Category Archives: bloviation

Reminder

Watch/listen and tell me you don’t get a spring in your step and feel good. I always forget how much of a pick-me-up I get from cocky ass rap that gives no fucks. Forget the therapist and the couch, just listen to some ASAP or Rick Ross and I guarantee you’ll walk on air all day.

WSJ gets in my head

Beautifully stated: Inside the Cold, Calculating Libertarian Mind

“Government is the embodiment of rights violation – it cannot function otherwise. Taxation violates property rights, extending imagined rights to others violates liberty (the patient may be getting a “right”, but ask the doctor if he isn’t a slave), and any refusal to comply will ultimately lead to government violating the right to life.”

Still think voting for Barry or Mitt is smart?

FEAR

I’ve become a regular listener of Joe Rogan’s podcast over the past month. The most recent episode featured comedian Bryan Callen and a good chunk was a discussion about fear and its relationship with success. For the uninitiated, Rogan’s podcast is not really a comedy show despite the host and most guests hailing from that world. It’s very long form, averaging two and a half to three hours and covers a myriad of topics. Callen brought up a book in the works by a psychologist friend of his who has counseled athletes and corporate execs and other folks in high intensity careers. [Sidenote: Callen is incredibly interesting.]

There was one anecdote Callen was relating that really stuck out for me. He asked the doc what is the most common hurdle faced by the CEOs and other high powered businessmen he’s had therapy with. He said they all are afraid of being discovered as frauds; that somehow they lucked into their position and are in over their heads.

That is fucking fascinating. Think about that for a minute.

With very, very few exceptions (and it’s not going to be the guys seeking professional counseling) none of these guys were handed the keys to a Fortune 500 company. God did not simply smile on them and they wound up there. It seems to me that they all possess a level of humility beyond what would be expected. Sheeeit, there are girls on Twitter that never finished high school with bigger egos.

Contrast that with the assholes in Congress and the last, oh I don’t know, 30 presidents. Every single one of those dicks thinks they have some right to be there. Obama is a glaringly obvious example of this mentality. For chrissakes he’d written two (2!!!) autobiographies before he even ran for President. And yet the chairman of Chevron’s board is worried he’s not qualified for his job.

This is the big reason why it’s not now and never will be about “just getting the right people in office.” I used to naïvely believe that. Then I finished the 11th grade and used my brain. The people who want to be in politics are never the people who should be in politics. You don’t willingly give a tyrant power; you do everything you can to keep them from obtaining it.

I’ve got more on this, stay tuned.

I, Robot

 

Technology is killing us, destroying our humanity.

We completely reject what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. We elect to plug in and tune out instead of quickly recharge and get back on the road; settling for Hoverounds over lifting weights and having true mobility; 500+ Facebook “friends” instead of two genuine real-life ones.

What is the next step?

Have our diets and environment turned autism into the next stage of evolution? In 200 years will human beings be void of emotion and social rationality?

We’ve become so inoculated from the human experience that we now live in fear of it; we try to avoid or stigmatize those still capable of breaching our digital pacifiers.

What do we do to stop it? Can we change course? At times it feels inevitable, like we’re a deranged cousin of the dodo bird. If only we could figure out who’s leading us off the cliff.

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STOP IT

abe

It didn’t look good on Lincoln, it doesn’t look good on you.

Enough with the neck beards and chinstraps men, you look retarded. Let the beard fill in!

If only….

Our society and culture today is incredibly pessimistic and full of haters. There is no honor. No shame. No higher sense of self. No goddamn humility. We’re all so famous with our Twitter followers and Facebook friends that we’ve accumulated, not earned. Youtube comments are a microcosm of the west’s current state.

“fail.”

“lol kill yourself”

“sucks to be you bro”

FUCK YOU FAGGOT, YOU HAVEN’T DONE SHIT. Shut your know nothing milquetoast ass up. The fucking internet has removed any and all repercussions for shitty behavior. SAY IT TO MY FACE. There’s a reason dueling existed. Sometimes you just gotta smack a bitch.

I think this has stemmed from our ADD, binary culture.

Yes/No

Pepsi/Coke

“Like”/”Dislike”

We are encouraged to take hard-line stances on even the most inconsequential shit and when you encounter somebody with differing taste? Murder them. Unflinching criticism with as much nit-picking as possible. It’s the era of the cunt. Negativity and jealousy rule the day. Behold what happens (and should) when you run your mouth:

Talk about that, ho!

Peace Out W&J, It’s Been Real

Today marks sixteen days until I graduate from Washington & Jefferson College. For the past month or so I have been holding an internal debate over whether I would mark the occasion for this, my last column in the pages of the Red&Black.

The thing is while I never planned on actually trying to write professionally, the last two years have given me a pulpit to educate, observe, rant, and proselytize in a semi-professional setting. I have enjoyed it. Once I settle in big Washington, a city I have reviled and ridiculed for the majority of my fifty columns, no doubt I will seek out a part-time gig opining in a rag that will have me.

I can thank the Red&Black for providing an introductory outlet that has sparked a passion for expressing my curmudgeonly behavior.

I have been under no illusions of grandeur during this stint; I know I have a small dedicated group of readers but otherwise my words have gone largely ignored. How I feel about that is a subject for another day when I have a few beers in me and there are no children within earshot.

My biggest regret however has been my inability to inspire a single piece of hate mail or at the very least a strongly worded disagreement. Granted, I devoted my efforts extensively to economics and we all know that stuff is boring! But I enjoy intellectually sparring with those who think I am an idiot; it is good for the soul. I just wish those on campus who wanted to punch me in the head spoke up and said so.

Liberal education when done right has merit. I have taken advantage of opportunities allowing me to draw, paint, and sculpt in Olin, see plays, take opera field trips, write about Shakespeare and the puritans in 1700’s Massachusetts, give presentations on SEC annual reports and Snuggies, and have a chemistry lab class about food and cooking. I doubt I could have touched as many bases elsewhere.

The above is not without a couple caveats however, as should be expected coming from such a paragon of honesty as myself.

Unfortunately W&J is very paternalistic and refuses to let anyone think or act independently, which is the complete antithesis of a liberal education. They hold our hands about everything and in terms of life and experience I almost feel like I have taken a step back since high school graduation. I had an incredible amount of independence and responsibility at the age of eighteen yet I do not feel like I have grown from there. At best I have had my progress on pause. This place is very stagnant and that is the biggest flaw in my opinion.

Who knows? I may feel differently if I had chosen a less grounded major. Since the accounting program develops a fairly tangible skill set, I definitely should have chosen a far cheaper school and saved myself upwards of $70k in debt. Realistically I could have learned most of the material in high school and started contributing productively to society from the jump. The more esoteric principles and standards could be learned on the job as my reliability was demonstrated to an employer.

That said I completely fault myself for the dissatisfaction with my choice of college. I simply did not take the process seriously enough in high school and I cannot in good conscience be outwardly upset. Live and learn is the philosophy.

So seniors, good luck with graduate, law, and medical school if that is the path. I tip my cap for willingly enduring more school and hopefully there are no diversions along the way. Those entering the workforce: stack that paper and hustle hard, make me proud. Anyone who may be entering military duty: Godspeed, stay safe, and many thanks for the service. Lastly, good luck to anyone still putting plans into place; I have my fingers crossed things settle soon and some peace of mind is attained.

Like Kanye put it on Graduation, no goodbyes, just goodnight.