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The illiteracy of our age

Some time ago I was participating in a thread on an online forum with a political theme. At some point I made my views known, that, “ultimately, I would prefer a system where the government has zero involvement in the education system; meaning that it would not fund schools as it does now, rather a more ideal system would be one where schools are private and thus encouraging competition, etc”. Someone responded to me by saying “I would have to look far and wide for a worldview as disgusting as yours.”

This person made their support for greater government involvement in all fields of human life very clear. Their response assumes that because I am against “free” education, then I must be against education per se, since I am for privatising it, and thus their fallacy is that not everyone will have the opportunity to be educated in an actual school.

Similarly in another forum, after expressing my condemnation of the education system in my state, another user said to me “You obviously know how to read and write well for all your criticism of the education system that you grew up in”. The comment made me realise that it simply is not about whether you can ‘read and write’ because you can teach anyone to do that, but what it ultimately comes down to is whether you’re taught to think independently, to understand concepts, to critically analyse something, to question, to discover the truth. Simply reading something in a mechanical manner, or writing an essay based on the left-wing views of your teacher in a school funded by the government is nothing to boast about. Many in this state (and other states I suspect), graduate from high school having learned next to nothing; sure they can read and write, thus adding to the high ‘literacy’ percentage of this country, but they’re as educated as a flock of sheep are.

What brought this post on was a quote I just came across by an Alvin Toffler “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” This is quite true, where in the past it was the majority of the population that was illiterate when it came to reading and writing, but today it is the majority that is illiterate in terms of independent thought, of concepts, of reason.

The horrifying thing about being educated in a system that has a bias towards an ideology that does not encourage independent thought, is that children from a young age are conditioned to think in only the set terms that are taught to them. Most will hold these ideas as irrefutable truths well into their adult life and they will be incapable of thinking otherwise, even considering the possibility of something else is so disturbing that they’ll attack such ideas with anger and force.

When I graduated from high school, I can confidently say that the majority of students in my year level were, for lack of a better word, dumb. Many could read and write, yet that was it. Just as a computer program could sound out words and letters to you, so could they. Many of them didn’t even understand a lot of the topics that we were taught in English (and Drama), yet what they still got away from it were the ‘bare essentials’, that is the flimsy ideas you encounter on a daily basis such as “women are inferior because of men”, “the rich are evil”, “capitalism is bad” etc. If I were to assess the reading and writing skills of many of those students today, I would honestly expect to find that they are worse off than when they graduated.

I only know of one other high school that was close to mine, where the curriculum was rather similar, however having had contact with many other people from my generation, and younger ones who have graduated, I still see the same problem everywhere; that is, a lack of independent thinking.

I don’t know what it’s like in other Western nations, nor in other Australian states (though I would wager to say that it is rather similar), nor what it is like in private schools here (though from the many experiences I have had with people who went to a private school, I’d say that it might be marginally better), but I think this problem of illiterate thinking isn’t exclusive to Australia.

For the record, my English skills have always (since primary school) been rather poor, but especially when it came to writing coherent sentences (I attribute this to my non-English speaking background), and to this day I would not be able to explain to you proper English grammar. At the end of the day, it wasn’t the education system of my state that ended up teaching me how to write properly, it was myself since I put it upon my mind to improve my writing skills, my teachers helped me where necessary, but the motivation and effort had to come from me alone.

 


How much longer until a full assault against free speech?

Assuming the current trend continues in the West (and in some places it’s more than half way there), how much longer do we have until a full assault against free speech?

Observe the anti-tobacco smoking lobby and the success it has achieved these past few decades, where we have come to the point that the government has enacted laws to ban smoking in certain areas – whether private property or not – where  the government initiates force against private companies and individuals all in the name of a “common good”. Notice how you don’t see any cigarette ads (at least not in Australia, but I’m assuming in any other Western state)? Notice how we’re taught that cigarettes are unhealthy for us in school? Notice how the general public doesn’t seem to mind in the least that the government can exert such power and force over an industry?

For the record, I realise the health benefits of not taking up tobacco smoking, however that’s not the point of this post. I realise the health benefits of not consuming rat poison, but I don’t need the government to tell me that. The point of this post is the gradual erosion of our rights and how anything can be justified so long as the ends justify the means when the government is the one wielding the sceptre of coercion.

