Good

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If goodness is subjective, then goodness is dependent on the person.
There could be no goodness without people.
Saving humanity from destruction is saving goodness from destruction.

There CAN be objective truth without objective goodness, though.
But that doesn’t make objective truth objectively good.
The truth is often unpleasant, and one’s concept of goodness may hinge on what is pleasant.

However, learning the truth is the best strategy for saving humanity from destruction.
Any argument to the contrary would have to be both LEARNED and TRUE in order to be valid.

If your concept of good does not include maintaining the conditions for maintaining goodness, then your goodness is not sustainable and should rightfully die off.

I believe this is the closest one can rationally come to objective good:
To love the world. To give and receive the truth. To save the world. To protect the people.

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Sexualization

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So let me get this straight:
When men measure their own self-worth by their sexual competence, then women are reduced to sexual capitol… okay, sure.

And when they measure a woman’s worth by her sexual competence, then she’s being reduced to a sex objection… sure, whatever.

if THIS is wrong… then let me ask:
What objective basis do we have for determining the right or wrong way to measure human worth?

What is the RIGHT way, then?

Money? Athletic prowess? Contribution to society? Job title? Level of education? Their ability to make you laugh? How well they adhere to your concept of morality?
Whatever you decide you run into a similar and different set of problems.

Wouldn’t we be better off scrapping the concept of esteem altogether?

What Came First?

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What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Neither. The process of laying eggs evolved from cellular division.

 

Anywho… lets apply my conclusion about “The Chicken and the Egg” to the “The Culture and the People.”

 

What came first, the culture or the person?

At once, people behaved in a way that was most advantageous for a certain circumstance, that “method” self-replicated when the group expanded, and remained and developed independently of the external circumstance.

Ideas, concepts, and systems, and processes are platonic, symbiotic life forms that use people to replicate.

When a species of “culture” evolves, it will condition the people within its sphere of influence for its own self-replication and expansion, but a culture can be killed, a culture can die…

 

…And most importantly, a culture can be an evolutionary dead end that will relentlessly drag the people into extinction with it.

 

That’s why the truth, rationality, communication, and education are so important to our survival…

Privilege

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       “The smallest minority on earth is the individual.” –Ayn Rand

 

In the context of the rest of Ayn Rand’s teachings, this was to run parallel to the idea that the individual should be held in consideration above all else. She was of the idea that institutionalized equality necessarily kept the able in chains, stifling their progress. On the contrary, I believe the strength of the enlightened individual can generate tectonic shifts in the world directly around him, for ill or for good, once he realizes the society is a brick house of individuals. I don’t like Ayn Rand’s teachings; I wouldn’t quote her unless it was extremely important.

 

When division is present, privilege will always be subjective. America may be one of the most prosperous nations, but we’re also one of the least happy, unappreciative, close-minded, and insulated nations. If truth is the greatest virtue, then isn’t the one who possesses it privileged regardless of how long he lives, how he makes ends meet, etc. With an optimist’s eyes, there can be an advantage to just about anything.

Now when I say these things, I do not mean to say oppression is non-existent. It’s a real pervasive force within a society and between individuals. However, oppression can never be eradicated if it goes mis-identified. I am not of the belief that societal division necessarily equates oppression. Real oppression, I believe, is precisely the “exaggerated” model initially presented in “The 5 Faces of Oppression.” That model of the conquered having the others will involuntarily imposed upon it. Such a state, or state of being, is the only truly, absolute non-privilege.

 

I am not in such a state, but I’ve felt marginalized my whole life. I am an alien, somehow, someway, though my parents love me, they are relatively socially retarded. The basic hi, bye, please, thank you, excuse me was all gotten to a T. What else was there? I sometimes joke, I’ve FELT alienated, but Clark Kent actually IS an alien. Imagine how he felt.

