My parents in 2000 thought that Bush was on an unbelievable level of ungraceful boorishness. There's a slippery slope to thinking "it can't possibly get worse than this!" You get acclimated, and then when they take the idiocy to the next level you think hah! this is so ridiculous and absurd and transparently clownish, no one will take it seriously this time. But somehow it does get worse, and they keep upping the ante. Somehow it gets more extreme and absurd every year.
The thing about slippery slopes is they usually aren’t real. Slippery slopes are an informal fallacy. For example, it’s not a slippery slope from allowing gay marriage to allowing bestiality, because they’re unrelated phenomena, and, even if they were related (which they’re not) there’s nothing that guarantees a progression along that (imagined) axis of sin.
I think the same is true here. There’s a certain level of idiocy in the national dialogue which is a peak, beyond which backlash is inevitable. There will never be a modern Republican candidate that will get away with saying we should stone women to death for being victims of rape, for example. I don’t think our culture will ever allow for that kind of extreme without some cataclysmal sundering of the nation itself.
While the upper limit on this may be vague and semi-malleable, I think there still is a hard upper limit in the context of American society.
Plus, that argument also sounds an awful lot like the idea that music is getting worse. It’s not that music is getting worse, it’s that classics are only classics because they’re good, and all the shit they coexisted with has faded away from cultural relevance. Maybe we only think politics is so much shittier and more idiotic today because today’s events are fresher in our minds than those further in the past.
So, while I do think Santorum and his Republican opposition are ludicrous caricatures made real, and concretely worse candidates than Bush ever was, I don’t think that the perception that there has been a descent into moronity that we continually allow by not taking it seriously is accurate.
As for this particular campaign season, you also have to remember the Republicans’ opposition. Obama gives a damn good speech, responds quickly and pointedly to questions in debates and town halls, and is just a more charismatic person than Kerry or Gore ever were. And, in the case of Gore, it was an incredibly close race anyway, ultimately arbitrated by the courts rather than voters.
But hey! I’m not a political analyst or in any other way an expert on politics. These are just my perceptions.
assuming that the world economy hasn't collapsed and retirement is still a thing that exists in a few decades - when you retire, there's no excuse not to spend the first day of retirement marathoning Arrested Development
I got up this morning, and read the thirty or so questions that people had left in the last 8 hours. And apart from the few that wanted to tell me that, honestly, there’s nothing in the whole world like a photo of a gentleman holding a small yellow chainsaw, most of the rest of them were writing…
I get it, you’re delicious. I have had you and can verify this. But your media blitz, if it were an odor, would be best described as pungent.
Back off a little, you know? Give your eating public some space to breathe. Respect your relationship with us enough to trust that we can view non-Wheatthins-related materials and still think of you on occasions which call for snacks.
getting mad tabout tumblr’s new anti-self-harm-promotion policy on the grounds that it interferes with “free speech” is like walking into somebody’s private business and getting mad when they tell you they don’t want you to shoot guns inside the building
oh looks like the whole incident was a prank or something
Something about it seemed a little disingenuous as I read. The dialogue didn’t sound real, I guess, like it was an exaggerated version of what someone thought breaking up with a “crazy” girl would be like. But maybe that’s because I already knew it was fake.
It leaves a bad taste in my mindmouth and I can’t put my finger on why.
Well, Terraria is no longer going to be developed.
That kinda sucks. They’re giving it one more bug fix and then walking away. It’s a great game as it is but it’s a little aggravating after all their talk of features they wanted to implement in future updates.
somewhat tangential point, this is why pick up artists are so repulsive, and why so called Nice Guys are creepy and desperate, because they want to treat relationships like a game or process that can be controlled to get the desired results
Yes, that’s definitely a factor. They put the benefits of being in a romantic relationship (companionship, sex, security, etc.) as the objective, instead of the people the relationships are with. There’s something deeply manipulative and disturbing about that, about seeing people as means for one’s own needs rather than ends in themselves.
Adventures in Pleasant Social Interactions OR Why Not the Barista?
So this girl comes in to my office pretty frequently to print off school notes and stuff like that. She’s not really allowed to do so, because our computers are just for advising purposes, but I let her do it anyway because she’s nice and also cute. (Behold corruption in bureaucracy.)
We’ve had a few conversations, shared some jokes, but recently she’s been asking more detailed questions on a regular basis. It just feels more and more like a friendship, little by little. Feels good! And that’s part of what made me want to make this post, just to revel in good feelings. But I think there’s more to say.
I guess what I’m getting at is that this situation reflects my general attitude toward all relationships: Put a lot of people together on a regular basis, stir, and wait. All you have to do to make friends (or meet people with whom you might fall in love) is be open to the possibility that the people around you could be those friends, or those lovers, put yourself out there, and see what happens.
I see so many people obsess over “how” to meet people, or “how” to make relationships of various types happen in their lives. I just can’t help but think of this as the wrong question. It’s not a process, the steps of which you can check off. There’s no masterful plan that will bring you companionship for the rest of your life. It’s just a thing that happens between people when it feels right, often when they don’t even see it coming.
So, I think the right question is not “how,” but rather, “why not?” Why not this person? Or this person? Or this person? Sure, sometimes there will be definite answers which make you not want to be around someone. But I think if we just open our eyes to the sheer number of people we see regularly every day, at work, at favorite restaurants, at gyms, we usually find that there are more in the Yes category than the No.
So… Why not that barista you see every morning? Why not the person you keep seeing in the lounge at the student union on your lunch break? Why not the person with the yellow jacket at the bus stop?