I have been accused by people who have just met me of being cold and heartless, simply because I quite often refuse to accept the either/or arguments put forward in daily conversation. I don’t believe in the “black or white” arguments. Things are very rarely that simple. The cosmos is a series of actions and reactions. Everthing is connected by varying degrees one to another. There is the way that things ~SHOULD~ work, in a “perfect” world, but we don’t live in a “perfect” world, we live in the REAL world, so there is the way that things ~REALLY~ do work in our world. Should and reality are often worlds apart.
For instance, I SHOULD be able to walk through any neighborhood anywhere naked with $100. bills taped all over my body without fear of being assaulted. Reality says that in an awfull lot of places, this would result in my being assaulted, mugged, robbed, and possiblly even raped and/or killed. Actually the “killed” part is quite likely in a lot of places. So guess what…..I DON’T FUCKING DO THAT! It is idiotic of me to rely on others to maintain my illusion of safety and sanity.
I ~should~ be able to fly to the people’s republic of china and say out loud that IMHO communism is a lousy form of government that oppresses it’s people, and start up a healty debate on the subject. REALITY says that doing so will most probably get me either A thrown out of the country, or B put in prison for speaking out against the local government and inciting a riot. If I am really unlucky I will simply “disapear” never to be heard from again.
A young girl (above the age of moral accountability) runs off to see an older man and spend the weekend with him. She gets raped instead. Tragic, I agree….but is she not at least partially to blame for not thinking things through and putting herself in that situation in the first place? I say, Yes, she most certainly is. This does not mean that I fault the assailant any less….just that SHE could have avoided the situation entirely by not going there, by thinking things through a bit, by using that mass of gray matter wedged between her two ears.
Should she be able to back out and say “I’m sorry, but I changed my mind” ? ABSOLUTELY! Did she know in advance what said “older man” wanted from her when he paid for her bus ticket/airline ticket/gas ….I would say most probably so, and if not I have to question her mental acuity and ability to be a contributing member of society. What did she THINK that he wanted, to take her shoe shopping? If it is found that she knew what he expected and had agreed to sex in exchange for a bus ticket, should she then be charged for prostitution and fraud? Forced to repay him for the cost of his monetary expenditure? To the first…quite possibly (even though I personally think prostitution should be legalized and regulated), to the second definately! An agreement was made, a bargain was reached and agreed apon…she failed to fulfill her end of the agreement.
To say that somebody can wander blissfully and ignorantly through life, without holding at least a modicum of responcibility for their own actions and decisions, and the things that befall them due to their own decisions is ludicris.
It is the age of no personal responcibility. Nobody is responcible for their own actions. Everybody is a winner. Participation equals validity and makes one eligable for an award. Criticizism is always evil. As long as you try your best, you deserve to be a winner (even if you came in last) ~urp~ sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a bit.
“Oh, I’m sorry that you didn’t study in high school, and blew off all of your classes in college to get drunk, but since you really want to be a doctor, here, we’ll just GIVE you this medical degree, $100,000 a year and a position as the head of our thorastic surgery unit”.
Sounds ludicris yes? But that is just what a large number of people are arguing for, abeit taken to it’s extreme. You see, in this world, our world, there is truly one one thing that we CAN influance…..OURSELVES. Our decisions are our responcibility and ONLY our responcibility. NOBODY else is responcible for the decisions that WE MAKE.
~*”Say you kill 3 women, a grandmother a mother and her daughter, a crime so heinous that I cannot wrap my mind around it, well then, you chould have chosen to roll your turds into little balls and eat crayons instead, because the penalty for that particular decision is bound to be a whole lot less severe.”*~ ~*Ron White “You can’t fix stupid”
Physics tells us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Nature plays this out every single day.
Don’t believe that actions have or should have a reaction, that they have or should have repercusions? Then might I suggest that you wander on down to your local interstate highway at the height of rush hour and attempt to play a rousing game of hockey,basketball, baseball, football, futball, rugby (note rugby players may not experiance an appreciable differance), cricket, or even tennis. You see, physics and nature disagree with you, and in certain cases of abject stupidity, their teaching curve can be rather severe.
Only a complete idiot would persue certain activities and NOT expect repercussions. Even our lowliest beasts learn that actions bring reactions. It’s how they stay alive. It is why we as humans have to keep building better mouse traps, because mice LEARN! It is a sad statement that many humans seem to find this difficult or perhaps don’t feel that they should have to learn.
Did you know that the mouse trap was one of the many inspirations that led to the computer relay? Yep. And since computer relays can only be on or off, they required everything to be written in a code of 0=off 1=on AKA Binary.
~*Binary numbers were first described in Chandashutram written by Pingala in 100 BC. Binary Code was first introduced by the German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz during the 17th century. Leibniz was trying to find a system that converts logic’s verbal statements into a pure mathematical one. After his ideas were ignored, he came across a classic Chinese text called ‘I Ching’ or ‘Book of Changes’, which used a type of binary code. The book had confirmed his theory that life could be simplified or reduced down to a series of straightforward propositions. He created a system consisting of rows of zeros and ones. During this time period, Leibiniz had not yet found a use for this system.*
~*Another mathematician and philosopher by the name of George Boole published a paper in 1847 called ‘The Mathematical Analysis of Logic’ that describes an algebraic system of logic, now known as Boolean algebra. Boole’s system was based on binary, a yes-no, on-off approach that consisted the three most basic operations: AND, OR, and NOT. This system was not put into use until a graduate student from Massachusetts Institute of Technology by the name Claude Shannon noticed that the Boolean algebra he learned was similar to an electric circuit. Shannon wrote his thesis in 1937, which implemented his findings. Shannon’s thesis became a starting point for the use of the binary code in practical applications such as computers, electric circuits, and more.*~
Seriously, go to wikipedia and follow every single link from one subject to the next, and the next, and the next….see you next milinium or so. or you can try digging up a few old episodes of the “the secret life of machines” BBC series to see how many things influance one another throughout the ages (always a personal favorite).
Nobody wants to take responcibility for the consequences of their own decisions any more. Everybody wants to find a scapegoat for their conscience.