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"Everyday, millions of children march to school with drudgery and resistance. As young children, they go in open-hearted and free -- at night, they imagine that their tiny hands can reach up and touch the birds. The entire world is a new place and the fascination of beauty never subsides. But as older adolescents leaving their high school, they go close-minded and bondaged -- at night, they drink themselves into passing out and talk about the most popular thing to come, under obligation. The boys worry about their sexual conquests. The girls worry about their sexual appearance. Both worry about being social in a society that has made a weakness of kindness and an insult of emotion. Such a great change occurs between those who enter school and those who leave it.
Just think of the sheer idiocy of compulsory education. We threaten these children with imprisonment if they do not appear in class. Once in class, they spend their time either sleeping or completing tasks that are completely irrelevant to them. By giving them no option in their schooling, what have we taught them? The first lesson they learn is to detest learning, to hold unbridled sympathy for education. Take any man, put him in chains, and force him to recite poetry, or force him to play an instrument, or force him to farm the land -- and once he becomes a free man, do you think he will want to engage in that activity that was forced upon him? The scars on a slaves hands from working the fields, the memories of abuse of a house servant; given the right to do as they wish in the world, is it likely to think that they will return to that work which they were forced to do? And then consider schools. We force children to sit and overfeed them erroneous facts, faulty logic, damaged reasoning, concealed under the guise of "schooling." Once the mental faculties of these children are damaged, their heart grows an animosity towards learning, towards books, towards facts and knowledge. It is the greatest folly to make children hate learning, and the greatest danger to a real, living Democracy in any nation.
Because when the Red Sox win a baseball game, five universities in the state of Massachusetts riot. But when the United States regime supports a South American dictator known for slaughtering his own people, it's a whisper lost in the wind.
Our ignorance is their power.
Real knowledge is acquired by learning what interests you, through reading, investigation, practice, or any other desirable method. To become intelligent, you must engage in activity with the idea that are you learning because you want to, because knowledge is a goal. The path to conformity varies greatly from this. First, you engage in nothing, but allow cultural standards and social obligations to control you. Second, the idea of learning is to memorize random, perhaps unrelated and blatant facts -- true or untrue -- so that they may be recited upon command. Third, the goal is not knowledge, but a passing grade; they learn to for the sake of knowledge, but rather for the sake of social acceptance.
Take two children. Give the first freedom and liberty, give him a wealth of books and movies, give him teachers to aid him upon his request and a place that encourages art, creativity, and independence. Then take away the freedom and liberty of the second, require his presence in a classroom in front of a teacher, threaten him with a jail sentence if he does not go to his school. Give each of them ten or fifteen years, and check the development of each of them after this amount of time. The only forced to endure slavery may be able to stand in a lecture hall and he might be able to say to you, "George Washington was born in 1732 and died in 1799. In 1776, the Revolutionary War began where he acted as general. In 1783, it ended. In 1789, he was elected president a first time, and in 1792, he was elected president a second time." You are given dates and events, surely, it is true history. But take the child who was given freedom to do as he pleased, and he might be able to stand in a lecture hall and tell you, "In the sixteenth century, in Europe, a Spanish physician by the name of Michael Servetus was convicted of heresy by the Roman Catholic Church. Fleeing from his oppressors, he made it to Geneva, where the vindictive John Calvin had absolute authority. In earlier years, Servetus expressed his doubt on Calvin's protestant religion. Once captured by the authorities, Servetus was burned to death at the orders of John Calvin in 1533. They had him wear a hat of sulphur and used slow-burning wood, that the crowd could listen to screams for mercy for the duration of a half hour. One year after the death of this man, Calvin published a list of insults of his former enemy."
Be a rebel. Because being a conformist means admitting that the parts of you that matter are already dead.
But if that's the case, what does matter? The emotions that run rampant through our head, the thoughts that we tumble and toss over in our minds constantly -- sexual fantasies to memories of our friends and family, thoughts and ideas about our future, wishes and desires for our current life with those who are close to us. The idea of a living freedom, knowing that what you wish to do believe with your mind is unrestricted and what you wish to do with your body, so long as you harm none, is unlimited. Life matters to us because we make it matter; if we never told a lover we would miss them upon our departure for a long voyage, if we never told a family member that we dream of a time when oppression ended, if we never wrote a poem and hoped to give it to a friend whose face we haven't seen in years -- if we never cared about life, then life wouldn't matter. What matters is what we make matter. So in a few years, all the kids who graduate from high school will know that their grades never mattered, because even though so young, they already know that it won't be the grades they got that they think about upon their death bed.
