Pending computer recovery, I will restart this on Monday, with Aristotle.
We can't help you...in fact, we're part of the problem.
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Hillary as cargo cult... That's brilliant, Cain.
What TGRR said.
And also, -10 pts for using the Fox News "messiah" bullshit.
As a former Obama supporter, I can state the term 'messiah' is completely accurate in the effect he has on his followers.
Let me get this straight. A candidate has actually evoked strong feelings and passions in people, to the point where they want to be involved in the political process, instead of just being wedged into their Cheetoh encrustec couch, and you wanna go and label them as mindless worshippers? Has it ever crossed your, oh so enlightened mind, that perhaps, just perhaps, people are so tired of blubbering flesh bags like Bush and Cheney being in charge for 8 years that people are hankering for a different kind of leadership? Do you expect them to get all hot and bothered by McCain who is all too willing to follow in the footsteps of the man who tarred and feathered his character in 2000? Do you expect them go get excited about Ralph Nader? Do you expect them to get excited by Bob fucking Barr?
Is he going to create some monumental, earth shattering change? Of course not. And the Obama supporters I've met and talked to know that. No, what Obama represents is an end to the monumental suck and fail policies of George W. Bush.
So go ahead and label that fervor with some tired Fox News talkpoint cliche. But clearly, sir, you have no fucking idea of what you are talking about.
Influential =/= good reading. Mein Kampf was influential, and it was still crap. Kant's Critique of Pure Reason was influential, and also crap. The Koran is hella influential, and possibly even more shit than the Bible (more coherent, but less psychedelic apocalyptic imagery to make up for wading through hundreds of pages of crap).
And if I wanted to know my enemy, why would I read the Bible? Its clear they haven't, or else we wouldn't be having a problem.
The funny thing about knowledge is that not everything worth knowing is fun to learn.
Keep shifting those goal posts.
Now wtf are you talking about?
The thread is called "books that no one should read", not, "books that we don't particularly enjoy." At St. John's College in Annapolis, which is not really religiously affiliated (despite its name), major religious texts are required reading. This is not because the school promotes the beliefs conveyed in those texts, but because they have had such a major impact on society since they were written that any intelligent, well rounded individual should be familiar. The Principia Discordia isn't exactly a brilliant piece of literature either, or anyway, it has no more literary merit than the bible. I could preach misinterpretations to a bunch of people too and have them turn it into something gross, and would you then say because of those people that nobody should read the Principia anymore as well?