BRIAN 'S TAKE ON THE HARLEY ARGUMENT
'S TAKE ON THE HARLEY ARGUMENT
Actually, the first decent debate oriented
email that I have ever received,
and I truly doubt that Brian even owns a Harley.
to you. I must start my message off by stating that I, too, am
not a "Member of the Bewildered Herd." I am neither a member, nor have I
ever so much as approached the treacherous cliff-edge leading to the eternal
plunge of ignorant stupidity.
During my daily evening routine of political/scientific discussion, an
associate was so kind as to provide me with a link to your site. I have to
say that you've done well in creating a shrine to wisdom and intelligence.
Or so it would seem.
I came across your many articles dealing with Harley Davidson motorcycles
and your comparison of them to Japanese makes. Out of curiosity I decided
to browse your "Owner Feedback" section. At first I found what you typed to
be amusing, and yes - the messages were running rampant with grammatical
Your ability to quickly dissect a message and point out ever single little
error to the reader is interesting. Some people might envy you it. Others,
well they might call you a pompous ass.
Perhaps he is having grammatical difficulty due to nationality. Perhaps he
computer-literate and is unfamiliar with technical workings.
Not everyone is a mental colossus when it comes to technology - perhaps Tom
is a middle-aged (or older) man and is only using a computer at an
associate's home or workplace. It is wisest to go over all of the facts
before making blatantly ignorant statements.
You might have strong opinions and an ability to think "outside the box,"
yet you also display what seems to be the exact same bull-headed ignorance
you claim the Harley owners are guilty of possessing. You are as adamant
about your Japanese bikes as they are about their American ones. However -
you are both incorrect (and no, I don't mean to introduce a third party to
Both you and the Harley owners (and many millions of other people) are still
focused on the past. You make a comment about them being close to the
renaissance and heading in the wrong direction? As bad as that may seem,
you are all focused on a way of thinking that dates back to the 18th century
(in its most potent form).
They might be behind you, yet you are still behind yourself. Your arrogant
bleating that you call wisdom could very well be a copy of a 19th century
factory owner, spouting capitalist propaganda to his underprivileged and
uneducated workers. Meanwhile, you perch on your self-made pedestal of
excellence and glower thoughtfully as you attempt to find more ways to make
fun of people. Most likely you will take this message and try to turn it
into an ?example to anyone else stupid enough to go against my superior
omniscience.? I hope you do just that ? it will provide myself, and anyone
else who reads your website, with some entertainment as you struggle vainly
for ways to change the subject so as to focus on the typo or grammatical
error that I might have made.
Once you begin to understand that capitalism is the tool of idiots and that
it will ultimately turn us all into drooling cash-craving zombies, then
maybe you will have a right to ridicule the masses on their so-called
ignorance. You lack even a basic system of respect for other people?s
lifestyles. Perhaps their Harley Davidson motorcycle gives them some rare
moments of pleasure in their otherwise humdrum lives.
To insult them based on that is akin to insulting a man simply because he
enjoys playing Baseball over Hockey. They both have their ups and downs,
yet who can say which is superior? Certainly not you.
I?m running out of time here, so I?ll finish with one last point. The
person most deserving of ridicule here happens to be you. You claim that
these Harley owners have no lives, yet who are you to say that? You have no
right. You wrote what seems like a ten thousand word essay in response to
Tom?s three-sentence letter. Who has time to do that? I can?t believe that
you went to all that trouble to make a point that isn?t even noteworthy.
Dwell over this next time you feel like writing a 15-page article ridiculing
a man on his grammar and choice of motorcycle. Lastly, keep in mind that I
have no hatred or ill feeling towards you seeing as how I don?t know you.
Regardless of that, you?ll probably retaliate with a particularly potent
insult rather than an intelligent response you?d expect from even a retarded
I request that you post this message and your responses on your website
rather than sending me a short but insulting message and then deleting this
email altogether. Thank you for your time.
To which I replied
Greetings to you, Brian.