Today we can see the signs all around us of a society slowly falling into a censorship spiral, but the crowning aspect of it all – due entirely to the efforts of the Left – is political correctness. The prime goal of this horrifying notion is to stifle any future thought and thus opinion. People are conditioned to give a second thought to something that they want to say, to assess what the consequences might be if they ruffle the feathers of some group, or person, and so to avoid any potential conflict, the thought is suppressed. Someone oblivious to the notion of political correctness will go ahead and honestly say what they want to, but there is always someone standing guard to put them in their place; lest they dare give voice to any future thoughts.

Recently in Australia there was a case involving a Conservative journalist by the name of Andrew Bolt. He wrote a series of articles in which he legitimately questions why a growing number of Australians whose ancestry is predominantly European (and thus their physical features resembling this background) are identifying as ‘Aboriginal’ or ‘Indigenous Australian’. He mentions a number of prominent people who have attained some sort of political footing, or other prominent positions usually granted by some level of government. Andrew Bolt rightly questioned their true intentions; whether their identification as Aboriginal was for  reasons other than having a sense of an ‘identity’.

Keep in mind that a lot of these people had quite diverse backgrounds, where one woman was raised by an English mother, yet her father was of a Afghan and Aboriginal background. He rightly posed the question whether such people selectively choose a specific ancestry for career or political gain. As it turned out, 9 individuals identifying as Aboriginal (in spite of their completely white complexion) were “hurt, humiliated and offended” (The Age), so they decided to sue Andrew Bolt since he apparently violated some “Racial Discrimination Act”.

What they were after was “…an apology, legal costs, and a gag on republishing the articles and blogs or anything else with substantially similar content, as well as ”other relief as the court deems fit”. They are not seeking damages.” (The Age). Eventually they won. I was following the case at the time and I still cannot quite put into words the disgust and anger I feel as to what transpired in this country. I won’t even touch the “Racial Discrimination Act” since it ought to be obvious to anyone who supports individual rights as to why such a law is immoral. But the fact that these people sought to silence another individual because of what he SAID, now that is just unforgivable and something so revolting that it really angers me to know that some people would go to such extents.

Now take a look at the anti-gun lobby and the recent strides it has made in the US. Obama is no doubt doing some serious thinking whilst he reads children’s letters and, along with the media, continues to appeal to the emotions of the general public. How long until the right to bear arms is either severely limited, or outright scrapped? It’s just another check-box for the Left, and one they’re closing in on. If they succeed in their anti-gun campaign, then free speech won’t be too far off; it will be at this point that I would say “The End” to the Western world.


Why Obama will never go away

When Obama’s term as president finally ends, we will not be spared of his empty, insulting rhetoric. Indeed many presidents before him have enjoyed a certain level of enduring popularity after their term came to an end; but with Obama his popularity will be different. Owing to the fact that the media has done a fantastic job in elevating his status beyond a president; to something of a superhero for whom the masses can look up to in awe and gravitate towards in large crowds to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon whilst donning “Forward” and “Obama” badges, scarfs, beanies and other apparel.

He will be cast in countless documentaries for many years to come, no doubt make countless appearances in Hollywood movies, talk shows such as Letterman, Jay Leno, the View, Oprah, as well as make countless speeches at university graduation ceremonies to standing ovations, and he will go on to appear in many other media. Who knows, maybe he will have his own TV show or network.

If the current trend of the US continues, then when he passes away, he will be remembered even more, if not for his sole contribution to nailing in that last nail in the coffin that is the US, then for the sole fact that he was the first black president since we all know how obsessed the Left is with a person’s skin pigmentation. His image will be elevated even more and those of us who saw him for who he really was will be dismissed as being racist, crazy, close-minded, and a host of other catchy words that the Left uses to censor its opponents.

If the current trend continues, then his speeches and oratory skills will be enshrined as something of a divine quality;  never to be matched by another human being. He will become the new benchmark as to what constitutes a “good president”, a writer, speaker, or simply a human being. All future presidents will be matched up against him, where the media will look back on him in a fervorous manner akin to the way religious zealots hold to their faith, and their final judgement will always be “he’s no Obama”.

Expect to see museums opened in his name, detailing his accomplishments and showing video footage of his exemplary oratory skills where he delivers his awe-inspiring speeches. The Founding Fathers will have been swiped to the side by this time, replaced by the likes of Obama, Bill Clinton and co; their impeccable wisdom will have no doubt brought the country to greater heights. People will look back longingly to the “Obama days” as they will be known; maybe he will be re-defined as a new historical epoch where B.C and A.D will be replaced with B.O and A.O (before Obama and after Obama).

