Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We are better than that

Over the years, particularly since the publication of our book in 2000,we've seen quite a lot of complaints about children and parents.

It is only natural. Some people need a place to vent...I think we all need a good rant and maybe a bit of screaming every now and then.

We have created various forums and got together in person to explore these themes and feelings.

Humans spend a lot of time complaining. Be it about parents, children, the neighbour's dog, reality TV, religion, teenagers, the elderly, bad drivers, fast drivers, global warming...the list is endless. For everything that you care about or like someone is right there complain about exactly the same thing.

It takes a lot of energy and it does no-one any good, especially not you/us.

Now I am not saying that no-one should ever complain. Believe me that would be the height of hypocrisy.

What I am saying is that we should shift the focus to ourselves and what we want. Aim for less complaining and more fun, happiness and achievement.

If anything I knew has been reinforced by this journey is that you can't change individuals by complaining about them and especially not by complaining to them.

Humans seem fundamentally contrary, so complaining just makes most of them did their heels in and do more of the same.

What are you going to do then? Complain some more? Yep, that should work ;-)

Making things worse are our friends (not), the media. They and our "leaders" use fear to control us. I heard of F.E.A.R. described as False Evidence appearing Real.

This initially struck me as a fairly lame platitude but when I chose to take on board the sentiment all sorts of problems just washed away.

It has been ages since I've watched the news on TV or read a newspaper. All it takes to work out that it is all bullshit is to compare them to each other. When has any two news stories from different channels ever been the same? So which one is telling the truth? The answer mostly seems to be "none" and that being the case I am far better off not wasting my time with any of them.

If something is important enough I'll hear about it and I can then investigate the "truth" of the matter on my terms.

I once heard about a thing we humans have called the Reticular Activating System. As it was explained to me, it is the part of the brain that makes us notice more red cars when we ourselves own a red car. There aren't suddenly more of them on the road, our RAS just starts noticing them because now we have an interest in them.

It sounds plausible and a nice way to explain a phenomena but I wasn't sure if it was just motivational bull-crap.

Regardless of whether the RAS works as the motivators say, the pragmatic implementation of making the choice to avoid the things we find unpleasant and focus on those we find pleasant or desirable is demonstrably real.

Try it for yourself. If you want it to work it will, if you think it is bullshit you'll be right too :-)

If we focus on something we don't want, can't fix or can't have frustration and anger are inevitable.

I say, fuck that, I'm moving on baby! (I mean no babies).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"hardship", it hits you between the legs

I was on Facebook the other day and saw a post about some teenager mother having yet another child complaining about the hardship of her life.

She wanted more "Government money" to help her out.

So I replied with: "Hardship", yeah between the legs with any bloke she can find (too harsh?)

My point being that she'd chosen these "hardships" and was obviously too stupid to realise it and amend her behaviour accordingly.

Of course, there's no shoving a baby back in, but to have another one and still complain is beyond the pale.

The problem with a market driven economy AND Government is that policy targets the mass market 
and the mass market is stupid, self serving breeders.

I realise this is a massive generalisation but hear me out.

The politicians that get elected do so by buying votes from these folk and then continue to pander to them once elected.

The phenomenon of "baby kissing" has more than circumstantial evidence supporting it.

It seems no decent person ever becomes a politician and/or stays one long enough to make sensible decisions with our see, it isn't "The Government's money" at all.

If things like Australia's Carbon Tax and associated "Family Hardship Payments" were really about climate change, and not creating jobs for public servants, they would be a tax break not a payout to the middle classes.

Of course the Carbon Tax isn't about climate change.

No politician knows what Climate Change is or isn't.

In fact, neither do the scientists. 

Any sensible person knows that the planet is far more complex than can ever modeled and therefore its future cannot be predicted. 

In the case of climate change, what needs to happen is for the majority of people to take a risk based approach to how much they fuck up the planet at an individual level. 

This isn't for any of our sake i.e. those without children. Those of us alive today aren't going to experience too many of the effects that may occur, "their" kids will though!
BECAUSE, despite politicians, scientists, doubters, believers, whoever, the FACT remains humans are making a massive mess of this place and the RISK is HUGE that nature can't wipe it clean while humans are around and making the mess (worse).

Of course, in the very long term, humanity will be gone and everything will be wiped clean... maybe I'll just buy a few Humvees and start making a huge mess for the childrun of the fewcha ;-)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

30 kids - idiocracy in action

Those of you who've been paying attention will have noticed me mention a movie called "Idiocracy".

The synopsis goes "Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive. "

At the start of the movie there is an explanation of how society got so dumb. It includes a typical "jock" fucking everything in sight and having lots of kids while the "smarter" couple assess their reproductive choice and, well, end up not have any kids. (see the family tree picture here - it is also worth checking YouTube for the footage)

Oh how I laughed and laughed at the exaggerated humour of it all..except that it isn't exaggerated.

Check out this "scro'"...30 kids and counting....

The best part is that he's on welfare and expecting everyone else to pick up the tab.

"Don't worry scro', lots of tards lead kick-ass lives..."