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My day today

I was going to delete this because it's useless emotional drivel ejected from a self-pitty party. Then I decided it's relevant because I really felt this bad, if only for a while.Then laziness won, and I decided not to decide.I cried when I sent itthe letter from my physicianthe recurring panic attacksending my careerlittle hope sadnessAnd one again I felt tThe thrust and twisting bladeshould have done betterEviscerating me againTry harderFailSelf's blood cries from the groundhis spirit shrieks towards sheole Forcibly discharged from fleshCold empty blacknessNo warmthvoidBut this is a tremendous thingThere is now No ambitionThere exists no prideNo deceptive worthquietly awaitingemptyAnd something that is empty can most easily be filled.So …dread naughtignore the tears the breast that quiversThe unsteadiness of my speechThe slight quivering of my lipThe self in fragments in my handsObserve!the glorious dawn of a new beginning.

On Feminism

There's a tension between the good of the individual, which must be considered, and the good of the whole, which often requires sacrifice from the individual.

Nether of these can be dismissed, ignored, or downplayed. If we continue with our analogy of the body, we see that if enough heart cells are unhealthy, the body (whole) will die, but that if the whole dies, the cells of the kidneys, liver, and bone are soon to follow.

So, what of feminism?

As it turns out, raising the next generation of young is a lot of work, and most men aren't up to it. I could spend pages and pages defending those two statements, but I'm going to let them stand for now as assumptions.

The problem,then, becomes this: There is a critically important, time-consuming, and labor intensive job that is vital to the survival of our species, that no one is doing.

This, of course, is completely the fault of men. (Seriously - not being sarchatic) It is a shame that men have been so remarkably seflish as to …

In thinking further (or, my arguments against feminism)... (part 1)

If we think about sin, we'll essentially see that the things defined as sin are things that harm others or somehow tear down the community.

The ten commandments in fact are a litany of do-unto-othersisms:
1. Don't kill who? Others
2. Honor who? Others (your father and mother)
3. Don't steal from who? Others
etc. etc. etc.

It's as though God felt we needed reminded that we are a social organism, and humanity as a whole (or the tribe or the other form that community might take) MUST be more important than ME.

So, if we challenge our selves to look into the aspects of the ancient Jewish religion which modern sensibilities find most disturbing:

Women - why are they commanded to be subservient to men?
Homosexuality - why would it be sin?
Destroying other cultures and ways of life because they hold fundamentally different values? (worship other gods etc)