The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
When I was a kid, I grew up in the woods without any other people around sans my immediate family and 4 other couples, none of whom had children. The saw mill and cluster of company houses was 40 miles from the closest store and about 20 miles of that was unpaved. As a result, I grew up pretty darned unsocialized, and so I think being my own person is pretty hardwired into me by now. About the only thing I remember from my first 5-6 years of life is being interested in plants, and as I grew up, I never wavered from my interests.
Later on we moved to town, and when I was about to graduate from high school, it was just assumed I would go to a good school, but my heart wasn't into making scads of money, nor was it into making a career in science, as I just wanted to grow plants. I ended up dropping out of school, taking lots of drugs and joining a hippie commune. You've heard the term "turn on, tune in and drop out" . Well, that was me because there is about 5 years of popular culture in the 70s that escapes me because I was so far out of the loop.
Anyway, fast forwarding to today, I'm now an old fart without a prestigious career, but by golly, I'm doing what I like to do. I own a nursery, I grow plants, and I hybridize. I suppose if I always did what others wanted me to do, I could very easily be somebody else, today, and have more things, but in my twisted view of the world some pollen with great potential or some new variety of a plant I haven't seen before is worth more to me than lots of fancy gadgets or impressive possessions.
I don't know if I am my own man, and my dog sure thinks I'm his, but I have to admit that if we measure our lives by impressive accomplishments, others would probably consider me a failure. Success to me, though, is accomplishing what you want to accomplish, and I feel I'm getting there. That is all that really matters.
Last edited by Gardener; 12-30-10 at 12:22 PM.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
I think there are some people out there who think that the only thing that matters is how much money a person does or doesn't have. People are too hung up on how much money a person has or what kind of a life they are living.
I have to wonder if that neighbor is the type that considers all or most welfare programs bad, while still believing that you should take money from your parents to live better?
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
and btw, to answer your question, please note my signature. You are not insane. You would only be fooling yourself if you take what you haven't earned. So though I don't compliment you for doing the right thing (to me it was really the only moral choice), I am glad to hear there is one less corrupt person in the world.