Thank you for the
mature, thought provoking email as well as the chance to discuss some topics which are
very important to me. Never before in the history of
During my daily evening routine of political/scientific discussion, an associate was so kind as to provide me with a link to your site. I have to say that you've done well in creating a shrine to wisdom and intelligence. Or so it would seem.
You have a
daily evening routine of
political/scientific discussion ?
How very quaint.
I came across your many articles dealing with Harley Davidson motorcycles and your comparison of them to Japanese makes. Out of curiosity I decided to browse your "Owner Feedback" section. At first I found what you typed to be amusing, and yes - the messages were running rampant with grammatical faux pas.
I have found
(through many long years of experience with the owners of
these ridiculous, self-propelled, primigenous icons of ignorant pop culture) that the
words intelligent and Harley
almost always mutually exclusive and therefore cannot
logically be used together sympathetically in the same sentence without breaking a lot of
basic rules of proper English grammar. In
fact, if the term intelligent Harley rider isnt an oxymoron, it very
well should be.
"Your ability to quickly dissect a message and point out ever single little error to the reader is interesting. Some people might envy you it. Others, well they might call you a pompous ass.
By your reference to others, I infer that you mean people such as yourself.
Why do I dissect emails, gleefully pointing out glaring spelling errors and grammatical faux pas with what appears to be the sole intent to ridicule and belittle the original sender?
This is the 21st century, Brian. I dont think it is too much to ask for the ability of those who wish to debate with me to not only be able to discern the rudimentary operation of basic email, but also how to use a spell checker as well as be able to put their argument together with what appears to be more than a third grade level education.
Honestly, am I simply asking too much of these malcontent simpletons?
Apparently I am and that saddens me because I really dont think that my requirements are very hard to meet.
Our society has abandoned all forms of personal responsibility, Brian. We are no longer held responsible for, nor are we willing to take responsibility for, our own actions. That, in turn, allows us to act like idiots without fear of repercussions because no matter what we do, it isnt our fault. We dont have to strive hard anymore because the fear of failure, the sting of failure, has been politically and surgically removed from the equation. Failure isnt even a speed bump on the road to success any more.
I do not believe in this line of patently dangerous thinking as I believe that each person should be personally responsible and held accountable for their actions.
I also believe that we, as a society, should put the negative firmly back in negative reinforcement, that is, mistakes should be harsh learning experiences to reflect back upon in somber contemplation of where you went wrong. Failure should not be looked upon as a bragging right.
If that mode of thinking makes me a pompous ass, so be it.
"Perhaps he is having grammatical difficulty due to nationality. Perhaps he is from Europe and is only learning English. Perhaps he isn't particularly computer-literate and is unfamiliar with technical workings.
None of these circumstances are of my concern and why these things should be of concern to you bothers me deeply. You, sir, are enjoying the luxury of laughably whimsical hindsight. You are generating and exploring meaningless excuses not for yourself, but for a complete stranger whom you do not know, whom you have not met and you are doing all of this for no other benefit than the justification of your own personal feelings in the matter. You are uncomfortable with my rather harsh and unfair judgment of Tom so you have the very real need to intervene on his part because you feel that Tom has been unjustly wronged. You are trying on excuses for Tom like they were fashion accessories taken from your own personal wardrobe, mixing and matching them together until you achieve a comfortable combination that allows you to personally feel good about Toms actions and therefore justify his ignorant behavior. You would rather accept Tom as he is, than point out that he is a failure, because if you pointed out that Tom was a failure, then that might hurt Toms feelings and you would be considered mean spirited by our oh so politically correct society.
I find this to be a typical, liberal mindset that is rampant in our failing society today. We can no longer say that dumb is dumb and we can no longer say that wrong is wrong. Instead, we come up with the ridiculous notion that there are different shades of dumb, that there are different shades of wrong. Now we can have good wrong and bad wrong right along with good dumb and bad dumb. The only problem is, of course, that we cant really use the bad side of these definitions, because that would inherently invalidate the reason for having these liberal definitions in the first place.
This in turn leads us, as a society, to be a kinder, gentler nation that now refers to idiots by such sugar coated, non-hateful names like learning challenged and intellectually restricted.
