Seco Fett wrote:
I've hated my life since I was ten. I'm not a normal teenager. I don't like music that much, I don't have friends, I don't play sports, I don't play video games, I don't watch TV or go to the movies, I hate driving, and I don't give a rip about fashion or trends. I wear American and German BDU's(Battle Dress Uniform), I like shooting stuffed animals with foam rockets, and I can't stand anyone under the age of about 25.(accept those under 7).
Man, I hated sports as a teen, and still do, I have almost no friends, I don't play any video games, no movies at the theater. I watch the cartoon network almost every waking hour because I relate to cartoons more than "real" life and I'm 38 WTF! I'm 38, when did that happen?
Anyway, please try to look inside yourself and see what is there that is positive and good. It is so f...ing hard to do in this day and age but you need to try. There are probably a bunch of really cool things about yourself that you have never realized. As for saying stuff you regret...well, there's not a human alive who has not done that a billion times. And if they so otherwise they are not being honest with themselves.
I have screwed up my life sooo many times by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. I have f...ed up really great paying jobs. I used to work for Ralph Lauren and I made really great money, but, like you, I don't really care that much about fashion and one of my bosses overheard me saying as such one day and the next thing you know I was out the door. I then turned around and did the same damn thing with another fashion company who payed me even more! You would think that at 37 I would have been smart enough not to make the same mistake. It does not matter what age you are. People of all ages are equally capable of saying stupid things.
But relating it back to the topic...I think this shows the frustration facing many of the world's people and why, as I am always harping on in on the evolution thread, it's just not smart to see things in an essentialist way. After reading every post on this topic I think it is really obvious that the discourse over terrorism, religion and nationalism is complex. I know that's an obvious statement but a lot of people in the world view things from a much more simplistic perspective and they think they have it all figured out, again, like on the evolution thread.
War has been a part of human life for as long as, if not before, we have been human. Killing and fighting for one thing or another has always been with us. Early on, not unlike today, the chief purpose for engaging your neighbor was resource control, Then it was a dead mammoth, now it's oil. Is it genetic? I don't know, trying to stay alive is probably genetic though. Today the world is much more complex and modern communication has intensified the process of semiotic confusion. The best example of this is what we do here. With email etc. there is no tone of voice and since we are all still working on paralanguage usage such as lol etc. it is really easy to take things the wrong way and the chance for miscommunication increases as the threads get longer.
I am babbling now...anyway...long-story-short, if we get confused or misrepresent something expressed through an internet message board just think how difficult it is for people who lost a loved-one during 911, or for someone who lost their son during a rocket attack in Israel, to understand the mind of the U.S. president or of Islamic militants. This is a crazy mixed up cruel world we live in so we should all try to be nice to each other. (I know, I know it sounds like a Hallmark!)
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