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173. Sensual Fun vs. Rigid Belief

21 May

Contrast these two extremes. (1) A nightclub where there is loud, exciting music, flirtation, women in revealing outfits, people dancing, and generally, a lot of happy fun. And (2) devoted people praying in a religious setting. (Note: this blog deals with character traits, without making value judgements. I do respect religion.)

For a long time, I have noted that there is a spectrum, ranging from my 1 to 2, from uninhibited rhythmic wild joy — to rigid beliefs in God’s higher plan. This is not a simple distinction, and many people fit at different points along this spectrum. Some people start out one way and end up at the other extreme. In a few cases, a person could even have both traits simultaneously.

The reason why this is so important, is because this distinction forms the basis of some governments, conflicts and even wars. Osama bin Laden’s 911 attack on New York City is an example of this distinction. Much of Bin Laden’s philosophy is based on the writings of Sayyid Qutb (pronounced coo’tub). Qutb was an Egyptian writer that lived for a while in Greeley, Colorado, about 1950. He had a “vision” that God wanted humans to manage the Earth in a respectful, controlled, and “harmonious” way. He described the people of Greeley to be crude, brutish, obsessed with jazz, and the women flaunted their bodies. Qutb definitely did not fit in and if you look at his pictures, you can see why. He could have ignored this “crude” world, but he decided that it should be destroyed, a “Jihad.” The hatred, I think, is based on being unable or afraid to participate in the fun. I suppose that women in general found him undesirable. I suspect that Osama bin Laden, who had five wives and more than 20 children, had a good bit of fun, but many of his followers did not and had the Qutb type of hatred.

Let’s call this spectrum from wild-fun to rigid-beliefs. I see this contrast within the people of the USA. One type of person is deeply religious, is devoted to God, and deep down in his heart is jealous of the fun-loving types. I believe that the leaders in Alabama that want to make abortion totally illegal, are way into the rigid God-Plan end of the spectrum. Examples at the other end are Presidents Clinton and Obama. Sexy Clinton played the sax and enjoyed many women. Obama clearly enjoyed Al Green’s “Let’s stay together” song, a definite proof. He even sang, in public, a little of the song.

The above analysis, of course, is an over-simplification, and there are many human traits and spectra. I have written this blog for two reasons. The first is to understand why certain religious groups hate the fun-loving people so much that they want to kill as many as possible. My guess is two reasons: one is jealousy and the feelings of rejection. The other is that it tends to undermine their beliefs: people are having fun and many are ignoring God and religion. They might think, “I am being good, and defending God, and praying to make God feel good, and is all that for naught?

The other reason for this blog is that I want to define a certain character trait. It could be called “sensual rhythm.” I think that most healthy and attractive people, living in a peaceful community (and without Asperger’s syndrome) would have that trait, at least to some extent (both sexes). People with this trait usually like parties, sex, flirtation, love songs, Afro-Cuban music like Santana’s pieces, etc. People without this trait can lead joyful lives with other values, such as, intellectual accomplishments, art, or different kinds of music. Many take great joy in church and charitable activities. I am not making value judgments, just trying to better understand human behavior. I welcome comments and expect some nasty remarks from some people.

85. We Need Change ?

17 Jan

Trump is the man who will make “change” and deliver us from big, bad government. He is not a politician, he needs no donors, ignore what he says because there is goodness in his heart, he is smarter than the generals (and just about everyone else), all past negotiations are pathetic, and he will rid us of ISIS in a month. He is never wrong and will make you suffer for any criticism. He almost never addresses the criticism itself, but instead attacks the person who made it (even the Pope).

He paints a picture of a failing nation with incompetent leaders and government workers, rampant crime, poor negotiation, widespread poverty, etc. — “things could not be worse.” Black people have not made any progress — an insult to the millions that are doing well and have even achieved the presidency. His motto is “make American great again” without any explanation of when, how, and the meaning of “great.”

.                 False, rigid beliefs interfere with common sense

The Trump movement shows how many people are prisoners of their false and rigid beliefs, and cannot see the obvious and exercise common sense. Sad to say, there are many who voted for Trump just as a protest or just to do something based on frustration. Those persons may be responsible for a new direction leading to our country’s decline. Impulsive superficial voting may be the end of our world leadership and all of the good things developed to date. Trump will make change, but change for the better is unlikely. Here are some possible changes that have been mentioned at least once (but may have been retracted and/or restored at some time):

1. Changed healthcare legislation will cause millions to lose their insurance and many will die.

2. NATO is obsolete. Our long-standing, beneficial, and powerful pact with many nations is under threat.

3. Instead of sanctioning Russia, we will support their authoritarianism, attacks on the press, and take- over of countries like Ukraine. We will ignore their meddling in our elections and their efforts to undermine many nations.

4. We will pull out of the multi-nation “Iran Nuclear Deal”, allowing Iran to go back to making the bombs and delivery systems — prevented by the Deal. We will also pull out of climate-change treaties, which could prevent massive flooding (Florida, NY, etc) and catastrophic human migrations due to massive droughts.

5. Taxes for the very wealthy will be lowered by decreasing the tax rate and by allowing more loopholes. The rich will celebrate while the rest of us will either pay more tax or have reduced benefits — and/or our national debt will surge.

6. We will change trade policies and tariffs so that trade-wars will arise and prices for goods, everywhere, will increase. The chaos will affect our valuable relationships with long-standing allies.

7. Pres. Obama has at times been criticized for inaction, but Trump may impulsively engage us in wars, costing lives and greater national debt.

8. He may generate more terrorists by his abuse of Muslims, various other insults, and dangerous policies.

9. Our valuable press, which is required to keep our democracy honest, may be thrown out of the White House and attacked so viciously that it is ineffective. If Trump’s ideas are so laudable and clearly beneficial, why all the press criticism?

10. Is anyone suspicious of the fact that Trump’s cabinet is filled with extremely rich people and/or persons with questionable histories.

11. Trump would restore vicious torture and wants to keep Guantanamo prison. He also admires the strength of tyrants around the world. Are we setting a good example (under Trump) for the rest of the world? Traditionally the USA has been known for its might, and also its moral authority. Is Trump leading us in the right direction?

After Trump is in office for a while, the appreciation for the positive change that Pres. Obama caused will grow even more.  And the candidate, Hilary Clinton, that Obama so enthusiastically endorsed and was attacked so unmercifully by the GOP will be much more appreciated.  Ironically, she won the national vote count by almost three million.

Just added: I have been working on this blog for several days and at times almost scrapped it, because it may have been too negative. But after hearing Trump’s unnecessary and incorrect abuse of the civil-rights hero and self-sacrificing activist, Congressman John Lewis … well, here it is.