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Hatred


I miss hating people. Now all I have is contempt. Contempt is boring.

 
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Posted by on Tue, 05/Jun/2012 in Musings

 

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The Truth


It’s not that we can’t reach the truth; we’d just never know it if we did.

 
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Posted by on Tue, 08/May/2012 in Musings, Thoughts

 

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Motivations


There are a lot of people in this world, and yet sadly they are mostly the same. It’s difficult to be different in such a world. It doesn’t matter what you do but rather what makes you do it; you don’t choose your motivations, and if you try to change them something motivates you to do so, and this ambition is not one you picked. There are very few people who are truly unique – they are not extraordinarily smart or pretty, but simply more interesting. They didn’t do anything to become what they are, they did not choose to be so. They were led to it, by things out of their control; and yet, they are different and I am not.
Person A cannot become person B, he can only become a person who wants to be person B, and rarely does this mean actually being that. In my case, it doesn’t.

Don’t get me wrong; it would be nice to be smart or pretty, but that’s just not my main concern.

Oh, and I’m still alive.

 
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Posted by on Sat, 28/Apr/2012 in Musings

 

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Social Barriers


I wrote this for my English teacher; I don’t really like it, but I thought I could publish it here and see what people think of it. If anyone still reads this blog.

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SOCIAL BARRIERS

Chauvinism is a much known problem, yet it is nothing but a symptom of a deeper problem – and people rarely seem to acknowledge that. They acknowledge said deeper problem, and they connect the two; nevertheless, it seems to me that they regard chauvinism as something more than a special case of said problem. Even if chauvinism is the worst case of the deeper problem, and needs to be dealt, to some extent, on its own – it is the deeper problem that should be discussed, and chauvinism should only be given as an example of it.

Chauvinism is not the issue we are here to discuss, though; it is only given as an example of how people try to make the deeper problem seem less deep by making its symptoms appear like related, independent problems, rather than special cases of the first one. It does not happen only with chauvinism; racism is, probably, the actual worst case of this problem, and it gets a very similar treatment.

The deeper problem is so deep it is difficult to define; you can say it is the social barriers in our society. People are expected to do this or that, and remain in this area or that one – metaphorical areas or physical ones, mind you – because of irrelevant details, such as race or gender. They can be ‘walled out’ just because of a traditional line of thinking, just because they always have been, just because no one bothers to question the barriers, which exist in our society, and ask why they exist.

These social barriers vary greatly – they can be the custom which doesn’t allow men to express their emotions, and they can be the line of thinking which leads dictators to decided people of darker colour or different religion should be kept ‘walled out’ and be kept apart from the rest of the people. But it all comes to social barriers, in the end – to thinking that people should be treated unequally, that they should be separated; that each group of people has its own place and it should be ‘walled in’ there.

These barriers were created, and now they are kept in our society, because it is convenient for some people when everything has its place, even if it is not the place it fits to be in, even if it is not where it wants to be.

These barriers make people separated even when they don’t have to be. They make people seem different from one another, even when they are actually similar; and they will stay there, until enough people have the strength to fight them. The only solution each one of us has is to fight them as much as possible.

 
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Posted by on Sun, 04/Mar/2012 in Essays

 

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Share a memory about the house in which you grew up


I read stupid Plinky e-mails.

 
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Posted by on Thu, 16/Feb/2012 in Musings

 

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Feminism


English: One of the symbols of German Women's ...

I know there are a lot of guys who take the ‘women are equal but feminists are crazy/stupid/annoying’ P.O.V. on this one, so I’ll try to emphasise the fact that this is not my own.

First, I don’t hate feminists… in particular. I mean, I can hardly imagine liking someone who identifies as a feminist, because it seems so serious and none-existentialist, but if someone simply believes women are equal to men, it obviously won’t make me dislike them or make it more difficult for me to like them. It’s just that calling yourself a ‘feminist’ sounds annoying. It’s not a label I’d bother wearing.

So, that’s why I disagree with the second part of what I call The Guy Perspective: ‘…but feminist are crazy/stupid/annoying.’

The thing is, I disagree with the first part too.

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I’m not saying men are better. I’m not saying women are, either. I just don’t see any reason to believe women and men are equal.

Having said that, I do believe we should treat them equally (with a few exceptions, I guess, with stuff like pregnancy – but not with maternity leave).

