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The journey.
I saw The Last Samurai today. (cough, ahem) ohmygodIhavenoitseenanyfightsceneslikethatforsolong. IwassothrilledwhenCruise'scharacterwhippedoutthedoublekatanaactionandhekilledthosefourpeopkleandthatlastguytriedtosneekuponhimandhecuthisheadoff.

I really like part of the message, as it is something that I was contemplating during the state of fear that Bush has kept us in during his regn of terror. Where has advancement gotten us, realy? How much of human inovation has been put into war and destruction. If we had never figured out gunpowder, how would our society be now?

I hope that as we continue to build our way out of this dark age we revert back to agrarian ways of life..... I had intended this to be different, but suffice it to say that I think the Samurai and the Native americans had the right ideas. THeir simpler life was better than where we are now. Hopwefully we can advance to a point to revert to these ways. Odd thought, but I think it has to be that or destroy the world, to which we inexorably progress.

I end with this: I really want to restart my life and live as the Samurai. I'm gonna go eat some spinache.

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Current Music: Loreena McKennitt - Prologue

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lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: January 1st, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Spinach is good. Restarting is good. I'll do it with you if you ever figure out how.
From: katie2bear Date: January 1st, 2004 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
how is simple enough- asetetics do it all the time, so do small farmers in teh midwest with sustainable farming... its being willing to not have conviences that is hard
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 1st, 2004 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

Whoa whoa whoa...I don't know about you, but I like the fact that I don't have small pox, and that I can look into my pants and not be met with the face of thirty different types of VD. Not to mention that I like playing video games, talking to my friends and loved ones from across the world all while eating jello. Yeah, that's right, you heard me...I like jello. Green jello too. What flavor is it exactly? No one knows.

Honestly, war isn't a defacto bad thing. And any given set of circumstances can give rise to a number of postiive and negative responces. I just don't buy that the human race is doomed on anything other than a macrocosmic scale that has our universe running out in a couple billion years.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 1st, 2004 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

I'm not saying "Yay small pox." I'm saying I hope for a restoration of a natural word where most concern is human endeavor.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 1st, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

"human endeavor"?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 1st, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

I mean intellectual pursuit as well as general life functions. I guess I want a less time intensive agricultural society so that time can be devoted to the arts, philosophy, science.. Ok ok ok.. I want Startrek: tng.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 1st, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

So you want space communism?

Here's the question then, setting aside Data and Tasha's sweet, sweet ass...how don't we have that on an individualized basis in most developed countries?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2004 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

We don't have that on an individual basis. We all have to spend all our time working just to stay afloat. I'd like the emphasis to be placed on human endeavor, as defined above, rather than earning a wage.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 2nd, 2004 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

Who is this "we" you're talking about? If you individuate your philosophical imperative, it works out just fine. If each of us decides what we want, then we can put in the effort to bring it forth. No society is easy. The enlightenment came about in the shift from hyper-fudalism into constitutionalism and it was freaking hard. So pick what you want out of life and go get it. For instance, you want to spend your life writing? There's no reason you can't do that. Eat rice, live out in the woods, and buy nothing but pencils and paper the rest of your life. People get bogged down in this "we have to earn a wage" business because they don't have their wants worked out. They say they want to spend all their time writing, but they also want to live in luxury. They want a nice house and a family and whatnot. But basic economic theory tells us all about balancing resources and expenditures. You can't have everything because that breaks down the society. Trek only works because people understand 1) they have to work and give to their society and 2) they only take in moderation. If you take these two principles and apply them to your own life, then there's really nothing holding you back from advancing the human race in the most fulfilling way possible.

Trust me, jello hooks us up more than it holds us back.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: January 2nd, 2004 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

Dude. Troi.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 2nd, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Abortions for some! And miniture American Flags for others!

Troi only did "tasteful" nudity. Trust me, its alot easier to get it up to softcore porn than to a group of townspeople stoning a woman.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: January 2nd, 2004 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Gun powder

Gun powder is a savagely amazing invention, if only for hunting purposes. Sure, it's been used in terrible ways...but so have a lot of good inventions. And sometimes we get inventions-gone-wrong that end up being hilarious (LSD for example).

Invention is usually a good thing in some form or another; it's how we use it that makes all the difference. I'm reminded of Jurassic Park here. A bit.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 3rd, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gun powder

I don't think LSD ever went wrong. Dr. Leary totally knew what he was going for.

Dear Jesus,

Please legalize LSD because it has no addictive properties and little side effect if used intelligently.

Love,
An angry bunny.
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