Twenty years ago the textbooks used in history class just began to cover some of the issues of the four hundred years of oppression of the African race in this country.
Children who are forced into a school and forced to complete erroneous assignments learn only one thing: to hate education. I clearly demonstrated this truth earlier, but there is more to be learned from it. Take a slave. It could be a slave from any society, whether an African in colonial America or a Plebeian in the Roman Empire. For the entirety of their life, they labor. Their sweat, their tears, their blood, the bi-products of their toil seep into the ground and their garments. All they produce goes to the one who did not labor (and alas, our modern Capitalist system has managed to recreate these conditions). Inside every slave, there will be a growing hatred of their activity as a servant, a farmer, a manufacturer -- they will learn to hate what has been forced upon them without their consent. But inside some of them, there will be the kindling of hope for a dream. One day, they will hope to produce for themselves, knowing that what their hands reap will be what fills their stomach, and not the stomach belonging to idle hands. So, too, it is with our compulsory education. The more we are forced into schools and our minds filled with useless facts, the stronger our thirst grows for real education, for real knowledge. Few are like this, but we exist. Others simply remain politically and emotionally sedated, as the focus of their mind is the next test or the next prom, and not children enslaved in southeast Asia or the meaning of life.
To every student who must endure the excuse of an education system that we have, I can only offer these words of hope... Educate yourself, not with school teachers, but with the books they wanted to ban. Teach yourself, learn, grow, and develop. Learn that the greatest asset education can offer is that of independence.
"If the teacher happens to be a man of sense, it must be an unpleasant thing to him to be conscious, while he is lecturing his students, that he is either speaking or reading nonsense, or what is very little better than nonsense.
"The discipline of colleges and universities is in general contrived, not for the benefit of the students, but for the interest, or more properly speaking, for the ease of the masters. Its object is, in all cases, to maintain the authority of the master, and whether he neglects or performs his duty, to oblige the students in all cases to behave to him, as if he performed it with the greatest diligence and ability. It seems to presume perfect wisdom and virtue in the one order, and the greatest weakness and folly in the other.""
"Don't mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me."
" I wanted to share a post a made a few days back: Fact: (Trigger warning: this is long and contains information and an opinion. You've been warned) #Feminism #Sexualobjectification Women being encouraged to show off their bodies for media, and images of fake (created images) women being scantily-clad is not part of the patriarchy. Its actually a direct result of second-wave feminism.Please stop saying it's about men being sexist. I'll explain.
After the first wave of feminism and women's suffrage (before and directly after the right to vote) women focused on gaining legal rights and pushing away the image of being property for the husband, but rather a companion. This was a slow process, and still perpetuated the idea of women's roles in the household and duties of motherhood before careers. They all, however, had their rights, despite being extremely prejudiced against as housekeepers and child bearers. By the 60s second-wave feminism popped up. This is where women are trying to shake the motherhood stigma. Women began to focus on micro politics with all their voting and free speech abilities. They discussed the role of women and the roles of gender (such as lesbians, or wives, and so on and so forth). They talked about female body shame. This did away with a lot of modesty laws in the US (such as skirt length, how much skin you were allowed to show in public) for women. Bathing suits became skimpier and skimpier, and so did women's casual dress. Women displayed on television and other media were not so strictly regulated. And then there was porn. Real people, naked women, porn. This was not a bad thing. Women spoke of sex positivity and allowing women to own their autonomy and sexuality fully without prejudice and double standards. Of course, this could not please everyone. Feminism, by the end of the second wave, had delved so deeply into micro-politics that the ideology of the movement differed from person to person, depending on how they were brought up. Feminism, empowering women, became a show of "who is more right" rather than "this is equality, this is freedom.". Differences in opinions shook the movement from within like abortion, porn, sexuality, gender-roles, and so on. Porn being the most relevant. The sexual liberation of women had had an adverse affect on our culture. Women were glorified as beautiful beings and posted naked everywhere (as seen today). Their bodies sold things easily and everyone wanted to look. It was a luxury, something the American people were not able to see very often before with minor exceptions. Porn, by the 80s, was so large and so invasive, some women were starting to shun away from sexual liberation. Intra-feminism was at war. Literally. The movement was called the "Feminist Sex War" and it lead to the third wave feminism starting in the 90s. This covered quite a few topics, but to get to the point I am trying to make here:
Anti-porn feminist would say that such images made women sex objects and less than people. This causes sexism against women, different than old sexism, and violence against the everyday woman. Sex positive feminist said that porn and images of nude women was sexual liberation. That it was displaying ownership over her whole autonomy. It was her permission and her body to show if she wanted to. And it gives NO ONE permission to cause violence against her.
