Sticks, Stones, And Words (TDP #368)

Freedom of speech, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”Whoever said you lose most of your heat through your head never stood in the freezing cold with no pants on” – The Distracted Philosopher

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People believe what they see, hear, and read. This is absurd.

Our eyes fall pray to optical illusions, hallucinations, and mirages. With Photoshop, CGI effects, and skilled illusionists, how can we believe anything we see? Even science has shown that eyewitness testimony (you know where they say, “That’s the guy! I saw him!”) is the most flawed evidence in a trial because of how our brain and eyes work — turns out, they suck (that’s an industry term).

People hear what they want to hear and read what they want to read. They derive the meaning they want and ignore any possible intent of the speaker or writer. They add or subtract words that do not fit into their beliefs. Not religious beliefs, just beliefs in general, as in I believe eggs should be sunny side up with soft yokes, aspartame kills brain cells, or the end of the toilet paper roll should hang on the outside of the holder (unless you own a cat, then obviously it belongs on the inside). These are things I believe with or without the backing of science. Some people believe completely insane and illogical things like the Earth is flat, up is down, clowns are funny.

Words are not always truthful. Fiction is everywhere. Fiction even exists in non-fiction, because if someone believes it to be true, it can be considered and cataloged as non-fiction. Just because something was written in the newspaper, or you heard it from mainstream media, or the internet, or any media outlet or publication, doesn’t make it true.

People, politicians, government, corporations — they all lie and deceive. Not all the time, sometimes not on purpose, but there are always lies.

This untruthfulness (I looked it up, it’s a real word) extends to social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google Plus (wait, is that still a thing?), Instagram, YouTube, Craigslist, anyone’s blog, and literally anywhere on the internet.

There is satire, parody, exaggeration, sarcasm, fiction, beliefs, half-truths, and complete and utter lies everywhere. But when it’s posted on the internet people seem to accept it as truth as long as it follows what they believe, and they dismiss it as lies if it goes against what they believe.

Some people take everything personally and believe that content posted on the internet is attacking them directly, or attacking their culture, or attacking their beliefs. It doesn’t matter if the content was sarcastic or had no malicious intent. Someone will find a way to be the “victim” of a tweet.

Your employer, educational institution, government, and any form of authority are especially sensitive about social media posts and will use your content to discriminate against you by firing, expelling, blacklisting, banning, shaming — not only you, but they will go after your family members or your spouse or your kids or your friends. They wants us to be afraid to tell a story or share a post.

Those in authority want to control us, pacify us, silence us. They want us to be afraid to say anything. It’s like being in medieval times when someone said the wrong thing to the King and he had them beheaded.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words … words are the most powerful things in existence. They cause wars, peace, hate, love, and they incite people to action to help or to harm. Freedom of speech is one of the greatest things, but it does not mean freedom from consequences from that speech. And one tweet can destroy your family or your career — or in some countries — your life.

You see, people believe whatever they want, regardless of what they see, hear, and read. This is absurd.

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This is episode s10e03(368) for Monday, January 16, 2017 and clocked in at 16 minutes, 46 seconds

In Your Endo (TDP #367)

Sexual innuendos, zombies, Mario, pajamas in the wild, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”I stabed myself in the leg with a pencil every 3 hours for a month, you’ll be shocked at the results.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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As parents, we introduce our children to violence at an early age — cartoon violence (with no bad effects). Then they move on to animated shows (you know the difference between cartoon and animated? Right?), then TV shows, and movies. Oh, and video games. Space Invaders (one of my favorites when I was a kid) was shooting and destroying alien life — what bad lesson could come from that?

But when it comes to discussion of genitals, sex, or showing nudity or sex, parents are terrified that are kids may hear or see something. Many believe it would be absolutely horrible for their child to see a penis and then have to explain to your daughter or son what a penis is (because both of them may have one). These things shouldn’t terrify or hurt your child. If they do, then you are teaching the wrong message. We need to teach them about their bodies, about sex, about how they get pregnant, and ways NOT to get pregnant. Also teach them that you shouldn’t be showing your penis to everyone in line at the bank on Friday afternoon.

