No, I haven’t forgotten this site. I’ve been slowly making my way through a nightmare recently, and believe me, elements of what I’ve gone through will end up here, as there is a lot of privilege involved. But due to what I’ve gone through, it may be a while before I have the headspace and energy to get worthwhile articles written.
In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about a few other topics I want to write on. For example, anarchy and my concern that maybe the concept of fairness was the most harmful thing humans ever manipulated each other into aspiring to. If you knew life just wasn’t fair or equal and you were on your own, how would you have lived your life? Would you have been a selfish asshole, or would you have cooperated with others in mutual interests? If no one told you, “be patient, the government/daddy/the lawyer/etc. will fix it”, how many situations would you have fixed yourself, to your benefit, that instead you left to fester and cause you harm? Those of you who have reliably been able to get help from the government/daddy/the lawyer/etc. might wonder what I’m talking about. Those of you who – like me – did not have much luck with the people we were supposed to be able to turn to for justice might.
Another topic: how much does financial poverty contribute to abuse cycles in families? Money equals survival in a post-hunter/gatherer society. When people don’t feel secure, that leads them to either internalize or externalize the insecurity. Meaning, they either take it out on themselves or others, so it seems to me poverty tends to create families full of abusers and willing victims. And whatever good you may personally find in religion, it has undoubtedly been offered as a panacea to poverty. Just using Christianity as an example: it’s easier for a camel to squeeze through a needle eye than for a rich man to get into heaven. The meek shall inherit the earth. Etc. Chock full of delicious reassurance that we’ll be rewarded for taking shit. That’s a great way to set up a whole big class of people who will take abuse, and if you deny that religion has ever been used for that purpose, I’m not going to take you seriously. Being religious does not preclude admitting that bad things have been done in the name of religion. In fact, I would think it puts more of a burden on you to recognize those evils.
Possibly the best story in the Bible, for both topics, is the Prodigal Son. This son gets Dad to give him his inheritance early, and he blows it and ends up destitute. Comes home. Dad welcomes him and takes care of him. Meanwhile, the other son – who did his duty – wonders what the fuck is this shit. That’s the Bible being honest with you, kid. Get used to it. Do the responsible thing, and no one cares. Everybody loves to be a big fancy forgiver of sinners, so hurt them often and hard, and they will give you everything you want and then some. Irresponsibility always gets rewarded.
I don’t have a finish for this post – like I said, lack of energy and headspace – so I’m just going to stop. Comments are welcome!