Quote of the day—Jenny Everywhere

As I keep saying as First Speaker for the Pink Pistols: We do not just want gun rights. We do not just want gay rights. We do not just want gay gun rights. We want *everyone* to have *all* of their rights, *all of the time*.

Jenny Everywhere
July 22, 2013
Comment to Quote of the Day – Mark Steyn Edition
[Frequently when I say something like this I get the strangest looks from people. It’s like it doesn’t compute that all civil rights are equal and important. I think they really believe that if I support the right to keep and bear arms then I must be a woman/black/gay hating bigot.

Another one is that since I am opposed to recreational drugs being illegal I must either use them or would if they were legal. It’s pretty rare that I even drink a little bit of wine and when I do it’s mostly for medicinal purposes. I have never even taken a single puff of a cigarette, cigar, or other recreational drug. And I have never paid someone for sex and have no interest in doing so even though I have been near locations where it was both legal and available. Yet some people cannot imagine why I would want those things to be legal if I didn’t want to take advantage of them.

I can only conclude that a large number of people have no principles and they project that onto others. This is of significant concern to me because for a long time I thought that most people surely must have principles but I just wasn’t smart enough to figure out what they were. I suppose it must be a lot like being told there is not a Santa Claus or an Easter Bunny (my parents never lied to me about those things so I don’t know what it is really like). The truth is painful and I’m embarrassed to realize almost everyone figured it out long before I did.—Joe]

9 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Jenny Everywhere

  1. I think Terry Pratchett got really close to the truth in this (obviously fictional) discussion between the anthropomorphic personification of death (who speaks in capital letters) and his human assistant.
    [quote]
    HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

    “Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

    YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

    “So we can believe the big ones?”

    YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

    “They’re not the same at all!”

    YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET— Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME . . . SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

    “Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

    MY POINT EXACTLY.
    [/quote]

  2. There’s nothing more Equal than a Trigger.

    It doesn’t care a bit what the Finger that is pulling it is attached to.

  3. Joe; what’s puzzling you is the power of culture (root word being “cult”)over people’s minds. Our culture tells us that, essentially, tribal concerns or identity politics define our relationships. We’ve been conditioned (hypnotized) to think, refelxively in certain ways. I’ve referred to it in the past as “Plavlovian”. Ring the bell, and; “Bigot”! Ring another bell and; “War on Women!” etc.

    Nearly all of us behave in a similar manner in certain situations, whether we like to admit it or not, we all like to think of ourselves as being objective, whether we are or not, and no one likes to think they are the unwitting victims of mind control or cultural conditioning (which are the same thing).

    Yet culture, by its very definition, does it to us. If you’d been born in Saudi, you’d most likely be a Muslim, in Borneo maybe a cannibal, born in America with low self esteem and watching the Old Media, you’ll be what I call a “default leftist”, meaning you’ll have the mentality that has you expressing puzzlement. It’s a given, and very few people can escape it, and even then they don’t really escape conditioning really, but are merely receiving conditioning of a different kind.

    To be truly objective means you have no Earthly conditioning. How possible is that, being as we’re all born into some form of conditioning?

    What are we doing right here, right now, if not attempting to reprogram people to a different set of cultural assumptions or “stimulus A = reaction B”?

    Is our over-arching thesis that there is an “Ultimate Measure or Ideal of Right and Wrong” and if so, where is it? Or are we trying to tell people to “be objective” and then be the ones ourselves to define what is objectivity, thus forming our own cult?

  4. In my experience, not only do a lot of people not have much in the way of principles, they are really quite fuzzy on what principles are. You ask them about their principles on any particular subject, and they tell you what their position is, not what their underlying principles are that got them there. And, moreover, they often don’t understand the difference, and think you are being pedantic when you try to either explain the difference, or get at the deeper ideas.

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  6. I can only conclude that a large number of people have no principles and they project that onto others.

    I would concur with this conclusion.

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