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evidently we're still the one who has no soul

2014-12-20 - 1:48 p.m.

I finished making and wrapping the Christmas gifts, a chore that required no higher brain function and allowed me ample hours to meditate on the idiocy of the human race. In the unlikely event that anyone else is reading this diary, you may now skip ahead to another page in order to avoid the latest tirade.

For instance: Today the State Department says that tourists should be aware that terrorists might attack hotels, shopping areas, "places of worship," and schools. Hello? Is that supposed to be news I can use? All that does is create the helpless feeling. I don't know what "be extra cautious" means. I suppose we can try to get out of church and school, but we can hardly avoid "shopping areas," now can we???

Or here's an example from yesterday, although maybe it's my fault for listening to the radio in the car. I always think road rage is better than road hypnosis but you wonder sometimes. So anyways the airhead on the radio informed me that Taylor Swift won some album of the year award for her shitty album because it showed that she was "self aware of her public image."

Wow. Think about that for a minute. How much contempt do you have to have for women to think it's amazing that an adult woman is "self aware of her public image?" Fuck me, it's almost like women are actual human beings and not just objects to be stared at. Imagine that. But I guess it's too hard to imagine, so they pull out one woman, admit she's self aware, and invite us to all stand amazed. Sorry. Not amazing. Get back to me when you find a self-aware hippopotamus or something. Now THAT would be amazing.

Third example, a sad one this time. I started reading Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything, but I rather doubt I'll finish it. It just brings on the hopeless feeling. She even says that she started not to research it, because of the hopeless feeling, but then she took a meeting with some Bolivian bureaucrat who took her to lunch and this somehow convinced her that it wasn't hopeless. Wait? What? Some bureaucrat says they're going to sue for compensation for the damages caused by the rich nations, and that gives you hope? Good luck with that one, lady. Seriously? How does that fix the climate? All it does is transfer money from one set of corrupt rich people to a different set of corrupt rich people.

Later on she expands some more on the theory of using lawsuits, giving the example of tobacco companies having to pay out billions in damages. I'm pretty sure not one person killed was brought back to life by the tobacco companies paying out billions. A lot of lawyers were made rich but nobody was saved. Maybe she is herself a lawyer. I guess I don't know. Anyway, so far it's a painful and depressing read, because what she thinks is useful advice for preventing climate change seems pretty unrealistic and non-useful to me.

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