Its all part of the liberal concept of victim mentality. Everyone is a victim, no one is to blame for their own actions because there is always someone else, some thing else, some other mitigating circumstance which has caused the person in question to do whatever it is that they have done wrong. We, as a society, have wrongly been made to feel guilty for pointing out other peoples mistakes and correcting people when they are wrong. We have been made to feel guilty when we dont take these mitigating circumstances, no matter how ridiculous or flimsy they are, into careful, thoughtful consideration before we administer blame directly to the individual in question.
I could not care less about Toms social conditions, his background, his current quality of life, his education, or any other psycho-babble that a more liberal minded member of this species may feel is somehow otherwise directly responsible for what Tom produces. The fact is, Im concerned only with what Tom presents to me. If I find fault in the final product of what someone submits to me, then I shall look at that person directly, and no further than that person.
Tom must accept personal responsibility for what Tom submits to me and for what he submits to any other human being.
That is the bottom
Not everyone is a mental colossus when it comes to technology
A PhD in sub temporal quantum physics is not required to understand and operate email, Brian. Email is one step above figuring out how to tie your shoe laces in mental complexity and overall strain on the cognitive resources. Also, as I have said before, you are only as smart as the most complicated thing that you can figure out how to work with. Therefore, if the average seven year old is mastering the basics of email even as we speak, while Tom cannot master email, then that obviously says volumes about Toms capacity for higher learning.
-perhaps Tom is a middle-aged (or older) man and is only using a computer at an associate's home or workplace. It is wisest to go over all of the facts before making blatantly ignorant statements.
Perhaps Tom is this and perhaps Tom is that Bah. More of that foul smelling, ochre colored, bleeding heart liberal victim mentality pus-like mindset oozing out of the collective gangrenous wound of the rampant contemporary societal decay.
Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of this great country, said it best when he quoted the buck stops here. What President Truman was referring to was personal responsibility, Brian. Personal responsibility was abandoned and forgotten about long ago. Weve been taught, one might even say literally brow-beat, with the thought that personal responsibility has no use in our culture and that personal responsibility is something to be avoided at all costs.
There may well be many things that have in some token way affected Toms development as a human being. Perhaps Tom didnt have a happy childhood and perhaps Tom didn't get a free breakfast paid for by a government aid program at the public school which he attended. Perhaps Tom's father made Tom play with Barbie dolls instead of G.I. Joe. Perhaps Tom's father dressed Tom up in a skimpy little Dallas cheerleader outfit with pom-poms and made Tom jump around the living room in white bobby socks while his father sat naked watching Monday Night Football.
Perhaps one, some, or all of these things were the real underlying cause that eventually led up to Tom submitting to me such an inexcusable piece of excrement with his name proudly stamped upon it. However, all these quasi-mitigating factors are completely irrelevant because no matter what happened to Tom at any point in his life, the simple fact is that Tom is an idiot. If that is too harsh a word for you to absorb comfortably, then I will further describe Tom by saying that he is learning challenged or that he is intellectually restricted.
I dont know how you view life, Brian, but my opinion is that unless someone fully understands how to operate a highly complex piece of technology then I believe that person should not be allowed to operate that piece of technology or have access to it at all. This applies to not only email, but a rubber ducky, Silly Putty, a Slinky, any NERF product, hazardous industrial chemicals, firearms, main frame computers, high explosives, fast breeder reactors, the space shuttle orbiter, and all things that are in-between.
Like the saying goes, "just because you can't ride doesn't mean you should."
If Tom cant figure out how to operate the rather simplistic functions of email, then he should not be allowed to use email at all. If Tom is going to send email, then he must answer for that email and accept responsibility for what he sends. I judge Tom by what Tom submits to me, not by what Tom has undergone during his life. Ultimately, that email is a product of Toms hands and mind and will either reflect positively or negatively upon Tom.
You might have strong opinions and an ability to think "outside the box," yet you also display what seems to be the exact same bull-headed ignorance you claim the Harley owners are guilty of possessing.
