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u/Person_On_The_Web · 1 pointr/rant


>nope - don't care about the feelings of the crappy parents. i care about the wellbeing of the children they're foolishly sending into harms way.

So then what are the options for a parent trapped in bad area, impoverished and with little hope for getting better for their children? You like to disagree with bits and pieces of what I'm saying and disregard the stuff you don't feel like thinking about. Go back and read what I said, don't just gloss over it for parts you think you can respond to. I specifically mentioned that the parents I an referring to have little to no choice in sending their kids away, it's the best they CAN do in some cases and if you don't respect that you have no right to speak to what kinds of parents they are.

>in that SPECIFIC instance, he's correct - but not correct in how he chose to interpret and act on it. equality is an illusion - every person is greater in some things, lesser in others. some people have beauty, some have brains, some have money, and some have influence. people at the bottom of the barrel typically have none of the above, and so have to rely instead on hard work.

No, he isn't correct though and neither are you. The Nazi ideology you've chosen to adopt here is rooted in a presumption about the natural state of things that has no basis in science. Yes humans are naturally competitive, but we are also biologically and naturally communal and you can find examples of that in nature now. There's nothing to suggest we cannot be entirely communal and equal in all things of material substance. Sure not everyone is "beautiful" as you say but that depends on the person you're talking to. In some cultures fat is seen as ugly whilst in others it's seen as beautiful. Actually I recommend the ethnography called Feeding Desire by Rebecca Popenoe if you want to learn more about this dynamic in the Saharan people Azawagh Arabs.

Equality is not an illusion, some anthropological work shows the existence of "aggressively egalitarian" societies. It's not only possible, it's a total reality and had happened all over the planet. What you believe about the sort of neo-Darwinian animal nature of people or their basic qualities is all entirely subjective and rooted in YOUR historical education, which was created by people like you who didn't fully understand the depth and complexity of different human cultures. There are differences but the adjectives you mentioned "greater" "lesser" "beauty" "brains" "influence" those are all entirely subjective to the people who are subject to this person. Money isn't subjective, but as we've discussed money is given by opportunity and is thus not something that describes a type of person but a state of being.

Hard work is not all there is to making opportunities for ones self, it just isn't. I can give you a plain example, New York Firefighters and EMTS and Officers until just recently were fighting for years for basic health care costs for the damages of 9/11. Now you tell me who works harder and is more dedicated to their job than first responders? You want to tell me why it took a social media crusade by one of the most popular late night comedians and thousands of people reaching out in advocacy for them before congress got their ass into gear and stepped up to help them? You wanna tell me why we need social media blowhorns to get people to pay attention to basic needs of the people? It's because people sit back and pretend everyone else just isn't working "hard enough" to get the lucky break they need. Nah, not the case.

We live in a country where it is impossible for some people to get ahead, even if they work their fingers to the bones, even if they die doing their job their families have to fight medical bills and tax collectors. That's so unamerican in nature it makes me physically sick. Don't talk to me about hard work, just because it may have worked out for you doesn't mean everyone else has it that way and you need to start opening your horizons a little bit and start examining the world around you or it will leave you behind.

>if you map out averages of ability across races, you'll see commonalities emerge. modern politics has forced the scientific community to surpress these studies, because it doesn't mesh with the thinking of the politically correct - but its THERE.


Well that's just real convenient for you, your evidence exists but you can't show it to me cause the government suppresses it. Maybe the science you are referring to is just wrong, but I don't think you would have considered that because it doesn't mesh with your thinking does it? I'm not even asking you to conclude that it's wrong, I just want to see the sources you're using to reach this conclusion. Anything, a newspaper clipping, some kind of verifiable piece of evidence to show you're not just assuming that something you read about or heard once is true and that's what you've believed for the last forty years. Show me what's "there" and I can't promise not to rip to shreds, but I'll look at it.


>shitler was wrong in using his power to try to exterminate what HE saw as lesser races. wrong in assuming they were lesser, wrong in trying to exterminate them.
>in todays society, we've gone the equally wrong direction of "dumbing down" everything to the lowest common denominator - removing the drive from any child to develop exceptional talent. which is deeply disturbing and sad :(


I don't know who you're referring to. We still have Ivy League schools and a capitalist republic democracy, the only thing that's changed is those really smart children went on to realize the dumb ideas of the past were really symptomatic of a poor understanding of diversity. You should read "Ender's Game" it actually does a really good job in showing what it means to be in a team, and how different individuals, because of their differences make up for each other's shortcomings and that is what makes us better than a homogeneous population that would see a class of the "intelligent" and a class of the "underlings" no, that's not what matters. In some cases genius a nourished, in some it's revealed, in some cases genius is discovered long after a person has died. Human progress and the march towards Nietzsche's ubermensch is not a path of homogeneity or class dialogue, it's a path of endless diversity and modulation and specializations but also adaptations to new challenges and that requires the preservation of diversity.


