This seems to be an emerging pattern:
You send anon, I respond, you send non-anon, I also respond
You sent that to me twice…
You sent that to me twice…
We now live in a world where public servants informing the public about government behavior or wrongdoing must practice the tradecraft of drug dealers and spies. Otherwise, these informants could get caught in the web of administrations that view George Orwell’s 1984 as an operations manual.
With the recent revelation that the Department of Justice under the Obama administration secretly obtained phone records for Associated Press journalists — and previous subpoenas by the Bush administration targeting the Washington Post and New York Times — it is clear that whether Democrat or Republican, we now live in a surveillance dystopia beyond Orwell’s Big Brother vision.
So how can one safely leak information to the press?
Best one ive seen so far
DSM III had a huge expansion of psychiatric disorders, with many more child and adolescent diagnoses and I immediately noticed that DSM III was pathologizing stubbornness, rebellion, and anti-authoritarianism. Some of these new diagnoses subtly pathologized rebellion, but one diagnosis was an in-your-face obvious pathologizing of rebellion—“oppositional defiant disorder” (ODD).
ODD kids are not doing anything illegal. ODD kids are not the kids who once were labeled “juvenile delinquents”—that’s “conduct disorder.” Rather, the official symptoms of ODD include “often actively defies or refuses to comply with adult requests or rules” and “often argues with adults.”
When I discovered ODD, I told some of my professors that I was already a little embarrassed by the profession, but now I’m really embarrassed—didn’t psychologists realize that just about every great American activist from Saul Alinsky to Harriet Tubman to many great artists and scientists to scientist-activists such as Albert Einstein would have been diagnosed with ODD?
In response, they diagnosed me as having “issues with authority.” I definitely do have issues with authorities who don’t know what the hell they are talking about. This was another reason that I withdrew from the mental health professional world."
Relevant because I’m done with AP exams for the year.
Some of my favorites:
- An essay question one year asked to describe the similarities and differences between the protestant reformation in England and Germany. One student wrote “In Germany, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. In England, Henry VIII nailed Anne Boleyn.”
- “As Ben Parker once said, with great power comes great responsibility. Politicians during the Gilded Age did not heed that advice.”
- “As a result of the Three-Fifths Compromise, slaves could only vote 60% of the time.”
- My AP European history teacher told us that one year, the essay was on Enlightenment thinkers. One student wrote “The Enlghtenment had many great thinkers, none of which come to mind currently.” and nothing else.
- “In response to the immigrants, they passed the Alien Seduction Acts.”
These self-help things are fundamentally flawed and over generalized and often contradictive. They’re no better than weekly horoscopes out of the local newspaper.
#1 This is not an optimal thing to do. In fact, it advocates pure selfishness. This type of thing breeds apathy and fucked up societies like we have now.
#2 Your past does equal your future. And likewise, your future equals your past. You can’t have one without the other. So what you do today will become your past. Not only does what you do matter, but what everyone else does also has an impact on your life. I would recommend considering this when making decisions.
#3 You can leave where you are without deciding to be anywhere else. Some people need to leave and see the world in order to make that kind of decision. And don’t pick out what you want and chase it down too adamantly. Be flexible. The moment you figure out what you want, you can begin trying to obtain it, but be prepared for the possibility that by the time you get there, you may want something else instead.
#4 Life’s “primary choices” do not exist. Life is full of choices. It is possible to both accept and change the current conditions, giving way to another choice… assuming this false dichotomy even existed in the first place. Additionally, there’s no such thing as “the best” of anything. Such a statement is automatically subjective and nonsense.
#5 You can choose how you are going to die and when, though it’s not recommended. You can decide how you’re going to live right now, and tomorrow. So the “only” qualifier is unnecessary and not true. Yes, every day is a new chance to choose, but so is every second.
#6 There is no such thing as a “right to be wrong”. People confuse rights with consequences. You have a right to speech. You have a right to petition your government. True, being wrong helps you learn new things, but accepting when you’re wrong is the hard part because you may still be convinced of your beliefs despite evidence to the contrary. This is why I recommend you attempt to defend the arguments that you don’t agree with. This will help you see the flaws and weaknesses in your own arguments, expediting the process of learning and growing.
#7 Running can be healthy, adventurous and necessary for some people in some situations (like the witness protection plan, for example). Or perhaps you’ve totally screwed up your life beyond repair and it would be better for you to get a way for a while and start over and reconsider your life goals. Although, you don’t have to run. No one is chasing you. You can just walk. And what is this about “love who deserves it” ? Something about that doesn’t sound right.
#8 Most long term failures are not because people make excuses instead of decisions. Failures in life happen for many reasons, regardless of your lack of involvement. That’s just supposed to be some uplifting shit that really won’t do anything for you in the real world. Instead, let things happen naturally. Don’t use force unless you’re just that desperate to obtain this goal. If you “go with the flow” life will leave less stress on your shoulders. It’s just not worth it.
#9 I suppose I have to agree with at least one of them.
#10 “The greatest part of life” is another one of those subjective qualifiers. For example, some people enjoy the work and constant focus, rather than the reward at the end. Telling people to “stop and smell the roses” is just another way of telling you how to live your life, which is contradictory to rule #1. In fact, if you took #1 as serious as it’s written, you wouldn’t be reading 2-10 at all…. which would be a good thing.
I feel like 1 could be tweaked to be more sensible. Of course you want to not be an asshole and be sensitive to what others think of you and cone across. At the same time, as the cliche goes, you cant please everyone.
So maybe what 1 is trying (and failing) to say, is that one should not care about the whims of society as a whole. I think 1 is getting at the idea of thinking for yourself first and not listening to what conventional wisdom is tellin you to do.
That being said, i absolutely agree with you that simply “not caring what others think” paves a path to apathy, assholery, and general shittiness
Idk how to respond to this…
GEE THANKS ALLIE…
A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.
what movie is this, the colors look so vibrant and pretty and I like the quote