Ironically, should the patriarchy have ANYTHING to do with any of this, female nudity would never be displayed because women are property under patriarchy. Not people with rights and opinions and bodies.
This is why people get confused when you say, "don't tell women what to wear, tell boys to stop raping." (and i wont go into the sexism in that, today at least) and then turn around and say, "These women in video games, and media, real and fake, are being pornographic and sexually objectifying towards women. This causes violence and sexism. This is bad, and does not represent women, and should be removed or changed."
You cannot, by definition, be both sex positive and anti-porn. I know how feminists love to cling to definitions. Please stop trying to blame men for the sexism we caused ourselves. You cannot police male sexuality. Men are attracted to women. They did not force anyone to be nude or "objectify" themselves.
As for me, and how I feel about female sexual objectification:
Objectification is a state of mind, caused and done only by the observer. You can personify something, or you can objectify something. But that is all you. It is the perpetrator of violence, and the anti-porn individuals that cause objectification. Not expression. I am Sex Positive, completely, and without question.
Learn your history, bitches."
"High school is a failed experiment in preparing young people for the adult world. All high schools in the country were built around 1960 and were designed to hold about half as many students as they currently do. Nothing seems to work quite right in a high school building. The heaters only work during the summer and the air conditioning only works in the winter. The asbestos insulation has all fagged out and the building becomes an oven or a meat locker, depending on the time of year. The plumbing is usually a disaster in high school, with drinking fountains never working but toilets that never stop running.
High schools are usually poorly run by a team of out of touch assholes, also known as Principals, counselor, teachers, and ex-Marine drill sergeants (gym teachers). These people seem hell bent on destroying all hope for students through tedious testing, poorly planned projects, educational videos made during the Truman Administration, and textbooks that mention the Soviet Union on every page.
High school is also the place where the stress of growing up and the stress of fitting in join forces to destroy even the strongest among us. Most of High school is not spent learning but involves trying to find friends who aren't complete douche bags, trying hook up with people of the opposite sex unsuccessfully, combing your hair, buying cloths in the effort that someone will notice you, working out so you will not get your ass kicked every day, trying desperately to get rid of the zits that have taken over your face, driving a car that a homeless person wouldn't piss in or riding on an overcrowded bus while choking on diesel fumes, while people you don't know make fun of you worse than your friends do, and on top of all of that, you must act like nothing is wrong in your life."
"Work - a worldwide slave labor organisation used to control modern man and prevent independent thought from occurring in any form. This is the reason it's much harder to make anything of yourself working in creative arts, such as acting and singing - the government sees anyone more popular than them as a threat to their power. It is also an ingenious creation to make placebos such as computers and photocopiers look important to our way of life. Some may argue that the workplace is designed to build character and learn about teamwork...others prefer to think of it as the perfect place to practice your aiming skills as you throw ball after ball of scrunched up paper into the bin in the corner, then make a little competition out of it with fellow colleagues."
"Homework - you go to school for fucking 6 1/2 hours, constantly taking it up the ass (figuratively) from dickhead students and fucktard teachers. Then you go home, which SHOULD be time that doesn't involve learning shit you don't care about. But no, these cunt-ass teachers will not accept only 6 1/2 hours of torturing you. They crave more. So they unload a huge amount of this ass discharge they call homework on you. It can range from a simple math worksheet with joke you must fill in when you're done (no biggie) to a fucking ton of work containing bookwork, projects, unfinished classwork, studying for a test you know you're going to fail either way, and book reports on a book you didn't care to read. And these teachers are clever too. If you spent fucking hours on this shit and ended up going to sleep at 4 in the motherfucking morning, these assrammers won't even check the damn homework the next day. Oh, but if you forgot to note down the homework, did the wrong page, or just didn't give two shits about it and didn't do it, the assholes will ask you turn it in. All in all, school sucks, classwork sucks, teachers suck, students suck, and homework is the fucking scum of the earth."
