I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
"That is not even in our constitution. Some of these rights are not good for our culture."
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If some people had it their way, the US wouldn't be much different than some third world ****hole's "best rules for society."
The only thing that's constant is change.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
This is exactly like how languages can very dramatically, but the existence of extremely different languages does not negate Human's need for a language, nore does it change what language is used for.
Last edited by Jerry; 05-20-10 at 02:29 PM.
I'm a libertarian, so I'm fully familiar with the best rules for society.
In fact the many imperfections of Christianity help me identify with it more, as I am also imperfect.
The rules are simple, and universal.
You can pick your own nose.
You can pick your friend's nose only if he lets you.
You can't wipe your fingers on the theater seat.
If you don't want to pick your friend's nose, you don't have to.
If you believe someone else should be picking your friend's nose, you have the freedom to pay them to do the job. You don't have the freedom to take money from someone else to get the job done.
You can't punch someone in the nose unless he tries to hit you first.
It's all about the noses.
Laws are evolving, based on continuing trial and error. Some conservatives would prefer if they weren't, but stagnating is never a good thing.
In an attempt to add variety to my analogies: Any paint-ball fan will tell you that the "best" markers are those which are the most customizable and adaptable. Tipman has a reputation of being a marker which "most enables" a person's play style.
There's no denying that every team member needs a marker even while each specific marker my very greatly from person to person. A team without markers will not win.
- team 1 will have equipment identical to the control team;
- team 2 will have have leeway to customize their gear as much as they desire without limit;
- and team 3 will have no gear of any kind, not even a cup.
Each team will compete 3 times as offense, 3 times as defense, randomly determining who goes first.
I'll put my money on team 2.
Polygamy doesn't work well in Capitalist societies and Monogamy doesn't work well in nomadic hunter/gatherer societies, but both have the rule that marriage is needed and marriage serves the same purpose just as the paint-ball guns all serve the same purpose.
Another example: Every society needs a ritual to mark the end of life. Having a clean brake from an intimate bond with the support of others serves our mental health and our ability to function within that society.
We don't need every human on the planet to observe a funeral in exactly the same way for this to be true. We don't need everyone on the planet to wear the same thing. We don't all need to burn the body. We don't all need to sing. We don't all need to pray. The rule "people need to mark the end of life" is flexible.