I’ve always wondered when the silly season was. I guess it’s April. I’m getting so much loony email lately that I have to marvel at my inbox — no longer merely a stack of obligations and nagging, it also contains imbedded within it little gems of high weirdness.
For instance, “Tom Hyndman” doesn’t like me. Little clues tell me that this is the same person I recently banned under the pseudonym “Nathan Hull”, who I suspect also went under the name “John Dolan” in an earlier life, and also reminds me of a few other names that have drifted through here, transiently.
Let’s take a look at it. He’s peeved because he was banned, which turns out to be a sign that I’m becoming a dictatorial cult leader. Ho hum.
Let’s get serious. You are no longer a secular liberal humanist (you may have been once), but the leader of a weird online cult that is convinced it is fighting a Holy War against other cults, and thus cannot tolerate any dissension from the Party line. I find your mental disintegration very sad, as the forces of darkness are ever with us, and we should have as many soldiers as we can. The inability of your followers to grasp the concepts of Buddhism is not a convincing reason to ban somebody from a comments section, but seeing that you have embraced guruism I am not surprised at this turn of events.
Wait…he thinks he was banned because we don’t understand Buddhism? I don’t recall Buddhism ever being a major topic of conversation, even.
Imagine you are confronted with all the animals that were tortured and killed just to perpetuate your miserable, pointless existence. Was their suffering worth it? You know the answer, and so do your hangers-on — but you do not have the courage to look those sheep, cows etc. in the eye. You shuffle your way to college, surrounded by the barbarous degenerates of America’s mid-West, teaching witless students to measure and categorize, thinking this is all that men can achieve (measure and categorize measure and categorize…)
It’s true, I’ve killed animals in research. But I’m a vegetarian now!
I also like my students. They’re a bright bunch, and I’ve never thought of the midwest as a hotbed of barbarous degenerates (cautious conservatives would be more accurate).
How many times have I read Darwin’s quote on ‘the grandeur of this view of life’? Darwin didn’t believe there was “grandeur” in our biological predicament, you can read between the lines. A femtosecond after his daughter died he knew that life was shit, and it would have been better if no sentient creature had ever existed.
Really? We actually have the record of Charles Darwin’s feelings on the death of his daughter — he wrote a memorial in the week after her death. This doesn’t sound like the words of someone who had decided “life was shit”.
Her health failed in a slight degree for about nine months before her last illness; but it only occasionally gave her a day of discomfort: at such times, she was never in the least degree8 cross, peevish or impatient; & it was wonderful to see, as the discomfort passed, how quickly her elastic spirits brought back her joyousness & happiness. In the last short illness, her conduct in simple truth was angelic; she never once complained; never became fretful; was ever considerate of others; & was thankful in the most gentle, pathetic manner for everything done for her. When so exhausted that she could hardly speak, she praised everything that was given her, & said some tea “was beautifully good.” When I gave her some water, she said “I quite thank you”; & these, I believe were the last precious words ever addressed by her dear lips to me.
But looking back, always the spirit of joyousness rises before me as her emblem and characteristic: she seemed formed to live a life of happiness: her spirits were always held in check by her sensitiveness lest she should displease those she loved, & her tender love was never weary of displaying itself by fondling & all the other little acts of affection.—
We have lost the joy of the Household, and the solace of our old age:— she must have known how we loved her; oh that she could now know how deeply, how tenderly we do still & shall ever love her dear joyous face. Blessings on her.
We have established that Tom/Nathan/John likes to make stuff up, at least.
And now for his Buddhist solution to all the problems of the world:
But we could fix this. Detonating every nuclear device we have (plus a few extra we could build) would permanently irradiate this planet and ending all suffering here instantly. This would be our gift to the Universe, and an atonement of sorts for all our wrongs — the bipedal humanoid would finally be on the side of right.
That really sounds so peace-loving and respectful of all life.