I’ll take it even further by envisioning colossal Obama statues akin to those of antiquity, where there will be daily rituals and offerings. The rituals will be in the form of a collective sacrifice where all who strive to rise up above the rest will be brought down to a common denominator, and the offerings will be in the form of their blood; the signification of their effort to carry a world on their shoulders whilst having the means and resources to hold up the world taken away from them.

Not much will change really; those of us who grind our teeth at the mere mention of his name will continue to do so, whilst those who fawn over him will do it even more so. Our intellectual descendants will rightly condemn him – just as we do today of past presidents/prominent figures – where as the descendants of the non-independent-thought crowd will continue to elevate his image.

I can’t help but to wonder whether Obama actually ‘loves’ all the popularity, media approval, and general public adoration that he gets. I also wonder whether he relishes the fact he will go on to become a prominent historical figure, whereas those who actually matter, those who had a genuine quality to them will not. I wonder whether he wants the fame more than being honest – with himself, the American people and the founding principles of the nation he leads. Well, I don’t exactly ‘wonder’ – I know. A proper president would not strive to attain a celebrity status, instead he would see it as a grave failure on his behalf if the people were to be so uncritically and unabashedly devoted to him in any way. No matter their political views – whether left or right – a good president would not insult the intelligence of his fellow citizens by appealing to their emotions.


‘Dates’

Last night I caught up with an old friend and a conversation we were having made me wonder whether there’s something wrong with me or everyone else. I’ve known this guy for some 13 years now, we’ve been good friends since primary school and all through out high school. Some 3-4 years ago I tell him about my sexuality simply because I wanted to be honest with him and a year later he ends up coming ‘out’ to me, which surprised me since I never expected him to be gay. Anyhow shortly after that I realise that we were sorting of growing a part and I knew that the reason was because of our differing views on certain matters (which became obvious as we were growing up), plus he was becoming more involved in the whole “gay scene” and it just wasn’t my thing. He was still the same person that I knew, just that after he came out to me, he ended up engaging in a lot of gay-related activities that I considered to be immoral and immature, the type of things that I looked down on that the “gay community” encouraged.

Anyway the whole point of this post was that last night, we were talking about some guy that I met online and I was telling my friend how I didn’t see myself getting along with this guy. My friend then started asking me questions such as “What would you do if you were out on a date with him and he tried to kiss you? Hold your hand? etc” and my line of responses were “I’d decline his advancements and tell him that I have no intention of engaging in such physical contact.” My friend expected the responses yet was still a bit surprised because he doesn’t understand why I think the way I do about these things. After that he said to me “But you can’t do that, if it’s your first date with him, you can’t just push him away, nobody who’s gay thinks like that” and it got me thinking: that’s right, nobody does think like that, at least generally speaking.

I’ve never liked the word ‘date’, or what it usually meant by the term “going on a date” since it’s also assumed that you’ll end up engaging in some sort of sexual contact with the other preson, even if it’s your first ‘date’. It’s assumed that you’re trying to begin some sort of relationship but without any friendship groundwork in place. And I’ve always questioned this, I’ve always wondered why people go on a few ‘dates’ then decide that they’re in a relationship. Why not start things off as friends? Why is it that if you meet up with some guy, it automatically means that you’re on a ‘date’ with them? Why can’t it mean that you’re really just hanging out as friends? I could never imagine myself meeting someone for the first or second time, as a ‘date’, and allowing what would be a near stranger, to engage in some form of physical contact with me.

After my friend said “nobody who’s gay thinks like that”, I had a very brief thought where I doubted my views/morals, and I wondered whether I might be approaching it all in the wrong way? But I quickly ‘slapped’ myself back into reality and reminded myself that that simply isn’t true, that just because the majority see it that way, then there must be something wrong with me because I don’t. The fact that the majority of gay men do think like that is a sad indication of the times that we live in, of the lack of a proper culture, morals and values. It’s become accepted and seen as some ‘universal truth’ that it’s ok to expose your body, your soul, to a complete stranger, to someone whom you don’t even know nothing about, and even if you did, it’s always some superficial view of them.

