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  1. epimetheus's Avatar
    Generally didn't like Beverly episodes, but that was a good one.

    Janeway is probably the most underrated Captain in Star Trek.
  2. Darren White's Avatar
    "Shut UP, Wesley!"
    TNG is by far my favourite of all the Star Trek series. I identify to a certain extent with Data, since I am autistic, and take much literally

    But yeah, I get that, that shrinking Universe. Keep your head up, we'll send a shuttle to pick you up.
  3. Smith's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by clark
    Winston -- I agree. No one outside the people directly impacted by their kindness and compassion weeps the weep for the unsung heroes (gee! that might catch on!) in every community in every corner of the globe. Perversely, they are responsible for livingthe values that are projected over time by the tribe on a Hero. How many quietly courageous, strong, morally dedicated, unknown warriors did it take before a battle-obsessed tribe like the Anglo-Saxons defined that single Hero in its legends and stories, culminating finally in a poet creating Beowulf. I'm confident that, could we push aside the veils of pre-history, we'd find the pantheon of the Greek gods was created by that same tribal impulse to focus the best and worst of its needs on striking Individuals.

    The foundation for your downright bitter and uncompromising rejection of Kobe as a Great Hero is that the adulation pouring out thru the media is dramatically misplaced . . .but not that the IDEA of the Hero is misplaced. Is that fair? Were Kobe WORTHY of all this distress, you'd be fine with that? For Believers, I would think Jesus would be an example of a worthy Hero. American value systems are interesting as regards this issue of worthy Heroes. I will mention only one: the American President. I am not a student of international politics, but I know a little. . .and I have never heard of a Head of State elected in a fair election by the people who has the staggering amount of individual power enjoyed by the American President. Just one example: thru Administrative Orders or Executive Privilege or whatever they're calling it, the President can pretty well do any fucking thing he wants. I suppose he'd be pushing it to directly and arrogantly break the law for personal gain, but Trump has done major things 200+ times in 3 years and a few months (as did Pres. Obama before him), just because he liked an idea. What interests me here in the Romantic side of the American national character, that its legislators would vest such awesome power in ONE person. The faith that takes is monumental. It is, I would suggest a faith focused on creating a Hero, a Worthy Hero. I was studying in the USA when Kennedy was assassinated. From the grieving, it was clear that most Americans felt their personal Hero had been struck down.

    Just a few thoughts to kick around. v
    Currently taking a political-science class on American politics. The President has a lot of power, but it seems less unbalanced if you know about the checks and balances from the legislative and judicial branches.

    If you want to talk about a funny example of power, look no further than Marbury v Madison. The Supreme Court gave itself judicial review. And if congress had tried to roll it back, theoretically (this didn't actually happen, but very well could have) the Supreme Court could have declared it un-Constitutional with the judicial review that they had only just given themselves.

    The President's ability to use executive order is a hot-topic. I don't know enough about it myself to have a significant opinion on it, but then again, that's why I'm minoring in political-science. To learn.

    But some good things have happened throughout history. Namely, George Washington not taking advantage of the opportunity to continue being a democratically-elected President until death, and the American government deciding to place a term limit on the presidency after FDR got four terms (dying in office during his unfinished fourth).

    Unlike the judicial and legislative branches, the President *is* the executive branch, essentially. So there's a lot more spotlight on him just because of the ratio of power to person. It would be no different if we had a multi-executive branch (some weird cabinet system where the people appointed the cabinet of the president, and said cabinet members actually had authority to challenge the president), but we only had one Supreme Court justice instead of 9.

    Which, if you followed the circus around Brett Kavanaugh, you would've thought we were deciding whether or not he was fit to be our President.
    Updated February 1st, 2020 at 10:33 PM by Smith
  4. clark's Avatar
    Winston -- I agree. No one outside the people directly impacted by their kindness and compassion weeps the weep for the unsung heroes (gee! that might catch on!) in every community in every corner of the globe. Perversely, they are responsible for livingthe values that are projected over time by the tribe on a Hero. How many quietly courageous, strong, morally dedicated, unknown warriors did it take before a battle-obsessed tribe like the Anglo-Saxons defined that single Hero in its legends and stories, culminating finally in a poet creating Beowulf. I'm confident that, could we push aside the veils of pre-history, we'd find the pantheon of the Greek gods was created by that same tribal impulse to focus the best and worst of its needs on striking Individuals.

