Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Suggested reading for all budding philosophers

I picked up a fresh copy of the English translation of Plato's "The Republic" last week. I am in the mood to write down a short opinion piece as I finish the chapters and have chewed them a bit.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WTF moment of the week

In November 2008 a Dutch journalist, Joanie de Rijke, was abducted by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. She was held captive, raped repeatedly, and released after six days for a ransom of 100,000 euros ($137,000). After her ordeal, she acknowledged that her captors "did horrible things to me," but added in several media interviews "They also respected me," and emphasized "They are not monsters."
Seriously, is this woman for real?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ironic quote of the day

You wouldn't be able to tell my stance on economics yet so I'll give you a very brief overview: keynesians are stupid and Austrians rule. Herewith the ironic quote of the day as found on Vox Day's blog:
"It is astonishing what foolish things one can temporarily believe if one thinks too long alone, particularly in economics...."
- John Maynard Keynes

I cringed.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The sport of Christian bashing

As always, some random act of senseless violence is used by the liberal idiocracy to bash Christianity:

Which is why something like Angus Buchan Mighty Men Conferences are problematic. To justify male domination using the Bible in a country like this is a potentially lethal exercise. There is too much rage and psychic toxicity around for him to simplify things this way. Buchan cannot possibly address the complexities many of[sic] men in this country sit with and reinforcing their dominance in a context such as the one we are faced with is irresponsible.

Daily we read about men who murder their children and their spouses, men who rape their girlfriend’s babies as an act of revenge, men who try to beat their women into submission. The horrors are endless and what makes it worse is that men seem to feel entitled to do so. Culture and religion and the attitudes towards women that are stubbornly embedded in these two constructions or understandings of the world are the biggest threat to women in this country.

Now, it takes a bit of a stretch of the imagination to arrive at the conclusion that because some poor girl was raped and sodomised, her attacker must have been an Angus Buchan supporter, (gasp) even worse: a Christian! Or at least, this is what the article seems to allude to.

Now, I don't know what church the poor woman was forced to attend as a child, but as far as I know, it is drilled into your head by the Dominee or the Pastor from the age of around three years that you must be chivalrous at all times when it comes to girls and women. This includes opening doors for them, walking through the mud so that she can go around, getting up when one enters the room, putting out your cigarette (if you are dumb enough to smoke in the first place). Our fathers took an even more practical approach when they schooled us in
  • Doing what your mother tells you
  • Not talking back to her
  • Washing your own dishes
  • Letting your sister(s) use the bathroom first
  • Treating your girlfriend like a precious jewel
  • Not raising your voice at her in anger
  • Not raising your hand at her
  • Not playing on her emotions
  • generally not behaving like a jerk around women
And as far as I am aware, this is the same conclusion Angus Buchan also arrives at. Nowhere does he or the religion I adhere to suggest that you are allowed to maltreat the fairer sex, especially not the ones that brighten up your life.

If anything, these savages need more of God in their life if they are to ever turn into the gentlemen they are required to be.

Also, having a hierarchical structure in itself is not the problem, the problem is in the abuse of power. The alternative flat structure that the writer proposes is also in itself not wrong per se, it is again the application, or more honestly the "human factor", that lends it its dirty hue. Post-modern society would have us believe that the structures that have served us so well for at least the last two millennia are suddenly to blame for our current predicament, when in fact, it is the deviant nature of us humans that seems to always find ways to manipulate the system to its advantage.

There is no social structure or philosophy yet invented that would successfully defend us against our own moral shortcomings and to blame our woes on religion is nothing but a red herring. Not even when God was among the Isrealites did they abstain from their sinful ways, vis murder, theft, adultery.

But modern society has a new idea which I sarcastically colloquialise as "micro management", or, as it is more generally known: ubiquitous invasion of privacy by the government. In this model, we have no privacy and how we should act and what we should love and hate are dictated by faceless entities behind heavy wooden doors. "If only we had no religion", "If only we could all get along", "If only there were no rich and poor", "If only we had no racism", "If only we stopped burning fossil fuels", etc are all calls that we hear more and more each day, but the problem is that the people that are supposed to pass down this legislation are just that, mere people. They can just as easily, if not more so, succumb to their own twisted ideas of what their "perfect society" should look like.

Pol Pot, Kim Jong Il, Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong were all powerful leaders who outlawed all religion and dismantled the patriarchal structures of their countries, but far from creating the amazing Utopias they envisioned, they created shitholes.

You see, we humans are biologically programmed to take up a place in a chain of command. We yearn for it, even if not consciously and we are at our most sadistic not when we are following or giving orders, but when we have too much freedom and too little guidance. Religion is the best foundation from which we can derive our moral compass and find work for idle hands. Because without religion, ther is no measure of what is morally justifiable and what is not and I am more than willing to argue this with anyone who disagrees with me.