There is a very fine difference between displaying and emulating, Brian. I would have thought that someone of your intelligence would be able to tell the difference between the two.
You are as adamant about your Japanese bikes as they are about their American ones.
No. I am adamant about being an original, individual human being who thinks on their own and generates wholly original thoughts without crimp notes, flash cards, cue cards or the mass media supplied teleprompter that we lovingly refer to collectively as a television. I am adamant about being an individual, not pretending to be one. There is a big difference between the real thing and just dressing for the part.
The argument isnt about motorcycles, per se, though that plays heavy into it. My argument is about being an individual, about moving away from the herd-like mentality and beating your own path. My argument is about standing on your own two feet and thinking for yourself instead of believing everything you read, see or hear.
Be your own peer.
Formulate your own opinions instead of mimicking what is told to you by those whom you imitate.
Real individuals dont base their lives around inanimate objects, and inanimate objects do not determine the net worth of a human being. Unfortunately, our society says differently and not only promotes that type of behavior, but actively works to positively reinforce such behavior as well.
Educated, intelligent people generally will not settle for something that is perceived to be less complex than what they feel that they can understand, as anything less is simply not a challenge in their mindset. Intelligence requires constant challenge in order to develop and maintain its sharp edge. There is a lot wrong with America today . NASCAR, Harley Davidson, AOL, MTV, and every element of this insipid pop culture that we are suffering under are clearly the leading indicators of where society is heading; a valetudinarian rush into mediocrity.
However - you are both incorrect (and no, I don't mean to introduce a third party to the argument). Both you and the Harley owners (and many millions of other people) are still focused on the past. You make a comment about them being close to the renaissance and heading in the wrong direction? As bad as that may seem, you are all focused on a way of thinking that dates back to the 18th century (in its most potent form).
Once again, you have failed to see the underlying logic of the argument. I am not focused on the past, far from it. I have my feet firmly planted in the future and I'm trying to get as many people as possible to follow my lead and do something with their own lives. Its not that hard to accomplish, hell, all it requires is an attitude (not the kind of attitude that you can buy in a store or out of a catalog), a somewhat functioning brain, and the absolute will to achieve and accept nothing but the best. If I have to kick some people in the ass to jumpstart their cerebellum, then so be it.
Brian, if you are against the advancement of the individual, if you support the endorsement of wholesale flock behavior as well as the validation of societal stagnation, then you and I are very different and we obviously move along diametrically opposed schools of thought.
They might be behind you, yet you are still behind yourself.
And this would clearly put you way out in front of all of us. Am I correct? How very cheeky.
I have a different opinion of where you are, Brian. I believe that you are sitting on the fence, solidly in the middle, afraid to make judgments because that would require that you might alienate yourself from certain groups of people which you hold in high regard. There is an old saying; "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything."
Ive made my stand, and it isnt in the middle.
The middle of the fence may give you an unprecedented view of the conflict as it rages on each side, but that doesn't make you a participant, merely an spectator and history has decidedly shown that no conflict was ever won by spectators.
Your arrogant bleating that you call wisdom could very well be a copy of a 19th century factory owner, spouting capitalist propaganda to his underprivileged and uneducated workers.
Thats beautiful, sir, truly original in both context and underlying meaning. I applauded this allegory with a hearty golf clap.
Meanwhile, you perch on your self-made pedestal of excellence and glower thoughtfully as you attempt to find more ways to make fun of people.
I don't make fun of 'people', Brian, I make fun of 'idiots.' There is a big difference. I belittle and ridicule those who need or deserve my ire and disdain the most. I get along perfectly well with normal, educated, intelligent people. People, it seems, have no problem communicating with me in an intelligent, mature manner. Idiots, on the other hand, come out of their fetid corner swinging ineffectively with clichéd attacks while spouting tired old mantras. There is nothing original about the self-propelled morons that somehow manage to contact me, their emails are wrought with laughable logic, sad errors in reasoning, and inexcusable errors in basic grammar skills. THAT is why I ridicule and belittle them.
To set your argument straight, I selectively choose my targets, I dont indiscriminately lash out at everyone who contacts me via email. Thats very naïve of you to think so.
