“It must really be a lonelier journey than anyone could imagine. Cutting through absolute darkness, encountering nothing but the occasional hydrogen atom. Flying blindly into the abyss, believing therein lie the answers to the mysteries of the universe.”—Five Centimeters Per Second
I admire your determination to get Rush Limbaugh off the air. He is a complete asshole, but nonetheless he is allowed to say whatever he wants because that is freedom of speech. Even if the things he says make people angry, we have no right to silence him. Yes, I agree he's a dick and he should be ridiculed for insulting another person on air, but he has the right to be a dick if he wants to be and he has the freedom to express himself anyway he desires, even if it means calling people sluts.
i actually completely agree with you and realized this after i made the petition; i’m aware that the presence of extremely asshole-y right wing conservatives will always be there, and that taking limbaugh off would just leave space for another asshole to take over. and just as there exists limbaughs in the world, i know that there are extremely radical left wing liberals on the tv and internet that balance out his assholery. furthermore, yes, the first amendment does protect what he says, and what i or anyone else says, and i do try to follow voltaire’s “i may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” mantra.
i made the petition by request of MoveOn.org, a website for civic action asking members to make a petition for the Limbaugh situation. i decided not to remove it despite the aforementioned because i wanted to see how many people would sign, & if i could actually accomplish helping to get him off the air. the media is as susceptible to Smith’s invisible hand as any other market is, so i was hoping the petition would convince some people that he’s unfit for the talk show radio biz and needs to get cut. my Darwinist attempt was obviously futile ^^” oh well!
“Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self portrait. Everything is a diary.”—Chuck Palahniuk, Diary
Stop being so modest. Accept the fact that you are one of those people that everybody likes.
i’m not sure whether to be indignant or flattered by your statement… though i’m compelled to tell you why you’re wrong, i won’t deny that i’m very blessed to have people in my life who love & care about me.
…i think what hackles me most about your message is that it sounds so bitter. what if everybody did hypothetically like me? is that a reason to be cold? and furthermore, do you think that being liked is directly correlated to being happy, or to liking oneself? because i assure you, it’s not.
What’s the difference between being lovers and being “friends with benefits?” One is a tragedy that makes you laugh. The other is a comedy that makes you cry.
Why do the Catholic bishops and Rick Santorum hate (or fear) sex so much? They don’t hate or fear sex. They merely want to control sex, and what they hate and fear is anything that threatens that control, because without it, the patriarchy crumbles.
After getting out of a relationship, why does everyone seem so unappealing? Puppet shows are no fun when all you can see are the strings.
What’s your opinion on Rihanna collaborating with Chris Brown? Just gonna stand there and watch her burn. That’s all right, because she likes the way it hurts.
How do I find the beauty to become confident if I hate everything about myself? You did not hate yourself as a child. Somewhere along the way, you learned how. Retrace your steps and unlearn. Forgive yourself, and get rid of the negativity.
What do you think about Obamacare? I think it’s a reductive ad hominem label for complex health care legislation. It’s just branding that encourages idiots to reflexively polarize on what should otherwise be a complicated sociopolitical debate.
Can I kill somebody’s ego for him? It’s getting in the way of efforts to maintain friendliness and decency between us. You can crush a man’s ego, but only he can kill it.
Do you suffer from post-party psychospiritual confusion? How do you deal with it? I’m very vulnerable to it, and wish I could just be rid of it entirely. Don’t confuse an emotional hangover for an existential crisis.
How do I build confidence and become emotionally self-sufficient? It’s simple. First, find beauty in yourself. Then, don’t seek external validation for that beauty.
“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”—Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person - without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.”—Osho