In response to OP
This is wisdom. Any arguments?
This is wisdom. Any arguments?
It is better to set off a nuclear bomb, than to sit and curse the dark.
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For the "I am" meme, people do lock themselves into these preconceived notions, just as they lock other people into them. Like in those quotes. I'm currently standing by while the relationship of two of my good friends falls apart. Part of the reason it's going all to hell is because of what one of the people identifies as their "I AM" and "NOW I am" versus how they see the other person as "they are." (Did that make sense? I think it did.) Even between two people who have been very close for a very long time, we still run into the trappings of people being stuck in this preconceived "i am/he is/she is" sort of situation without considering the possibility of flux. In my mind, that is the worst part of the "I am" meme: it tends to become incredibly concrete and modifying it can become an impossibly daunting task.
As for group identity vs. individuality--we want to be unique, but we also want to have a place to fit in. Humans are social, herd animals, as it were. So they all collect into their groups and set rules about how to have acceptance/belonging. So people want to make sure that they ascribe to those rules and that "I am [insert group trend here.]"
The "I am NOT" seems to come in more when peope want to differentiate themselves from something negative. Such as "I am NOT a racist/scientologist/pedo/etc!" It's once again group identity, but this time in the negative. You want to make sure no one mistakes you for ONE OF THEM.
The problem with "I am" is that it is so binary and so concrete, as already discussed. Try telling someone "I'm sort of ____" and you'll find that the "sort of" or "sometimes" or what-have-you tends to disappear and you become concretely _____. I do not consider myself aligned with any political party, yet it's impossible to try to have a discussion about politics with anyone without this coming up and the other person insisting on subscribing me to a party. We resort to "am/am not" because it makes things easier to organize and think about. Thus, it must be a simple yes/no binary, and it must be incredibly concrete. By making it constant, it becomes easier to work with.
People should not be constant. Not that constant, not that binary.
I thought they wrote "King of the Jews"? Or are we talking about another Essene?
A self-destructing memetic virus that wiped the mental meme pool clean (by contaminating them with the same "taint") is possibly an interesting idea.
The question of course is how to encode so much information in so little space, make it widely popular and linkable to everything else.
What do you mean INRI? Its not something I've heard of before.
I see it all as just a pictorial representation of stuff that atoms and molecules can do when subjected to specific circumstances.
This level of detachment may sound callous but the alternative is much worse imo - if you are affected by any kind of image then you are liable to be manipulated by such means. Led by the nose. Terrified with images of bad or tantalised by images of good.
A dead body is just a bunch of meat.
So, you're saying that for you me typing the words "baby rape" is exactly the same thing as posting a picture of it?
Well, here's the question:
If you ran a company, and you knew you could get sued into bankruptcy for sexual harassment, where would you draw the line?
Notice I didn't ask what you think is acceptable, but rather, how much would you want to risk your business.
I know I'm not gonna convince you, but sexual harassment and the casusal degradation of women in the workplace is not only real, but can be devestating to the woman it's directed at.
Like I said, it's obvious I'm not gonna change your mind, I just had to say it.
it would be considered "sexual harrassment" because you are potentially exposing other employees to things they don't want to see and may be offended by. It's the same idea as telling a sexually suggestive or "lewd" joke to an employee and them getting offended. The co-worker doesn't expect to be subjected to that kind of material at their place of employment.
.. but surely, just like the creationist christian fundies against science, this is the exception rather than the rule right?
cause just what Silly says, in general i would be much more offended by stories and/or pictures of torture/violence/etc than collegues discussing lewd jokes, sexual topics (moves/techniques), etc. because that's just natural. well maybe not when you have a meeting with an important client, but that's also not the time to start talking about severed limbs and shit.
are women on the workplace allowed to talk about their menstruation cycle by the way? just wondering. because that's some shit i sometimes seriously don't want to hear, but then again, i respect their freedom to be able to
an even more direct example is (not really related to workplace ethics), so far i managed to "dull" myself into being able to view goatse, tubgirl, meatspin, lemonparty etc with a neutral point of view, i could easily spend 30 mins photoshopping someone's face in goatse's ass without getting nauseous or anything. it's just people with a disgusting fetish.
on the other hand, there are pictures on rotten.com that show dead people with half of their heads blown off (the motorcycle.jpg and others), really gets me sick within a few seconds and i have no desire to "dull" myself from it either. there was this one time when i had this great idea for a photoshop collage of some lame joke involving a milka cow and a palestine teenage suicide bomber (dont ask--it's a really lame dutch word joke based on a commercial), so i went on googling for images of palestine teenage suicide bombers .. if you click to the journalist world press photo stuff .. yay real world severed bloody limbs all around! uglyness of war! poor little kids with shrapnel wounds but without family! very quickly i decided this joke was definitely in bad taste, even for me.