Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Mon Jul 12 12:07:06 2004
Touching Scars

A hand in the rain, cups the falling water bruised eyes with water streaming over fluid of life also brings great death Compost, a duty shared, between victim and agressor

Oh shattered bird, Somehow I never thought your metaphor would lose its soul and gain a body Reverse the trade, or give me a single feather And on looks the pained painter...

So my accidental houseguest is almost certain to be temporary -- I contacted the PA Wildlife Centre (after getting a pointer from a group called animal friends), and they're likely to take the bird and prepare it for release. Thinking about it, this is good -- I really don't have the energy or the knowledge to take care of a bird. They are, surprisingly, a lot more difficult than a cat or dog, or even an Iguana, because their lifestyle is so ill-matched to ours. I'm going to miss the little guy (gal?) though -- it's adorable when it tilts its head back and chirps, waiting for me to spit some food into its mouth (it thinks I'm it's mum, and when I walk by, if it's hungry, it chirps). While researching what to do with it, I came across some local pet shelters and the like. I'll let the idea cook in my head -- perhaps I'll volunteer here as well, occasionally, in that area. It was good to be able to help out before in Columbus. Back to the bird, once it learns to fly, or even starts to walk greater distances, it's going to be really hard keeping it around without a cage.

After recording stuff off my voice recorder into computer (which will go onto a truly hilarious CD that, alas, it would be inappropriate for me to ever share with anyone), it's due a mail trip to Columbus to be used by a friend. My new Neuros Audio Player will arrive soon to replace it's functionality. Hurrah. While talking about sharing in a capitalistic system, he mentioned social groups that have a sole raison d'etre of passing unused things from one person to another within the group. This sounds interesting -- I'll want to look into this further.

One trend I worry about in organized atheism, which I was discussing last night with someone, is one way which I believe people slowly fall (back) into theism. Specifically, they start to emphasize, in their memory, the divisions placed between positions on the religion issue, and come to really dislike most atheists because of their professing of lack of faith creating barriers between other groups that do good things. What I believe happens next is that, as they start identifying with belief-neutral groups, they begin to succumb to their emotions and get religion, all the while proclaiming the unimportance of the existence of deities, in the face of what are to them more pressing social issues. It's a kind of slow slide into mild religion. For most americans, they will likely slip into Unitarianism or a mild Christianity, as it's kind of a 'default' for people raised in this culture. People who are come from a slightly different background, upbringing, or culture, may become Wiccan, Judaist, or any number of other things. The person I was arguing with initially thought I was misjudging the person I was using as example, but later, as I made clear the path possible, asked if it really is a bad thing, as she too feels that practical things are more important, in fact mocking me for even caring about abstract things and letting it colour how I see people. Naturally the "arrogant" word was tossed around again, but this time I was able to deconstruct it in an effective way, and I don't think she'll be using that term again. I am now quite certain that the term "arrogant" is an empty statement of disapproval of expression of incompatible and threatening views that, nontheless, people think has a different kind of content. Back to topic, while I do prefer atheists, and value atheism, I have a number of religious friends -- it's a plus, but it's just another factor in whether I'll like or get along with someone. Also, while I do like atheism, I more importantly like atheism for the right reason, which to me means that people filter their notions of truth through science, and don't allow wishful thinking into that process at all. Emotions are great for values, and thus certain kinds of philosophy, but one needs to be very careful not to allow values to dictate one's understanding of what is. Some people are atheist for the wrong reasons -- they're really disgruntled believers under the wrong name, or like to rebel. I would prefer to reground such people on philosophical materialism, and do my best to do so when I see it. The attitude of "damn happiness if it's not honest/true" is what we're aiming at here.

Anyhow, now to less deep matters: The Pentagon says that some of BushJr's military records were accidentally destroyed. Oops! How could such a thing happen? Andrew Carnegie -- enemy of the common man, christian, but despite these things, suggesting living a modest life and doing lots of charity. What are we to think? The same man who did union-busting that had people killed, also suggesting working for the common good. .. it needs further consideration. Imagine hackers who can write human viri.. Scary.


Mon Jul 12 23:02:46 2004

You were right, I was wrong.


Mon Jul 12 23:29:23 2004

Think of what you used to say about Castro. One can have very admirable traits, and others that are disgusting, at the same time.

Think of Thomas Jefferson, who owned slaves but also laid the groundwork for civil liberties as they exist today.