The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

Location: Edge of Nowhere, Washington, United States

Military Jumper, Diver, Motorcycle Rider, Air Traffic Control and Demolitions Man. I build furniture and cabinets and can frame, roof, wire, plumb and finish a house. Can weld steel, drive heavy equipment, build pole barns and mortared rock walls. Have written one bad novel and one brilliant thesis. And I play the guitar.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

The Secret of Life

It came to me today. I was sitting on the tractor using power and leverage to push the earth around. I was reflecting on the trials of raising teenagers. And suddenly it hit me. It took a few minutes to distill it into the fewest words.

Read this first. The ancient Greeks believed that the soul was the combined essence of all you came into the world with, your intelligence and talents, plus everything you learn and experience.

So you want to know the Secret of Life? Here it is.

The Soul Is Not Static.

That's it. Simple on the surface. But endless in meaning.

Who you are is not static. The things you want when you are 6 are different from the things you want when you are 16, 36 and 60. The way you deal with adversity is an evolving process. Your skills are constantly changing. The people you deal with are changing, so all of your relationships are dynamic from both your perspective and theirs.

Have you ever heard someone lament "Why can't you love me the way I am?" or "I've got to be who I am"? They are based on a false premise. They have a built in assertion that if a single interacting person stops trying to affect behaviors the "soul" will be free to be what it "is".

What the soul "is", or "who" some one "is" is completely dynamic. Every moment changes who we are. Some moments more than others but even time spent in sleep and dreams change who we are because rest is when we lock in learning and memories.

The pretext that "I want to remain exactly as I am" is not only immature, it is asking the impossible. Even efforts to maintain the status quo will change who we are on the basis of experience. In reality, the complainer desires to invest in self-destructive strategies and is trying to eliminate outside interference.

People mistakenly invest in destructive strategies all the time. There's no promise that things we deliberately change are always for the better. That's why study and reason are so important. Do not suffer someone to invest in self-destructive strategies just because the "who they currently are" is ignorant.

But the secret of life? You can change for the better or worse. Do you have a strategy to become the person you want to be?

You are going to change whether you like it or not. So what are you going to do about it?


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