Sunday, January 11, 2009
Batman and Mr. Rogers Alike
A few months ago I heard that most people considered to be nerds, or socially awkward individuals who enjoy their fair share of D & D and World of Warcraft, suffer from an acute case of asperger syndrome. These individuals have an inherent interest in numbers, or anything real technical. Although they excel in hand eye coordination and muscle memory (i.e. video games), nerds often stray away from any type of physically strenuous activities. I wonder if their are other sects of society that have a biological predetermination.
I am amazed that the porn industry has thrived in this age of digital piracy. Most anyone can get whatever they'd like for free without leaving the safety and comfort of their own home. This evening I went to the local independent record store and, sure enough, there were pornographic videos on the shelves (found between Horror and Anime). The industry of pornographic tapes, discs, and film reels has been prosperous for years and will be around until people are replaced with cold, unfeeling robots. Generally I don't feel strongly for or against this specific topic of discussion, so I don't need to go into too much, but I did find a site (through the Facebook ad sidebar) that proposes the many "lies" that pornographic videos tend to impose on the viewing audience.
1) Women are less than human.
2) Women are a 'sport'.
3) Women are property
4) A woman's value depends on her level of attractiveness.
5) Women like rape.
6) Women should be degraded.
7) Little kids should have sex.
8) Illegal sex is fun.
9) Prostitution is glamorous.
Although many of the arguments are generally misleading or flawed, I still think they have an interesting biased take on the subject at hand.
Eating veal is something that I just can't bring myself to do. By eating it I would only be raising demand for the continuation of baby cow torture/suffering/murder. It is kind of like watching child pornography.
It has been a little over a month since I have posted any of the virtues of Benjamin Franklin. Although I am fairly sleepy, I would like to post some while I have them in mind.
Virtue 9: "Justice". Cause no pain and do no wrong. If it is at all possible, use Batman or Mr. Rogers as your moral guides. These men generally uphold strong codes of ethics. Being imaginary or dead does not stop them from being great men.
Virtue 10: "Cleanliness". Keep everything clean and neat. Why do you think Pig-Pen was such a minor character in the peanuts cartoon? No one wants to have to deal with dirty people. This goes for smelly people as well (Pepé Le Pew, case in point).
Virtue 11: "Chastity". Although Benjamin Franklin had clearly drawn focus on the concept of moderation, he still thought it necessary to reestablish the importance of limiting sexual exploits. Yes, there is a time and a place for everything. Yes, humans are sensual beings that enjoy carnal pleasures, but limited consumption leads to elated experiences. Out of all of the virtues, I've heard that this one was the hardest for Mr. Franklin to follow.