Good

Leave a comment

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.

Pam Peterson. 1943-2011

Leave a comment

Phil Jimenez, most talented artists ever assigned to Wonder Woman/friend of mine, just lost his mother.

Even before she became ill, I gathered from interviews that VERY special kind of supporting mother. The sincere admiration he had for her was something to behold, and I’m beginning to share it myself upon reading about her courage and resilience.

Right now, I only WISH for a relationship as beautiful as the one they shared, and I can only imagine the pain that goes with losing something like that.

But maybe we should look at this more like a “completion” than a loss…

Please read this blog/offer support.

RIP, and good night…

She Used To Be Me

“Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.” — Truman Capote

My mom, Pam Peterson, died yesterday morning at 8:16 AM.  She was 68 years old.

It was, ultimately, a quiet and peaceful death. It didn’t start that way — there was some real panic in her eyes that morning around 5:00 AM, when she just couldn’t catch her breath, and the meditation exercises we’d practiced several times (I’d look in her eyes and smile, hold her face and hands, put her feet on my thighs if I was kneeling at her bed, and lead her in rhythmic breathing until she calmed enough to gain her breath) weren’t working.  She was sweaty from cancer fevers and couldn’t get comfortable; she’d sit up and lay down, sit up and lay down, and finally got up a couple of times to go to the bathroom (I’m thankful, and I…

View original post 2,624 more words

Your Own Daughter!?

1 Comment

I’ve been asked before, “Would you want your daughter to grow up to be a prostitute? ”

I think it’s worth answering considering I’ve stated in other channels that I’m in favor of legalization.

Right now, the answer to that question is a resounding “NO.” That may sound hypocritical, but here’s why I say that:

The key word here is “want.”
I wouldn’t want my daughter to be in ANY situation that presents a significant danger to her health, happiness, or well being.
I wouldn’t want to be the one to constantly worry about her well-being.
Assuming she’s not being forced against her will, or drugged…
The working conditions for people in that line of work are atrocious, and society offers very little protection for them. She’s likely to be beaten and taken advantage of physically and financially. Not to mention the emotional toll, most of society looks down on them as either evil or dupes, and will not approve.
And/or imprisoned… for example I’m all for weed legalization too, but I don’t want any kids of mine going to prison for it. That’s a whole new batch of worriment.
Obviously I wouldn’t WANT that for any kid of mine.

Of course I’d feel the same way if my kid grew up to work in a sweatshop, became a political prisoner, got involved in a relationship with someone emotionally unstable, if my son became an altar boy, or if my daughter joined the military. This is the reality right now.

At the same time I’d like to make strides away from this reality, but it will be this way for some time. None of those things HAVE to be the reality for people in these situation, but they are. I think things should be better for people who do these things, but they aren’t. I’d like to be in place where I didn’t have to worry about these things. This is NOT that place…

…but it could be.

Just a Male Power Fantasy…

Leave a comment

(This was written in response to a piece about male privilege in the comic book world.)

Keep in mind the entire superhero genre sprung from the unfulfilled romantic yearnings/self defeating masochism of young men.

Clark Kent (Superman) was the first superhero and carried a torch for Lois Lane.
Lois Lane was inspired by “Lois Amster.”
When asked half a century later, she indicated Jerry Siegel was a strange guy who had no friendship or conversation with who occasionally stared at her.

I thought: “the bastard never worked up the courage to approach her at ALL!”

In 1983, Siegel said, “Clark Kent grew not only out of my private life, but also out of Joe Shuster’s. As a high school student, I thought that someday I might become a reporter, and I had crushes on several attractive girls who either didn’t know I existed or didn’t care I existed. So it occured to me: What if I was really terrific? What if I had something special going for me, like jumping over buildings or throwing cars around or something like that? ”

My point is driven home by what Lois said to Clark in the original Action Comics #1…
Lois has to defend herself from a thug while Clark does nothing (to hide the fact that he’s Superman), but tells him: “You asked me earlier in the evening why I avoid you. I’ll tell you why now: Because you’re a spineless, unbearable coward!”

Talking to himself, much?

There’s a happy ending, though!

Siegel eventually married the original model for Lois Lane, who’s beauty, intelligence, and determination also inspired Lois’s personality.

After her husband’s death, and for most of her remaining life she continued to hound DC comics for to ensure her family got every penny that was rightfully theirs.

Following her death, Siegel’s lawyer noted, “All her life she carried the torch for Jerry and Joe — and other artists. There was a lot of Lois Lane in Joanne Siegel.”

How does this translate to how the comic book industry should operate?
…Idk … I lost my train of thought.

The Gth Dimension

Leave a comment

I was talking to a friend of mine about the complexity of potential for higher dimensional beings doing God-like things.Such a being would be SO complex… more complex than anything we can wrap out minds around.If life on Earth is too complex to have come about on its own, then how the hell could this even more complex God-being come on its own?Maybe he’s the completeness of evolution. The only thing that could have survived the death and rebirth of universes.

Maybe he’s evolved to be that great?
How many billions of years does one universe live?
Times that by billions, and imagine a creature that’s been surving, adapting and reproducing during the whole process.

Enter the present day…

Facebook Status on Education

Leave a comment

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
~ John Lennon
    • Daniel Ballow The K-12 education doesn’t understand life, and doesn’t care if their students understand life.

They can’t as long as theirs no place to explore this statement. A philosophy class.

I think we’ve failed when school becomes about “getting a degree and getting a high paying job.”

17 hours ago · Like

 

  • Daniel Ballow I was apparently smart when I was younger, and people consoled my social isolation with the prospect of them working for me some day.

 

That idea never comforted me, and it still doesn’t.

17 hours ago · Like

 

  • Daniel BallowSchool has become about survival of the individual, rather then the survival of US, as a society, nation, and planet.

    17 hours ago · Like
  • Daniel Ballow Focus on learning and good grades will follow.
    Focus on studying and nigh-perfect grades will follow.

 

The two aren’t the same.
One is about the internalization of knowledge the other is about memorization.
Learning can happen while memorization does not.
Memorization can happen while learning does not.

Ideally, both will be happening.
Not usually the case. It depends on what matters to you.

17 hours ago · Like

 

  • Daniel BallowIf you’re willing to stress yourself with studying for even better grades.

    17 hours ago · Like
  • Daniel BallowI feel I have more important things to worry about.

    17 hours ago · Like
  • Daniel BallowLike the fate of the human race.

    17 hours ago · Like
  • Daniel Ballow All life as we know it.

 

Sexualization

Leave a comment

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?

Older Entries Newer Entries