>instead we should return to separating out individuals by ability (regardless of race) and let each group focus on what they test best at. raise a group of super science brains. another of mental librarians. several groups of super athletes. PUSH them into being amazing :) and let them lead our future by inspiring others to what the pinnacle of humanity CAN be...


Again, it seems like we agree on the direction and that's what diversity does by compensating for society's poorly placed institutional biases. There are no racial differences, and there is no one keeping everyone special, that's such a poor stereotype of what it means to be liberal. Liberalism is not about denying people who are gifted opportunities, it's about making sure the landscape in which gifted individuals find themselves is so level that they ALL have a REAL opportunity to achieve success. Sometimes genius is discovered and sometimes it needs a little push, sometimes great people are born and never see the inside of a book because of fascist and backwards social policies. We aren't pushing too far into the realm of homogeneity, we're discovering a new tactic for the embellishment of our future leaders. It's called equality, and it's the bees knees.

u/austex_mike · 8 pointsr/rant

To perfectly understand the Sunni/Shia split takes a good amount of time and understanding of the political situation of the Arabian peninsula and Levant in the 7th century. However, I recently read a book that I think does a great job, doing it in a way that is easy to read and understand. The book is called After the Prophet, by Lesley Hazelton. I suggest you pick it up and read it if you are really interested.

Now for a quick summary, which in no way does the topic justice. The split boils down to a disagreement about how the Islamic community (Ummah) was to be led after the death of Muhammad. Sunnis contend that the leaders after the Prophet would be selected from among the elders of the community by the elders themselves. This resulted in the establishment of the Caliphate. The Shia believed the Muhammad's first cousin/son-in-law named Ali was the true successor. They viewed the Caliphs as illegitimate and not the true spiritual leaders of the community.

Eventually Ali became the fourth in line of Caliphs and leader of the community. However Ali was opposed by Muawiyyah, a man who was the son of one of the biggest opponents of Islam early on (this opponent eventually converted to Islam.) Muawiyyah and Ali fought in a civil war and eventually came to peace with each other. However, Ali was assassinated (by fanatics who did not agree with Ali making peace with Muawiyyah) and Muawiyyah's son Yazid eventually orders the killing of Ali's son, Muhammad's grandson, named Husyan. Muawiyyah goes on to establish what is known as the Ummayyad Caliphate which leads the majority of the Islamic world for a long time.

So what this boils down to is the Sunnis view Shi'ites as these misguided people who put way too much emphasis on the family of the Prophet as leaders. They believe that their Caliphate represents the true leadership of the Islamic world. On the other hand Shi'ites view the Sunnis as people who follow merely political leaders with no spiritual ties to the Prophet and that the Caliphate is a sham position that is far too often held by people who are corrupt.

You mentioned that the Shia are more open-minded, well I am not sure we can say that as a general rule. They are more open to US support because Iraq was a majority Shia country ruled by the Sunnis for decades, so in that sense they are more than happy to take our weapons and support fighting Sunnis.

u/scotty_beams · 2 pointsr/rant

Basic cooking is craftsmanship. A pro only needs a hunting knife and a kettle but I recommend you to buy a book, it's easier to work with in the beginning than scrolling through a website while the cooking water overflows. Here is an example. The book has step-by-step pictures for every recipe

Anyways, here is an easy recipe for a basic tomato sauce:

1 onion

1 garlic glove

2 red chili

2 tomatoes (optional)

1 tbsp (tablespoon) olive oil

3 tbsp tomato mark

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 cans of tomato

1/2 cup instant broth

2 pinches of sugar

1 pound spaghetti


basic stuff you'll need for many recipes and it's easily stored)

  1. Take a sharp knife and cut the chili lengthwise in thin slices. The green stuff and the seeds are not needed. Give them to your cat or throw them away but don't touch your eyes. It will hurt.

  2. Dice the onions and the garlic glove. I hope you don't need an explanation for that, but if you do take a look here:

  3. Take a pot or pan and heat up the oil over a middle flame. When you feel the heat (or use a droplet of water: when it crackles you're good to go), throw in the chili, garlic and the onion. Go to the next step when the onion turned translucent (it looks like glass then, - but it's not a brownish glass yet).

