Basil

Basil wrote

Reply to comment by asterism in Friday Free Talk by asterism

I kinda get this. Labels are really annoying in general, they categorize you in terms of the idea rather than the idea as something you hold. Gives the idea power over you, I suppose.

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Basil wrote

Had Christmas with family. Managed to get everything for people (save two things, but neither particularly big) second-hand, so, y'know, lesser evil of consumerism vs. consumerism (but worse for the environment). Currently in a struggle with my family to let me donate a bunch of books nobody's read in a dozen years. It's not going too well though.

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Basil wrote

Started reading Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin. It's a german modernist novel from the Weimar era, I'm finding it very interesting to go through. You find references to people joining the nazis 'not cause they have anything against the Jews, but because they thought a good society needed order.' Good reminder of just how easily common people can be persuaded to join fascist causes.

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Basil wrote

Got home from uni. Have realized that I've become one of those people who doesn't think they're getting a good deal unless they've cheated a merchant. Pretty okay with that.

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Basil wrote

Reply to FREE TALK friday by kano

Leaving for uni this sunday, so this'll probably be my last post here until december. It's been an alright summer, though it feels like nothing's really happened. Maybe that's just what happens as you get out of your teenage years.

I think I've realized that, although I've grown to be a very loving and forgiving person to others, I don't forgive myself as easily. I managed to get to a point where I feel guilty for even just being attracted to women. I probably need to work on normal things like that, like thinking that people are attractive, and not disliking myself for them.

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Basil wrote

I finished Ishmael two days ago, and I quite liked it. Got me thinking a lot about ecology, beyond carbon emissions, more into deep ecology, like how the environment has value beyond just humans needing it to survive. I'm curious if anyone here has read it, and what they thought of it?

I started Kerouac's Desolation Angels last night. I'm a big Kerouac fan, bu this time he seems to be a bit more insane than usual. I hope he'll end up okay. I know, from reading his wikipedia article, that he won't.

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Basil wrote

I can give you like, the single most basic rundown of some of the more popular ones?

Liberal democracy- what most of the western world has. Has elections, people voting, capitalism, and now has the new and improved economic imperialism (improved from actually invading countries which is expensive and people don't like it)

Monarchism- One guy deserves power. Why? Well, God(s) said so. Also they said the same thing about his dad, and his dad, and his dad, all the way back. Usually still has capitalism. Unique in that you sometimes get successive rulers who believe in completely different things, and also rule for life and with very few checks.

Fascism- One race is better than the rest. There needs to be one party that will make sure that the one 'best' race has more rights (to varying degrees) than the 'worse' ones. Still has capitalism, but it's often pretty closely integrated with the state. These usually fail pretty fast because it turns out that it's kinda difficult to maintain close ties with those around you when your main belief is that you hate all those around you, and domestically they fail because they spend too much time and resources oppressing minorities.

Communism- This one has been interpreted in so many different ways over the years that it's difficult to make any blanket statement other than that they're at least nominally against capitalism, and that capitalism usually survives. They also tend to be not so democratic, if that's a thing you care about.

Anarchism- see: Raddle.me

for more specific than that, like /u/actuallyaseal said, go to wikipedia

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Basil wrote

Reply to by Yellow_Nugget

Tesco is somehow only the third worst supermarket chain in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

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Basil wrote

I finished The Man with the Compound Eyes, by Wu Ming-Yi which I really liked. It was kinda like Moby Dick or The Grapes of Wrath. in that perhaps the story itself isn't anything all too special, but the little asides, and comments and comparisons about environmentalism are fantastic.

Since then I've started Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It's good so far, though I'm not too far into it. I like that it has a gorilla. I like gorillas.

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Basil wrote

The plant? Should be fine, tropical regions might have it rough since it grows better there than other places, but it wouldn't be too bad, with some pesticides. No more ecological damage than we're doing otherwise.

The person, Basil II? Probably it goes great for Greece, poorly for Turkey, and worst of all for Bulgaria. Heck, maybe this is the spark in the powder-keg we'd need to get a third world war going!

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Basil wrote

Reply to Free Talk Friday by kano

I'm going back to college in about two weeks and I'm kinda scared. I feel like I'm such a different person when I'm at home versus when I'm away, and this summer I've been very happy and patient and forgiving, and I'm scared that I'll lose that when I go back to school and everyone around me is a sleep-deprived pessimist.

It also means that I'll be off of raddle.me until I get home in december. I'll miss you guys <3

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Basil wrote

I finally fucking finished Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, thank God. It got better near the end, but I could have done with it being about a hundred pages shorter.

Now I'm onto The Man with the Compound Eyes, which is pretty good. It's fiction, but it mostly about environmental destruction and its consequences, or at least that's the backdrop the story is set against. Pretty good so far, though I will say that I'm halfway through and it seems like the action is only really just beginning. I would prefer something a little faster, though I guess the extra exposition makes me get to know the characters better.

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Basil wrote

one of my friends physically hit another one while they were arguing and now I'm having to deal with the fallout. I haven't talked with the person who hit yet, and I figure I probably should, but it's a conversation that feels like it'll take a lot of effort and I keep thinking that maybe I can give it another day. Everything seems to have changed around me socially in the course of a minute when I wasn't even there and it sucks having to deal with the fallout.

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Basil wrote

Same as last week, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. By this point I'm ready to be done with it; the author's feelings feel weirdly masturbatory, if you know what I mean? Like he talks a lot about how smart he is and kinda repeatedly emphasizes that. At least the actual philosophy is beginning to get interesting again. I only have about a hundred more pages to go, so hopefully I can finish it quickly and get onto lighter reading soon.

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Basil wrote

My work's air conditioning isn't working so I'm doing manual labor for eight hours a day in minimum 85 degrees Fahrenheit B)

We only get a day off if someone faints on the job and nobody's been willing to take one for the team yet

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Basil wrote (edited )

Still Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. My takeaways so far are that solipsism is bad and a few other philosophical things which I've forgotten, but seemed like neat takeaways at the time. I guess they weren't that important, if I've forgotten them so easily.

Edit: I've remembered the most important one I found, which is that the primary function of any object is peace of mind. We don't get frustrated when something is broken if we have peace of mind, but we do even if it works when we don't have peace of mind.

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