Here’s a summary of the article.
1. We over-react to intentional actions, and under-react to accidents, abstract events, and natural phenomena.
2. We over-react to things that offend our morals.
3. We over-react to immediate threats and under-react to long-term threats.
4. We under-react to changes that occur slowly and over time.
I have held off seeing this one because I was quite sure it was preaching to the converted…
However a nice guilt-free bittorrent download with the blessing of the makers was enough reason for me to take a look:
The Corporation – Legal Bittorrent
Unfortunately, as a cog in various Corporate wheels, the viewing wasn’t so guilt-free. I didn’t think ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ would have total praise for this film. The polemic employed grated with me a bit, so I was surprised to see it with a 90% rating. Kinda agree with one the of the unconvinced critics, who said “Achbar and Abbott would have had a first-rate film had they stuck with their conceit — corporations as inmates running the asylum — but they dilute their case in an attempt to make it irrefutable.”
Damning it is… but persuasive to those who might best benefit from appreciating the perspective put forward by the documentary? I’m not so sure.
Murphy calls to see his mate Paddy who has a broken leg.
Paddy says, “Me feet are freezing mate, could you nip upstairs and getÂ me slippers?”
“No bother,” he says, and he runs upstairs and there are Paddy’sÂ two stunning 19 year old twin daughters sat on their beds.
“Hello dere girls, your Da’ sent me up here to shag ya both.”
“Fook off you liar!”.
“I’ll prove it,” Murphy says. So he shouts down the stairs, “Both of them, Paddy?”
“Of course, what’s the use of fookin’ one?”
A very loud, unattractive, hard-faced woman walks into Inala Big W with her two kids in tow, screaming obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.
The door greeter says, “Good morning and welcome to Big W – nice children you’ve got there — are they twins?”
The fat ugly woman stops screaming long enough to snarl: “Of course they bloody aren’t! The oldest, he’s 9 and the younger one, she’s 7. Why the hell would you think they’re twins?….. Do you really think they look alike, ya dickead?”
“Absolutely not,” replies the greeter, “I just can’t believe anyone would fuck you twice!”
so, i’d like to get a beer from the bottle shop, but maybe not one and a half standard drinks, 2 would be great. browsing the prices, it’s pretty evident, that i’d be a daft idiot to buy 2 beers, and pay that ridiculous price for individual bottles. let’s scale up to a six pack, hell i probably have enough space in my fridge. hmm, those 3 tall necks are looking like a bargain, but dunno if i’m want to crack 3 standard drinks a go. looks like i’m having 3, 6 or 9 standard drinks tonight. ok, what am i thinking, this is so much better value if i buy a carton… yeah. the housemate’s not gonna mind a couple of six packs sitting around on the kitchen floor waiting for availability of fridge real estate. but no. these bloody alcohol pushing assholes now have 2 cartons for a discount price.Â so, exactly how would you like me to carry those? godamn if i’m not buying 48 beers for $1.66 a bottle when i initially was thinking of getting 2 for $4.50 each. i’ll just leave the other carton in the bathroom, no one will notice.
what’s bloody next, buy a whole effing truck and feel like you’re getting the value you deserve as a customer. the government is trying to educate the masses in drinking less than 3 standard drinks a night (and NEVER more than 6), but we’re being offered bargains that shit on your idea of trying a different brand each time you buy.
anyway, i should probably get one of these hats, get into some homebrew, and piss off to a doof and dance with the hippy hotties, forgetting about discounted alcohol.
The study was designed to compare persons of comparable circumstances, age and health. Its findings, published in 1997 in the British Medical Journal, were that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of the laggards.
Addiction, Depression, Anger, Frustration — this is the cycle that has taken my mind into the most automatonic sequence that I have ever encountered in life this far.Â I am capable of recognising this in the past and I am actually cogniscent at any given time of what the “prudent” and “wise” course of action is. Unfortunately the upshot of the knowledge does not translate to the desire to behave in this “better” way. Or to put itÂ another way — knowing that shutting up and puttingÂ up is the most highly rewarded path — iÂ still feel justified in being angry as fuck and will (can?)Â not supress it —Â As a result I am fixated on revenge and the repayment of pain with interest and on this path I am a master craftsmen at his desk.Â
Â I feel that the level of detachment that is demanded by so many philosophical schools of thought is a mechanism whereby I can getÂ out ofÂ the cycle, however, when there have been times that i have successfully cultivated detachment to this level I have not been able to recognise myself and the judgement I make on myself when so acting is harsh!.Â
So with identity closely linked to engagement and reactivity and the result of this being a cycle of damaging and maliflous behaviour that are in effect robbing me of the happiness that I am striving for I have to make a decision.Â A less engaged and safer mind stateÂ or the unrelenting and more justified extension of my current path and the damage that will cause to myself.Â huh — no choice!
Â Any tips for coming to peace with powerlessness?
In anticipation of Tubs posting something.
If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes at work to read something, might I suggest this?
It’s an article on the making of the new Darren Aronofsky (‘Ï€’ and ‘Requiem For A Dream’) film ‘The Fountain’. Sounds mighty interesting… trying to make a Sci-Fi epic without CGI.
Hiya Tubs, my main man!… you and my shorter comrade will be getting mail soon :]
Well Well Well if it isn’t my old friends Mr Tall and Mr Small!
Â There is really only one way to contain and describe the utterly meaningless post that this is and thats
Â Interesting things to follow soon
Tubs on da mao’s
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