The thing about facts is that they always win in the end.

(Must resist urge to wallow in schadenfreude…)

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The canonical fool on the hill watching the sunset and the rotation of the planet and thinking what he imagines are large thoughts. View all posts by Wyrd Smythe

19 responses to “Karma

  • SelfAwarePatterns

    Talk about your October surprises! And it’s only Oct 2.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      I have to say, that was quite a piece of news to wake up to.

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        I actually woke up to NPR discussing presidential succession. As I was reaching for my iPad to find out what was going on, I remembered that one of his aids had tested positive yesterday. What’s despicable is the a-hole went to a fund raising event last night, when he had to already suspect he might be infected. Supposedly everyone at that event was freaked out today.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        I can well imagine. I’m somehow reminded of that time the Martians invaded Earth and then all died because of germs. (Funny irony is, P45 supposedly is phobic about germs.)

        ((Heh, just noticed Approved Comments is exactly 12,000. This should be 12,001.))

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        Looks like they’re moving Trump to the hospital. What a year.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Factor in some weird stuff in my personal life, and it’s even stranger.

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        I know for me the question of the year has been, is now the time to retire? Is now the time to switch to a fixed income? When I think back to the events of 2020, I’ll remember that personal conundrum superimposed on it.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        For me 2020 involved a significant birthday, starting Social Security and Medicare, and a very weird brief online “love” affair in June (and publishing blog post #1000 😀 ).

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        I have a lot of online friends, but can’t say I’ve ever had an online romance, although I know they happen.

        Actually, I did have a relationship once that was mostly online, with only occasional physical meet ups (although we initially met in real life). It was weird. The physical events felt increasing awkward over time.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        My ex-wife and I met on a dating site, but that probably doesn’t count since that was the point. This was early in the internet before the big ones, Match dot com and etc. This site was done by a guy here in Minnesota in part because he was looking for someone. The funny thing was, the ex-wife’s best friend did marry the site operator and, last I heard, they were doing well (although it’s been years since I had any contact with any of them).

        I think I’ve mentioned a guy who told me about MWI thinking I would think he was crazy, but I’d already heard about it? The one that suggested a Tegmarkian interpretation. Multiple worlds work fine in the math in the sense that, for example, sqrt(4) has two equally valid answers. No one complains about energy with multiple math answers! That guy is the guy who created the dating site.

        I’ve had distance relationships in the past, and a variety of odd relationships, but June wasn’t like anything I’d encountered. (If you’re curious check the comment section of my June posts.) Someone became a major fan of the blog and then me, which was quite flattering. And we were a good match in a lot of ways, but between distance and a 25-year age difference, it just wasn’t going to happen. Something I said really pissed her off, and we parted angry. I do have a penchant for pissing people off. 😮 😉 😀

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        I think I remember some of the June comments. I saw just enough to feel like I was eavesdropping on something intimate, and so stopped.

        I know what you mean about pissing people off. Whenever I meet someone, I try to make my political and religious views obvious early on, because in South Louisiana, that’s when most of the relationships crash, and I’d rather get it over with before we invest too much time and emotion. I don’t care if someone is religious, but I have no interest in being converted.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Yeah, we got a bit carried away. We were having a lot of fun via email. The whole thing caught us both by surprise (albeit in different ways), and it was probably too incendiary to survive. I wish we’d leveled off as friends; she’s an interesting person, and I liked her. (Sci-fi fan, too!)

        Minnesota may have some similarities politically. The Twin Cities (and probably Duluth to some extent) are filled with liberals and college kids. “Outstate” is rural and mostly “Trump Country” (easy to tell from all the lawn signs). The outstate region is obviously much larger geographically, but the urban areas have the population density to carry the vote, so the outstate folks don’t much like us “citiots”. So, yeah, I get having to filter.

        Long ago I had a co-worker who was a fundamentalist Evangelical Christian by marriage (and had taken it up in good faith). He had quite a checkered background, though, and he was smart, so we had some good discussions. Just not about religion; we just stayed away from that (at the time I was probably on something of an atheist arc; I’ve explored the space a bit).

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        Interestingly, the person in my real life who’s most interested in having philosophical discussions is an evangelical fundamentalist. The only problem is his motivation for those discussions is to disprove evolution. But we’ve still managed to have some interesting discussions over the years.

        In Louisiana, even the cities tend to be conservative. We have a large black population, which stops my particular parish (county) from being Trump territory, but the state is currently a very reliably red one. And even most of the Democrats here are socially conservative.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Many religions, if one is serious about them, place upon believers the requirement of study. Some just shove dogma down the throat, but many ask believers to examine their faith carefully. Many churches hold weekly bible study classes. That said, the study is implicitly constrained by the belief — one is studying under the assumption certain things are true. But it’s not uncommon to meet questing curious minds among the faithful. I’ve mentioned my uncle, who taught theology. He and I used to have great discussions about quantum physics and religion.

        I’ve got some conservative tendencies myself. There’s an old saying: “Anyone who isn’t a liberal with they’re young has no heart. Anyone who isn’t a conservative when they’re older has no brain.” I’ve always found a strong element of truth to that. Age does make one less inclined towards change, so there’s that kind of “let’s just stick with this; it works okay” conservatism, but I think there is also a cautiousness that comes from wisdom (and wisdom comes from experience). To be honest, I no longer identify as a Dem or any party. Lately I invariably vote Dem just because the least worst choice has been so obvious.

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        I’m still registered as a Democrat and have been all my adult life, even when I voted mostly Republican. But I fully acknowledge they’re far from perfect.

        In truth, I think the reality is that political parties are messy coalitions of interests. The platforms and ideology are mostly just rhetoric for that coalition’s interests. Which is why I find the outrage people often have about the hypocrisy of politicians naive. That politician’s coalition isn’t going to care as long as their interests are being taken care of.

        No broad party will ever completely match up with my personal interests or inclinations. For me, it’s a matter of finding the closest fit, which right now are the Democrats.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Absolutely. It’s why Feminism struggled — there’s just no such thing as a platform representing all women. Or all men. Or all pretty much of anything.

        The real problem with ideas is that humans implement them. That’s always been the problem with religion and politics.

  • Wyrd Smythe

    I just saw what has to be the new campaign slogan:

    Don’t gloat — vote!

  • Wyrd Smythe

    Drat. POTUS being sick means I can’t devote the month to ragging on him and everything he stands for. I have to find something else to post about.

    We could all use a distraction anyway…

  • Wyrd Smythe

    Well, that was a much better debate. Harris did very well!

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