> Implying that there is something wrong with the Old Testament.
I rest my case.
But first I have to execute my wife for talking back to me when I decided to sell my daughters into slavery. And my son, that cheeky bastard had the gall to disobey me and eat shellfish while wearing mixed fibers - death for him too.
On rereading your post, I came across this, "I have already said that I think drinking alcohol should be illegal
Incredible. My great grandfathers were bootleggers - men like you made them quite a lot of money. Granted they gambled it all away, but somewhere along the way the economy was boosted and my future was secured.
This is too good to pass up, I have to do a point-by-point now.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it:
Only the opinions of those that currently enforce the laws matter! People have never changed the legal system at all at any point in time! No one should ever consider any other views! The law is perfect!
Remember! You read it here first.
Yeah, it's their opinion that matters most to me because they're the ones whose opinion means my freedom or maybe even my life. Besides that, the USA is functionally an oligarchy, due to undemocratic systems like the electoral college, the senate, and the supreme court; with bonus points for the citizens united ruling and privately negotiated treaties that overrule our laws. Honorable mentions to winner-take-all in congressional races and presidential elections, and a participation trophy for the caucus system. My point being that our opinions utterly do not matter to those in power - instead their opinions matter to us.
Technically I should call it undemocratic-republican, since we're a democratic republic, but that sounds awkward and it's too much to type. When I say "undemocratic", assume I mean the political process of a democratic republic, not the political party.
No one on Earth is perfect. Don't ever forget that.
But someone doesn't have to be perfect to not do the things that you mentioned. Someone just has to be aware.
By the way, someone can make a mistake without brushing over it like it doesn't matter. Even if one did one of those things that you mentioned, one would be a much better person if one admitted to doing so.
Relationships are better when you find someone who holds themselves to the same standards that they hold others. It sucks for me because I prefer women that are very charismatic and kind, but they can't admit that they were wrong. It's a pain in the ass.
I have already said that I think drinking alcohol should be illegal, so I don't see your point. Unless you were trying to address the points of someone else in the (metaphorical) room here, I don't understand what the purpose of this comment was.
The point was made assuming you're a person who imbibes moderately. Marijuana is way less dangerous than alcohol, except in people with a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia. I see violent crimes and sexual assaults committed by people who were drunk in the news every day, but I've never once seen a pothead do anything dangerous except drive 5 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.
I understand your philosophy, and I would like for you and like-minded individuals to have a place to live life as you see it, but I would fight any attempt to force your lifestyle on me and others who don't accept it. If anything letting you do your own thing in one place is good because it contains the craziness of your philosophy, reducing the damage it does to the nation as a whole. If containment worked for communism in the cold war, it will work for other -isms today. We could spin it as a "christian utopia" or something similar, and then make a bowl of poporn as they start killing one another over doctrinal differences. Would make a good reality tv show.
The same thing can happen if you appeal to the minority in every single instance. Then that minority becomes the new majority, and the same problem occurs. It's just that the roles become flipped.
You leave things just as poorly off (if not worse) than when they originally started. Bravo!
I was being serious there, watch that movie.
But now that you've turned into Hugh Hefner incarnate (except not) you're far better off, huh? Are you sure you haven't just become more arrogant? Because, you know, that's what your words smack of to me: arrogance.
My opinions on the subject of alcohol are not based on sadsack-hood (or perceived sadsack-hood, as the case may be, as contrary to you I do not view virginity as something that equates to being a sadsack). They are based upon my personal beliefs that I have chosen to follow, because I strongly believe in them.
Sorry that you don't like them. I will point out however that that is actually why they are called personal beliefs, since you didn't seem to realise that personal beliefs are personal by nature in your post. Just because you claimed to hate alcohol whilst in reality you were just being in spite of your friends, because you were (by your own admission) being a sadsack and trying to find reasons to feel better about yourself, does not infer anything about my character.
Did you ever consider that I might dislike alcohol because I don't believe people have the right to alter their minds (which I believe because of my religious beliefs on the subject, which I do not discuss here because religious beliefs are personal)?
No, instead, you presumed something that you had no idea about.
Here's a tip for you: Don't presume.
Take it from me, I have presumed things far, far, far too often in the past, and I can tell you that a presumptuous outlook is not a good one to take for the vast majority of things.
I'm guessing you're Mormon?
It's true I was a sad sack, but mostly because I couldn't accept who I am. I'm a loner. I don't like people, I don't trust people, and I don't want to be around them. I don't need them, for the most part. What I do need is to be near living, growing things. The days when I was homeless and camping in the woods - those were the happiest days of my life. When I'm a middle-class software engineer I'll build a house in the woods and sleep under the stars again.
I was unhappy as a kid because I was trying to be something I'm not to fit in with people I had nothing in common with. Now that I'm older and more confident in myself it's much easier to socialize (when I want to) and of course relationships can be a lot of fun, but most of the women in my life demand too much from me without giving me what I want and need in return. I couldn't be Hugh Hefner because I need to be alone for several hours each day to function - I couldn't spend all my free time drinking and having sex because an excess of those things literally makes me sick.
That said, sex and booze in moderation are amazing, wonderful things.
Stating one's opinion is one thing. Implying your opinion to be fact is another.
You don't understand normal social rules do you? Or do people actually talk like that where you live?
I hope not.
If they do, don't even bother replying to this. I like to think that people are more accepting of others these days and don't bash one another based upon religious views. For a long time I have had negative opinions on... a certain area of North America... that I will not get into because I said earlier that I wouldn't. But, man, you're really pushing your luck. I'm extremely tempted to smack you upside the head right now for fitting a stereotype of that area that made me dislike it in the first place.
I am trying to look better on that area nowadays, but I can't change those views overnight. Especially when there are wiseguys waltzing around everywhere that only encourage my old viewpoints on the subject.
Implying that I'm a social retard isn't a very good defense when I accuse you of the same thing. I-know-what-you-are-but-what-am-I went out of vogue in elementary school. Besides that, accusing someone of using too many big words and then going all folksy and worldy-wise smells of trying too hard (or genuinely not having a good rebuttal). As do threats of violence
, even ones that are obviously hyperbole.
I write the way I do because - who would have thought it? - I'm an English nerd. I love public speaking and writing.
Wow. You really do assume a lot, don't you?
You should stop assuming so much. I'm not kidding with you. Please take my advice.
Not everyone is going to come to the same conclusions about things as you. Someone is not callow, wrong and stupid just because they disagree with your views on sex and drugs. They just disagree with you. That's all.
It's a natural part of life.
You're right on this one, I hadn't assumed that you're a religious fanatic. That is not meant an insult - more of a description - and there are much, much worse things you could be.