May 2009

Random Thoughts

I asked. They answered. I wrote.

Sebastian Junger

When I originally created this blog it was not my intention to turn it into a grandiose, electronic journal. (My intention was for it to be a online audition for Ashleigh Brilliant’s ghostwriting position.) Frankly, I believed that very few lives warranted periodic airing. Well, with the advent of Twitter I was proven wrong. We can now read, (and see), what brand of peanut butter Ashton Kutcher, (no offense Ashton), is putting on his toast. We can now read inane “tweets” that are touted as mountaintop revelations. We can now see that the sign of a superior intelligence is merely the ability to eloquently, and sometimes not so eloquently, state the obvious.

Now that I’ve got that thinly disguised rationalization out of the way, I can safely continue to state my opinions.

The title escapes me, but I remember reading a book a while back in which a future, heavily computerized society is on the brink of shutting down due to a digital virus. Before the apocalypse, a company produces a software program that saves the day. They are perceived as heroes. However, by the end of the story we learn that this software company was the entity that created the virus to begin with. Allegorical? Of course. The author, like Ray Bradbury in his book Fahrenheit 451, is definitely trying to tell us something. I guess we’re all have to come to our own conclusions.

The Bible states in Acts 4:32 that: “…the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” It also states in Acts 4:34 that: “Neither was there any among them that lacked; for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold.” Sounds a lot like socialism/communism does it not? If you think about it rationally, communism is much closer to the Christian ideal than Capitalism is.




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Things That (Hopefully) Make You Go Hmm



And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2Cor. 11:14 


The clever machinations of humans are often mistaken for benevolent celestial interventions. One must be extremely careful as to which ” higher power ” one is paying homage to. However, do not let me discourage legitimate Christian belief. Even if the mythology of Christianity was completely wrong, the ethical system inherent in it would justify the existence of God.
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Off The Cuff


Any group of people that needs to trick, bribe, or in any way coerce people to join them is certainly not a group I wish to be part of. Besides, any organization that would have me as a member has standards that are way too low.

Contrary to the impression that I may have given, I actually have alot of respect for AA. However, I still can’t help but feel a certain amount of cynicism when I see people in the program use the concept of “tough love” as a tool to further their own agendas or as a license to engage in some pretty mean spirited shit.

I’ve heard the phrase “the leveling of pride” spoken of by various AA members and various pseudo-Christians. It has been explained via neo-spiritual psycho-babble as a desirable step in personal development. What it really means is that if I’m stronger, faster, smarter, or in anyway better than them, then I’m obviously arrogant and need to be brought down to a level equal to or, preferably, below then. Only then can I achieve the blissful state of humility.

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