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Monday, April 03, 2006
I took a semester long 4 credit course on women and Islam. The class was taught by a muslim woman. We read innumerable articles written by muslim women. I couldn't have said
it better myself.

posted by Rachel 4/03/2006
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Just as many people think they understand Gandhi, many people think they understand Freud. Freud only got a small part of the puzzle but much of what he did get, he got right.
Eros and Thanatos.

Look around and tell me you can't see both drives everywhere.

The thanatos drive is particularly seductive right about now because we face so many huge complex problems. If we just give up, and say that it's actually virtuous to do so, then we don't have to grapple with the possibility of global warming. We don't have to worry about keeping the global economy balanced. We don't have to worry about illegal immigration. It's so much easier to kill 9 out of 10 people than to try to get those 10 people to learn to negotiate and share space, food, and energy.

But... Killing off 9 out of 10 people doesn't just mean that everyone left will have to dig 9 graves. It means the end of civilization until we can rebuild it. It means no cars. It means no air conditioning. It means no insulin. It means no Tylenol. It means no telephone or internet. It means no police and no laws.
Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man. For war consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting, but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known: and therefore the notion of time is to be considered in the nature of war, as it is in the nature of weather. For as the nature of foul weather lieth not in a shower or two of rain, but in an inclination thereto of many days together: so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting, but in the known disposition thereto during all the time there is no assurance to the contrary. All other time is peace.

Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
-Hobbes, Leviathan
Of course that professor, (head firmly up ass,) fails to recognize that we've gone through such horrific population bottlenecks before. Asteroids hit the planet on a regular basis. Volcanoes erupt and cause years-long weather disruptions. (A volcano kicked off the dark ages in Europe.) Famine, pestilence, war... what were those part of again? All of those things will naturally visit us again absent any human action either way. Gee, how did we end up back here at 6 billion after being reduced to a few thousand? Eros.

Unless you see humanity as such a plague on the planet that we should ALL be wiped out, temporary depopulation through ebola isn't a solution, it's an intellectually cowardly attempt to avoid the difficult work of achieving real balance. I don't have words low enough for such lazy and irresponsible thinking from a professor. Dumbass doesn't even begin to do it. I prescribe repeated nut-kicking.

This is why we need a mars colony ASAP. We need to spread ourselves out so that idiots like that don't have the chance to take us all out at once. Imagine one of that guy's students working at a level 4 bio lab. Imagine any asshole with similar ideas and the technology that'll be widely available within the next few decades.

posted by Rachel 4/03/2006
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