There have been very few situations in history where a country’s citizens were so soft that a large portion of them began to think that a life without challenge and growth was something they should expect the previous generation to hand down to them. I had to work through this issue, back when I had zero marketable skills and no desire to develop myself into something that others may find value in.
It might sound weird, but I realized that something was seriously missing in the way I had been brought up right around the time I hit adulthood. The initial temptation was to blame my parents and teachers and even society as a whole for my lack of direction and motivation and happiness. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #022 – Rites of Passage are Important!”
When I was nine or ten years old, my family moved to rural Montana. There are not a lot of people in Montana; the population has yet to reach a million, and it’s the fourth largest state. That was a major bone of contention for me, as a kid; I wanted to live somewhere with lots of people and a wide array of cultural diversity. It took awhile for me to stop being pissed off at my parents for moving us to the middle of nowhere, and I can tell you exactly what caused the shift. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #021 – This Land is Their Land!”
There are a lot of references to the proverbial son when it comes to telling a good story, but it’s just a figure of speech. Nowadays the proverbial daughter has great opportunity to tell her story as well, and it’s exciting to see female protagonists and antagonists becoming even more popular than their male counterparts in many instances. With some prestigious learning institutions and accredited universities demanding the recognition of over seventy other gender distinctions, that adds up to a lot of versions of the proverbial offspring. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #020 – The Hero Always Gets Lost!”
If your life has always been and still is ideal in every way, you have no need for self-help books. You get to sit around and smile all day, or do whatever you want, because you were born a master of life. Since you already have everything anyone could ever possibly want, what more is there to strive for? If you are truly one of these people, then good for you. You have no reason to read this…or anything, really; so I’ll go ahead and address everyone else. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #019 – If I can do it, so can you! (Theoretically)”
You’ve heard the numbers, right? When the first computer came online, back before there was an online for it to come onto, a clock started ticking. Since then, that clock has ticked faster and faster with each successive year. One day, perhaps very soon, that countdown will come to an end. And when it does…if it hasn’t already…we will have a sentient being that is completely artificial, and it will be way smarter than any of us.
What do you mean, ‘if it hasn’t already’?
And what do you mean, in.ev.it.a.ble? That’s not a word! Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #018 – Artificial intelligence is in.ev.it.a.ble!”
There are times to be grateful for meteors, and there are times to wish they had just gone and chosen another planet to bash into. It’s hard to even get historians to agree on when the dark ages actually were, and evidence points to future generations lumping us right in there with the past ones once our time is over. Thanks to those icy invaders from space, we can all agree on two things at least.
First, nobody wants to see a giant meteor crash into the planet anytime soon. We might be glad for the ones that came before, since they made it impossible for giant reptiles to thrive and very easy for large mammals to; but nobody wants to see the Earth’s plant and animal life get decimated like it has so many times before. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #017 – The Dark Ages Were Actually Dark!”
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?”