Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hunt. Gather. Hate.


Don at Primal Wisdom is recommending a new product. The product looks great and if Don likes it I'm sure it is good stuff, but with respect to Don I have to say I could do without the hippy-dippy marketing.
It is the choices that you make and the actions that you take to be who you are. Whether you're Native, white, black, yellow or brown, it is your ability to overcome, to extend a helping hand for those in need, to defeat racism, to protect our Mother Earth, and to love all others on our planet.
Ok, that's definitely not me.

Not only do I NOT love all others on this planet, I actively hate the majority of them. Whether you're 'Native, white, black, yellow or brown', more likely than not, I hate you.

And I think the world would be a better place if everyone else did the same.

Democrats and Republicans? Yep, hate them both. I hate the smug self-righteous left and I hate the pompous moral rectitude of the right.

I hate the stupidity of the average person who wants to see the world in stark black and white. The typical person will blindly follow some guy who acts like he knows everything. Me, I hate that guy. The one acting like they are the smartest in the room is usually the stupidest in my experience.

This is why we elect mediocre to outright stupid politicians.

This is why top selling self-help and diet/health/exercise books present some simple black/white paradigm or simply couch old ideas in some new fashion. I hate Fred Hahn and his ilk. You MUST workout in exactly this cadence or you're doing it wrong. Bullshit. I've messed around with high volumes and low volumes, isometric and slow and fast. They all have their place in my opinion.

I prefer Body-by-Science, and more nuanced trainers like Fred Fornicola. But saying "in the end, it's pretty much all good" doesn't appeal to the masses and I hate that. I don't necessarily follow a BBS type workout but it certainly is a great method and Doug McGuff is definitely not a my-way-or-the-highway type of guy.

Sure the world could use some more love, but what it really, really needs is a lot more critical thinking. It needs more iconoclasm. When I see huge masses of people with ecstatic faces fawning over a cult of personality like Hitler or Obama it turns my stomach. Such uncritical devotion should be kept to things like family, pets and sports cars, and under no conditions should it be extended to a politician or some talking head. I hate that it so often is.

When I walk into a bookstore and see that 3/4 of the non-fiction is mindless self-help books it makes me angry. Learn to think for yourself, people. Learn to listen to the person who says, "I'm not sure, but I think the problem is this . . ."

After that we can start to worry about adding more love.

2 comments:

  1. You have a hell of a mind and a hell of a blog here. Kudos.

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  2. Thank you, Kurt. I really appreciate the kind words.

    And I'm certainly happy to see you return to blogging (and interviewing).

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