 

However, in my later years, understanding the mechanisms behind my lifelong frustrations have left me immune to their assigned power. Free to chose or deny that power at will. One of the few things my mother taught me that I hold close to this day, is that a culture can be wrong. Cultural rules reflect underlying assumptions about the nature of reality. Just as I am under no obligation to obey an unjust, written law, same can be said for unwritten ones.

 

It’s also put me in a very unique position to play with the old tropes in creative and exciting ways.

I have been the subject of racism before in my kindergarten years. Fellow student. I didn’t quake in my boots at the prospect of being put down, nor did I boil over in some Pavlovian response. My child’s mind just dismissed the stupidity of the event. Now that I have historical context in my adulthood, I wouldn’t have had myself react any other way.

 

My general deprivation of companionship had nothing to do with my race, class, gender, religion, age, sexuality, location, level of education, language, or marital status. (One could make the argument that my relationship status was a result of the other things.) I have been put in my position because I’m an individual, and for no other reason. Not as a black man, but as a person.

It’s been a privilege.

Wish Right Now

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Let’s talk about Airplanes in the night sky like shooting stars…

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      The mix of genre’s appeals to MANY more than any one, first off. 

      And the video features that girl from Paramore with the sleek frame… (sigh) (regains composure)
      Ahem!

      …It appeals to The West’s cultural nostalgia associated with Disney and related slogans.
      “Pretending” “Wishing”
      While juxtaposing to real life’s struggles.
      In the absence of shooting stars, we can pretend and wish for things.

      For those bothering to listen to B.o.B’s lyrics,
      It’s an artists yearning for individuality/self-expression vs. the market/success/consumerism.
      Doing, not out of necessity.

      Putting these two things together, they tapped into our collective wish to imagine and express without worry or obligation.

My Favorite Superbowl AD (scroll to bottom first)

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A.) The only way the Superbowl could be more masculine is by playing it in their Dodge-mobiles. B.) I don’t drive a Dodge Stratus or even own a vehicle, but my masculinity is just fine. Thank you very much. C.) Don’t some of the issues transcend gender even though this ad is clearly flaring the ills between them? The ad in question features a voice representing the frustration of modern society’s supposedly increased repression of masculinity. With a “slideshow” of diverse-looking men with broken, lifeless expressions on their faces.  Even though the voice is clearly talking to females, the ad is marketed to adult male counterparts. This is made clear by usage of phrases like “your vampire romance movies”, “your lip balm” and “your mother.” There have been a number of response videos from the opposite gender. With the overall message of usually being “we have it bad too” or “we have it worse.” I am in favor of equality, but I do not identify myself as a feminist, so I prefer to keep things from becoming “boy-girl” issues to begin with.

Research showing that “men will compensate when masculinity is threatened” will inevitably be slanted in regard to this issue. Not disputing the facts of the case, but MOST people will defend something that is attached their self-worth. For example, listing reasons for why ones parents don’t love them will often trigger a stream of reaffirming behaviors, especially if arguments are reasonably sound. Threaten an athlete’s ability to play well triggers more practice. But the defining factor is how they relate the thing in question to their self-worth. The study will also test if females compensate when femininity is threatened, though it is yet to be posted.

Why would the ad fail to appeal to women if the genders and complaints were reversed? The ad used complaints of mostly simple tasks men had difficulty with. What made them so difficult is that they were things seen as compromising on one’s masculinity. For a guy, this is understandably a key piece of one’s identity. The main reason why the same ad wouldn’t work for women is that cars are not generally associated with femininity. The female response ads usually list off more challenging things, but not many things that compromise on their femininity as far as I know.

Personally, I consider masculinity to be an objective fact that doesn’t have to be proven with certain behaviors or attitudes. When both men and women suffer from road rage, when cut off by that omnipresent “so-and-so” at the intersection, we can see men’s reactions have been statistically more extreme when faced with a challenge to their identities or something attached to their self-worth.

With these things in mind, I’d like to re-examine seemingly unrelated behaviors. Recall several instances of “media hogging.” Celebrities’ are considered what they are because they are so widely “celebrated.” When popularity is interchangeable with attention, their celebrity status attached to their identity, and their identities attached to their self-worth, as it is for most people, it becomes the perfect storm for outrageous, attention-seeking behaviors that leave the populace scratching their heads.

