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TWO QUOTES TO CONSIDER

“The man who believes that he has free will is more easily controlled since he will never think to look for the chains.”

“The jews are a problem—not our ONLY or SOLE problem, not responsible for EVERY problem faced by gentiles, not some ALL-POWERFUL race that we shouldn’t bother trying to resist, not an EXCUSE for avoiding responsibility for problems of our own making—but nonetheless, A REAL, SERIOUS PROBLEM.”

Burrhus: From the next paradigm

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FOURTH WILL AND TESTAMENT

Since June 24, 2015, I have been punished for Dylann Roof’s crime.

Since April 10, 2016, I have been punished for keeping a blog whose sole purpose is allegedly to embarrass and expose my family before the entire world.

Since April 11, 2016, I have been punished for confronting my sisters about lying to our father about the purpose of my blog, with the full support of their husbands, and with the full compliance of our father and mother–thereby lying to our father about me, with the full support of their husbands, and with the full compliance of our father and mother.

Since April 18, 2016, I have been punished for being abjectly poor.

Since November 18, 2016, I have been punished for being male, for being in my fifties, for not belonging to a minority racial or ethnic group, for not belonging to a sexually deviant group, for being outspoken about my spiritual, philosophical, societal and political views–and for preferring to apply for employment on paper, rather than online.

And since July 13, 2017 (arguably since August 20, 1998) I have been punished for not being a Jew–or at least for not having a Jewish surname.

I am so goddamned tired of being punished for things I have not even done—and for things over which I have no control, whatsoever.

TWO TRUE STATEMENTS

Not every valid statement is true.

Every true statement is valid.

NOTE TO SELF . . .

. . . and anyone else who tends to think aloud, when alone (which is really everyone):

If a tree falls in a forest, and there’s no one around to hear it, it makes a sound.  But no one hears it–because there’s no one around to hear it!  

FROM THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS #22

Another question from Gregory Stock’s book is this:

If you could increase your I.Q. by forty points by having an ugly scar stretching from your mouth to your eye, would you do so?

This is an exceptionally good question.  Its theme is intelligence and beauty–particularly which of these traits is more valuable.

My I.Q. is 127–I’m gifted, but not quite genius (I put those terms in italics because they’re relative).  I’ve always wanted to be more intelligent, but who doesn’t? 

Likewise, I’ve always wanted to be more physically attractive–but who doesn’t?

Yet I’ve never been vain about my appearance.  For me, good looks are like a car.  A car can be beautiful, but it’s worthless if its engine is unreliable (as my car’s is).  And for me, a car is nothing more than a tool for transportation.  Likewise, beauty is nothing more than a tool for attracting members of the opposite sex.

Intelligence, however, is a tool for acquiring knowledge.  Knowledgeable people are often labeled as intelligent.  But everyone is intelligent.  Every animal is intelligent–we humans are only the most intelligent of the animals.  And there’s even a possibility (this is a note for vegans) that plants are intelligent, as well.  So what matters is not intelligence, in itself, but the level of intelligence.

Thus intelligence is worthless unless it is applied toward the acquisition of knowledge.  There are people of  high intelligence who know very little, and people of  low intelligence who know a great deal.  And the difference is the extent to which one uses his or her intelligence.

So if I could increase my I.Q. (which is simply a relative measurement of intelligence) by forty points by having an ugly scar stretching from my mouth to my eye, would I do it?

Tough question–but yes, I would.  A scar would not damage my body itself, it would only affect my appearance.  And I don’t think it would make much difference in my pursuit of a mate–I’ve never been a ladies’ man, whatever my appearance.  But it would make a huge difference in my ability to acquire knowledge.  And since my appetite for knowledge has always been insatiable, I would probably be happier.

And happiness is what we all desire most.


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