August 1st, 2012

she blinded me with science!

(no subject)

IMO, as far as the government is concerned, marriage should be nothing more or less than a tax status and a convenient set of powers of attorney shared by any two or more consenting adults.

Not a cartoon, per se:

"The real test is this. Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one’s first feeling, “Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,” or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred."

- C.S. Lewis, summing up what I think is happening with way too many people involved in political debates these days.

A brief discussion of this idea of "preferring the nightmare to reality":