Most likely you will take this message and try to turn it into an example to anyone else stupid enough to go against my superior omniscience.? I hope you do just that ? it will provide myself, and anyone else who reads your website, with some entertainment as you struggle vainly for ways to change the subject so as to focus on the typo or grammatical error that I might have made.
Omniscience is a word that is not often used in conversation by our society today, Brian. I doubt one in ten people would be able to correctly define that word let alone spell it.... The rest would probably think Omniscience was a new fragrance by Calvin Klein.
As I have mentioned before, I only attack the idiots who try to push their unoriginal views and their farcical perceptions off on me all in order to somehow validate their ridiculously pathetic existence. I grow weary and have a very low tolerance for the systematic, sycophantic regurgitation of clichéd corporate slogans memorized either from the scrawl found on the walls of truck stop public restrooms or copied down out of the latest mail order catalog.
I really dont see this turning into a flame war, Brian. In fact, this will probably be the least funny reply I have ever posted on my site, but it will serve my purposes just as well. I see no reason to personally ridicule you as you have produced a grammatically correct email that was concise, polite, and one which expressed your point of view quite intelligently.
Sorry to disappoint
you and those like you who would believe that Im a narrow minded ogre that wiped his
ass with a handful of pages torn right out of the Webster's New Collegiate dictionary and
somehow spontaneously learned a high level vocabulary through the miracle of cellular
Once you begin to understand that capitalism is the tool of idiots and that it will ultimately turn us all into drooling cash-craving zombies, then maybe you will have a right to ridicule the masses on their so-called ignorance.
Oh, goody. I clap my hands together in abject glee at this tired old line of archaic reasoning. Yes, I expected the discussion to turn towards this direction after your comment on the 19th century factory workers.
Were you a liberal arts major, Brian?
If capitalism is bad, Brian, then why does it work so damn well? What form of government do you propose that we embrace? Socialism? Communism? Feudalism? Hedonism? Capitalism works just fine for me, thank you so very much. Capitalism allows anyone with a brain and the basic ability to work, as well as the willingness to work, to rise as far and as fast as they desire. The truth is, no matter what the liberals would like you to believe otherwise, what you are in life is really all up to you and you alone to determine. It all goes back to personal responsibility. If we cant blame our own selves for failure, then we have nothing to care about if we fail. Failure has no sting, no bitterness, and subsequently success is not as sweet.
As I have personally excelled in life, having started out with only the basics afforded to any other normal human being, without any handouts or a silver spoon shoved up my ass, I fail to see why I should be forced to give up huge chunks of what I have legitimately earned through the fruit of my hard labor all in order to give it to people who are not willing to put forth the same effort that I have.
I have this thing against bleeding heart liberals, which I consider to be just another politically correct word for stone dumb socialist idiot.
Please try again, Brian, and use contemporary thinking instead of Marxism.
"You lack even a basic system of respect for other people?s lifestyles.
Do you seriously believe that I lack even a basic system of respect for other people?s lifestyles? What laughable lemming logic you espouse! As I have said before, I didnt start this argument, but after turning the cheek twice, Ive gone back to the golden rule of treat others the way you want to be treated, and modified it to be let others treat you how they want to be treated. What you are seeing here, Brian, is the defensive result of an assault of undiluted ignorance carried out by a bunch of inbred redneck Luddites who clearly lack even a basic system of respect for other peoples lifestyles. If you want to define that rather lengthy description which you have presented, then I suggest you look no further than the typical Harley rider as your target reference point.
Allow me to show you how ludicrous your mindset is, Brian.
The next time you awaken in the middle of the night to the sound of breaking glass and discover some burned out crack-head or methamphetamine addict climbing through your bedroom window with the intent to do you and / or your family great physical harm all for the sole purpose of further supporting their illegal drug habit, I want you to remember that when complete strangers do you wrong, that you should have a basic system of respect for other peoples lifestyles before you pass such unfair and harsh judgment on them. After all, its probably not the methamphetamine addicts fault that they are a career criminal and you really shouldnt blame them for their actions. In fact, you should feel honored that they chose you, your house, and your family out of all the other people, houses, and families in your area.
