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Thursday, January 13, 2005

f#ck the future...

Arianna Huffington over at workingforchange has written an illuminating piece:
Near the beginning of "Saturday Night Fever," John Travolta's Tony Manero, frustrated that his boss thinks he should save his salary instead of spending it on a new disco shirt, cries out, "F- - - the future!" To which his boss replies: "No, Tony, you can't f- - - the future. The future f- - -s you! It catches up with you and it f- - -s you if you ain't prepared for it!"

Well, I don't know if you've noticed, but America has morphed into a nation of Tony Maneros -- collectively dismissing the future. And nowhere is this mindset more prevalent than at the Bush White House, which is unwavering in its determination to ignore the future. Full Story

6 Comments:

Blogger Splutters said...

The boss guy's got a point y'know. My poor cousin was in near tears because he failed in his CA exam (its CPA in your country I guess).
The poor guy hasn't got less than a B+ in his entire life!
Yeah. I hate the freakin future!
Especially considering the fact that tomorrow is the PTA meeting where I get my report card!

January 14, 2005 1:35 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I hope you read the whole article, Hobbes. I'll be holding an exam on it next Wednesday, and you'll get a week's detention if you don't score an A. :-)

January 14, 2005 10:36 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

This post is so right on the money! Americans are living for today only. The sad thing is, that we are ALL going to pay for that soon and when I say ALL, I mean all of the world. America as a country is so far in debt that it's ridiculous and the American people are so far over thier heads in individual debt that something has got to give. Unfortunately, when America goes into a major recession in the next two years or so (if we're lucky) or a depression, the whole world is going to go down with us. Bush's answer? Keep spending, baby!

January 14, 2005 1:54 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Nah. They'll cook the books. But if they don't, we're allgoing down the tubes economically. Maybe once we hit the bottom another chanc will present itself to st up a socialistic system that keeps private business under tight reigns. Of course I'm just a lay person dreaming. Better that than dead man walking.

January 14, 2005 11:01 PM  
Blogger Noel Chrotsky said...

I feel dreadfully sorry for Americans - at least in Australia we don't have so many kooky cultists (I have no problem describing the doomsdayers like this) and they aren't running the shop.

Karl Marx was right (although I'm a Christian myself and don't approve of abolishing religion, just keeping it out of government):

The basis of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet found himself or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being encamped outside the world. Man is the world of man, the state, society. This state, this society, produce religion, an inverted world-consciousness, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of that world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in a popular form, its spiritualistic point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, its universal source of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realisation of the human essence because the human essence has no true reality. The struggle against religion is therefore indirectly a fight against the world of which religion is the spiritual aroma.

Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and also the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

To abolish religion as the illusory happiness of the people is to demand their real happiness. The demand to give up illusions about the existing state of affairs is the demand to give up a state of affairs which needs illusions. The criticism of religion is therefore in embryo the criticism of the vale of tears, the halo of which is religion.

January 24, 2005 12:26 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I alternate between atheist and agnostic but I think banning religion is wrong. People must be free to engage in whatever spiritual quackeries they want otherwise you end up right back at Animal Farm. Then again, I'm starting to think we never left it.

February 01, 2005 6:01 AM  

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