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Dear Pastor Rick Warren

Posted: July 22, 2012 in Social Talk
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You dense, ignorant, dim, moron piece of shit.

“When students are taught they are no different from animals, they act like it.” (His twitter post in regard to the Colorado shootings. He’s actually blaming it on secularism and the teaching of science)

I’m going to keep this one brief. There’s two things I know that have already been declared in your head for you to come up with such a stupid statement. First, yes, we are animals. If you feel that what’s being taught in school is wrong, I wish you the best of luck in proving it wrong. And I don’t want to hear that the difference is in our brain power, because that’s it, and it isn’t much. That doesn’t separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom, it just makes us animals with high functioning brains! It would be like me saying that I can swim, but whales exceed my abilities by an extreme far…. does that make them something else besides an animal?

Two, you obviously think that animals are beneath you. Enough that you would say that someone opening fire on a crowd is “animal-like” behavior. Let’s indulge a thought for a second and say that humans aren’t animals. Now name a species of animal that willingly and actively engage in the destruction of their own kind? I’ll let you play with that in your head, along with the cobwebs, dildo, and empty space you seem to own up there. I’ll tell you this… If animals acted human, we wouldn’t be here today.

Would it be fair for me to say that Christianity caused someone to commit a hate crime against another person? Or is it fair to say that person is a bad and hateful person to begin with and that person used Christianity as a vehicle for justifying his actions?

I’ll tell you what’s fair for me to say- If you teach someone to be ignorant, bigoted, stupid, bitter, spiteful, malign, offensive, moronic, gullible, and detestable, THEY WILL ACT LIKE YOU.

Sincerely, fuck you.

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Praise God

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Social Talk
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So I’m sitting here bored, looking through facebook like the internet junkie I am, and I see so many posts from people I know thanking the god for various things. Most times I just chalk it up to a narrow perspective of what goes in the world, but I keep seeing posts thanking god for the natural process of “waking up”.

I’m sure we’ve a seen it before. There’s nothing really wrong with feeling so good about waking up that you have to let the world know and letting them all know that you’re thanking god for it because you would have died if he didn’t tap you on your soul’s shoulders… But consider a couple things-

What about SIDS? Now I’m not making fun of this syndrome. It’s very serious and I truly feel sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one to this. When an infant just falls asleep and dies for NO reason, is that god taking (essentially killing) them from you, or simply forgetting to wake them up? Why would he do that to your child and let another live who grow to commit atrocities?… Like Hitler

And consider how many people don’t believe in your god (and never will) and believe in the wrong god (which is conveniently just not YOUR god). Why’s god running around waking up everyone who doesn’t believe in him? Isn’t the punishment for not believing or getting it wrong eternal suffering? According to scriptures he’s wiped out the entire planet before, so why not speed up the process a bit and get the non-believers and wrong-believers while they sleep?

I dunno… I find it all silly anyway. I’m going to sleep on this. I’ll see you all in the morning.

As an atheist, I don’t believe in any sort of super-natural entities, ghosts, or santa, but I do have faith in humanity. I would say it’s wavering constantly when I watch world news, but every once in a while it’s restored by a genuine act.

ah, where was I…. sorry.

 

Yea, so like an atheist, I’m actually reading parts of the bible and Luke 6:27-31 really stuck out.

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

THAT’S AWESOME.. why can’t Christianity, and other Abrahamic religions,  just focus more on this!? Now I’m not saying do this to a T, even I highly doubt I would be able to. But seriously, the world would be a much better place. But NOOOOOOO, the rest of the bible just HAD to tell you who to enslave, how much to sell your children for, who to  hate, ect. I find that I follow the teachings of Jesus more than a lot of christians… really….. the atheist! I believe we all deserve equal rights and every should be free to express themselves and love who they want without the harming and oppression of others. I don’t need a god telling me what’s right and what’s wrong. In fact, I feel bad for anyone that can’t figure out that murdering your infant child is wrong without an authority telling them. We have a special cell and medication for people like that.

I don’t hate anyone for something they can’t help. Besides it being a total WASTE of energy, there’s absolutely NOTHING that can justify it.

Combating the stereotype habit is just like any other tendency, or addiction. First you should understand how habits are constructed. Habits are just patterns followed repeatedly enough to where it’s almost second nature. It takes three characteristics to make up a habit; knowing how, knowing why, and having the drive to do so. If you can eliminate any one of these traits, you eliminate the habit.

If someone knows why people stereotype and wants to stereotype people, but doesn’t know how to stereotype, it’s not a habit.

If someone knows how to stereotype and wants to stereotype people, but doesn’t know why the do it, it’s not a habit.

If someone knows how and why they stereotype people, but they don’t want to, it’s not a habit.

I will be the first to admit that this is much more easily said than it is done. It is very hard to break people from the habit of stereotyping, just as it is for any other habit because it’s about reconditioning the mind to do something that took years to discipline itself into doing. However it is this simple and you can go about breaking the habit in different ways. You can counter any of the three with a new habit. Having to re-consider why something is done is an easy approach. Commonly, when people are exposed to new reasoning on “why”, they soon loose the drive to do something as well. The how and drive are the hard characteristics to topple, particularly the drive.

