Altruism may spur you to buy me a pack of gum, but it would require selfishness and profit motive for you to *make* me a pack of gum. Even people who *like* me would never go to that much trouble to help me burn off nervous energy and reduce fidgeting.
A significant segment of the population has gotten to the point they feel more kinship with animals than with their fellow human beings. Gorillas are their neighbors; children aren’t. But is this any surprise? In the U.S. we kill nearly a million unborn children a year. How does this happen if not by withholding empathy from them? And you can’t develop the lack of empathy needed to kill the unborn without losing empathy for the born.
“The funniest thing about people who belittle those who own guns is knowing who wins if it ever comes down to it.”
We human beings are simply not angels, as some would like to believe. And the more power we aggregate to a government run by human beings — the more we put government in control of our lives by making us more and more reliant upon it, even for basic necessities — the more we find ourselves in danger of seeing a very human devil take control of all that power.
There are, of course, religious reasons to oppose suicide. “God has a plan for your life,” we often hear, both in good times and in excruciatingly bad. But it’s a plain fact that not everyone is religious, and I think it would help if someone would collate the reasons that, from a secular perspective, suicide is always wrong.
You generally don’t pick up HIV unless you do something to contract it, and your behavioral choices are overwhelmingly driven by your thoughts and beliefs. The act of doing starts in the mind. And in his interview with Oprah, Danny Pintauro said three things that revealed some disturbing elements in his mindset.
Some people complain about the Electoral College, “My state has been overwhelmingly [political party] for YEARZ, so my vote doesn’t count!” But how true is that assertion? I did some research and, playing the averages, it takes about 25 years for a state to cycle from one political party to the other.
I’m not saying Bill Cosby is guilty of everything he’s been accused of. But I can’t help but feel the evidence against him is pretty significant and convincing — at least convincing enough to prevent any ridiculous outbursts blindly protesting his innocence. So why is it some people want to offer Bill Cosby complete exoneration?
Marvel is too bogged down in its own history for me to follow anymore. For so long that was never an issue. Heroes would fight villains, occasionally a villain or supporting character would die, occasionally the *heroes* would appear to die (and inevitably come back), but the core of the books never changed. That all seems different now. I don’t know who these heroes are, where they’re going, or what they’re doing, and I find it hard to care.
Bill Nye is a former mechanical engineer turned television personality who is credited with making science interesting to millions of children and adults alike. But just because he’s “The Science Guy” doesn’t mean he always gets his science right, nor does it make him qualified to speak on any other subject, such as the morality of abortion.