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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:40 am

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:17 am

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:57 am

I wonder if human beings will ever be satisfied. Suppose, as a thought experiment, that in some distant future utopia, everybody has everything they need: food, shelter, clothing, medical care, lots of free time. Cures are available for all known diseases. Even the problems that today we call "First World Problems" have mostly been solved. Will everyone be happy? Will people still be assholes to other people?
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:11 pm

It's in the nature of the beast.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:23 pm

@StephenKing
I would like to see the Muppets do LORD OF THE FLIES. That would be cool.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by ed » Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:48 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:57 am
I wonder if human beings will ever be satisfied. Suppose, as a thought experiment, that in some distant future utopia, everybody has everything they need: food, shelter, clothing, medical care, lots of free time. Cures are available for all known diseases. Even the problems that today we call "First World Problems" have mostly been solved. Will everyone be happy? Will people still be assholes to other people?
There will be new problems.

Can you imagine that if faced with the small miracle of the cell phone in 1965, you would bitch that "it only holds a charge for 36 hours"? No. It requires complacency for that.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:02 pm

Back then we were promised nuclear cars IIRC. Still waiting.

And every year, Popular Mechanics promised us flying cars. Almost there...but still waiting.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:34 pm

ed wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:48 pm
Anaxagoras wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:57 am
I wonder if human beings will ever be satisfied. Suppose, as a thought experiment, that in some distant future utopia, everybody has everything they need: food, shelter, clothing, medical care, lots of free time. Cures are available for all known diseases. Even the problems that today we call "First World Problems" have mostly been solved. Will everyone be happy? Will people still be assholes to other people?
There will be new problems.

Can you imagine that if faced with the small miracle of the cell phone in 1965, you would bitch that "it only holds a charge for 36 hours"? No. It requires complacency for that.
Exactly. Once you get something, you take it for granted. Does anyone in the first world stop and think what a miracle flushing toilets are when you take a shit? How wonderful it is that it isn't just a latrine or just shitting on the ground like a wild animal? No. If you were born into it and always had it, you take it for granted. My kids are too young to remember what life was like before cell phones. But people are still stressed, depressed. We're hardwired to find something to worry about. Vaccines, gluten, imaginary chemtrails, the illuminati, microaggressions, colonialism. There will always be another problem that feels like a big problem. If you don't have a serious real problem, people will invent imaginary ones.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:22 pm

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by robinson » Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:22 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:34 pm
If you don't have a serious real problem, people will invent imaginary ones.
Some people might. I know some people like that. But not everybody is like that. I'm not like that. I would bet some people who read this post are not like that.

Maybe I am just imagining, but I take some small comfort in the thought that you, the person reading this, are not the kind of person who creates imaginary problems. Especially if you are doing well at the moment.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:18 pm

@paulanthjones

While she was working with Ethel Merman on Broadway, Loretta Young tried to introduce a swear jar backstage at the theatre, on which was written “SWEARING: $1”. When Ethel found out what the jar was for, she said to Loretta, “Oh, honey, here’s a 20. Now go fuck yourself.”
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:23 pm

Good old Ethel. :)

I do a mean Ethel Merman impression singing "Hostess with the Mostest".
It's easy because I already have the accent. :notsure:

A very stereotypically gay thing to do, but none of my gay friends will put up with more than about 30 deconds of it, if that. :cry:
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by sparks » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:08 pm

They have good taste.

Whereas you... :)
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by shemp » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:12 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:23 pm
Good old Ethel. :)

I do a mean Ethel Merman impression singing "Hostess with the Mostest".
It's easy because I already have the accent. :notsure:

A very stereotypically gay thing to do, but none of my gay friends will put up with more than about 30 deconds of it, if that. :cry:
Please don't ever record and post it.
Though I have to confess, I do a pretty good Tiny Tim myself.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:36 pm

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Re: A Thought for the Day

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by shemp » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:18 am

Yeah, pretty much every day.
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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by shuize » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:09 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:34 pm
Exactly. Once you get something, you take it for granted. Does anyone in the first world stop and think what a miracle flushing toilets are when you take a shit? How wonderful it is that it isn't just a latrine or just shitting on the ground like a wild animal? No. If you were born into it and always had it, you take it for granted. My kids are too young to remember what life was like before cell phones. But people are still stressed, depressed. We're hardwired to find something to worry about. Vaccines, gluten, imaginary chemtrails, the illuminati, microaggressions, colonialism. There will always be another problem that feels like a big problem. If you don't have a serious real problem, people will invent imaginary ones.

Actually, yes. Aside from the fact that my old man is a plumber, I do try to think about this sort of thing. It's one reason why I enjoy reading about pre-history. It helps remind me how good we've got it.

I also like listening to podcasts like Brad Harris' "How it Began: A History of the Modern World," which he describes as inoculation against "the regressive babble of postmodernism."

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Witness » Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:57 pm

↑ Ditto. I'm quite aware that we live better than the kings once did.

And also that it's not the case for everybody.

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Re: A Thought for the Day

Post by Pyrrho » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:26 pm

@RevRichardColes
When someone dies, at that moment a hundredweight of inestimably important documents becomes litter.
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