Chili and ISIS

I am greatly displeased. Tesco, the shop created by Satan for the provisioning of plebs, did not have a single can of Stagg chili. Thus I was forced, FORCED, to walk two hundred metres to Sainsbury’s and buy their own brand stuff. Sadly we have not climbed the social ladder enough for our town to be graced with a Waitrose. 

In other news I don’t see what the big deal about ISIS is. When you understand that a) It’s a few thousand guys b)They’re Arabs you understand that the tribes in the region aren’t going to tolerate ISIS anymore than they tolerated the central governments and that even if they wanted to form a new Caliphate Arab culture is so fractious that it’s a pipe dream. The idea that Arabs should be organised into neat little nation states is a western idea and runs contrary to fourteen hundred years of Arab history, which is mostly a history of endemic tribal warfare and anarchy. These are not people who are suddenly going to spontaneously form a new nation state, or rather civilisation state. What they’re going to do is go back to being tribal and being in a state of perpetual warfare with each other.

The other thing that has to be understood about Arabs is their propensity to spout what we in the west call “bullshit” but while to us it is bullshit to other Arabs its some kind of statement of power. If you say that you’ve created a Caliphate you really are someone, no one believes you, but the fact that you’ve had the balls to do it is impressive enough, and in fact no further action is required on your part. They bullshit so often and bullshit has such cultural power that it’s a thing within people who study Arab culture that perhaps Arabs don’t really get the difference between ideals and reality. In fact the term for manliness and the term for bullshit are identical in Arabic. 

So I think most of this is ISIS bullshitting that it is more powerful than it is and the rest is a temporary alliance of various groups all with their own interests which will eventually set them at each other’s throats.

Insomnia

What I’d give for ten hours sleep. I find that after two nights of really bad sleep, not that I get much decent sleep, that I basically enter a depressive episode. I don’t know how many times I’ve caught myself saying, “I wish I was dead” or “Why can’t I be dead?” or even more curiously “One day I’ll be dead and then I’ll be happy” in the past 48 hours. It makes me realise that there’s a sub-surface layer of real self hatred that somehow I manage to suppress most of the time.

Precedent.

An early judicial activist, Lord Denning foreshadowed the move towards moulding the law to suit changing times and circumstances, in a period when most judges adhered to precedent.

 

Lord Hailsham, when Lord Chancellor, said: “The trouble with Tom Denning is he’s always re-making the law and we never know where we are.”

 

Which is why all real legal systems work by precedent; that way there is equality of law, everyone can predict the outcome of the trial because everyone knows what the law is, and since everyone knows what the law is everyone can abide by it. This is what we call “Rule of Law” because it is the Law that decides what happens, the opposite is “Rule of Man” because Law goes out of the window and judges make their own choices based on their own personal preferences. Rule of Law prevents:

But his own prejudices could come out. One of the most notorious judgments concerned a student teacher sent down for having sex with her boyfriend in her hall of residence. Lord Denning strongly approved, saying a young woman who behaved in such a way would never have made a teacher.

 

 

It is not for judges to make the Law, it is for them only to apply it. It’s no surprise that I found this in that leftist rag The Guardian. 

Emotions.

I have a really hard time dealing with needy people…………or emotional people, same thing.. I find people who get emotional easily really taxing and exhausting. Wailing I especially can’t deal with, or any kind of emotional outburst, I find that especially irritating. It seems like these days it’s not enough to express a feeling, a whole feature length theatrical performance needs to be put on complete with all kinds of hysterics. 

Questions Part Deux

Got in from McDonalds at about 03:45, give or take, spotted Venus too. I haven’t slept since then, I’ve had basically a week of not sleeping more than four hours a night and that’s on a good night. Where was I?

Oh yeah, so now it’s the same question asked ninety-three different ways. I put this to C on the way to McDonalds just to see what her reaction was and it was basically a series of questions. When I got back I chatted to S about it and she just said, “You’re her cock in a box, she’s trying to figure out if you’re serious about it”. S repeatedly says to me that basically it’s about money and as soon as I have any women will be kicking my door down and I sorta tend to agree. C and I have running jokes about all my “bitches” and “hoes”. S says I have a small cloud of women orbiting me waiting to see if I amount to anything.