    The foundation for your downright bitter and uncompromising rejection of Kobe as a Great Hero is that the adulation pouring out thru the media is dramatically misplaced . . .but not that the IDEA of the Hero is misplaced. Is that fair? Were Kobe WORTHY of all this distress, you'd be fine with that? For Believers, I would think Jesus would be an example of a worthy Hero. American value systems are interesting as regards this issue of worthy Heroes. I will mention only one: the American President. I am not a student of international politics, but I know a little. . .and I have never heard of a Head of State elected in a fair election by the people who has the staggering amount of individual power enjoyed by the American President. Just one example: thru Administrative Orders or Executive Privilege or whatever they're calling it, the President can pretty well do any fucking thing he wants. I suppose he'd be pushing it to directly and arrogantly break the law for personal gain, but Trump has done major things 200+ times in 3 years and a few months (as did Pres. Obama before him), just because he liked an idea. What interests me here in the Romantic side of the American national character, that its legislators would vest such awesome power in ONE person. The faith that takes is monumental. It is, I would suggest a faith focused on creating a Hero, a Worthy Hero. I was studying in the USA when Kennedy was assassinated. From the grieving, it was clear that most Americans felt their personal Hero had been struck down.

    Just a few thoughts to kick around. v
  5. Winston's Avatar
    Oh, how far we've fallen.

    Yes Clark, your historical references are valid. And poignant. But instead of great warriors (or hunters) risking their lives in the bold pursuit of duty, honor, and protecting their "tribe", we get these quasi-vapid pop-culture heroes.
    Kobe Bryant did not jump on a grenade. He didn't save the Earth from a horrific asteroid impact. He died in a meaningless accident. His life prior to that was impressive in some ways, but nowhere near the level to justify the fawning news coverage and near deification. Again, he played a game. He was rich, and died young. Tragic, but otherwise not noteworthy. It's that simple.

    I have no animus for those rending their garments in grief, wailing and lamenting a "great man". Anyone can choose who they bond / identify with, even if it's some millionaire stranger you saw on TV. Just doesn't make sense to me.
    Especially when there are some much more deserving:

    Sister Margaret volunteered in the jail I worked at. She worked with an organization called "Friends Outside" that provided a bunch of family and support services not offered by the government. As a Nun, she took a vow of poverty, and literally had nothing. My wife also worked in the jail, and developed a friendship with Sister Margaret. The Sister confessed that once a week she would buy herself a chocolate bar, and felt guilty for it (Catholic, right?).
    The inmates tried to manipulate and con the Sister daily. She knew, but helped and loved them nonetheless. She was old, but worked tirelessly as a liaison with inmate families, helping them with finding money for rent and feeding their kids. My wife told me that Margaret took one vacation in five years. Only because the Diocese made her. She was hard in conviction, but her spirit was as warm and welcoming as The Savior she served.
    She died some time back. I'm can't remember when, because there wasn't wall-to-wall news coverage at the time. Maybe if she had more money, and died in a fiery helicopter crash...
  6. midnightpoet's Avatar
    True, Clark. We can surmise this may have started among the paleolithic hunters, the tribe probably looked up to the best hunter, maybe he killed a sabre tooth, saving the tribe (probably exaggerated, but oh the stories). Doesn't always end well, though.
  7. clark's Avatar
    Cultures need heroes. From The Epic of Gilgamesh (ca 2150 - 1400 BCE), generally regarded as the oldest surviving piece of written literature, to the gross slaughter-house madness of John Wick 1, 2, 3, and you can rest assured 4, 5, 6 . . . ordinary people focus their hopes, ambitions, dreams, and sense of moral/physical strength on ONE individual. The Hero [at the other end of the scale is the Scapegoat, on whom a culture heaps its sins, inadequacies, failures, and fears. The biblical Jesus is both]. Hitler used Nietzsche's Ubermensche as a model for his dream of the ideal Aryan man, and as a partial justification for the Nazi genocide against the Jews. If you can focus the people on a single image, the focus alone marginalizes the pain and desperation of your own prospects . . .if only for a while.

    I think that's what's happening here. The Death of a Hero in battle--that's his role--doing what he's supposed to do for us, is certainly a Bad Thing, but for a Hero to die in a stupid accident -- that is shocking, demoralizing, completely unacceptabble. It reminds us that if one of our Heroes has clay feet . . .fuck! so do WE!
  8. midnightpoet's Avatar
    Yes, it's not just Kobe - people (all over the world it seems) are going to superheros, celebrities, even politicians more often now like there's something missing in their lives but don't know what it is so they hang onto basically hero worship. Trouble is, most if not all of them have feet of clay.
  9. escorial's Avatar
    SH...life would be tragic if it wasn't so funny.......
  10. Smith's Avatar
    I think part of the answer can be found towards the end of your post. There are many people who feel the same way about Stephen Hawking or Mother Theresa, that you feel about Kobe.

    Of course, I think we can at least make an objective distinction that one brought entertainment (and perhaps some inspiration), while Stephen Hawking advanced science in many ways that have trickled down to benefit our daily lives. One benefited a culture with bread and circus; the other was a boon to humanity as a whole, advancing our understanding of the universe. Of course, while bread and circus is okay in moderation, likewise we must be cautious about scientific advancement. As cliche as it might be, Jurassic Park is a good (albeit fictional) example of why. Science doesn't ask if it should. Only if it can.

