Saturday, July 18, 2015
Part 2: The Worst of the Worst List
All forms of Augustinian-Calvinistic theology—and any worldview that smacks of determinism such as Paganism, Islam, Hinduism, and non-theistic determinism, (Harris, Coyne, Cashmore, etc.) where humans are only "puppets" of God, Allah, Brahman, the Cosmos, etc.
All wars, especially self-righteous attacks and intentional slaughters of civilians
But what about “just wars”?
Of all the many wars the U.S. has engaged in over 250 years only the first part of World War 11 could be considered defensive and engaged in within the requirements of ‘just war’ rules!
The Japanese government attacked the U.S. military at Pearl Harbor in 1941, shelled Fort Stevens, near Astoria, Oregon, dropped two bombs in southern Oregon, etc. America’s early responses were defensive.
Disease and poverty and the death of the young (no matter what the cause)
Superstition, illusion, dogma
Racism, prejudice, enslavement
Sexual immorality, polygamy, etc.
Loss of hopes and dreams
Most of the ideological and religious isms which cause our world so much woe. Islam, nationalism, sexism, Christian fundamentalism
Denial of free speech, denial of freedom of religion
Right-wing politics and Republican/Democratic two-party system and the current spending of millions on ads for political campaigns, inane, delusionary sound-bites, simplistic answers to complex problems (No Child Left with a Mind;-)
Playing the Race Card (regardless which racial group plays it); engaging in the “Blame Game”
Being treated as a thing or an object, being ignored, dissed, all unfriendliness, lack of eye contact
Conformity, especially in worldview, not thinking, not seeking
Arrogance, put-downs, disparaging comments, ad hominem
Rigid rote rituals—liturgical church rituals, responsive readings, formal music, most formal weddings, formal funerals, graduations, calisthenics, military parades, etc.
Not achieving a goal
Chitter-chatter, formal meals with small talk
Insomnia every night (since being paralyzed for 3 weeks after a motorbike accident at 18 years of age)
Long 19th century archaic poems and modern dadaistic ones
Music--Gangsta rap, disco pop, honky-tonk country, vulgar lyrics, sleazy music videos
All forms of profane, senseless ‘uh’ speech including obscenity (f-this-and-that), profanity (Jesus-H-Christ:-(, and the sleazy
In movies--explosions, car crashes, clichéd dialog, weak acting, and all other hackneyed over-done plot killers
In books—plodding, overly long abstract, descriptive or convoluted dry prose
No to fantasy! For some uncertain reason strongly dislike almost any fantasy in novels, movies, TV shows. I did read The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien but really disliked it, thought the plot was slow and fragmented, and strongly disapproved of the themes. A number of times I started the Lord of the Rings, but each time got bored, was frustrated with what seemed to be poor prose, got as far as page 80 and quit never to return. As for the movies that everyone loved, I nearly fell asleep in the one I saw, didn’t like the plot, the lack of a romantic relationship among all the confusing characters, and the vicious war-violence…
And speaking of TV, hardly ever watch the thing. Because we have cable, there are something like 230 channels, but nearly all of them drivel, inane, superficial, salacious, pontificating, political propaganda, cliched…Sadly even the few fairly well made dramas, for inexplicable reasons, fixate on dark twisted plots and themes, with hardly in light in them, and no honest-to-goodness heroes.
Places—flat land and barren desert, like west Texas, southern Arizona, southern Wyoming, Midwestern States such as Kansas
Animals—yapping little dogs, vicious large dogs, hyperactive dogs
Architecture—Severe modern concrete
Dry abstract and technical writing
Beer, (except for Israeli black beer)
What a bunch of losers;-), especially the heavier worsts...
Enough of that.
Now let's light a candle or open the skylight,