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Why do rabbits poop eggs on Easter?  I don’t understand the connection here.

Why does everyone always cover themselves with a mask?  Not literally, but in a behavioral sense.  We are always hiding our true selves from other people.  We reflect what we think they want to see from us, and it’s not us.  It’s somebody else.  It’s a mask. 

Cultural shorthand, I believe, has something to do with it.  We expect different behaviors from different people based on their role in society, and it’s no different when it comes to ourselves.  We look at a doctor, and we don’t expect him to start dancing a jig, now do we?  But if the same man were dressed in a leprechaun costume, we wouldn’t notice anything odd.  That is cultural shorthand.  And we apply this cultural shorthand to ourselves as much as we do to other people. 

I wish we wouldn’t.  It constrain people, confines them, limits them to a narrow scope in life.  Some people can break free from that narrow prison…those people are usually the ones we admire and look up to, or think “Ai, I wish I could be as cool as him/her.” Or they’re the people labeled crazy.  It depends a lot on how you look at it and what their background is.  Some people seem entitiled to be able to do whatever they want.  The very, very rich are a good example.  They can get away with giving all their money away, hoarding it, living like a homeless man, acting “eccentric,” spending it lavishly, behaving badly in public, etc. etc.  You get the idea.  But even they almost have a compulsion to do something out of the ordinary, to act strangely.  Their cultural shorthand is to scorn cultural shorthand!  You can’t get away from it.  The instant you look at someone for the first time, you are already conceiving notions about how that person should act, think, talk, dress, and so on. 

Why do we do this to ourselves?  Why can’t we all just live how we want to, do whatever we want to?  If a doctor likes to dance a jig, why won’t he do that?  Because he would be labeled strange by the rest of society, and there goes his career. 

We even act differently around different people, depending what their station/position is in life relative to yours.  I”m not going to start singing around a complete stranger, but I might if I were around just my friends.  I’m going to be more polite and formal when I’m around older people or little kids than I would be of people my own age.  I’m even going to act differently around people from my math class than I would in my psychology class, because I know different things about them.  If I know what their grade is in that class I might act differently yet.  Everything influences how you behave. 

I don’t think that’s right.  But really, we have no choice.  If we ignore the rules of cultural shorthand, we get labeled as an outcast in society, or worse, as insane.  Try deviating a social norm for just one day and see how people treat you.  It’s rather disturbing.  Try going up to someone in a supermarket and start talking to them as they that person were your best friend.  They will become very uncomfortable, if they don’t run away. 

I just hate this.  I wish we could stop it.  I wonder how many personalities have been repressed, how many relationships unformed, how many things have gone unsaid, how many people have even died never having done what they really wanted in life.  We are so constrained, and we need to learn to break free from the bounds of our society.  Next time you see someone interesting in a store, go talk to them.  Next time you see something you want to do but know you can’t, because it wouldn’t fit in with your image (like go to Disneyworld alone when you’re thirty, jsut for a random example…) do it!  Just break out of your shell and start living your life.  Ignore what other people think about you.  It’s so hard…it’s almost impossible.  Everything you do is affected in some way by other people.  I just want people to wake up, look outside of Plato’s cave and see the blue sky!  There’s more to life than getting a raise. 

Live your dream, everyone.  It’s all you’ve got, so find it!  Do something you want to do instead of something you should do.  Walk up the road dancing and singing.  In a perfect world, nobody would look twice.  Here, you’re going to get some really funny looks. 

If you completely ignore everything else I just said, listen to this: do one thing that you want to do that doesn’t fit your image.  Just one thing.  Learn to open the box, and maybe you’ll find there’s a whole new beautiful world out there. 

Time for a snack. 



I’m leaving it. 

I decided that a couple of years ago.

I haven’t changed my mind. 

