“A public union employee, a tea party activist, and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, ‘Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.’”—unknown, via That Kaeton Woman
I went to a forum at UNLV tonight titled “The Future of American Liberalism”, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It started off with the panel attempting to define liberalism as we understand it. They agreed that the best way to conceptualize the idea was found in FDR’s proposed “Second Bill of Rights.”
What amused me was the panel’s ambivalence of President Obama. Dr. Ehrenreich commented on how hard she campaigned for him and the disappointment that soon followed. Another panelist said their vote for Obama was just a vote against McCain. One even explicitly stated that Obama was “hindering the liberal cause” and was a “manager of despair.” They argued that he was put in place by the system to calm people down; there was a lot of talk about why there are still enormous tax breaks for the rich.
Quote of the night: “The comfort of the rich depends on the abundance of the poor.”
I absolutely hate that I have to take out loans to go to my hometown university. I just have to keep reminding myself that education is an investment that will pay off in the long run. I really like school. I just wish it wasn’t so damn expensive.
After reading “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass, I am not convinced that his story is of purely supernatural actions. Richard Alpert’s belief system was an escape for himself; just like any mainstream religion is for many people in the world.
Let’s look at the facts. His father began a university, owned a railroad company, was a prominent Jewish leader, and owned lots of land.
Richard Alpert earned a Ph.D and lectured at prestigious universities. Can we see why this would not satisfy him? For the vast majority of the population, this success is unprecedented. But we have this notion of progression within the societal context of the family. We’re always supposed to achieve more than the previous generation. Obviously being a professor is nothing close to FOUNDING a university AND owning a railroad company at the height of its expansion in America. Dr. Alpert simply did not achieve what his father had, and felt inadequate because of it.
Psychology tells us that people turn to religion to reduce anxiety. I believe that to be the case with Dr. Alpert.
Does that mean I discount his “God” experience? Not one bit. The only thing I discount is the common belief that his way is the best way to get to God. Generally speaking, drugs are not the answer to having a relationship with the higher power, nor finding yourself.
I believe everyone can have communication with a higher power in their own way, whether it be through mainstream religions or personal spirituality. I also believe that certain religious groups cut people off from God by using legalism, strict interpretation of sacred documents, and intolerance for other’s beliefs.
I am not intolerant of Ram Dass and I believe his experience was real. However, I think if he was born to a less successful father and achieved as much as he did, there would be no “Be Here Now.”
After having the concept of postmodernity beat into my brain in three separate classes, I now understand why I think the way I do; why society is moving the way that it is. Truth, as accepted by postmodern society is not objective. Truth is a social, maybe even a personal psychological construct in today’s world.
Also, to the bastards who tried to argue with me when I defended race and ethnicity as a concept rather than something physically existent, you were ALL moted when the professor was trying to make the point that I made and just had beat him to it. Rat bastards!!!!! lolol
I never thought I would actually like school. Well I guess I don’t like all that it entails, but I’m pretty engrossed in my psc classes. I actually do all the readings for them. I suppose there is a first time for everything!
I just want to be where I used to be. I want to be trusting. I want to not feel like I wasted all the love I had on a few unreceptive beings. Because right now, I don’t think I will ever fall in love again. And that thought makes me so horribly sad.
I want somebody, I want nobody.
I feel like I’ll never be able to trust anyone again. I’ll never be able to let my guard down. I’ll never be able to just give my all to a person again. And when someone does come by who I know I can trust, I’m going to let them go. How do I know? It’s already happened, more than once.
I just can’t do it. I’m throwing in the towel on this thing called love. Maybe for a little bit, maybe for a lot a bit. I don’t know. All I know is that right now, the thought of being dependent on another being is unappealing.
That’s not you anymore. That’s who you used to be. I don’t even know why that came across my screen, but it is important for me to note that those were old and mean absolutely nothing now. I’m starting to miss those days less, thank god.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t fond of Mitt Romney and John Huntsman; Huntsman especially because of the ambassador situation in China. President Obama appointed Huntsman to the Ambassadorship in China, and Huntsman accepted. I strongly believe Obama was trying to put Huntsman away to avoid a 2012 clash with him. Huntsman recently resigned from his Ambassadorship and the White House released a chilly statement upon hearing the news. SO. EXCITED. FOR 2012.