Even more, how do you break the habit of an entire nation and society? One theory that has proven effective is disaster. When 9/11 happened most people lost sight of what they saw in groups of people. Everyone lent a helping hand and pulled through the catastrophe. Most people lost sight of why and for a moment in history (until the blame game) people were united in an effort to help their fellow man and woman regardless of what they looked like. As beautiful as it was, it’s just not practical. We cannot have a catastrophe every month until the American people are conditioned. By then there simply wouldn’t be enough people to care.

In my opinion a more practicul start to the solution is attacking advertisers and the media. It sounds so rebellious but when you look at it, they play off the most stereotypes just to push what they’re offering on groups of people. Television networks like BET, Mtv, and LMN play on groups of people of race, age, and gender. Products and advertisers use ways to market toward people all the time. Is it me or is every product marketed towards African-Americans playing urban music in the background? It’s funny and holds some truth, like stereotypes, but look at how serious it is and it’s effectivness. I really hope I have shed some light on the subject and the small steps we can take toward helping the issue. It’s a shame America has so far to go in this struggle. My search for understanding on this subject is far from complete and if you feel I’m lacking in some of things I say, feel free to tell me.  Next time you have a chance, think of an ethnicity and what first comes to mind when you think of it, then talk to someone of the descent. It’s cool to see what you have in common in contrast to what you may already be conditioned to thinking.

What problem can you think of that most people do but most people don’t do anything about? No, it’s not laughing when seniors drool. “Ill be short and sweet…lol…stereotypes!!!” was a topic suggested by a friend of mine so lets talk.

Stereotypes are used by just about everyone who doesn’t live under a rock both mentally and verbally. I say it’s one of the most talked about things but never acted upon because of the vast amount of people who use stereotypes everyday versus those who see it as deviance and doing something about it. It’s almost a new age taboo that’s become such a standard it falls shy of being an everyday commodity.

Stereotypes are harsh generalizations about an entire categorie of people. These  irrational views give people rigid views of groups of people when really there is no direct evidence that people of that categorie should share that generalized trait. Such views as white youth being prone to taking lives in retaliation to bullying or black youth being prone to stealing are so conditioned in society that it is often joked about and those who fall into the categories are exploited. This conditioning builds unwanted attention to anyone who outward appearance fits the description. This also allows for some to get away with deviance when they don’t fit the type by exploiting the idea of stereotypes.  There is also such a thing as positive stereotypes, where a particular group is seen as possessing a good trait among other groups. These stereotypes, such as people of asian descent being good at math or African Americans are better dancers, put an unwanted strain on someone who doesn’t fit the portrayal, or status quo.

Stereotypes, or prejudices, also leads to a scapegoating. Scapegoating is when people of a particular catagorie unfairly blame people of another catagorie for their own problems. Such as when people of lower middle and the working class may feel strain and notice financial change in their world, they may blame people on welfare or even immagrant workers for the strain on jobs and financial woes. It all traces back to those irrational views of a group of people.

So why do we do it so much? The answer is hierarchy (Short and sweet). Hierarchy simply is a system of rank in any society and stereotypes only help to inforce this idea. By enforcing that people in one categorie do one thing and people in another do differently creates a classification, or logical order, of everyone in society. For example, If people commonly agree that African Americans are lazy, what’s going to stop a future employer from turning someone of African descent down for a future job or referring him to a lower, more subordinating employment? If people commonly don’t see Euro-American males in business suits as thieves, what’s to stop a store owner from not watching the guy in the suit and paying attention to the working class Mexican shopping? Stereotypes form and invoke the structure of people’s standing and class in society. When some people have noticed the system, they play up or play down parts of their lives to stand apart from those who are seen as “fitting” the stereotypes.

So what can we do? I was struck recently when my uncle commented on one of blogs and said,”…What do you think of when I say the words “Apache-Indian”? Do you think Doctor, Lawyer, Businessman or Statesman? I would guess you don’t and I ask you to ask yourself why? Your answer is the key to truly understanding and fixing the problem…” It wasn’t until then that I realized the conditioning and habit society has with stereotypes. BUT I am a firm believer that habits can be broken….

I asked a couple of friends to ask me a question about something they see in today’s world that they don’t sit well with. I’ve received good responses and I’m dedicating my next couple of blogs to shedding a different light on some of their views. One of the replies struck me because I hate the way the system is run and I chose this subject first. She writes “Ok, my most recent annoyance with the world is the fact that they are trying to eliminate music from schools. Choir, band, etc. I’m so pissed. In my opinion, music is very therapeutic. 90% of kids who come across a problem, or are just having a bad day, turn to music. They close their door and put on the radio. Some kids want to pertain music as a career. Without music in schools there will be total chaos. What, is it not “educational enough?”

