Ranting on holidays and porn…two completely unrelated topics

Posted on January 3, 2008. Filed under: Atheism | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man. For war consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting, but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known: and therefore the notion of time is to be considered in the nature of war, as it is in the nature of weather. For as the nature of foul weather lieth not in a shower or two of rain, but in an inclination thereto of many days together: so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting, but in the known disposition thereto during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary. All other time is peace.

Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapter 13

Well, happy New Year…I guess. Sorry if that seems slightly pessimistic, but I can hardly stand the gratuitous platitudes that are seemingly necessary in our society. So, I’m going to do something a little unusual in a belated celebration of this one day turning into another that just happens to have a different number at the end of the date. I’m not going to be responding to the D’Souza’s of the world. It’s not for lack of material-if anything, it’s the overwhelming abundance of drivel that I have to sift through that has caused me to feel completely overwhelmed by this task. There is so much mindless nonsense that gets foisted onto a dumbed-down and apathetic populace that I rue my ability to see that we’re all just knee-deep in shit. Sometimes it seems that ignorance truly is bliss.

I don’t find it surprising at all that so many of the visionaries of our past and present were so prone to melancholy and drug abuse. It seems that the ability to comprehend the sometimes harsh reality of existence on this rock is both wondrous and terrifying. Having to interact with the other members of your species is just the icing on the cake. The senseless violence that we inflict upon each other, knowingly or not, the careless insensitivity with which we disregard those whom we, or those before us, have determined are enemies, is evidence of the solitary existence of which Hobbes spoke. We can only see things from inside our own experience, and it seems that the gap between two people will never truly be reconciled. For those of us who desire more than the typical diet of fast food, shitty news, and reality shows, how shall we numb ourselves?

Maybe it’s just the season. I never could stand the “holidays”. Endless days of forced interaction with people who share some percentage of your genetic makeup and nothing more. Why do we have to invent excuses to do the things that we should be doing every day? Anybody who talks about “Christmas spirit” has obviously never been to a mall during the month of December. Not only is their mythical savior a bunch of mythologized bullshit, but even they cannot help but succumb to total misanthropy while trying to find a parking space at Wal-Mart. At any rate, I’m in a rut right now.

Whatever. People will, I’m sure, find some excuse to attack me (and likely every atheist on the planet, so I apologize in advance) for my honesty here, and this is pretty uncharacteristic of me, but for once, I don’t fucking care. I have something that I want to address here, and maybe I’ll feel better after I just lay it on the table for everybody to see.

Ever since the Radar magazine article, the most popular way to attempt to discredit me is to refer to my “other job”. I can’t look at my Google alerts without seeing something about “lap-dancing Kelly” or some other lame attempt to influence people’s opinions of me and my intellect. Well, guess what? I like my job. I see through your façade of propriety and know that you probably get a hard-on thinking about me giving anybody a lap dance. I’m not going to go into details, but as far as I’m concerned, any woman with the assets and attitude to do this job is stupid for not doing it. All the Christophiliacs (that’s what I’m naming your disorder and if you don’t like it you can fuck off) just can’t stand the fact that anybody enjoys and maybe even revels in their sexuality. I’m sorry that you have such a complex about it. Do you pray for forgiveness before or after you masturbate?  …read more


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