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25th November 2020 21:07 by Memnoch
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Prompted by a conversation with a neighbour who is resentful that he knows a rich person who doesn't work as hard as he does.

The belief that "You can have anything if you believe" is both untrue and one reason mass murderers exist. Most of what passes for popular culture in the "developed world" is a constant regurgitation of the American ideal that you are entitled to have, and will achieve, everything you want unless you are a "loser". Result: A race of malcontents for whom competitive success is the only measure of personal worth. So-called Reality TV teaches nobodies that they can be somebodies with no effort or talent to speak of, and when actual reality turns out to bear insufficient resemblence to the delusion, those who can't deal with being ordinary become injustice collectors. In countries where guns aren't easily available they make placards and call themselves socialists. In countries where guns are easily available they exterminate whole schoolfuls.
Nothing wrong with ambition, the problem is the belief in entitlement that people get from political loudmouths, pushy parents and the insistence of mainstream media to peddle the highly improbable as a normal expectation.

Reality check: You were born and you're going to die. If the bit in the middle is not a pile of crap, you've done better than most people who have ever lived, and if you expect more because you're "entitled", you're a cock.


25th November 2020 20:35 by Lovely Fred
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... you might wake Trump up.

Have you noticed how quiet he's been lately?


25th November 2020 18:38 by Memnoch
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Who says things like this?

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,"
and
"I watched my husband's heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine".
and
"I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right,"
and
"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears."
and
"Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal."

Does that sound like someone who's in pain over the loss of a child, or someone trying to sell the story of the loss of a child to a tacky tabloid? Seriously, who but a total shitbag has time for cheesy paperback sentimentality at a time like that?

The shitbag in question, if you're interested, is Meghan Markle.


25th November 2020 18:19 by Memnoch
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Argentina is having three days of national mourning for a footballist. What does that mean? I find it a bizarre and disturbing concept. Is everyone in Argentina expected to wear black and stand around his grave crying for three days and then suddenly be over it because they're not officially mourning any more?

Grief is one of the most intensely personal things a person can experience and to declare an entire nation to be in "mourning" breaks all limits of presumption and disrespect IMO. Did the government consult his family before making his death a national event? Somehow I doubt it.


25th November 2020 17:15 by Roco
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