Nazis make for better super-villains because at least they aim to be super or superior. Communists … are so unmentionable and unimpressive as individuals they by their own nature are not unique and thusly need to define themselves through others. They aren’t Lex Luther or The Joker hatching brilliant schemes as much as they are boring, common, petty thieves rationalizing their parasitism.
… average folks are constantly faced with images of people who seem to live lives that vastly surpass the quality of their own. These images are put in front of people in order to stoke the human being’s natural tendency to envy its fellow man, and it works. The goal is to get people to strive to meet the standards displayed in these images, and to spend accordingly to close the gap. The end result is a culture in which the image of an elite few has a tremendous impact on the way everyone else seeks to live their lives, as so many are willing to go to almost absurd lengths to close the perceived gap between themselves and the ideal individuals they see on television or on social media. Unfortunately, most fail to realize that the ideal lives they seek to mimic are mere facades, often generated at great personal cost to their owners. Too many are content with the mere appearance of success (tenuous as it may be) and too few are willing to take the time to ensure that solid, legitimate foundations underlie the image.
Emphasis mine. Via Why You Should Contain Your Envy.
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See also, “News isn’t the product. Viewers and readers attention is the product, and it is sold to advertisers.”
“People don’t vote their interests; they vote their ideologies.” See also, “Politics is not about policy.”
With Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and various “cloud” services, the strength is in the efficiencies of scale. The weakness is that they are centralized; if government wishes to spy, they need only deal with a small number of large corporate entities to do so. If these services were distributed, efficiencies would drop, but the effort needed to spy would rise.
If you are a product of your behavior, start wearing a watch again to discover who you actually are. If the sex addict gets a watch, hell, gets a calendar, what he will discover is that he has practiced no other skill more diligently than pursuing empty sex that he knows is unsatisfying to him. That’s what he’s spent the most time on, that’s what he knows how to do the best. Better than driving, better than speaking, better than Xbox– he has that mindset down to a reflex. So why would you expect he’d use any other technique for any other life problems that come up? If all you are is an expert hammerer, everything gets hammered.
The hallmark of the inferior being is not hypocrisy, or the mere appearance of hypocrisy. Everyone with ideals fails to live up to them at some point or another. One’s failure to live up to a standard is not at all the same thing as denying the standard applies to oneself. The hallmark of the inferior, the sure sign of the self-admitted inferior, is the individual who demands others live up to standards that he refuses to accept for himself.
If you do not hold yourself accountable to the same standards you apply to others, you are not only an anti-equalitarian, you are a self-declared and admitted inferior to those to whom you hold to those higher standards.
It’s a sample, but still, this dude sounds high and hungry. And not bright. The fun starts at about 4:45.
I'd like, uh, Captain Crunch, and, some Special K, toasted on the out and nice & on the inside, and, uh, I would, would like some spaghetti, linguine, sandwich, with a light bread, on the out, on the medium over on like, some, like some candy canes and eggs sunny side up on, uh, on the toast and i'd like the (aveneen?) rare, i'd like some moo goo, gai pan, without the pan, some pans and i'd like, uh, i'd like some corned beef on mustard with, with the rye and some (therma?) i'd like a pickle with the lettuce and (add it's all good) I'd like an eggcream with chocolate, with vanilla in it, and vanillas, shakes and i'd like on the rye i would like some scrambled eggs and would like some muffin limey to go with feet
The dissident temperament has been present in all times and places, though only ever among a small minority of citizens. Its characteristic, speaking broadly, is a cast of mind that, presented with a proposition about the world, has little interest in where that proposition originated, or how popular it is, or how many powerful and credentialed persons have assented to it, or what might be lost in the way of property, status, or even life, in denying it. To the dissident, the only thing worth pondering about the proposition is, is it true? If it is, then no king’s command can falsify it; and if it is not, then not even the assent of a hundred million will make it true.
This explains *so much* about me. Via Dissident Of The Month « Chateau Heartiste.