To revisit your line of reasoning, it is wisest to go over all of the facts before making blatantly ignorant statements" and while that logic may work fine in a purely retrospective, highly academic review afforded by a daily evening routine of political / scientific discussion, it has no place at all in reality and is a liberal luxury that very few can truly afford to enjoy given the current state of the world in which we live today.
Perhaps their Harley Davidson motorcycle gives them some rare moments of pleasure in their otherwise humdrum lives.
And perhaps these motorized mental midgets do exactly what other people tell them to do because it is easier to grab some throttle and make some noise rather than using their brain and figuring life out for themselves.
Perhaps generating more than three wholly original and complete thoughts in one day would both mentally and physically exhaust these scoggins, requiring them to take a rather long nap or suffer the risk of having a neural short circuit fuse their cerebellum.
Perhaps these utilitarian chimps follow the teachings of their favorite television program host more than they follow the teachings of Christ.
Perhaps Jerry Springer is their guiding light and eternal savior because Gods house only has an audience on Sunday morning, but Springer has an audience every single day.
Perhaps these idiots think that all new leading edge technology is invented by Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his faithful assistant, Beaker, at Muppet Labs.
Perhaps you are right.
On the other hand, perhaps I am right.
Perhaps being intellectually stagnant should be considered once again to be a very bad thing.
Perhaps being a member of the bewildered herd should be the subject for ridicule.
Perhaps archaic technology shouldnt be worshipped as a religion.
Perhaps idiots shouldnt be allowed on the Internet (even if this were to cause AOL-Time Warner to go bankrupt overnight and dissolve as a viable business entity creating a chaotic vacuum in the evil greed-soaked capitalistic universe).
Perhaps some companies who have refused to change to meet the times and who have consistently done poorly should be allowed to fail miserably on their own. Perhaps they should be allowed to go out of business like all of their predecessors, without the benefit of a government bailout and helping hand after helping hand.
Perhaps the greatest motorcycle in the world should live up to its claim to fame in some form other than questionable advertising and outright propaganda.
Perhaps the greatest motorcycle in the world should have the greatest people in the world riding it, instead of blithering, nose picking, banjo playing idiots who knuckle-walk and communicate in monosyllabic grunts and non-committal bursts of flatulence.
Perhaps ignorance shouldnt be something to be proud of, let alone a commodity that is commercially available to anyone who desires it any time of the day or night.
Perhaps people should make their own image and create their own lifestyle, instead of ordering a pre-made life out of a catalog and subscribing to the flock.
Perhaps more of society should get off their lazy asses and not be afraid to speak out on what is wrong with our culture today for fear of hurting the feelings of idiots.
Perhaps each individual should be held responsible for his or her actions, with no one else to blame but their own self if they do something wrong. Perhaps a lot of things should be changed in our society.
Perhaps we'll even see these changes before it is too late.
The word perhaps is a veritable see-saw of intellectual indecision, Brian. It can swing both ways and is akin to walking the middle of the fence. The word perhaps is a hollow defense both in debate and in life because it offers the reassuring thought of commitment without having to suffer the reality of action. The word perhaps is an intellectual rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but takes you nowhere.
History has shown time and time again that "perhaps" has never been considered to be a justifiable validation for any course of action. The world is full of perhaps, Brian. It is second only to what-if in the power to muddle your mind and cloud your thoughts into inaction while making you sound intellectual and concerned. Whether you spend your life on a sea of perhaps, sailing with a ship of fools continually debating what-ifs, or whether you strike out on your own and power your way full throttle down the unbeaten paths in a cloud of burnt rubber and spent irreplaceable fossil fuel will ultimately determine what kind of person you are, or even more importantly, what kind of person you truly were.
To insult them based on that is akin to insulting a man simply because he enjoys playing Baseball over Hockey. They both have their ups and downs, yet who can say which is superior? Certainly not you.