For the last demonstrating exercise, imagine an artist being forced to make increasingly more changes to some work of his, and demanding a more creative freedom in the same format: “I will get up at 6:66AM to and stay awake at non-applicable “bored meetings.” I will skip breakfast. I will substitute coffee for my breakfast. I will suffer from the crash as a result of the coffee for breakfast. I will make changes to my ongoing series’ overall plot to tie into a shoddily written crossover event. I will draw the female protagonist to appeal to the male audience, in a market that already too often ignores its female audience. I will retroactively change my protagonist’s back-story in light of recent changes in the fictional universe’s cosmology. And because I do all of this, I write the story I want to write.”

“It’s not so difficult” complaint is too subjective to be of any use in a complaint about the ad in question. The same argument can be, albeit haphazardly, applied to anything women of historically protested, apart from outright physical or emotional abuse. Abuse is certainly not restricted to gender. People have always abused those considered to be worthy of it, a fact principally ignored when we get caught up on particular societal manifestations. Coming from ethnically diverse schools, I can confidently say that when one reason for abuse is undermined, there can raise another in its place.

http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-2658462/Danger-on-the-roads-Masculinity.html

http://eprints.qut.edu.au/3890/

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/aug05/soc.gender.dea.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou5Ens-qNRc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RyPamyWotM

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/aug05/soc.gender.dea.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/190114.php

 

I will get up and walk the dog at 6:20AM.
I will eat some fruit as part of my breakfast.
I will shave. I will clean the sink after I shave.
I will be at work at 8:00AM.
I will sit through two-hour meetings.
I will say yes, when you want me to say yes.
I will be quiet when you don’t want me to say no.
I will take your call and listen to your opinion of my friends.
I will listen to your friend’s opinions of my friends.
I will be civil to your mother.
I will put the seat down.
I will separate the recycling.
I will carry your lip-balm.
I will watch your vampire tv shows, with you.
I will take my socks off before getting into bed.
I will put my underwear in the basket.
And because I do this…
I will drive the car I want to drive.
Charger, Man’s Last Stand.

 

 

 

 

Female’s Response:

I will get up and pack your lunch at 6:30AM.

I will eat half a grapefruit for breakfast.

I will get the kids ready for school.

I will ignore your smelly loser friend who is crashing on our couch.

I will make 75¢ for every dollar you make doing the same job.

I will assert myself and get called a bitch.

I will catch you staring at my breasts and pretend not to notice.

I will put my career on hold to raise your children.

I will diet, Botox, and wax…everything.

I will assure you that size doesn’t matter.

I will be a lady in the street, but a freak in the bed.

I will turn a blind eye to your ever-encroaching baldness.

I will humor your fantasy baseball obsession.

I will pretend not to notice when you cry at the end of “Rudy.”

I will watch shows where fat, unattractive men have beautiful wives.

I will allow you to cheat on me with younger women.

I will see “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”…twice.

I will elect male politicians who will make decisions about my body.

I will listen to ~Rash?~ and tell you “Yes, if there was a gold medal for air drumming, you would win it.”

I will get angry and you will ask if it’s that time of the month.

I will watch Superbowl commercials that depict men as emasculated and oppressed and I will feel SO f*cking sorry for you…

tvtropes.org

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The End All Of Stories
“TvTropes will ruin your life.” –tv tropes.com

This website is more addictive than Wikipedia, less easily changed, but ten times more or less imaginative! “Your mileage may vary”. It’s addictive nature can be attributed to “The Wiki Walk” effect, where one article takes the user through a train of related articles until the origin is almost completely unrelated to destination of the “walk” There will be more on this later. It’s like failing to realize you’ve lost your way in a forest until you’ve already found your way out by aimless wandering. Then, upon realizing how long you’ve been wandering, decide that you’ve missed several instant messages in the adjacent social networking forest opened in another tab. Tv.tropes.com has been given a great deal on my computer time, but it will not be for naught, or forgot. Tv.tropes.com can and will drastically alter your appreciation of creative works after enough exposure. From the website users themselves though, there is no universal agreement on whether the change is for the better. Ultimately though, but recognition of writing conventions has yielded a more solid grasp on reality.

