Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fear

In a pursuit of strength, fear almost always causes ailment rather than augmentation. Even when it causes augmentation, perhaps by showing one limits to what one can do and causing one to focus on where one is better served, the fact that fear is what causes this recognition is a failing since fear is an abject experiencing of weakness. One should rationally search out limits and do so seeking strength, and to do so mincingly is absurd. Caution is fine, as one should not take a risk without adequate possible benefits, but one should be free to try for benefits without fears, as the benefits will not be deserved with fear in the process.

Fear of death is of utmost folly. It does not demonstrate worth of or make us appreciate life, nor make it more solemn nor sacred. While it imiplies a greater desire for life, it seems to imply less worth of that life as well. Instead of valuing it as one spends time, wallowing in abject despair over what might or perhaps almost come to be is a far stupider choice. Caution, again, is fine, as one should take steps to protect one's life, but do so in a paranoid manner is insane. One ought to strive forth nobly!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Voting

The "I voted" sticker plague is a terrible way for people to look at the nature of voting. This masturbatory self-congratulation demonstrates values that make us not vote as a nation. The idea that voting is some special event (not that it is not a privelege) instead of the common outcome/tool of democracy that it is creates a mindset where voting also is a burden instead of a privelege, where the person voting feels like what they are doing is a service to others that they should be lauded for enacting.

Additionally, anyone who brags verbally about whom they voted for is generally deluded about the process. Politics is not only a mess, but also such a corrupting agent that it is nearly impossible for any candidate to be a savior (see: Obama, who has disappointed us severely on human rights issues). In this lobbyist fueled system we live in, special interests are catered to rampantly, and most candidates cannot resist the allure whether consciously or subconsciously.