December 28, 2007
I saw a word that ended with "philia" the other day and got grossed out. Then, I realized that this word had nothing to do with little kids.
Pedophilia has ruined a perfectly good suffix. "Philia" - meaning friendship, affection, brotherly love has now been corrupted.
But, most people have friendly affection for children, so perhaps we need to give child molestors a new name.
It's the suffix "eros" that actually means sexual love.
So, shouldn't a child molestor be called a pederos?
Of course, that might hurt his chances of getting into the Mexican Hall of Fame too?
...anyone get that one?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:02 AM
December 27, 2007
I realize this is a different question than I asked yesterday. But, I realized that they require two very different answers, and I only have theories for today's wording.
Do theists align themselves with "conservatism" because "conservatism" tends to desire the legislation of a similar morality that they align themselves with?
Or, in this country, where "theist" means Christian in 90% of cases, do Christian's simply have an inherent appreciation for the power of freedom?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:37 AM
December 26, 2007
I work in Chicago, and as such, am immersed in a fairly liberal working environment. However, Ayn Rand's, "Atlas Shrugged" has been making its way around my office, not from me mind you.
And the ideas are sticking. People are getting it. For those of you unfamiliar with Rand, amidst her objectivist, free-market philosophy lies a very intrinsically woven atheistic outlook. Which frankly, I wonder if that is one of the reasons it has been so successful in this liberal audience. Rand separates Christianity from Conservatism.
This stemmed a question from one of my coworkers the other day, "Why are most 'conservatives' theistic?"
I await your theories, and will offer mine tomorrow.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:42 AM
December 21, 2007
Let's say I find a handsome, well-spoken man with no real opinions on anything. He's up for believing anything we tell him to believe.
Our goal is popularity. We want him to run for President as the populist candidate. What would we tell him to believe in that would sit well with the majority of the public?
Let's start brainwashing. Pick your issues, and speak the populist platform.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:45 AM
December 20, 2007
I wish I could hug strangers.
There was a lady walking out of my health club today softly sobbing. I couldn't ask her what was wrong. I couldn't give her a hug. I couldn't help patch the broken. Because I'm a weird stranger.
How could I help in this situation? What could I do?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:13 AM
December 19, 2007
Mike Huckabee is now the national front runner for the Republican party. Why?
I was out for lunch with some people from work yesterday, and they mentioned Chuck Norris. So, I asked how many people had seen the Chuck Norris / Mike Huckabee commercials?
...blank stares...then, a "Huckawho?"
No one knows who this guy is. And yet, all of a sudden, he jumps to the lead? Why?
Because he's the only GOP candidate who talks openly about his faith. And apparently, that's all it takes.
But, that doesn't change the fact that this guy will get demolished in a national election.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:51 AM
So, I was banned from posting for the last few days, because Blogger thought this blog was being used for spamming purposes...
Obviously, someone saw my recreational shrink-wrapping idea, and wanted to shut me down before I cashed out. Nice try.
I apologize for the inconvenience. You can expect regular thought-provocation to resume shortly.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:30 AM
December 14, 2007
"We need to protect children." "Adults should be free to do whatever they want." "I am my brother's keeper."
All of these statements have merit, but they can also contradict each other. So, how do we protect people from themselves without extinguishing liberty?
And what it comes down to is, who are we responsible for?
Should we stress individual responsibility? Familial responsibility? Or collective responsibility? and why?
December 13, 2007
Legislating morality sounds bad, right. The phrase implies inflicting someone's personal beliefs regarding morality on others.
However, we regulate behavior all the time. Stealing, murder, kidnapping, rape. All wrong. Not much argument. However, these are still personal beliefs. They are just populist beliefs.
So, does the only trouble come when a political party tries to criminalize something that's not universally frowned upon?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:48 AM
December 12, 2007
So, we have a client that sells shrinkwrapping devices for packaging. You put the package in this machine, it spins around really fast, and the package gets completely and instantly shrink-wrapped.
Here's my idea for expanding their market. Why only shrink-wrap packages? Why not people?
I think certain people (aka - freakshows) would enjoy getting spun around and shrink-wrapped. Then, we could throw them in a Chuck'E Cheese ball pit afterwards. Or set up an obstacle course or something.
This has got to be a hundred-dollar idea just waiting to happen.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:39 AM
December 11, 2007
Expectations are so powerful that we often live up to them. I remember being in college one day, thinking how did I get here? Well, I had the means, and it was expected of me. So, mostly, I just followed that route. I was expected to drink socially. I was expected to never do drugs. I was expected to get good grades. I was expected to abstain from sex. And I just kind of followed these expectations.
So, while I understand the argument that kids are going to have sex and that we better do whatever we can to make it safe for them to do so...
I also believe that by schools providing free contraception, we are saying that we expect you to have sex. And expectations are powerful.
December 10, 2007
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"Welcome to America, the land of the she-males."
That has to be what many immigrants thought when they entered New York Harbor. Their greeting given by this half-Grecian, half-Amish, giant muscled statue that they want us to believe is a lady?
Granted, in our coinage, we got it a little bit closer.
But, these immigrants are accustomed to sculptures of Athena, Venus and Aphrodite...and we give them a female version of Hulk Hogan?
That's not the America I watch people die for.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:34 AM
December 05, 2007
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December 03, 2007
Roughly ten years ago, I walked into a public men's room and there was an old man in there standing in front of a urinal, with both arms raised and pressed against the wall, as if taking advantage of this downtime to take a brief upper-body nap.
Frightened, I quickly left the men's room and told the story to all my friends. We laughed at the weird old man and his old man ways.
A decade passed, and last Friday I walked into the empty men's room at work and stood before a urinal. It had been a tough week. And I was exhausted. Before I knew it, my hands were raising and I slowly leaned against the wall in front of me.
Quickly realizing what I had done, I lowered my hands and became instantly ashamed.
I have become that which I scoffed.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:37 AM