Now, maybe you wonder how I define equal… Well, I’m the one saying the two are not necessarily equal, so the ones defining it should be those who say otherwise, but I guess the issue is mainly intelligence. Or any other element of personality, perhaps. It doesn’t really matter – because these things are (most (most) probably) in the brain, and men’s and women’s brains are quite different.

Again, there isn’t a reason to believe one’s better than the other, and yet… I wouldn’t go as far as saying they are equal.

If you’re thinking ‘well, if there is no reason to think one’s better than the other, we can pretty much assume they are equal’ – and I partly agree. This post is not about not-saying men and women are equal because there’s a chance it’s incorrect.

This post is about realising it doesn’t matter whether the two are equal or not.

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Imagine this: a brain research shows, almost beyond doubt – the same ‘almost beyond doubt’ as that of the existence of gravity – that men are significantly smarter than women, statistically.

Come one, imagine – it doesn’t make you a chauvinist.

How would chauvinists react? An expected, annoying ‘Ha! I told you so.’ They’d use this research to justify treating women like objects. Would you agree with this notion? Probably not. Statistically more stupid or not, women are humans, after all.

How would liberals react? Casual ignorance, I suppose.

How would feminists react? They would probably accuse the researchers of chauvinism. But let’s say the researchers are a bunch of feminist women who wanted to prove the exact opposite, and had no interest to get these results – but decided to publish them anyway, because they are honest or some shit like that.

How would the feminists react? I wonder. I don’t think they’d take it well.

Now, imagine the opposite; it’s discovered that women are smarter.

How would chauvinists react? Mainly stuff like casual ignorance, or ‘Damn faggots.’

Liberals? There will probably be some men who’d say how much they think women are better than man, and blah blah blah. There are guys like that… somewhy.

Feminists? Well, I seriously doubt I won’t hear ‘Women are better than men!’ quite often, along with rarer but not that rare still ‘This shows we should give women priorities over men!’

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I can tell you how I’d react. I’d laugh. I’d laugh because I could immediately hear all the bullshit that’ll be said about this research. I’d get ready for hearing ‘Women are better than men’ all the time, as if it means anything.

Of course, I wouldn’t laugh half as hard as I would if the first scenario occurs. It would just be so funny if the world turns up politically incorrect.

I guess this post is politically incorrect too, somewhy. Fuck that. I don’t even know why. I just know someone would find this as such, or insulting, or both.

I’ll make this clear: I’m not saying there won’t be men who won’t take the second research well. There will be. And I’m not the only one who’d laugh, either. Other men would laugh, and other women. Any individual with a good sense of humour, who sees him/herself as more than a subject of a group. Whether there are more women or men like that, I do not know. I just know that anyone who’d take these hypothetical researches solemnly should take a new look at their lives. They should think about their own personality and intelligence, not the statistical ones of a group they belong to.

 
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Posted by on Fri, 03/Feb/2012 in Essays

 

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Have you ever seen this symbol, or the likes of it? 0, Ø, ø, ∅, ⌀, Ф, Φ, θ? Each time looking exactly the same but meaning something else? Have you ever cracked your head over what the fuck is going on here?

Well… I guess you probably haven’t. But Hell, this is my blog, so I’m gonna explain this crap.

Ø – a letter that appears in Danish, Faroese, Norwegian and Southern Sami languages. Also used in German-speaking countries as an average value.

ø – close-mid front rounded vowel, whatever the fuck that means. (Bear in mind that Wikipedia, for some reason, directs you from ø to Ø).

∅ – the sign for an empty set in Set Theory. Also used as zero in linguistics (an interesting article, I recommend it).

⌀ – the sign for diameter.

0Slashed Zero, used to distinguish it from the letter O. (I can see a minor flaw in this idea, can’t you?)

Ф, Φ, θ – similar looking yet different letters.

  • Ф / ф, the Cyrillic letter corresponding to “f” or “ph”
  • Φ / φ, the Greek letter phi, corresponding to “f” or “ph”
  • Θ / θ, the Greek letter theta, corresponding to “th”

Info taken from here & here. For some reason, Wikipedia points out the difference between ø and Ø in the disambiguation page, but not in anywhere else.

Hope I helped.

03/Feb/2012:
I just found out that the empty set symbol is also used as a symbol for neutrois people.

I like this sign.

 
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Posted by on Sat, 28/Jan/2012 in Musings

 

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