smaller by the day. And that my friend is a step in the right direction. Because anyone holding onto the idea that some humans don't get to do certain things because of their sexual orientation is a bigot that's not operating at the capacity to help progress humanity. Don't like the word bigot? Fine, hypocritical cunt. Try that one on. Now fuck off.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

All you need is love.

After reading the recent article by Sarah Michelle Gellar I realized that there's a topic of conversation that I neglected. Children.

Within the article Sarah illustrates her interaction with her husband and her kids revolving around the kitchen. She enumerates the myriad benefits of having this family time which evolved from her and Freddie's passion for great healthy food. Although I think it's absolutely great advice for any family looking to bond with their children to focus on such an activity, I believe that it's one of many reasons that their children are going to end up as absolutely awesome adults. In simple terms, all you need is love.

There have been cases in the past where children have been severely neglected. The term used to describe them is feral children. One of the most surprising results of extreme neglect during a child's critical development stage is that their brains won't grow. Ever. As a result, they currently are unable to develop beyond a 12 year old's level. To me that's something that's incredibly tragic for the child but fascinating in regards to how we treat our children. With the recent inclusion of the field of epigenetics we're starting to unlock the very foundation of human beings via science. Early childhood seems to be the most critical time for all of us due to our brain's high plasticity during that time.

Not everyone has a passion for food. I myself am guilty of this. As much as I enjoy preparing a meal as a perfectionist, when doing this for myself, I tend to keep things extremely simple and economical. Sometimes that leads me to unhealthy choices. It would take a major course correction on my part and due to my lazy nature, and because I'm an adult, it's an every day challenge. Yeah, I know a lot of you are probably quoting Shia LaBeouf or want me to load up Rollin's Band - Do it. Hey, I'm working on it. One of the reasons for this though is I never acquired good eating habits as a child. There were far too many liberties regarding my dietary choices and not a lot of involvement in the importance of diet and exercise. If I'd had been around the kitchen, being involved in meal preparation by my loving parents, this aspect of life would have definitely been a lot easier for me. The point is however that any environment in which you provide love to your kid will make them turn out awesome. Scientists use terms like "stimulation and attention" but I call that love.

Not convinced? Check out Taylor Wilson. At the age of 14, he built a nuclear reactor. His father owns a bottling plant and his mom is a former yoga instructor. Now how in the hell do you get a nuclear physicist from a businessman and a teacher? Watching the NBC piece, you can see it. At a certain point when asked about how they felt regarding their child stating that he wants to build a nuclear reactor in the garage at the age of 11, his father simply stated "We were scarred to death to be honest but, if Taylor was going to learn, he had to experience it". This isn't an isolated incident either. His brother Joey also attended the same school for the gifted in the field of mathematics. Looking at various interviews the one clear constant is that those kids got was love. Sorry, "stimulation and attention". When Taylor had an interest in acquiring a piece of construction equipment that was outside his parent's means, his father got him some time with one instead, to figure out how it operates. How many of us would have simply just dropped it there by saying "we can't get a kid a damn backhoe!" or "She's too young" or "We can't afford it". Presented with an obstacle, his father simply looked for a positive alternative. As a result, the world is better off for it. Taylor's already made strides in providing safe nuclear energy to the future and I'd argue that this was primarily possible because his parents are fucking rock stars.

The most important thing to a developing child is an open door. As Neil deGrasse Tyson said if your toddler is fixated on hammering on a pot, get out of their way. I'd go further and suggest joining in, perhaps trying to set an accompanying rhythm or if you're a musician, pick up your guitar and join in. Regardless of how annoying the sound might be to you because your mother is in the hospital, you have a deadline on a project, you need to be able to say yes to your child at all times. Well, when it comes to personal discovery that is. For fuck's sake, keep their soda consumption to a minimum. Good habits, a lot of love and enabling them is the key to awesome adults. Because the world as it stands needs some of the greatest minds available in order to overcome the problems of tomorrow.