"College - A highly overrated pyramid scheme in which, in exchange for four+ years of your life, you get financially raped by the school bookstore, tuition office, and the american educational system. And as a bonus you get a piece of paper called a 'Duh-Gree' which you pin to your shirt so potential employers will know why you are so stupid."
"A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you!
"You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.
"Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?"
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends!""
"I have a foreboding of an America in my children or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance."
In the end, its the same, tired argument and objections we've been hearing for years. Rap creates cop killers. Metal causes satan worship. Games cause shooting sprees and other violent behavior. Same, fill in the blank, mad lib'esque philosophies born of ignorance and the desire to be seen as a victim. My question for those who are offended, who see everything as objectification or whatever your chosen cause is, why do you have such a burning desire to be a victim?"
"Yo mama's so ugly Scorpion said STAY OVER THERE!"
"I stepped up in the club, this ho wanted to give me head.
I said, "no time, bitch, where do you keep your bread?"
It was Sam's Club."
"For my funeral I would want my body strapped to a nuclear bomb and shot to the moon and have it explode in such a way that my face will appear on the moon along with the words "FUCK YOU" underneath my face and my hand flipping the bird on the side so everyone knows that they can go fuck themselves."
"The world lies! Thou shalt not commit murder, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not cheat, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife. All of these are lies! Mere illusion, nothing more! They don't want to be killed, they don't want to be robbed. Using the twin lies of justice and morality, the weak endeavor to protect themselves. But the first truth is that the strong devour the weak, so let us feed upon people, upon wealth, upon riches and power! We of Britannia shall feast upon the raw flesh of the world itself! We must crush this deception and bring forth the truth! All Hail Britannia!"
"In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."
"What's more dangerous? The shotgun or your thoughts?
The shotgun that points at your head. And the thoughts pulls the trigger."
"Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?"
"A fox lost his tail when he got caught in a trap: he had to bite it off to get free before the trapper got to him. He then tried to, in a gathering of foxes, convince the other foxes that living without a tail was actually a great thing!
The old, wise fox told him then, that, just because the protagonist had lost his tail, this wasn't a good thing for all foxes, and that the protagonist just wanted all the other foxes to have the same hindrance he had."
"Love that you are proud to be a Christian, it's inspiring to know a lot of you young artists on youtube have a center with Christ. It also makes it easy for me to share your music with my kids, knowing you aren't going to swear or play vulgar songs. I don't have to censor you. Thanks for being awesome, and keep up the great work!"
"Is it normal to be able control your heart beat? All I have to do is eat one Dunkin Donut and my heart stops."
"Religion is like a penis. It's fine to have one, and it's fine to be proud of having one, but please don't outright show it in public, and PLEASE do not shove it down other people's throats."
"Being ignorant is so cool, bro. Maybe I should try it sometime. I've read the Quran, did you know you can murder, rape, molest, and terrorize women if you so desired and get away with it because it's your God given right? Oh, it also doesn't matter what the age is. Happened in Stockholm recently; 30 men raped an 11-year-old at a birthday party. Sounds like I should be tolerant to these kinds of people, my apologies."
Most homeless people are men.
"But the wage gap!"
Men commit the most suicides.
"But the wage gap!"
Men are discriminated against in custody trials.
"But the wage gap!"
They need it, TJ."
"420 No-scoped, ladder stall, across the map, on insane sensitivity, while your mom gave me a handjob."
"I'll fucking do it, darling."
"I was offered sex today with a 21 year old girl. In exchange for that, I was supposed to advertise some kind of bathroom cleaner to my friends. Of course I declined because I am a person of high moral standards with a strong willpower. Just as strong as Ajax, the super strong bathroom cleaner. Now available scented with lemon or vanilla."
"Last night a robber broke into my house looking for money and valuables..... So I got up and started looking with him."
"If I had a dollar for every time a girl found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive."
"Lost my watch at a party once. Saw a guy stepping on it while sexually harassing a girl. I walked up to the dude, punched him straight in the nose. No one does that to a girl... not on my watch."
"Ye nigga, Shakespeare was a BLACK MAN. His original name? Willy SHAKEDOWN before you WHITE HONKIES changed it to Shakespeare.
He wan't no POET, he was da first RAPPA!"
"WE. WUZ. KANGZ."
"1994 to June 11, 2016, in memory of: Christina Grimmie."
"All for one and one for all, united we stand and divided we fall"