Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's got to stop.

I'm tired of Trump and his grandiosity, pettiness, paranoia, and inarticulate cluelessness.

I'm just as tired of PCism...

I saw La La Land. Ryan Gosling was a bad singer. Emma Stone had some spirit, but he was wooden. I talked to someone about the movie and the first thing they mentioned was that the movie should have had a black lead, and it was cultural appropriation that Gosling's character likes jazz.

Grow up. Both of you.

If you care about people then volunteer your time or give money to the poor and downtrodden (whether white, black, or any race or religion).

It's very convenient that you can police how people speak and complain about our backwards culture, when it doesn't cost you money or any of your luxury.


The right wants to allow intellectual property rights to that impede science, artistic creation, and seem to value what is "man made" with complete disregard for what isn't shaped, branded, labeled, and copyrighted.

With Trump there is no clearer example of how money can only go so far, and narcissists often have object altruistic drives to be loved and esteemed in the culture, shown on the news media, or have a public. Money is a potential tool for access to some things, but a culture can harness these drives in people without the reward or mere money.

As much as their is religious followers, associated with the right, who would block out everything that the bible, or more accurately what their preachers or ideologues tell them is outside of the bible, there are many leftist academics who are no better. They tell me that science is simply one world view among many and all are subject to cultural relativism.

Similarly, to divide up culture among racial lines that other races shouldn't cross is just as short-sighted, and misplaced as letting scientists copyright their work in genetics.

I'm all for equality between the sexes, races, and, for our historical moment, different religions. When  women earn less, or someone is discriminated against, people should prosecute and protect their rights. However, while 64% of America is white, the idea that the majority of people should feel bad that they watch a movie with two white leads, especially because one likes jazz, can only come from contemptible impulses.  There is either guilt about what one's ancestors did which should hardly become the child's "sin," or moral perfectionism that is supposed to make leftist superior to other people.

If diminishment of the bad feelings or suffering of others is someone's goal, then how can the lead in a movie compare to the suffering found in the hungry, illiterate, the broken homes, the crime filled neighborhoods...?

It is so privileged to focus on the cultural level in this way.

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