sábado, 17 de junio de 2017

Perspective

When beauty breaks and falls asunder
I feel no grief for it, but wonder.
When love, like a frail shell, lies broken,
I keep no chip of it for token.
I never had a man for friend
Who did not know that love must end.
I never had a girl for lover
Who could discern when love was over.
What the wise doubt, the fool believes
Who is it, then, that love deceives?

Louise Bogan

domingo, 19 de marzo de 2017

Termodinámica ideológica

Se supone que la ciencia observa las cosas e intenta encontrar explicaciones a lo que ve. Una mentalidad científica es aquella que no se conforma con explicaciones de medio pelo, con "es que lo dice Fulano" o "es que en Villanueva del Pardillo lo hacen así de toda la vida".

Es curioso que mucha gente que se autoconcede la medalla a la mentalidad científica (y la medalla a la mente más abierta, de rebote) parece olvidarla cuando el humano objeto de estudio se declara contrario a su ideología. Enseguida se pasa de la ciencia al moralismo, y el moralismo es la comida basura de la conciencia. Resumiendo, uno no está en posición de superioridad moral frente a los demás, en ningún caso. EN NINGÚN CASO. Así no funciona la moral. No es lógico tener unas preferencias e intentar universalizarlas. No existen las personas malas. Las hay egoístas, las hay confusas, las hay equivocadas, las hay enfermas. Pero el mal es un invento de Hollywood para vender palomitas, y antes de eso, un invento de los líderes militares para que los chavales se matasen por una idea, y antes de eso, ignorancia supina acerca de la aldea de al lado. Lo importante aquí son las cosas. Las medidas concretas, las ideas, la intención común, que se pierde en un mar de marujeo, descalificación, egos, prejuicios e intolerancia.

La realidad es que este país lleva siendo un nido de avispas de lo correcto como mínimo desde la Inquisición. Siglos de dar la pppppppputa brasa con la religión, y desde hace cincuenta años que la gente empezó a darse cuenta de que era todo mentira (en vez de lo óptimo, que habría sido darse cuenta de que la religión no es que fuera mentira, es que es una alegoría que los fanáticos se toman demasiado literal), cambiaron la religión por el buenismo, que es lo puto mismo y es igual de verdad que Dios mandando lapidar a la peña por llevar ropa hecha de dos hilos diferentes.

En fin, a lo que iba, que la cultura de la dicotomía, la descalificación colectiva y el sesgo buenista son enemigos del pensamiento crítico y la razón. A la hora de entender por qué la gente vota a tal partido o por qué los políticos del partido que tanto odiamos o por qué fulano ha hecho tal cosa, es más fácil acercarse a la verdad si uno prescinde de la respuesta ingenua y visceral de: "porque solo le importa él mismo y le daría igual acabar con la humanidad con tal de salirse con la suya". Son bucles mentales que no llevan a nada, son victimismo exotérmico.

martes, 7 de marzo de 2017

Stranded Strawmen

Committing to an opinion is weird. People change. Our ways to interpret information change too. One could argue that to marry an opinion and then build a mental home on it, means to condition part of what you are to your past self, thus closing the door to the possibility of your opinion becoming wrong.



I think it would be nice of people who think they are in the right side of things, who look down on the people that don't think like them, to come out of their shell once in a while and bother to understand how the ones that they cross out as "enemies" think. They might find out that what they were attacking all this time, was how they imagined their enemies thought as a whole, based on cherry-picking what they hear from them, instead of how people really thought, as individuals. They might find out that there are practically no evil people, but instead people who project their good intentions either onto people who are not a priority for their enemies (like their families or friends), or by ineffective or counterproductive means. And maybe, if they have like, off the hook observation skills, they might find out in horror that they've been doing that very same thing their whole lives.



"If you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew


Oh and also
get your head out of your ass, you dumb fuck"

Pocahontas

viernes, 18 de marzo de 2016

Tupac and Quijano


"It's about the oppressed rising up against the oppressors. So the only people that are scared, the only people that could have any harm coming to them, are the oppressors."

Many activists have so much to learn from Tupac. Don't blame everyone, don't blame society, don't blame males. Blame the ones who discriminate, the ones who take profit from suffering, the ones who promote injustice. You can't hold the average male responsible for all the raping and killing and misogynistic behaviours, or the average feminist for all the misandry that's out there, because THAT, you hypocritical m****fuckers, is oppression.

I'm not a racist, so I have nothing to fear about black people rising up against all those unpunished murders and police brutality in USA (would join them if I were there, honestly, wtf); I don't believe women to be lesser than men, so I think it's great that a woman doesn't accept being paid less than a man for the same job, or being constantly objectified; I don't hate on muslims or christians; I believe in sexual freedom, etc. But when y'all go: "You are part of the rape culture", "You are blinded by your male privilege", "You are a bad person for complaining about the disadvantages of being a man." Wow, wow, wow, hey there, calm the fuck down.

The fact that I don't see sexual discrimination as a one-way street, the fact that I think equality is not about treating men's advantages and women's advantages differently, doesn't make me the fucking enemy here. I don't defend myself cause I think I have something to lose, I defend myself cause you're antagonizing me for no good reason.

Single out the bad guys on both sides, then act. And don't see giants where there are only windmills.


I refuse to be a role model
I set goals, take control, drink out my own bottles
I make mistakes, but learn from everyone
And when it's all said and done
I bet this man'll be a better one

lunes, 12 de octubre de 2015

On the dichotomy of human reasoning

"But the bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it; accordingly, they parade their doctrine in all seriousness as true sensu proprio, and as absurdities form an essential part of these doctrines, you have the great mischief of a continual fraud. And, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once. But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. And as all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognize the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify."

Arthur Schopenhauer

It's wonderful to read my own thoughts in someone else's writing, particularly in respect to things being true and untrue at the same time.

lunes, 22 de junio de 2015

Good ol' bluntness

"i hate tumblr’s (and fuckin society’s) obsession with being ‘intellectual’
doesn’t always mean smart
and fuck that “date a girl who reads” thing
if you fall in love with a girl who drinks jack like apple juice
and likes cutting down trees and getting into fights
do that shit
love is love you bourgeois fucks"