I love music. It helps me cope with stress and just make it through my travels (bus rides can be very long). Music programs have been decaying in the public school system for years now and much of it has to do with funding, but there is more to it. So I do agree but I will use a different approach into what is happening. For those who see holes in my reasoning, please feel free to check me on what I say. This is solely based on my opinions and perspective.

Understand that the public school system is run bureaucratically. What that means is that the system is structured only be the most efficient at achieving their goals. The goal is to have the least amount of kids drop out and have the most number of kids go on to college. This sounds very ideal but I find it to be very idealistic because there is a dark undertone to the structure.

I’ve said in a past blog that public schools lack the unity of the school teachers, parents, students, and communities so if you want to read more on that I suggest reading that blog. https://b4barcus.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/the-problem-with-public-school/ I don’t want to touch on that again. What I see in this system, to get back on subject, is students are reduced to nothing but a number and a score. They reduce the passing scores on tests so more kids can pass such as the SAT and PSSA testing. This only gets students out of schools but it doesn’t mean they are prepared to face what lies beyond those doors and in life. Instead of preparing and educating the youth for life, all they accomplish is pushing these kids out their doors as fast as they can.

To step away from the subject at hand but for good reason I have to touch on American industry briefly (bear with me, it all comes together). America is in the “Information Technology” revolution. Our society is moving away from the industrial-labor society we’ve seen in the last century to the post-industrial society of today. We have moved from producing to servicing the world. What this means instead of back in the day where being in a skilled labor and physical jobs and make a decent living, we now work more with our minds. Our jobs have moved from factories to banks and marketing. These jobs require critical thinking and most importantly imagination.

That’s why, to me, music education is extremely vital to the development of the generations to come. I strongly agree with you in saying that schools may not see it being “educational” enough when all along it is almost fundamental to the development of a healthy mind in today’s society. When the youth feel individualism and expression, their imagination and horizons broaden. To bring everything together, music programs are very vital to developing the imagination and a sense of character in youth to better prepare them for the post industrial society we now live in. The problem then is with public schools being structured to pass kids through quickly, it may be seen as a “waste” to have kids involved in something that doesn’t generate good reports and numbers that schools want to show.

There is much that can be done to help with these problems, but to change the world we must first change ourselves. I hope I shed a little more light in the understanding of the issue, fixing it is a whole different issue.

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Can you imagine an America being full of people who actually strive for the “American Dream”? Where most people finished high school and went on to college. Right now 25% of those who graduate high school go on to college,  that’s after all the dropouts. If the dropout rate drops and the college turnover rate were say 50% I think the world as we know it would explode.

Let’s dwell deeper into this apocalyptic theory. One in four dropout in the public school system so the graduation rate is about 75%. If the dropout rate were one in ten or 90% then what would happen to all the social problems in urban neighborhoods!? Without these dropouts turning to the streets for respect you would see a new level of boredom in America. Face it, without the next generation of “degenerates” who would carry on the legacy of crime and despair that happens in streets now. Our police officers would not be killed in the line of duty and would go back to just writing tickets and helping old ladies across the streets. Our media would have NOTHING to talk about. I cannot imagine turning on the TV and the news not reporting a crime but having something good to say… that’s ridiculous!

This also means that parents are involved in education and teachers are enthusiastic about their work and their students. We cannot allow this to happen. When teachers and parents get more involved with their children and students, the students feel more self worth. They have something to look ahead to in life. They broaden their horizons and we all know those kids shouldn’t have this. These parents cannot open up to the community. When that happens they become more involved and we all know a society with educated and informed people is a doomsday device.

If out of the nine and ten students that graduate 50% of them go to college, that’s where the apocalypse begins. For example, the average African American family makes about 65% of what the average Euro-American family makes (about 38,000 to 58,000 if I’m not mistaken). You mean to tell me if more African American students went on to college this gap would close? OH HELL NO! This would mean that not just African Americans but all groups of people would prosper. The average income of families would increase while crime and violence fall. The American culture would integrate diversity and the wealth and power in society would begin distribute itself evenly. What’s even scarier is these people who educate them selves and become diversified and aware of their society would have children and families who do the same thing!

Without social stratification the world would shatter. We thrive off of the uneducated and underprivileged in our society. We love turning on the news and reading newspapers only to see the top story being someone killed last night. We see it in the media everyday and it never gets old. If you ask me, it’s the perfect joke. We love to walk down the streets and ignore the bum begging for change because we know he has the same oppurtunity to better himself like we have, so screw him for his laziness. We love walking into Walmart to be greeted by the 40 year old who dropped out of school and being served in the Mc Donald’s by the woman with 3 kids. We cannot allow these people to be replaced by students working afterschool a couple hours to make some spending money or college students working for their books. It’s no fun!! We wont feel good because these people are bettering themselves and America can’t have that. This would pull those at the top of capitalist-bureaucratic pyramid closer to middle America. They cannot have the plan they set into motion fall apart in front of their eyes. We all helped in building this world and it feels good, so why shake things up now with an educated, informed, effective, and diverse society!?