Friday, October 16, 2009

Rachel and the Parasite

Rachel Maddow to the President of "Americans for Prosperity" (aka Rich People Against Health Care Reform).

"I personally think that you and the folks who do what you do are a parasite who gets fat on America's fears."


(I think she may have just blown her chance to host Meet the Press someday, but I think it was almost worth it.)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Resentment of Ressentiment or Entitlement in the Extreme

In response to Leftist Ressentiment in the Extreme also discussed by Belledame.

In the interest of fairness, I should begin by saying I'm a lefty-leftist-leftooya, or as my dear SO would say, a pinko commie. As such, I choose to believe that all human beings, even the despicable ones who choose to do bad things to others, are (frequently to my chagrin) human beings and deserving of some minimal amount of "respect" and having some value. I also believe that "morality" aside, no one person has more value than any other person. So, I deny from the outset the ego driven bullshit philosophy of Nietzsche's superman. There is no superior person, no ultimate expression of humanity, no golden idol of awesome for us to worship or attempt to emulate. We are all just humans wandering about somewhat aimlessly with too much intelligence for our own damn good.

So, you want to argue the assumptions, there they on to the substance.

Entitlement in the Extreme

I can't stand self-satisfied, privileged sociopaths. It drives me to drink. So all you sociopaths out there listen up:

1) While the world may in fact revolve around you, it isn't because you deserve it. You can reach your stove, access computers, access books, sit in a chair at a restaurant, etc because the world is made mostly for you, by accident of birth and presumably a good bit of luck. You are not responsible for that accomplishment. It doesn't reflect on your value or your usefulness. You won the genetic lotto without even choosing to buy the ticket.

So when someone says that it isn't fair that the world is constructed for your use rather than theirs, realize that they are speaking truth. Both of you are equivalent in value. For the same actions, you received a benefit, they received a cost. Your benefit is to their detriment. It isn't fair. If they ask for assistance to create a more equitable arrangement, you owe them that assistance because you accept the benefits.

Please learn to cultivate an attitude of humility for this "gift" and consideration for those who didn't receive it, rather than being a pompous ass who thinks the universe is owed to them and they owe nothing to those around them.

My first message to sociopaths: you are not more valuable than others, get over yourselves.

2) Moderating your tone for other people rarely fulfills any purpose. The tone argument is fallacious for reasons that have been discussed previously and ad infinitum. You reveal your logical deficits when you pull out hackneyed arguments in support of your position. You also add to my suffering in the process.

My second message to sociopaths:
find better arguments, these are old.

3) Let people breathe, for the love of humanity. People are free, even to do the wrong thing. The only way you can make people conform to your view of the world is if you place microchips in their brains and have Butter control their every action. The urge to control is so strong in sociopathic people.

My third message to sociopaths: learn to let go.

(What? There's too much irony in complaining about how other people complaining is controlling. I couldn't come up with anything funnier...its like Sarah Palin and SNL...I just read the lines, the snark makes itself.)

4) Lastly and most importantly, do not try to use some bs ethical theory to somehow underpin your own cruelty to other human beings. Look outward for a moment, and ask yourself what kind of person tells another person to shut up about their pain, because hearing about someone else's pain makes them uncomfortable. Don't try to flee from that self-judgment by looking solely inward like the narcissist you are. It's okay, you're allowed to consider other people. I know empathy is foreign to you, but turn your self-aggrandizing inner dialogue off for a minute and know that you are being a complete shit.

My fourth message to sociopaths:
all the time you spend thinking solely of yourself could be spent cultivating empathy and consideration for others.

Breathe, sociopaths, breathe...or don't because while I consider you human beings, and thus having equivalent value, I'm not sure the world wouldn't be better off without you.

Hugs and kisses...