This goes back to my post on Loneliness and last night was another reminder of how different, and therefore lonely I really am. I’m glad that I hold such views, that I do have a moral code, a value system, a life philosophy to go by. And I know that there isn’t anything ‘wrong’ with me, because I have plenty of examples around me, of what it means to lead such a life of spontaneity, of basing a relationship on two or three ‘dates’, or even a random encounter, of doing what everyone else does, thinking like them, and the end result is never in their favour.


Loneliness

OK back to this. I’ll concentrate more to keep this blog thing going, regardless of my non-existent audience, at the very least I have an outlet.

But what really spurred me to type up a new entry was an interesting online encounter I had that eventually got me thinking about the whole idea of loneliness. Recently I came across an interesting blog called GayPatriot and I found myself reading it every day. I felt a sense of relief as I thought to myself “finally, there are other gay men out there who think like me”. Really though, it was as if I came across a fountain in a desert. Basically though, it’s a gay conservative blog and whilst I’m not that politically active or involved (I mean, I don’t follow up on current political events, just bits and pieces), I found myself nodding in approval with a lot of what was being written. Now I’m not that politically versed, but I do know enough to make my point and understand what’s going on. Whilst my primary concern/interest is to do with establishing a moral code and a value system, for a while now I’ve been doing a little bit extra on the side in terms of political matters. For instance, saying to myself “OK, I can’t possibly be the only one in the whole world; it’s time to do a google search using what I know” and that’s how I came across GayPatriot (and other conservative-type blogs).

Shortly after discovering the blog I decided to send an email to the two emails listed on the site. I got a reply back from one of the authors (or bloggers, whatever) who happens to be the guy that writes up a lot of the posts. He added me on Facebook and we had an interesting conversation. We got on the topic of ‘loneliness’ because in the email I had sent, I mentioned how I felt lonely sometimes due to my views. He then wrote up a quick (and rather good) post on the topic of loneliness within the gay community: http://www.gaypatriot.net/2012/04/09/on-the-unrecognized-loneliness-in-the-gay-male-community/ and that’s why I’m typing up a post on the topic here because it’s one I’ve been thinking about for years yet never been able to ‘put my finger on it’.

The basic idea is that there exists a minority of gay individuals who identify with conservative/right-wing politics, who cannot relate at all to the mainstream ‘gay culture’ that is centred around left-wing politics, promiscuity, rejection of monogamy, and other things that stereotype gay men. Those of us who find that we simply don’t fit within the mainstream gay culture end up feeling lonely because it is so difficult to find like-minded men out there, especially in your own generation, who share your views and won’t scoff at you because you say that you have a moral code. As a result, over the years I have become disillusioned with the so called ‘gay community’, mainly at their left-leaning stance and ‘progressive’ views.

As far back as I can remember, my path of ‘self-discovery’ or ‘self-creation’ has mostly been about seeking out other like-minded people. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, throughout my teenager years, all I ever wanted was a friend whom I could relate to and talk with just about anything. It’s interesting for me to observe how my “other like-minded people” view has evolved since then. In my teenager years it was all about having a friend who was also gay, whom I could just talk to and not have any sort of sexual contact with (which is what a lot were after). During my late teenage years, and early 20s, I had matured and formed a more tangible set of views (which would late form into a moral code and set of values); yet during this time I was still seeking out other gay men who shared my views, but more stringently, who would rather have an insightful conversation as opposed to “hooking up”. Now that I’m in my mid-20s, I’m still seeking out that friend (or partner), but this time it’s about sharing the same views in terms of politics (and life in general, as well as the moral code thing). Now I think to myself “how much I’d like to have a friend that shared my morals, values, and political views” because I can easily befriend someone who doesn’t (owing to the prevalence of left-wing politics/philosophy in the gay community). An interesting observation is that I’ve gone from one form of loneliness to another. From being a teenager seeking out a simple friend with whom I could discuss my sexuality with, to being an adult in his mid-20s seeking out a mature friend with whom I can discuss just about anything with.

This absence of intellectual interactions within my own generation has me feeling this sense of loneliness at times. And every now and then when I meet up with the few friends that I have, I’ll find myself zoning out and observing how I’ve outgrown a lot of the things they talk about, laugh about, and such. I’ve tried ‘being like them’ and I just can’t do it. It’s not who I am and I need to remind myself to hold onto my individuality because that’s more precious than the flimsy friendships I have going.

