Tuesday 23 August 2022

The will to learn, the will to live: as real as a blind man's cane.

[From correspondence.]

I write in few words to avoid boring you.

I disagree with this distinction.

And others parallel to it.

I admit: I just recently wrote a book on this very topic.

(I am not admitting this to sell you a copy of the book, but just to explain that my thoughts on the matter are prefabricated.)

Some people cannot read.

Some people do not know how to read.

Some people can read and know how to read, but nevertheless NEVER read a book (unless they're compelled to by work, school, etc.).

These three groups, equally, do not read.

Some people cannot participate in politics.

Some people do not know how to.

Some people can, and understand how, but don't.

The three are one.

I am proposing the unification of laziness, ignorance, stupidity and disability.

Some people are blind from birth.  Some people are mentally and/or physically retarded.

But those who live as if they are blind, as if they are retarded, due to a lack of will, they are truly blind, and truly retarded.

There is more truth, not less, to their incapacity.

The will cannot be taught.

Those who lack the will lack something.

It's as real as eyesight.

It's as real as a walking stick.

It's as real as a blind man's cane.



Monday 22 August 2022

Hollow Tourism, Hollow Cosmopolitanism; Deep Tourism, Deep Cosmopolitanism.

The comment, in full:

Re: "You are simply making the larger point that because they've seen other democracies as examples, they have more colours to work with, as you put it, when thinking of a model of democracy, what it should be, what it should look like, as compared to the US…"  Correct, but I am also heaping scorn on Parisienne fashionistas (etc.) who engage in "hollow tourism" (a term coined on this channel, believe it or not) without having the educational experience that these Philippine migrants have (voluntarily or involuntarily!).  You could say that I'm contrasting "hollow cosmopolitanism" to "deep cosmopolitanism", with greater depth being attributed to the (too often dismissed and too easily despised) lower working class (even janitors, etc.).  Although not exactly a fashionista, I wonder if Boris Johnson has any sense of what life is like anywhere outside of London (i.e., with any "depth") —although I am certain he has briefly visited innumerable countries, including Hong Kong.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2KKve8rZns

And here is the link to the video that provides the context for the comment (as opposed to the link to the first video using the idiom "hollow tourism" in the title, already provided above).  https://youtu.be/NobM76UtwmM

Saturday 20 August 2022

Art is the Opposite of Compromise.

I googled it: apparently I'm the first person to have said it.  In English.  There's always the horrifying possibility that I'm quoting the Pali canon without realizing it.  ;-)

Art is the opposite of compromise.

Monday 15 August 2022

Will this be the end of my Youtube channel? Yet more censorship struggles.

If youtube's policy is that images of animal cruelty result in a community guideline strike, my whole channel could be deleted and disappear tomorrow (as I certainly have more than three examples of this on the channel, and their policy is, "three strikes and you're out").

This has never happened before.

Here's the text I typed into their web-form, as an objection / complaint:

(1) I am a vegan activist.  (2) I am an animal rights activist.  (3) I have published books, for example, on this topic, and I have uploaded more than 100 lectures to youtube (arguing that the slaughter of animals is immoral).  (4) The moral and educational purpose of the video is therefore clear to the audience.  (5) "We review educational, documentary, artistic, and scientific content on a case-by-case basis."  The violence against animals shown here is clearly educational and documentary in its purpose.  (6) "Limited exceptions are made for content with sufficient and appropriate context and where the purpose of posting is clear."  The POLITICAL PURPOSE of the video is indeed clear to the audience (and there is a warning at the start of the video) criticizing the meat industry.