love this blog
Richard Dawkins, (via luceplace)
Maybe the most annoying and condescending part of religion is assuming that without it, you would simply have no reason to live (or get up in the morning). Its like a heroin addict asking “without Heroin, how do you go on living?” and my answer to both is a resounding *facepalm*.
I am now!
Yeah, in May sometime
Beyond that, Japan hasn’t build its entire society on the principle of every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost. Their idea of disaster preparedness is not hoarding enough bullets to shoot their neighbors who run out of food. When America has a natural disaster, the private sector immediately focuses on profiteering and jacking up prices. In Japan the prices are lowered and in some cases basic necessities are even given away gratis. Japanese are more willing to look out for and help one another because unlike the U.S., their social dynamics focus on group harmony (critics say “conformity”) rather than constant reminders that You are responsible for yourself and no one else. If your neighbor needs help, the American response is to lecture him about failing to better prepare himself for the crisis.
That, and Japan hasn’t created a massive, impoverished underclass that interacts with government primarily at the end of a police baton.” —
All I could do was nod my head the whole time reading this