There is a program that exists in the United States, whose roots go back about fifty or sixty years. New members join or rejoin nearly every day, in hopes of finding a cure for their condition. Instead they are enrolled in the program, and one addiction is replaced with another. It’s obvious to most of the people that have not been indoctrinated into the program that it doesn’t work, but it’s hard to convince the folks that buy in. When they fall off the wagon, it’s not the program’s fault; yet somehow when they stay on it, they give the program credit. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #016 -Addicted to the Club!”
The most strict definition I ever heard for ‘drug’ stated that any substance that you put in your body by any means is a drug. I argued then that food shouldn’t be considered a drug, and that air and water shouldn’t either. My argument was that a drug should be classified as something that alters your consciousness in some way, and that most people probably think of mind-altering substances when they think of drugs. I have since realized that both arguments were pretty much right and pretty much wrong all at the same time. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #015 – We’re All on Drugs!”
It was tempting to call this post ‘public schools create robots!’; but why go metaphorical when the literal sounds almost as bad? Just like the government clearly stated their intentions when they passed a law making all psychedelics illegal, they also clearly stated their intentions when they created schools. One was to make it easier to put minorities and subversives in prison, thus getting them out of the way and silencing them. The other was made to program children to be factory workers.
Don’t get mad at me; I think it’s a terrible way to treat kids too! Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #014 – Public Schools Produce Factory Workers!”
Sometimes the only way to be right about something is to start out being wrong about it, and work your way from there. So it was with the one percent, and me. I had heard people refer to the ultra-rich with that term before, and probably misused it a few times, before I gave it a little more thought and did a little actual research. What I found put things into perspective, and made me wonder if I had been the only one that didn’t know these things. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #013 – One Percent of What?”
Have you ever seen a professional hypnotist? They put people under, and make them cluck like chickens or bark like dogs or dance around like their favorite pop star. They make them see things that aren’t there, and experience events that aren’t happening, just by using the techniques they have been trained in.
If you go to the adult show, you might see more than clucking. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #012 – We’re All Masters of Hypnosis!”
Last week, I mentioned my dad and Katy Perry in the same breath. For those of you that missed it, let’s recap.
When I was a kid, my dad made it clear in many ways that being a broad-minded person has a lot of benefits. Mostly, it was by setting an example that I didn’t appreciate until I got older; but sometimes he made a real effort to hammer a lesson he had learned into my thick skull, and there’s really only one way to do that. You’ve got to remind a person, over and over, that certain things are not to be taken for granted…even if the person you are reminding is yourself.
My dad used to say it, whenever the occasion called for it; and over the years I’ve made it a practice to keep pointing it out to myself.
“You live in a bubble!” Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #011 – Everybody Lives in a Bubble! Bubble!”
Not too long ago, my family found ourselves under an evacuation order. There was a dam having problems upstream from us, and our town was one of the places in danger of being flooded. It was a real worst case scenario they were entertaining, and the proper steps were taken to avoid that possibility…but it got me thinking, and doing a little research. It’s amazing how many things come to your attention when you’re writing a blog called ‘Thoughts That Hurt to Think’ every week, and the universe has spoken to me in a number of ways to bring me fresh ideas.
Honestly, though…I never thought I would get an automated phone call telling me it was time to evacuate. Being the person that I am, I started asking some questions. It turns out that this is one of the best examples of thoughts that hurt to think that I could possibly come up with, and I never would have thought of it if we hadn’t been evacuated. Now I wanted to know what that worse case scenario was, how likely it is, and what measures are being taken to avoid it.
It turns out that catastrophe is coming, that it’s inevitable, and that not much is being done about it at all. If you think I’m being dramatic, read on…then do your research, and correct me if I’m wrong. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #010 – That’s a Big Dam Problem!”
There are a lot of people out there that seem to think that they are selfless, or that many of their actions are. That kind of thinking can be as harmful as it is delusional, and it’s important to realize that most productive and intelligent people have a healthy view of their own selfish nature. It’s also important to realize that it isn’t just muddled thinking that leads to selfish people viewing themselves as selfless; this country has always been a little shaky on the definitions of those words. It’s no wonder that so many Americans are confused as to what these words mean, when they get used improperly so often.
Most dictionaries tell us that selfish people act in their own best interest, with little or no thought given to the consequences of those actions. I was a little shocked when I first read something like that, since one part of the sentence is totally contradictory to the other. Anyone who has ever deliberately endeavored to act in their own best interest knows that consequences always have to be considered. If you don’t consider the consequences of your actions, you aren’t acting in your own best interest; the two are, quite obviously, inextricably connected. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #009 – Everyone is Selfish!”
I do not begrudge the fact that I grew up in rural Montana, or try to pretend it never happened. Many of the lessons that cities had to teach me in adulthood were put in a certain perspective given that rural upbringing, and I wouldn’t trade what I have learned from both to only have a mind full of memories from one. Country life has different things to teach than city life, and I continue to feel that they each have a lot to offer. Even if the main thing that we learn by changing our environment is that people vary a lot more widely than we once supposed, it’s a valuable thing to learn.
One of those variances is how food is viewed, in the many stages it must exist before it makes it into a person’s belly. It was strange to move into an area where almost no one I met had any experience in hunting or gardening, as was realizing that many people found one repugnant while seeing the other as a hobby usually dedicated to growing flowers that no one ate. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #008 – They’re Eating Our Pets!”
There’s that old saying, that says it takes a village to raise a child. There’s another assumption about villages, that each of them has their own idiot. I think we can agree with that, if we concede that each village likely has its own genius as well. The genius is probably a man, which will hopefully delight men; but the idiot is most likely a man as well, so maybe that’s one for the ladies.
I don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter.
What does matter is that very few people live in villages these days. It’s easy to assume that we can modify that old saying, and say it takes a town or a city to raise a child, but what if we’re wrong? What if the people that made up that saying in the first place were not cautioning us against raising our young in a familial bubble, but that they were warning us against the dangers of raising kids in densely populated areas? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #007 – It Takes A Village!”