When a thing is more than a thing

Think back to the first time you experienced the freedom of driving your car.

When you didn’t have a car, your schedule and location were at the mercy of someone else. Your parents, the bus schedule, the metro, or taxis. You needed someone else to be available to go and do.

But now that you did have a car? The world is your oyster…

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When a thing is more than a thing

I love you and want you to be happy…

… unless it makes you uncomfortable.

When did valuing your kids become discouraging them? When did caring enough to say, “Son, this doesn’t sound like a good idea.” become oppressive?

Those who love and respect you attribute value and virtue to you. To expect little or nothing of you is to belittle you. To expect greater things is to build you up to a higher standard, and believe in your potential.

It’s a confidence that you can meet a high standard.

Today, this is considered oppressive. Particularly for those standards which have been around the longest. Because newer standards are always better. Continue reading “I love you and want you to be happy…”

I love you and want you to be happy…

Sometimes fascism feels good

There’s an internet meme going around that in Finland, you cannot buy a dog until all the shelters are empty.

It’s not true, but people wish it was, because we’ve all seen the “In the Arms of the Angel” Sarah McLachlan commercial, and if you didn’t feel bad for not picking up the next stray you see on a street corner, you should just step off that corner into traffic, you monster.

This kind of thing is a great example of feel good authoritarianism. Which is, by the way, the best kind of authoritarianism! Continue reading “Sometimes fascism feels good”

Sometimes fascism feels good