Pockets of Insanity

Do you really think these people are sane?

What is sanity? How do we judge what is sane and what is not sane? Is the notion of sanity something to be determined by majority vote? What if you’ve decided, whatever your reasons, that the majority of people on this planet are batshit crazy insane? Just because you’re outnumbered doesn’t mean you’re wrong.

I think all humans have pockets of insanity, call them “blind spots”, among their mostly sane thinking. Allow me to define insanity: The inability to think clearly, i.e., being unable to choose the better from the worse. Voting on which master holds the whip is textbook insanity. Why does anyone think they need a whip-holder to boss them around?

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Moral Compass

“The plan was to kill people, sir.”

It is within the military that Thoreau saw the greatest relinquishment of moral conscience; the military proclaims that “obeying orders” is the highest ideal. Thoreau contemplated soldiers who march off to die and to kill strangers in a conflict they know is unjust. He asked whether those soldiers retained or relinquished their humanity when they replaced their own moral judgment with the dictates of legislators. Thoreau concluded that once a man abandons his moral judgment, he becomes a machine; his body becomes a mere tool to be used.

 

Many consider service to “their country” to be an automatic virtue, but it is a dehumanizing vice whenever it involves the abandonment of conscience. The military demands this abandonment. And few activities can be as dehumanizing as patrolling foreign streets in the role of an occupying force.

 

I like Wendy McElroy. The above is one of her posts on Mises.org. McElroy’s blog bears checking out. Here.

 

I’m reading Hannah Arendt’s Life of the Mind right now. Arendt says that evil might have more to do with thoughtlessness than malice. Well, maybe. I certainly think that our masters codify morality (laws) because they consider us not capable of choosing the correct path (mostly, obeying them) without force. Forcing people to act in a way that is contrary to their thinking can lead to only one thing: revolution. If revolution doesn’t happen, it will be more because of thoughtlessness than lack of courage. How to provoke thought, I have no ideas.

 

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Identifying Common Sense Measures

“The president directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

Link.

Let’s see, the only common sense measure I can think of to improve safety and respect the Second Amendment would be to completely eliminate all gun laws. N’est-ce pas ainsi? After all, aren’t 300 million Americans the “keyest” stakeholders of all?

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“The” Debt Ceiling or “Your” Debt Ceiling

One of the people in the room each time, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said Obama has put on a display of patience.

“He is the president of the United States. I know he is busy,” Pelosi said. “I myself am almost too busy to continue listening to some of the things going on in that room, so I know he must be very busy. But he has treated everyone there with great dignity.”

Link.

Busy, busy, busy are the Professional Politicians. Now keep in mind that these professionals, who treat eachother with “great dignity,” expect you to pay for everything, so raising “the” debt ceiling is raising “your” debt ceiling. Imagine if someone ran up a credit card, buying things you didn’t want or need, and then telling you that you have to pay off the card, and oh yeah, they’re going to get the limit on the card raised. I hope you like all the shiny new wars and bank bailouts, cuz you’re going to pay for it all. As for me, I dunno. I’ll hang on as long as I can, then “over the hill.”

 

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On Happiness

“I have now reigned above fifty years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to fourteen…”

Abdul-Rahman III

Mrs. UC calls me “Mr. Doom and Gloom”, even though I’ve always thought of myself as mostly cheerful and optimistic. Perpetually and irrepressibly happy people just don’t seem to be paying attention to current events.

I watched a movie this afternoon, Reign of Fire. Dragons had become the dominant species on Earth, but were slowly dying out for lack of humans to eat. The few remaining humans had a dilemma–wait for the dragons to die out or attack the dragons to speed things along. The dragons, on their own, might last a long time, and the humans were starving. On the other hand, attacking dragons was suicidal. I sat and thought about this plot while the movie was limping along. (Not a good movie.) This is the perfect metaphor for America. Wait for the collapse, or start armed resistance (suicide by cop).

Yes, I know this isn’t a very tight post. If you’re looking for brilliant commentary or witty repartee, see my blogroll.

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