I do not support organized ignorance masquerading as professional behavior, Brian. Therefore, neither sport is superior to me because I consider all organized / professional sports to be on the same pedant level of acceptance among the dullard sheep in our society. I do not immerse myself in the filial devotion of professional sports nor do I care to waste the three precious neurons required to memorize the vital stats for an entire group of inane simpletons whos only ability to make a living is through playing what amounts to a simple childhood game. The contribution of professional athletes to the overall advancement of society, let alone civilization itself, is less than nil, therefore, I will and shall seek my personal heroes in far higher layers of the social strata along far more intellectual levels and castes than these crybaby walking billboards.
Professional athletes worry about tax breaks and who their next big dollar sponsor will be while teachers, police officers, and firefighters have to worry about how to put food on the table for their families and their children. Those who entertain us are taken care of more than those who nurture and protect us. We wont cry for an American soldier that falls in combat in Afghanistan defending our very way of life, but well slather our vehicles and bodies with a stylized number 3, dedicate large stretches of highway as a memorial, and build a ten foot statue to a redneck race car driver whos biggest contribution to civilization was the ability to drive really fast in a counterclockwise motion around a big circle and make a living doing it by charging people even dumber than him to watch him do it.
We have front page news stories of athletes walking out of their games, of refusing to play for the poor, befuddled, bewildered herd and choosing to strike (or as I like to refer to it, demand ransom) for yet more money from the already placated herd because they think that they are not being paid a fair amount to play a game for a living. Meanwhile, outside the stadium, homeless combat veterans sleep in urine soaked cardboard boxes in dark, cold alleys because their country (and the society that is willing to pay otherwise laughably inept individuals millions of dollars just to play a game) has forgotten the real heroes of civilization completely.
We have a very odd society, don't we, Brian? We live in interesting times that will be studied long and deep by historians who peruse through the remains of our culture long after we are gone.
Long ago I elevated myself intellectually far above the need to pacify my mind into lucid acquiesce by paying admission to watch grown men beat the crap out of each other on so called fields of honor. Ive grown weary of watching their farcical actions choreographed to the accompanying roar of a mentally placated herd that supports, approves, and rewards their Philistine behavior with huge amounts of monetary praise and rabid fanaticism. I refuse to pay someone else large amounts of money for the utilitarian privilege of being able to advertise their team, their product, their logo or to display my otherwise insalubrious devotion to some pop culture entity on the various surfaces of my body.
Please try another allegory, Brian. That one is too small and it doesnt fit me.
I?m running out of time here, so I?ll finish with one last point. The person most deserving of ridicule here happens to be you.
Brian, I know what rights I have more so than you do, and I have every right to ridicule stupidity and ignorance when I encounter it. Unlike you, I'm totally comfortable with exercising my right to point out stupidity and ignorance and to tell other people when they are wrong. Wrong is wrong. We've forgotten that simple fact as a society and it is costing us dearly, if we arent already beyond the point of no return.
While it appears you may not want to hurt anyone's feelings, I have no qualms about doing so. Your behavior reinforces the act of failure, it coddles it, while my behavior punishes it in a rather severe way. You incorrectly believe that the person most deserving of ridicule is me. I have a different opinion on that matter.
The person most deserving of ridicule is whoever submits to me an insipid piece of idiotic nonsense and tries to defend it using plagiarized prose taken straight from the dealership brochures and oft-thumbed through, dog eared pages of catalogs. Surely one of your academic stature can understand the following allegory.
Think of me as an impromptu college professor. My site is the classroom, those who visit it are the students. I give the lesson and then ask the visitors to either agree or disagree with me. Those who disagree with me, I ask to put it in writing and explain not only their stance on the issue, but also their reasons for doing so. I expect original thought and personal effort. Im often quite disappointed as the material that I am submitted is far from college grade work. If it was actually handed to me in person by some of the individuals who submit it, I would say it would be done on construction paper using white paste, crayons, and maybe some colored markers. When I get back test papers that look like the students copied verbatim text from their handbooks, I will subsequently grade accordingly using a lot of red ink.
You claim that these Harley owners have no lives, yet who are you to say that? You have no right.