Also, for movies and TV and games and … well … everything that sells, there will be sex and violence in it. Shrek was a popular kids movie, but it contained quite a bit of sexual innuendos. And that movie was PG. FYI GOTG as PG-13.

Adam and Eve were naked in the garden of Eden and everything was fine. But then they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil — that is when they felt shame for being naked. You know … because knowledge is a bad thing.

(Find out more by listening to the show)

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This is episode s10e02(367) for Monday, January 9, 2017 and clocked in at 18 minutes, 21 seconds

Binary Thinking (TDP #366)

How the New Year changes us (but really doesn’t), nudity, VW Bugs, fake news, and more, on this weeks episode of The Distracted Philosopher.

”I enter this new year just like I entered this world — naked and crying” – The Distracted Philosopher

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As the year changes from 2016 to 2017, nothing changes. I didn’t even notice. I binged watched Voltron on Netflix and then went to bed. I’m pretty sure I was asleep when the new year arrived. The change in year has never really affected me, although I’m still writing 1994 on all my checks.

(For the millennials, checks are pieces of papers elderly people use instead of money)

But it is tradition to use the start of a new year as a new beginning in your life. Time to make a change. But for me, I’m not making a change, but continuing my previously stated resolutions. These are (in no particular order) be polite, write, learn, eat right (not necessarily healthy), exercise, meditate, and spend time with family and friends.

The most important of my resolutions is a philosophy I believe everyone should adopt, “be polite” or as Dalton (see Roadhouse) would say, “be nice”.

Be polite to people, even if you disagree with them. Remember, you will never change anyone’s mind about anything, only they can do that for themselves. Agree to disagree, but don’t hate, don’t be rude. Always be polite.

What’s happening to our culture is something that is deeply seeded in our very being — Binary Thinking.

Everything is not black and white. There is not just good and evil. Gender is not just male and female, masculine and feminine. It’s not just Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. There is not just love or hate. There are infinite variations and shades of all of everything. Everyone of us on this planet is different in someway. And that’s ok.

I’m not saying you have to accept all things you do not like (that would be binary – accept or reject), I’m asking you to tolerate it and understand that everyone is not like yourself.

Keep an open mind — but not too open, otherwise your brains may fall out.

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This is episode s10e01(366) for Monday, January 2, 2017 and clocked in at 12 minutes, 47 seconds

TRJE 365: The Right to Bear Feet

I personally experience a long dark tea-time of the soul, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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Christmas is not a day, but a time. A time for giving. It’s not a time for giving presents, unless you are celebrating the actual birth of Christ, which is celebrated on December 25 even though that’s not really the day he was born (and that fact is not important for this discussion), then you should be giving presents to him (or her depending on your point of view) only.

And what present could you possibly give to the Son of God? Yourself. Christmas is the time for giving yourself by helping and caring for others regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran (all of that is just another way of saying “human”).

And what if we took our Christmas spirit and extended it to every day? Think about it. We could be doing something every single day to help people, to care for people. ALL people. And we could do it every fucking day of the year. That would be the best present of all.

You can find links to all the distractions from the show (and some not in the show) on my twitter feed @regisjack.

”I find it interesting that Santa’s reindeer names also work as stripper names, with Rudolph obviously being transgendered and with Santa in his red suit — does that make him a pimp?” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e45(365) for Monday, December 26, 2016 and clocked in at 12 minutes, 19 seconds

TRJE 364: The End of Innocence

I’d like to see Madonna naked, wearing only a Pebble Watch, holding a Weird Owl, while discussing relationships and climate change, and more, on this weeks episode of The Regis Jack Experience.

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There are defining moments in every relationship. Moments that decide if this is the beginning or if this is the end. I’ve recently had one of these moments — that brought my life to a screeching halt. It was a moment when I looked into the eyes of the love of my life and truly considered smothering her with a pillow as she slept. Listen to the show to find out more.

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”With all of this talk about stalking, harassing, lying, discrediting, separating families, and destroying lives; talk from people such as Nichole Kidman, Leah Remini, and others; and the fact that it was written by a well known science fiction author — Scientology is starting to get a bad name.” – The Distracted Philosopher

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This is episode s09e45(364) for Monday, December 12, 2016 and clocked in at 15 minutes, 35 seconds