commented on The Full Text of David Guterson's Controversial Commencement Speech
The problem with this speech, for me, is that it it really is for a different audience.
I have heard very similar, almost identical, presentations in Buddhist circles. The difference is that the audience has, at a minimum, a year of consistent meditation practice, and has around 100 hours of study(usually under a teacher).
In traditional Tibetan practice, you would have around 1500 hours of preliminary practice just to start studying this stuff.
For me, this speech was like a quantum physicist talking about cutting edge theory(with full jargon and math) to a high school physics class.
commented on Young Americans More Likely to See Being Gay as a "Choice"
Ehh. I just can't bring myself to get that worked up about what people do with their naughty bits outside of the very small population of people whose naughty bits I'd like to do things with.
In my head it is around the same level as liking cheesecake. Liking cheesecake might be genetic or a choice. Some people might construct their identity around their food of choice while for others it is no big deal. Either way it does not matter. Just as I am not affected by what people eat for dessert I'm not affected by who people are being sexual with.
commented on Chris Christie Punts on Filling Senate Seat
As someone who lives in New Jersey I really hate Christie. He has done more to push back medical cannabis than anyone else. He set the example for other states and their "we can't be like the west coast" medical laws. Not to mention his blocking and restricting the mmj laws we do face.
commented on On Twitter, Game of Thrones Fans Half-Assedly Plot Boycott
I read the first book and realized it wasn't for me. I don't really need hardcore super brutal hyper real stuff. If I needed that I would read history books.
Yes, it is true that for the narrative and the period the characters having the average lifespan of a goldfish, the good guys only achieving marginal victories, and the bag guys making stunning progress is realistic and edgy.
However, I would point out that the world in which we live is pretty damn horrifying as it is and it only gets so much worse. I personally don't need a more intense version of what I read about every day.
commented on The Happiness of a Crowded Train
But if you are alone in your head you are ideal theft/grope material. The only way to safely commute is also the most stressful. Hence why most people like space.
commented on Stay-at-Home Dad Combats Sexual Fantasies By Putting Women in "Imaginary Burqas"
To me, this is a problem with letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.
I think that if this guy realizes that women are varied, doesn't leer, grab, or anything else crazy like that then he is ok. If you accept that a brief glance at a woman that is your type and an appreciative thought is the "cost of doing business" then it won't get out of control. If you obsess over any thought that thought will control you. If you don't believe me, don't think of a blue pony. See?
I know in my case it is a glance and in my head, "Damn spring is awesome." And that's it. No torment, no problem.
commented on Frederick Douglass: "We Are a Nation of Inconsistencies"
@18. That is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the southern culture. The south, for better or worse, moves at a much slower pace than the rest of the US. It has been that way since before the civil war and it is the one thing that most likely will never change.
Except in the major cities, if someone is in the south and the are old enough to move and haven't , they don't want the future. They want small communities based around Christian churches and conservative or libertarian values. Racism is only a tangent to the insanely deep fear and hatred of change and difference. Take this from someone who grew up in a small town in Alabama.