The other thing that caught my attention last night was that a very hot blonde complimented me on my outrageously purple trousers. I’ve noticed something about how I dress and women. Really hot women compliment me, not so hot women pretty much insult me and this got me thinking about this thing I saw on The Young Turks a couple of weeks back about how women use the word slut. It boils down to that women don’t call women they consider equals sluts, it’s used by high status females to impute low status to low status females and by low status females to impute that high status females are low status. So I’m wondering if this is a status thing; women that think of themselves as high status see my outrageous trousers as a positive, high status male behavior thing and women who consider themselves low status try dragging me down.

Dakota dislikes my trousers with a passion, make of that what you will.

You know, one of the things, or I suppose two of the things, I really like about S are her ability to be utterly dismissive and her ability to be totally judgemental. 

Thinking on it my radfem mate, or one of my radfem mates has been inordinately chatty since I mentioned starting a business…….

 

 

Questions

I noticed something. Dakota does this thing when she’s interested where she asks the same question repeatedly. Last time she did it to me was a few months back. “So are you single?” ten minutes later “So are you not seeing someone?” twenty minutes later “You’re not seeing anyone then?” remember we see each other every week, she knows that I’m not seeing anyone.  A couple of weeks back I told her I’m trying to start a brewery and now it’s “So what are you doing in life?” “So what are your plans?” “What are you doing for a career?”. 

It’s 01:26 and I’m going to McDonalds……….I’ll write the rest when I get back.

 

The Great Conversation.

Actually it’s not even British culture when I think about it, it’s this general decline in western culture, or rather that we’re declining from a civilisation that seeks to use reason to maximise human potential and escape the chains of culture into one that buys into the notion of culture in the form of “Life styles” rather than values. A male can take on African values about male status and the use of violence to gain and maintain status or “respect” and in return can expect a harem of “bitches” and “hoes” and two and a half thousand years of progress goes like that because we’ve failed to teach our children that we’re not just another culture, we have a project here.

Or maybe it’s the opposite problem; we’ve never taught our children about other civilisations so they have no sense of perspective and so there becomes an atmosphere of “Well we’re all the same really, aren’t we?” which is one of those dumb white people statements that assumes that basically everyone is the same culturally and has the same values. I used to be so critical of the west, I was a massive Japanophile, something of a Sinophile with more than a passing interest in Indian philosophy and I think it’s only because of this and the fact that I took Classics in school that I really learned to appreciate western civilisation.

Initially everything I’d learned in Classics just sat idle in the back of my mind buried under a fascination with Japan, Buddhism, Taoism and Bushido. I suppose Classics was like a seed planted my psyche and the more I delved into other cultures the more relief this seed was placed in and the more questions about my own culture I had, and by no means have I answered them all even now. Eventually I found myself in the position where I was comparing the intellectual tradition that had grown out of the classics with the intellectual traditions from Asian cultures and it doesn’t take anyone very long to realise that the western tradition is orders of magnitude greater and more sophisticated, western culture is aptly named “The Great Conversation”.

Chinese culture decides that Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism to a lesser extent are the right way of doing things and from then on that’s it, the Chinese have figured themselves out and no more development happens. The Indians spend two or three millennia writing books devoted to the idea that Hinduism is correct and no more development happens. Japan doesn’t even quite get that far, it adopts whatever the Chinese like, from the writing system to political philosophy. no questions asked. The Arabs stop writing books in the 16th Century when they’ve concluded that what they’re doing is the right way of doing things. 

If I hadn’t of taken a serious interest in other cultures, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered to seriously look at the west, like most westerners don’t. Most westerners learn their culture by absorption just like the Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Arabs, purely as a series of behavioral norms. I suppose you could call these people small “w” westerners. I’d have been one of them, contentedly assuming that everyone on earth is basically a westerner and only oppressive regimes have stopped the spread of democracy, equality, wealth and technology. 

I think we in the west really need to buck our ideas up; we need to be teaching people what the cave of Chinese culture looks like and the cave of Arab culture and yes, the cave of western culture that westerners live in but which Westerners are trying to escape. We need to make our children part of The Great Conversation. When we say that democracy is the best political system, why do we say this? When we talk about the importance of individual liberties, why are they important? We shouldn’t take these things as axiomatic, because they’re not. They come from one culture and they’ve come from two and a half millennia of discussion, and our children need to be taught what went on in that discussion and we need to teach them that this discussion has only happened in the west and that this discussion never ends.