    I am impressed by the level of skill and amount of dedication that a man like Kobe showed. I also value the way that he won and lost; his character, something EVERYBODY can learn from. And some of it is about the "personal" connection, although it seems like a misuse of the term. People may have followed him since they were a little kid, and have all of these memories not only of Kobe, but of their favorite team winning, and celebrating that with friends. There's an idea that on and off the court, these celebrity athletes represent the team's hometown. Misplaced sense of pride? May be.

    I do think people invest a little too much into that... But we're all weird humans and we can get caught-up in some pretty strange shit. In fact, it seems like a lot of things in life are pretty weird if you bother to take a step back and observe it from the outside. Sometimes though, I think it's better to lose yourself in the moment and enjoy it. Just be sure to reflect afterward. Sleep, wake. Sleep, wake.

    What's really appalling is the way that it was covered by the media. So busy trying to scoop the competitor, to get the hot-take, to be the first, that they published and broadcasted embarrassing fucking lies. They often didn't even bother to add disclaimers that information hadn't been verified, that something was still being investigated. That's sad. Regardless of how important you think a given person is, to turn their death into THAT? It's shameful. Worse than irresponsible.
  11. escorial's Avatar
    No one loves you when your down and out.....
  12. Kevin's Avatar
    Not being a basketball fan, I don't know how I feel about the huge public response except that this was someone that a lot of people followed/knew-of for many years, unlike somebody not as well known., (but equally noteworthy in their own way).

    He ( Kobe) was an artist of sorts, developed unique skills moves that were not just "...a seal balancing a ball on his nose..", unless that seal had just shown up one day at the harbor, doing it on his own, his own way, while displaying fantastic, unique skills (repeating myself?) , better ( top three ever?) than any other seal on the planet.
    ...
    aside:

    I know that mountain . It's not very tall ( 1500' max , maybe...), been ontop several times, ridden around it (on its slopes) many times (see: "new millennium trail, Calabasas" ) Just sort of strange that in this day and age there isn't an effective system to virtual guide you or show you topo and relative realtime position when flying in dense fog. Maybe there is.
  13. Neetu's Avatar
    No, we don't get to choose our family. We don't even get to choose how we're raised. It often leads to siblings growing apart, sometimes leaving us with guilt that being blood relatives, we ought to feel the consolation, offer consolation, just be there for our family. There's never a right answer. It's not your fault your sister is the way she is. The best you can do is be there for her in a true crisis, but other than that, just stay away as you are doing.
  14. Asmoab's Avatar
    This has been an interesting thread to read. It seems you all have some history. It's slightly easier to approach an established crowd on the internet, than in the playground, but not much. Here goes anyway.

    I don't buy the world's going to shit view. Find a paper, or pamphlet, from any period in the last 300 years. The narrative is common - the youth of today are deteriorating, somebody will be promoting a credible end of the world scenario, there are innumerable examples of man's inhumanity to man.

    It's the human condition, it has black and white and everything in between in any population or any one brain. You've got to live it, so why not enjoy it. If rose tinted specs make the world look brighter than wearing sunglasses, choose the rose stinted ones. The view they give is no more or less accurate than the sunglasses, but the world looks better.

    I'm a newbie. I'd wondered if Winston's post was so over the top it was a writing exercise.
  15. dither's Avatar
    BFB,

    I've got that T-Shirt and there's no way back.
  16. BornForBurning's Avatar
    Winston I get your feelings, because I have felt them. Very strongly. But I disagree. Here's one 'cold' truth, cold like steel: the more you cut yourself off from others, the more you cut yourself. One more person you don't give a damn about is one more open wound. It's like lopping off a limb each time one gets bruised. In the end, you end up powerless and isolated. There's only one self-made uberman, and that's God. You can't run forever.

    A warning: speaking from personal experience, to be alone, truly alone, and at the mercy of the things that lurk in the dark is a fate worse than death.

    Happy New Year, and I hope things go well for you. Good luck with weird family btw; I've got those people too
  17. dither's Avatar
    Good post Glasshouse, there is much truth, unfortunately, in what you say.
  18. Theglasshouse's Avatar
    People experience real life consequences of how others treat them such as myself. I had depression since high school and maybe earlier. All because if you don't respect people other things could happen very likely in the mental areas off life such as depression. In high school before entering in as sophomore I was innocent on how people behaved. I developed anxiety and would cover my face because people behaving badly in class.

    We are innocent to many people we have no idea how they can harm us even as adults. If you will childhood is a mirror to adulthood. To me adulthood never ends. We are influenced by many things that happen when children. It is these sorts of people that when they aren't corrected could harm someone without knowing it.

    I grew up. I doubt I will be easily influenced by people who claim they are kind towards other people.

    But in practice these very people want to get away with their behavior even when unethical because they got away with abuse.

    This is my personal anecdote from mental disease, and it has nothing to do with the opening post. I wish I could share an experience and not quote a post instead. Since I will probably sound ignorant. I am not sure what the post in the blog was about. I posted it because it's better to inductively understand points from another person's lifetime experiences.
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