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Utilitarian, materialistic dystopian – consequences schmonsequences

September 5, 2011

When the only thing that matters is today, the immediate – when the only measure of a man or woman is statistically based (body fat %, height, weight, sexual orientation, age…) – well, are we surprised?

Today we were shopping – I saw a 14 year old, very cute girl chewing her lunch like a cow. It brought to mind the “feral youth” of Britain…strangely, are the Brits concerned with the manners, the achievement, the breaking of povery in families? Do the government officials instill a curfew when it appears the parents aren’t raising respectful human beings?

Nope; Parents of seven told: Your children are too fat, so you will never see them again  
 Update: h/t to Political Junkie mom)

According to TIME, this means that the kids long term success will be more of an uphill battle. But the council doesn’t seem concerned about that – whether the root cause is that the obese cost the national health care system too much, or perhaps the council is simply ‘anti-obese’ because that’s an acceptable bigotry these days. 

Shifting to a slightly related topic: If you thought the concept of “Friends with Benefits” was disturbing – are we surprised by the song lyrics by Timberlake as quoted by Mark Steyn?

I am sure NOW and the hippies from the “sexual revolution” are thrilled that they’ve demystified romance to the point where it ceases to exist

Real story – a professor at my alma mater told a class full of freshmen that “sexual encounters” were just a body function, just like taking a poo (of course, he wasn’t that polite). One clever kid got up and retorted to the prof “either you don’t know how to have encounters, or I don’t know how to  take a poo” Class cancelled for the rest of the day. Sigh – the simple days of the 1990’s 

And here we are, 2011:   These lyrics aren’t too far from what that professor said…. Next stop:  as Steyn puts it: …”The Children Of Men, set in an infertile world, in which P.D. James’s characters, liberated from procreation, increasingly find sex too much trouble.” Or perhaps like the scene in “Demolition Man” where to scratch-that-proverbial-itch, they don augmented reality helmets at an appropriate distance from one another.

Materialistic, utilitarian realism. Wow. this is something to look forward to, we should ALL strive for it – consequences, schmonsequences

In late years [Darwin’s] taste for literature and the arts diminished greatly, so much so that even listening to music caused him much stress. Darwin also lost his appreciation for poetry and paintings, a fact that saddened him a great deal.

Thanks, but I’ll take this world’s equivalent of Narnia

“Suppose… suppose we have only dreamed and made up these things like sun, sky, stars, and moon, and Aslan himself. In that case, it seems to me that the made-up things are a good deal better than the real ones. And if this black pits of a kingdom is the best you can make, then it’s a poor world. 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pjMom permalink
    September 5, 2011 6:26 pm

    Nicely done. Thanks for the links!

    • Anonymous permalink
      September 5, 2011 7:38 pm

      CRAP! I forgot to h/t you – this is what happens when posting too fast….

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