Other People’s Problems

I’ve had and continue to struggle with certain problems, one of them being securing safe, stable housing since my health interfered with my career several years ago.

Even so, I can be sufficiently moved by another person’s misfortune to feel compelled to respond somehow. That happened about 10 minutes ago as I was searching Craigslist for a short term gig so I can earn money to pay the remainder of the rent before the 3-day or quit gets posted to the door.

Instead, I ran across this:

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The struggle is real.

Disillusionist

I guess there are some truths that I would prefer never having known. An idealist’s disappointment is a blade that carves to tailored depths and is as blunt as time worn stone.

In a word: it hurts.

It hurts in an especially excruciating way because it challenges the core of the idealism that is the basis of all that is dreamed and championed for. Disillusionment robs us of that bit of ourselves, little by little. Dream by dream. Hope by hope. Love by love. Shattered. Scarred.

Perpetually standing adrift at the crossroad to the rest of our life.

Then what?

The Unpay-able Debt

Prison reform remains a ‘thing’…

Eschewing Cud

As it exists, today, the prison system is mostly populated by individuals who will ultimately be released and they will return to a society that bars their achieving complete integration into what we experience as a daily routine.

Prison, by definition, is a sentence for felony convictions. A person convicted of a felony is, by many licencing boards, statutes and policies, ineligible for a significant number of jobs and vocations. Conventional employment for those transitioning from prison is severely limited in the United States to jobs that pay minimum wage, not even a “living wage”.

Other than the occasional exception, a person who would be required to disclose a felony conviction is left with either establishing themselves as a business owner and having the good fortune of support and success (which is a challenge without the added hurdles of a criminal conviction) or finding some other means of economic resource in…

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Letting AI Inside My Head

Using IBM’s Watson for Personality Insights (a Tone Analyzer is also available), I entered samples of text from answers I have written and posted at Quora.com.

IBM describes this tool as a means to:

Gain insight into how and why people think, act, and feel the way they do. This service applies linguistic analytics and personality theory to infer attributes from a person’s unstructured text.

This was the result in a graphic of the Big 5 summary of my personality as interpreted by Watson via my writing

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In summary

You are analytical and particular.
You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. You are assertive: you tend to speak up and take charge of situations, and you are comfortable leading groups. And you are altruistic: you feel fulfilled when helping others, and will go out of your way to do so.
Your choices are driven by a desire for discovery.
You consider independence to guide a large part of what you do: you like to set your own goals to decide how to best achieve them. You are relatively unconcerned with taking pleasure in life: you prefer activities with a purpose greater than just personal enjoyment.

It also predicts that I am likely to enjoy rap music and it is unlikely that I enjoy country music. That’s kind of interesting.

Accurate? I don’t know if I can say with certainty. I can say the results were consistent for the most part with every analysis I ran (approximately 10-12 written articles).

YMMV.

Why I Am A Male Chauvinist

She describes a perspective I share with her better than I ever could.

Female Misogynist

Recently a commenter suggested that I post about how I became a female misogynist. I’ve been thinking about what to post.

I could summarize my life story, which has been an object lesson – though far from the worst one I know of – in the disastrous effects of allowing women power in society, but then, whose hasn’t? Most people of my generation and younger had mothers who were happy to be told that being a mother was something you could do in your spare time, between more important, “fulfilling” pursuits.

No one has been able to remain unaware that our schools, which are run almost entirely by women, have become hotbeds of violence and sexual assault in which little if any “learning” takes place, so I don’t need to recount my personal saga of spending my childhood being beaten up and groped by boys while the teachers watched happily…

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Human Being vs. Human Doing

As our President Elect makes putting everyone to work at any expense to the planet, progress or rationality, I am reminded that I am a human being and not a human doing.

A little more than a year ago, included in one of the poems being
written at the time, is a verse that conveys a question I had about the
subject of worth. After some reflection, what I realized is that
significance and worthiness are concepts that interfere with my
understanding of purpose.

Although our society and our physical needs require that people work or
labor in order to provide for themselves and one another, it is not the
work that has the significance. An epiphany of sorts was my realizing
that my purpose is not to work. The reason for my creation and subsequent survival
was never about having a job.

My purpose is to be exactly what I am best capable of being and making sure this being is
available when it matters.

This capability can and is often developed
through work, but work is the tool and not…

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Being Influenced by Someone Else’s Emotions

I think it’s fa3734f3ddd49651909ee177b15d4d4262ir to say that people, for the most part, when addressing a topic that they are invested in with considerable emotion, tend to oversimplify, polarize and in some cases, do everything in their power to make their point an emotional investment for those they are engaging with, as well.

And, because I think it matters, when people are arguing or just discussing things that are associated with strong emotion, it isn’t necessarily the same emotion they appeal to if when seeming to intend evoking a reaction from someone else.

The person who has anger attached to a subject could be appealing to someone else’s feelings of fear, for example. Emotion isn’t rational. Hence, it can’t make rational decisions. It is, however, amazingly effective in triggering emotion in other people, and much to other people’s dismay and surprise, at times. When someone is arguing with you or even just taking a very forceful position that seems polarized, it’s not a bad idea to determine if the person is attaching an emotion and which emotion is at play. The reason for doing this is to prepare yourself and brace against being pulled away from your own attempts to remain rational and reasonable by appeals to your emotion. Because it happens suddenly like a club over the head. This can be circumvented when you assume the risk is present and watch for it with every statement the other person makes.

 

Put Some Clothes On

Nothing says rational, nothing says mature, adult behavior, nothing says integrity, nothing says cohesive principles and nothing says unambiguity like 100 adult women representating their message of respect for all women and “nature” naked to a major national political media event.

Because objectifying women’s bodies is completely reasonable when done by those who use their bodies to garner attention they could not otherwise influence through less “empowered” avenues.

Because it is perfectly undetstandable that nudity is acceptable when women choose to manipulate their environment to pay them heed no matter what anyone thinks or how it may offend or confound the public.

These women and those supporting their antics are a laughing stock, confirming yet again the irrational, immature impetuous character disorder of feminist ideology.

You are an embarrassment to women and all adults. Evidently, not all women of adult age have the requisite mental maturity to be considered adults.
Which makes this stunt that much more disturbing if even possible.

Go put your clothes on and act your age. Or, at least make an effort. Any one can get naked. It doesn’t require much thought. Be really shocking and try using logical argument to persuade instead of weilding your sexual organs as weapons.

And while you’re up, find a dictionary and look up the word “hypocrisy”. That’s you.