Friday, December 18, 2009

What is Copenhagen Really About?

Two words. Envy and money. This is all about the less developed countries seeing an opportunity to fleece the developed world of billions of dollars. The idea that tyrants like Mugabe will put the money towards cutting emissions in their countries is laughable. They will do what they have always done with foreign aid. Pocket the money and leave their citizens to suffer.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

You Didn't Say What Kind Of Change

Once there was a man who was married. After eight years of marriage, he became fed up with his wife and they divorced. The wife left the man with $10,000 of credit card debt. The man remarried and put the second wife in charge of the family finances. She had promised him 'change' if he would marry her. Faced with a ten thousand debt, the second wife decided the solution was to go further into debt by $100,000. This was ten times the debt left by the first wife. The husband was furious. This was not the kind of change he had in mind. When he asked the second wife why she had done something so irresponsible, the second wife blamed the first wife for leaving behind such a financial mess. This made no sense to the husband. The family could now not even afford to pay the interest on the debt. The husband demanded that the second wife cease her irresponsible spending. The second wife responded by spending another $20,000 on credit. All the while, she claimed that she was left with no choice because of the first wife. She said this even though the debt she had accumulated was now twelve times the debt of the first wife.

The husband wanted to divorce the second wife. Unfortunately, he lived in a country where couples could not divorce until they had been married for at least four years. He had no choice because the second wife ignored his wishes. All she would tell him was, "You said you wanted change. You didn't say what kind of change."

Monday, April 06, 2009

The World's Only Universal Religion

Outside of Christianity, there really is one true world religion. It is the melding of all of the world’s other religions into one common theme: The Self is God. In this religion, I am sovereign. The world revolves around me and you exist at my discretion and to serve my purposes.

In my religion, there may be times when I will grace you with my liberal generosity. I will, when it suits me, perform random acts of kindness. The criterion for my good deeds is a complicated, arbitrary system based mainly on my own self-aggrandizement. The main purpose of such charity is to appease my own screaming conscience. As long as I feel better about myself, it’s a good thing. It also helps if others notice.

In the religion of self, I hold the scales of eternal justice. The balance may tip any way I please. I decide what is reasonable. I decide what is important. I decide what is sin. I decide what I must do to redeem my soul. That is, if I decide my soul needs redeeming at all.

I may decide there is no such thing as sin at all, at least in terms of what I owe to any man. In my religion, you are a commodity to me. You are either a prop in the theatre of my life or, perhaps a tool by which I may acquire a thing or achieve a goal. If I am ill and your stem cells might cure me, hand them over, even at the cost of your life. If you are old and occupying valuable space and sucking tax dollars from the system, you may need to be eliminated. Get this straight. This is about me.

The only conflict in my religion comes when my interests compete with yours. When this happens, I will attempt to make you an ally for a while. Otherwise, I will form a coalition against you. It will be whichever is expedient.

The religion of self is Darwinism taken to its ultimate end. This is survival of the fittest. Someday, I may be on the short end of the equation. Until then, you are either a resource to me or a burden. If you are a burden, you have lost you usefulness. Prepare to be eliminated.