  4. Stir in the tomato mark until every spot in the pot knows what's coming to it and deglaze the mixture with 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (basically you just throw it in to lower the temperatur real quick but deglazing sounds cooler)

  5. You've almost made it. Pour in the content tomato cans, the broth and the sugar and make sure it doesn't boil to much. 5 bubbles every 1/2 minutes are enough. Season the sauce the salt and pepper. Start with half a spoon and add another pinch until you're satisfied.

  6. Cook the noodles

  7. (optional) Cut the 2 tomatoes into small dices (cut in half and scoop out the giblet)
u/ToastStudio · 1 pointr/rant

Have you read Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher? It's a hella good novel about two teenagers who grow apart, one a bit more drastically than the other.

I think that you should give it a read. If nothing else, it may help you see your friend's side a little better. And/or, it'll be cathartic for you.

u/anesthesiologist · 7 pointsr/rant

you know what would be interesting? what would happen if you moved around the world, where the time matches your inner clock.

I really recommend this book for you, it's not a self help book but a brilliant scientific (yet fun) read:

u/freebleploof · 3 pointsr/rant

This sounds like "depersonalization disorder," which is not all that uncommon, really, although you may have a fairly severe case. Talk therapy may help. Have you had a traumatic experience? That kind of thing can cause it. I occasionally have feelings of unreality too, like "am I really here? Why is everything so far away?" I found a book about it on Amazon, although I haven't read it. Good luck.

u/lukedarooster · 2 pointsr/rant

a few people requested so here is the amazon link, i saw it in a Barnes and Nobles one day and bought it on impulse it features what if questions all across history from D-day, civil war, Cold war, Conquest of Alexander and several more it's a really good read, i'm a civil war dork so that section was really interesting to me but i've yet to finish it but it's really good
Edit: i forgot to put the link in

u/z1991 · 2 pointsr/rant

Great post! I came to a similar conclusion, albeit in a much lamer way - what helped me a lot was this article was this article about how a quote from a fantasy series can apply to shyness/introversion (silly as that may sound, but I really like it. The quote's "Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” )

There's also book called Quiet that's about how introverts are undervalued by society.

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u/AdvocateReason · 7 pointsr/rant

You may benefit from sampling the /r/philosophy sub. My personal recommendation: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker Sorry you're being bullied/harassed - if you're fearing for your life don't hesitate to call the police. You may also request more police patrols in an area.

u/BigFitMama · 1 pointr/rant

It came from this book, here.

As for us - I remember we also started the funny, but horrible "media reference" trend. Watch a movie like Juno, anything from Seth Rogan or Seth Macfarlane, or the iconic "Reality Bites" with Winona Ryder and you'll get the gist of where memes came from.

It is even MORE horrible because if you watch Family Guy or even the Simpsons they use past media references constantly and I realized that some of them I only get because my mom and grandma showed us old movies and I studied history.

Now, they keep doing references from the last century and I am pretty sure anyone born after 2000 who doesn't directly study history or watch old movies and TV has NO idea what the hell is going on with all those takeway bits and flashbacks. It must be weird to watch those shows and not know what 75% of the jokes even mean.

u/gohumanity · 2 pointsr/rant

You might find this article of interest.
Perhaps I'm missing the point, but what exactly is so problematic with contemporary society?

  • Crime? Rates have been falling since at least 1980 in the developed world.

  • Quality of Life? Global life expectancy is rising and child mortality is plummeting, especially in the developing world. More people are urbanised than ever before, which has brought freedom of mobility on an unprecedented scale.

  • Economy? GDP has risen each decade in all but ~15 nations. The number of people in the developing world earning >$1.25/day fell by 25% between 1980 and 2010.

  • Research? I don't think anyone can really claim humanity is technologically stagnating. Literacy rates and educational access is increasing globally.

  • War? Whether or not you subscribe to democratic peace theory, deaths from armed conflict and political violence are less frequent than last century. Nuclear weapons haven't seen combat use for 71 years.

    I don't mean to burst your bubble, but I feel like most critiques of humanity either a) exist only in the mind of the most pessimistic or b) are fantastically unrealistic and without any historical precedent.

    Having said that, the elephant in the room is perhaps environmental damage - although even then we have at least demonstrated some ability to identify (thanks to the IPCC and other researchers) and address (COP21) climate change. There's also the Kuznets Curve argument, which suggests that developing nations will become less environmentally destructive post-industrialisation.

    I totally understand where you're coming from, but don't let media reports about Syria, North Korea and the US elections speak for the whole world! If you want to inject a little optimism, might I recommend this book?