At the end of the day, the main theme to all of this is “loneliness”. Loneliness because I still haven’t found such a friend, because every now and then I find myself allowing a trickle of thought to come through that says “I wish I wasn’t gay” because I surely wouldn’t have these issues, right? I know it might sound really negative, but I don’t mean this all in a depressing kind of way, rather more of a type of longing for a companion, for, as Daniel at GayPatriot puts it, “for friends who see us we are and in whose presence we feel part of the universe”.

I was talking with Daniel about all this, about how it’s so easy to betray yourself and conform socially, to do what everyone else is doing, because you know that if you were to continue to be yourself, that you would become lonely. This past year I’ve exposed myself more to politics, to reading blogs, etc, and I’ve found that a lot of gay men who are from the Left, are very hostile to anyone who isn’t, especially if you’re gay. But coming across GayPatriot and other sites gives me more of a positive outlook, that even though I may be alone within my own sphere of life, I’m not alone in the world.


Woops

Hello to my non-existant readers. Let’s just say that I had forgotten about my little blog experiment thing. Well it’s mostly due to this past month and a half being very busy and stressful, plus I’m back at university for another exciting semester 🙂 And I mean that.

Anyhow I’ll get around to writing another post that’s related to my previous one, soon.


Why is it so hard to meet like-minded people?

I just don’t identify with a lot of the stuff young people (my age) do for ‘fun’ these days, or the way they think and such.  I don’t know a single person in my life whom I can honestly relate to, whom I can have meaningful conversations with, whether intellectual topics or just life in general. The few people I consider my friends, well I’ve realised that the only reason why I hang out with them is because of our similar sense of humour that’s all we have going, and it’s something that I’m beginning to outgrow too. They have no future prospects, no goals for the future, just hyped up plans that are never realised. I’ve found myself feeling very ‘angry’ or ‘annoyed’ when I hang out with them sometimes, simply because I just don’t find the topic(s) of conversation to be even remotely interesting, actually on the contrary, I’ve found a lot of them to be pointless and immature.

Their idea of ‘fun’ is to get drunk, act like a child, and waddle around night clubs or pubs. One of them inserts subtle comments about my physical appearance every now and then, and I’m left thinking “Why did you just say that to me?”, why be so damn immature? Then there’s another one who makes it a point to say something snide to you, just to get at you, and I’ve called him up on it yet he always brushes it off as a ‘joke’. So does everyone else. Why don’t people have the face to say what’s on their mind? To be honest? Why resort to these high schoolish tactics? Why be such a bitch? I’m a decent guy, I never go out of my way to hurt someone, if you’re a decent friend to me, you’ll have a friend for life. Yet there’s not a single person I know that I see as a true friend and it’s somewhat sad. As much as I like to say that I don’t need other people, at the end of the day, it would be nice to know another person whom you can have proper conversations with, that don’t involve gossiping about other people, pokemon, or other meaningless crap. Someone who’ll accept you for who you are, and won’t try to seek out any physical or personal flaws. Someone whom you can go to a decent pub with, not get drunk, but instead enjoy each others company.

Sometimes I just don’t know what to do. Should I end these friendships? They’re only there for convenience, to feel better about themselves. I’ve been trying to make a major step forward in my life, and it feels like I’m about to lift my foot, but I can’t because I have all this ‘stuff’ holding me back and I’m hesitant to take that step. Not just these friends, but other stuff too that I need to sort out. I told myself that I’m gonna try to make new friends this year, try to meet like-minded people and see how that goes.

Even the ones I use to have meaningful conversations with have betrayed themselves and now make it a point to insert snide comments into our conversations. All I’m left with is a big “why?” I keep on wondering this; what is it that makes people change in such a way? I understand certain things in life can change you, but in the absence of such circumstances, what else is there? Why choose the ‘easy way out’? Why not value the friendship?

One thing I’ve told myself that I’m gonna do this year is call people out more on the crap they say. At least this way I can challenge some of the stuff they say and at least give them a reason as to why we shouldn’t associate anymore. Since I know that if I tried to explain to them how I really felt, they’d take it the wrong way, and certain aspects of my life are too entwined with them, so I don’t want any sort of blackmail or ‘reprisals’.

*sigh* I don’t know what else to say or think anymore, it’s late and I’m tired…I just wish I had someone whom I didn’t have to worry about turning into another perosn, or inserting a snide comment here and there or anything else that would make me lose my ‘hope in humanity’.