John Taylor's Philosophies and Other
Facts of Life
Obviously, these are one man's opinions. Actual realities may vary.
I openly offer these idealisms, welcoming your thoughts as well, with one
restriction: Please don't waste your our time and energy in Flame replies.
They won't change my mind. They can't. I'll delete them, unread.
adding these Opinions, a rather interesting exchange on them has transpired.
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- Politics: A necessary evil. If they really want to reform the
election process, put all the candidates on the card, and let us vote thumbs-down
against those we DON'T want. This is what we do now anyway, but would eliminate
such quandries as voting for Clinton even though you'd rather vote for
Perot, just cause you're scared to death that if you vote FOR your favorite
candidate, Dole, (the one I most despise,) will win. A much more honest
system, no? That's probably why the politicians never thought of it.
- Law: I believe strongly in the vision the Founding Fathers of
the U.S.A. had, as represented by the U.S. Constitution. I believe in it
so strongly, in fact, that I think we ought to toss out all the laws and
require judges to use the Constitution itself and their own common sense
as basis for all decisions. Oh, and if it's not found there? Go back to
the basic principles of English Common Law: Everyone has unlimited Rights
AND responsibilities for what they do with those Rights. Cool idea, huh?
Simple, too. Now exhale. The politicians aren't about to put themselves
out of a job. Then again, as Don Henley wrote, we get the government we
- Sexuality: Look, everybody either does or wants to sleep with
somebody. I don't care if you do it with sheep, so long as the sheep don't
mind. Those who are concerned about people of "alternate lifestyles"
corrupting them or their children would be better served by concerning
themselves with their own lives and stop trying to tell others how to live.
I've never had anyone force his/her self on me. Aside from such rape, a
come-on is just a person expressing their positive perceptions of you.
So take it as a compliment, reply with a simple "Thanks, but I'm not
interested," and carry on. People, regardless of their Orientation,
are far too busy with their own lives to go out of their way just to make
you miserable. Agendas? Well just because YOU have one doesn't mean everyone
else doesn't have anything better to do.
- Special Interest Groups, Family Values: Only the term "love"
has been more overused and abused. Everyone is a "special interest
group," and we're all hoping to have things go in our favor. When
a taxpayer wants a tax break because he or she chose to have a child, doesn't
that constitute a Special Interest Group? After all, single taxpayers without
children aren't getting that Special Tax Exemption. Which brings us to
Family Values. Everyone has family, whether by blood or close ties. And
everyone has "values" within that group, things they hold precious
or as Truths about their way of life. These days, Family Values can reasonably
be interprited as "The way *I* (and others like me) think think things
should be." DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, was the biggest pile
of crap I've seen in a long time. Starting with it's title, this legislation
presumes taht Marriage needs to be defended. Last I checked, those seeking
same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships weren't trying to tell people
in traditional heterosexual relationships that they couldn't be married.
So why did Marriage need defense? How can two people wanting to be granted
equal rights in recognition of their relationship effect the relationship
of a married couple? But this ofal didn't stop there. It defined Marriage
for the Federal Government's employees. I found it ironic that the same
people who promoted this Act into law were simultaneously griping that
domestic partnerships could cost billions in benefits, while taking those
same benefits for themselves. It all starts to sound alot too much like
the Good Old Boy system, which says "You're Good, so long as you're
one of us." Such a homogenous approach is far more likely to cause
the decline of this nation than letting people have the same Rights and
Breaks others enjoy.
- Our Environments: We've only got this one planet. In one sense,
it's incredibly resilient and forgiving of our violations. If we dropped
1800 atomic bombs all over the world today, Life would go on. But it wouldn't
be Life as we know it. While day-glow pine trees 1000 feet tall may make
for a cool visual, I rather like them the way they are now. Would a world
in which there were such trees still be life? Not as WE know it. So we've
got some doing to get done. Major corporations will only stay on the environmentally
friendly bandwagon for as long as we require it of them. And recycling
starts at home. So next time you go out with a six-pack to enjoy the sunset,
take the damned empties back with ya and stick 'em in a bin! Too much trouble?
Then get out now and save the rest of us and our future generations the
responsibility of cleaning up after you.
People have bought into lies for centuries. Two hundred years ago, a Native
American chief fortold our current circumstance. Back then, he informed
us that our cities stank and were loud, that the streams were being polluted
by our selfishness, and, tongue-in-cheek, that perhaps he was wrong because
he was just an ignorant indian and didn't understand the white man's "superior"
ways. We killed him, of course. I guess it really is the bane of mankind
that he forgets. Consider this: We've done this radical a change on the
raw land in the past hundred years or so of our Industrial Age. Technologies
have changed exponentially in the past thirty years, and continue to do
so with no limitations in sight. At our CURRENT rate of modification, how
much of the ecosystem that sustains our lives will remain by 2050? Oh,
the earth will still be here, but it won't be Life As We Know It. The guys
who write futuristic sci-fi are our modern prophets, just as the sci-fi
authors of the 1930's and 40's held perceptive and frighteningly accurate
visions of the "future" we live today. Do you really want to
live in the world of Bladerunner, Soylant Green, or ShadowRun? Ray's Star
Trek and Lucas' Star Wars are optomistic fantasies. Let's not get deluded
into believing in them as our future. I'm not saying it can't be that way,
but it's gonna take alot of work and self-discipline on our parts. Ever
wonder where the Enterprise gets rid of its garbage? Ever notice that those
ships don't have bathrooms? Did anyone ever think about where the food
matter for all of those crewmembers comes from? The day-to-day realities
of such fantastic worlds are purposely forgotten, because such mundane
vulgarities don't make for bestselling fiction. Do any of you get my collective
- Did you know that: Dolphin-safe ISN'T. Another lie, the agreement
that got Greenpeace and other environmental lobbyists off the tuna company's
backs was only to cut the number of dolphin kills in half. That still leaves
some 167 dolphins, creatures as sentient as we are, being killed EVERY
day, for the sake of a cheaper can of tuna. We'll pay the price of beef,
so why won't we pay the price of tuna? Albacore tastes great. Spend the
extra buck. Cause right now, other intelligent, self-aware creatures are
paying it for you. They're being brutally slaughtered. The other members
of their families grieve just as deeply and as long as we do. For what?