What is this website? Tvtropes.com is a wiki. As you may have guessed, a wiki is a website that users may collaboratively edit and update to their hearts desire. Wikis have existed even before Wikipedia’s 2001 launch. The source of this factoid is from Wikipedia itself; don’t cite me on it. Like Wikipedia, there have been measures placed to prevent anyone from simply warping the site into some foul aberration. The main function is to catalog various literary devices, conventions, plot devices, stock characterizations and clichés of various creative works under the singular, catch-all term, “tropes.” A “troper” is what someone is called who edits the site. Examples are numerous for each article, spanning video game, movies, theatre, novels, Japanese and western animation, the list goes on. Along side this, are applications in real life situations.

“Real Life” has it’s own article on the website with various tropes listed under it like “Anyone Can Die”. This trope is “Exactly what is says on the tin.” Now, “Exactly as it says on the tin” is named as such to compare to subversion of false or misleading advertisement on boxed products. My act of explaining every exemplified trope is an example of assuming that “The Viewers Are Morons.” Any attempt on my part to “subvert” this assumption will not be explained. See: “True Art is Incomprehensible” and Self Demonstrating Article.

The first paragraph provides an example of “metaphorgotten” That trope is described as follows: “the metaphor begins with a solid concept but quickly degenerates into a repetition of the actual situation only projected onto the metaphorical concepts. “You can’t make an omelet without [something much more unpleasant than breaking a few eggs]” seems to be particularly popular, perhaps because it lends itself well to Black Comedy. As seen in the second page quote, it is also possible for the metaphorical concept to distract the speaker so that the metaphor is forgotten.” As we saw in the third paragraph, common tropes that occur universally, like “Don’t Explain the Joke” are also expressed, elaborated upon, and given examples of application throughout the site.

Another example, a “Sadist Teacher” a type of character used often enough, and under “real life” examples is a link to the “Troper Tales” area. Troper Tales is the areas were people share personal examples. Understandably, the area for “Sadist Teacher” was expansive and disturbing. This is especially true for an education major like myself. I aspire to fall under either “Cool Teacher.”

Many, including users of the sight, would argue that “explaining the joke” would inevitably remove the wonder or splendor from a work. But the reality is that it shifts the source of splendor away from events in the story, and more toward the wonder and splendors of the creative writing process.  It’s been said the overuse will cause you to develop the inability to “see the forest instead of the trees, causing them to become jaded and cynical about consuming media.” This is true, but the “jadedness and cynicism” is not necessarily the case. This only becomes true when the illusion was preferred, and when someone adopts “it’s only good if it’s new” as an outlook beforehand. The forest becomes much more remarkable as a series of individual trees than otherwise. Society, for example, becomes less of a hopeless mess when seen as an extremely large group of individuals with personal histories, feelings, and opinions rather than some “unstoppable system.” Seeing fiction for what it is MAY disillusion the audience to the “magic” that brought it there, but it opens the door to the expanse of labor, passion, and imagination it took to create the product. Listen to an audio commentary on a DVD.

TvTropes is the new virtual encyclopedia of media analysis, and it will expand indefinitely. When a meme is recognized and documented, it is found out wherever it hides in the past, present, or future. When a cliché’ is fits widely enough, it becomes a part of the vocabulary of users worldwide. When critical analysis overpowers passive, mind numbing, viewing in favor of instant recognition of the person behind it all pulling the strings, it will then dispel the “magic” in what they watch, in favor of real creativity on their part. Then may get off the couch. And play! Write! And give something new for future generations to enjoy!

“TvTropes will enhance your life.” –tv tropes.com

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