"You have no right", "you can't do that," "you can't do this" ...
I dont claim that Harley owners have no lives, I know that for a fact. How do I know this? Because I am an individual, Brian, not an INDIVIDUAL with a suggest manufacturers retail price tag hanging off my toe. I move and think outside the flock, therefore, I have every right to make fun of those who chose to be part of the herd. If you can't think on your own, someone else will do it for you and you have no right to complain once you give up the right to express yourself through your own ability. If you arent strong enough to stand on your own two feet, you cant complain when someone picks you up and carries you somewhere you dont want to go.
I believe that I (as well as every other educated human being) should have every right to point out stupidity and ignorance and ridicule it to the fullest extent possible. Its an intellectual culling of the herd. Its an earned right that everyone with an education has and an earned right that should be exercised on a much more frequent basis, in my humble opinion. If people were told more often that they were wrong, or if they were told that they were stupid or that they were ignorant, if they were told any of this instead of being told that their actions were all right and that what they did wasn't their personal fault, then we might not have all the trouble and societal decay that we have in this country today. If wrong still equaled wrong, instead of well, that depends on what your definition of wrong is, it would be a far different culture.
The problem is that for the last several decades, weve been taught that failure is not something to be ashamed of, that failure is admirable, and that failure is even to be rewarded. Harley Davidson is a perfect example of failure that has been rewarded.
You wrote what seems like a ten thousand word essay in response to Tom?s three-sentence letter. Who has time to do that? I can?t believe that you went to all that trouble to make a point that isn?t even noteworthy.
This is entertainment, Brian.
Good old fashioned, mirth-filled, tear and laughter producing, spontaneous guffaw generating, do-not-read-this-stuff-with-any-liquid-or-food-in-your-mouth-or-you-run-the-risk-of-succumbing-to-gross-explosive-projectile-expectoration, thought provoking entertainment on a very grand scale. I am truly sorry that you missed that rather obvious fact in your somewhat cursory review of my site.
Dwell over this next time you feel like writing a 15-page article ridiculing a man on his grammar and choice of motorcycle.
You havent given me very much to dwell on, Brian, but I will honestly try to think of your wisdom the next time I put my intellectual size 12 hobnailed riding boot solidly upside some poor, ignorant hill scoggin's ass just to hear him whimper and utter some monosyllabic attempt at a meaningful retort. Certainly you have not changed my views or my mind in the least, and since I can churn out a cohesive page of text and humor about every other minute or so (give or take), fifteen pages doesnt take me very long at all to produce.
Its all a labor of love, Brian, I assure you, and until people like you learn that being an idiot isnt something that should be admired or retroactively psycho-analyzed ad nausea, Ill continue to call it like I see it and to do so in a way that involves no punches pulled and no apologies made. If someone isn't prepared to accept personal responsibility for what they submit to me, then they dont need to be sending me their views or opinions.
Your personal heroes may be complete idiots and abject failures, Brian, but mine most certainly are not.
Sometimes, Brian, an idiot is an idiot and all the thoughtful retrospection in the world isnt going to change that.
Lastly, keep in mind that I have no hatred or ill feeling towards you seeing as how I don?t know you. Regardless of that, you?ll probably retaliate with a particularly potent insult rather than an intelligent response you?d expect from even a retarded person.
Brian, as intelligent as you have tried to portray yourself, you have completely missed the meaning of my website in your attempt to scrutinize it on some superfluous level of academia. I commend you on the careful aim which you took in order to fire off your expert shot of well thought out logic, but I'm afraid that the first rule of marksmanship is to make sure that you know exactly what you are shooting at before you start popping off caps down range.
In this instance,
you clearly violated the first cardinal rule of sharp shooting and have completely wasted
a perfectly good round of what some might have considered match grade quality ammunition.
I request that you post this message and your responses on your website rather than sending me a short but insulting message and then deleting this email altogether. Thank you for your time.
Your humble wish is my command.
Thank you for the opportunity to discuss a few not often visited topics in regard to my site and to allow me to clarify some points which I believe that are being overlooked in the general melee that this site is infamous for.