A cheaper can of tuna? Talk about a lack of family values.
HERE to find out more about Dolphins
- Environmental Sum-Up: You say you care. Then show it. Do something
about it. Walk the talk. We toss away more in volume of food containers
in this country than the volume of food the entire rest of the world eats.
You say you think? Then do so. Think. For yourself. Don't just buy whatever
someone else says that sounds good, or makes some sort of sense. And don't
trust them to be doing the research and reporting it to you accurately.
Statistics have a thousand ways to mislead. Evalute the research yourself.
Because power does corrupt. And if they can get you to go along with them,
that's power. You'll have given your power to them, added it to their mass.
And such power-hungry people are like a snowball. It's just their nature
to want to roll downhill, growing larger all the while. Anyone who initiates
much more action than I'm doing now, with my words, is a power-hungry bastard.
Which explains part of why they're lying to you. The other part? In our
laziness, our apathy, we let them.
- On Relationships: Oh, no! The R-word! We all have all manner
of relationships all of the time. For my vote, when people say they don't
want one, they're lying. We're social animals. Of course we want one. What
we really mean is that we don't want the negatives we've come to associate
with intimate relationships. Perhaps it's the responsibility to another
for one's actions. Or maybe you don't want the hassles and nagging you
found in an immature partner. That was then. Now, today, the form of relationship,
the structures and guidelines are entirely up to the two people involved.
Most importantly, whatever types and forms of relationships we share with
others, we must be good to each other. Be caring, warm, sensitive, and
do yourself the favor of accepting nothing less overall in return. After
all, isn't that what we're in them for in the first place? Love - any kind
of love - can and should be a win-win situation. As in my thoughts on life
in general (below,) it's entirely up to you.
- On Living: Death is. None of us are getting out alive. So why
spend so much of our LIVING time trying to deny it. Death is an event,
not a process; We are alive until we are dead. In an old B-movie, "Billy
Jack," the title character says "Death is my constant companion."
He goes on to explain how he uses that knowledge. If this was the last
day of your life, how would you spend it? In one sense, nothing would really
matter. That guy you got torqued at in traffic would mean nothing to you.
You wouldn't want to waste one moment of your last day on earth being unhappy
about something so irrelevant. On the other hand, if it's your last day
on earth, then everything you do with every moment is of the utmost importance.
Do we lounge about lazily, or make the most of every second? Are we caring
and compassionate, loving to those important to us? If we knew this was
our last day on earth we certainly would be. So live as though this is
your last day on earth. Stop to smell the roses, show people that you care.
Practice random acts of kindness. See the world, be all that you can be.
Above all else, to thine own TRUE self be true. Cause ya never know. Today
might just be the last day of your life. Ask yourself constantly if this
is really what you want to be doing with it. After all, it's as good or
as bad as we make it.
- On Friends and Future Generations: Simple. A student rises to
the least expectation of the teacher. At different times, we all take varying
roles with each other. (Read the book "I'm Okay, You're Okay.")
When we're being the Teacher, whether to a friend, our offspring, or our
own selves, we owe it to our Students to expect of them all that they are
capable of, and to do our absolute best to present the information in a
way that the Student can understand. (You wouldn't speak French to someone
who only understands Japanese, right?) Add a bit of nurturing and the positive
reinforcements that build self-confidence, and you've got a solid formula
for success. Just like anything else, it's all about excellence.
- On Life In General: Life is insufferably long - far too long
to choose to live miserably. And pathetically short - far too short to
waste any moment of it on things that don't really matter, don't yield
some kind of reward. We really can do just about anything we really want
to do. Anything. Allowing that this is true is at the same time an immense
relief and an incredible burden. Back when I believed myself impotent against
the whims of fate, my lack of responsibility for my own destiny shackled
me; I held myself down, and resented the world for it. Now, having accepted
that I can do anything I want if I truly want to do it, I can also see
that whatever my choices may be, I'm doing exactly what I want to. If I
find my life's not what I want it to be, it's up to me to make it different.
At first it comes as a shock., all that responsibility. Holy shit, I can't
blame anyone else for his own discontent! When that wears off, though,
there's this awesome elation, a feeling of freedom that must be akin to
that which a bird feels when it first discovers its potential to fly. My
philosophy? Revel in your potentials. Spread your own wings and fly!
Think for yourself.
Then, either Do, or Do Not.
Don't kid yourself. There is no "try".
(Ever "try" to pick up a penny?)