Every person is in 3D. Nature is a cruel experimenter with variation. The variation is beyond our understanding. In trying to comprehend ourselves, we come up with 2D slices of ideology to try to explain patterns that we see. Then we write and read books about it. Eventually ideologies fail not because they are necessarily worthless, but because of their limitations. Staying open-minded and creating a tapestry of ideologies loosely sewn together can help a person make sense of what may be otherwise overwhelming. Everyone's tapestry is bound to be different. The problem with ideologies is their marriage to certainty. Beware of certainty. If you can understand a theory but not expect it to be the final answer, you can remain flexible and open to other points of view that also have value. They may even seem to contradict each other. Leave some room for uncertainty while knowing it goes against our nature. It's the irony of nature.
zimmythegeek: Today is the sixtieth anniversary of John Kennedy's death. A friend took this photo of JFK driving past Independence Hall on July 4, 1962 when she was a kid..
zimmythegeek: “When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of ‘getting to know you,’ questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, ‘
‘Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: ‘ I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.’
And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could ‘Win’ at them.”
zimmythegeek: I've been a Monty Python fan since I was twelve and I'm going to see John Cleese perform tonight!
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zimmythegeek in reply to perplexing: I made a boo-boo. The title of the movie is '12 Monkeys'. The interior scenes of the lunatic asylum were filmed at Eastern State Penitentiary in downtown Philly, long since closed as a prison, and now a tourist attraction. Perplexing, I doubt anyone is as manic as Brad Pitt in that movie.
"The Israeli government is preparing a massive ground invasion of Gaza as you read this, and they have already been targeting and bombing civilians in their attacks, which is an egregious violation of international law."
NO! The Israeli government is not 'targeting civilians'. They are targeting an organization that launched a deliberate attack to murder 1,000+ Israeli civilians, and which uses its own civilians as human shields and as pawns to further an agenda (and let me parenthetically add that, tragic as it is, civilians get bombed and maimed and killed in every war, and this is not an "egregious violation of international law".
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zimmythegeek in reply to Tony Braciole: Tony, this is a serious question, and no offense is intended, but do you think people who lived through the horrors of the Holocaust weren't entitled to find a safe haven where such a thing could never happen again, which is what Zionism is?
zimmythegeek: I was very nervous and my phone was almost out of power, so I look goofy in this photo, but the other John was very gracious and smiled for a selfie I took.