October 29th, 2005

tophat

Comment reposted.

(Yes, I know this rambles a bit more than usual... I felt a little artistically inspired when I posted it.)

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Fear of changing times is what gives rise to Fundamentalism.

    "The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents. ... and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching."

    - Assyrian Tablet, C. 2800 BC


Hatred. Hunger. Hurriedness/Anxiousness, Anger, Loneliness, Tiredness/Fatigue... These are the forces that encourage us to see only ourselves. These are the forces that encourage us to see others as something less than human. Once you dehumanize a person, you can do anything to them. Anything at all.

Anyone, given the right circumstances, can be moved by their emotions to commit attrocities against their fellows because we all share the same emotions. Action taken to further and protect what you feel is right will generate a re-action from those who disagree. No one is coming to terms. They are all too busy defending their own ideals. They are all too afraid of the alternative, whatever that may be.

You can not convert people by opposing them, but you can lead by example.

The only way to defeat fear is to recognize it, understand it, and face it.

People will only change when they want to change, have the means to change, and are willing to do whatever it takes to change.

People will tend to dislike the friends, supporters, allies, and sympathizers of the people that they do not like. This is a fallacy of thinking. It's a mental short-cut.

People will band together under highly charismatic and directive leadership when faced by external threats. Large scale threats. Threats that can not be easily quantified. They will form their own thought police and ensure that each of their own members conforms to the group's way of thinking, preserving the fear of external threats that gave rise to the group and continues to fuel it. In psychology, this condition is called groupthink.

God's most ardent Fundamentalists take it upon themselves to judge. Isn't that His job?

Or is it that they lack faith?
tophat

Improvis-o-sauce

I knew that the buffalo style chicken strips I had my eye on needed something smooth to offset it, and I wanted quick egg noodles, so I whipped up a thick butter sauce from an idea I had. The ingredients took forever to come together, resembling a broken butter sauce more than any other sauce I know, but then it suddenly came together all at once towards the end. It was smooth, creamy, and tasted something like butter, but it was a bit bland. A little salt seemed to fix that. It might need a little something extra... paprika? A teaspoon of lemon? (Flour should keep the lemon from curdling any dairy I use.) I'll have to experiment. It was worth a repeat.