What happened to the Constitution?  Aren’t we supposed to represent everything good and noble in this world?  I think poor George Washington would be figuratively turning over in his grave right now.  After the immense amount of effort our founding fathers put into this country, it’s already falling apart after only 200 years. 

Historians always compare us to the Roman Empire.

Well, there is one major difference here.

They lasted for over a thousand years. 

We’re dying after only two hundred.

Don’t get me wrong.  We’ll last a lot longer, gas prices notwithstanding.  They just went up last week in my area to an average of $3.35 a gallon, btw.  It’s just that everything we stand for— freedom, equality, justice for all, the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happines–you know, the things we take for granted–are being twisted and corrupted and killed by our lovely “representatives” in Washington D.C.  They say we have freedom of speech, but why do we keep hearing stories of people being arrested–like the story of the schoolteacher being arrested for wearing a Kerry pin? 

Equality?  Don’t even go there.  How many people can you actually name that went from rags-to-riches?  Bill Gates doesn’t count.  His family was already rich.  He dropped out of school because he had something better going on, not because he was a slacker. 

Enough of my ranting.  The point is, I can’t live in this country with a clear conscience while our President vetoes a ban on waterboarding, takes money away from schools to give it to the “War on Terrorism,” and sinks this country further and further into debt and the big “R” word–recession.  It’s going to happen, people.  Home foreclosures?   Interest rates?  Gas prices?  Plummeting stock market?  National debt? Corrupt government officials?

And look at who wants to play the President game for the next four-eight years.  They’re all the same.  It doesn’t matter who you vote for.  One might be more annoying to listen to than another.  Maybe we should vote on how nice their voices are; after all, we have to listen to it for the next four years.  We might as well make things a little easier on ourselves. 

So don’t vote for Hilary.  She’s got the most annoying voice I’ve ever heard.  On the other hand, we could get makeup advice from her during the State of the Union address.  “State of the Union Address 2009: How to Apply Mascara.”

Huh.  Sorry if I’ve offended anyone.  Just had to get my point out there.  Everyone should be entitled to their opinion, no matter how stupid it is.  So thanks for listening.  Tell me what you think.  Are we turning corrupt?  Are we undermining the Constitution?  I’m not talking about just George Bush, but the entire government, the entire nation.  What is happening to us?


Apparently just because he only has a few months left in office, our very own President Bush has decided that he can do whatever the hell he wants.  Not that anything has ever really slowed him down, but this in particular pisses me off.

He has openly declared, by vetoing this bill, that he condones torture.  this is America!  Aren’t we supposed to stand against that kind of thing?  What kind of image is he projecting to the world by doing this?  It’s been on the news all day.

My father and I got into a bit of a tiff earlier about this, in fact.  He said, “Good.  At least they’re doing something.  If they get information from those people it’s worth it.”
I was a little upset.  First, torture doesn’t mean that the people that they’re interrogating are telling the truth.  Think about it.  If you’re under torture, are you going to tell the truth, or are you going to tell your torturers what they want to hear?

Secondly, a lot of people that they interrogate don’t have anything to do with terrorist activities.  They can just pick someone up out of the countryside in Iraq and label hi ma terrorist if they so feel like it.  Not that that is particularly happening, although I’m sure it has, but it’s possible.

Third, torture is just wrong.  How can you do something like that to another living being?  No matter what someone’s done, they shouldn’t be tortured.  Other human beings don’t have any kind of a right to do that to anyone.  Who’s judgement call is it?  On who’s shoulders does the blame lie?

If you think waterboarding isn’t torture, think again.  Go look it up online.  Heck, go try it if you’re so sure that it isn’t torture.  Maybe you’ll change your opinion .

Well, there are my thoughts on the matter.  This was a despicable action on Bush’s part, and although over these eight years I’ve done my best to be fair-minded and give him a fighting chance, this is the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.  It’s a bad political move, a bad move for the morale of our country, and a bad personal move.  He couldn’t have made a worse decision if he’d tried.


August 2020


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