Musings

There are valid excuses for consistent failure. 

But consistent failure to learn from the same kind of mistakes?  Not really.

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  1. Yeah. I’m a fucking idiot. There are no excuses. Never have been, never will be. There are no ways out. Or in, either. It is what it is, always has been and always will be. So whatever. I don’t know. This is what I get. It did all of this to myself.

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    • At a certain point, it is our fault as individuals, but I’m not sure when…definitely not when we’re infants. But I suppose if we accept the premise that at our cores, we’re parts of an omnipotent beings, then in that sense, yeah, we did it all to ourselves.

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      • I think that’s an impossible question to answer, but unfortunately, we still have to approximate for the sake of law and accountability. The only objective measure I’ve heard is that by age 25, our prefrontal cortexes are fully formed and we should only then be thought of as being able to access the full potential of our biological decision-making ability. But personally, I just like being very exacting with myself (as long as it’s productive) and giving others the benefit of the doubt, unless the stakes are too high to mess around. 🙂

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      • I’ve also heard that 25 is the age we finish developing and therefore it is the age we can truly say that we stop growing and begin to die. Yay!? I totally fucked up all my biochemistry with all the mistakes prior to that. And ugh I’m 32 now. 7 years on from my “peak”. Whoop-whoop-whoop, I am Homer Simpson (doing that walking in circles while lying on the floor) kind of cray-cray. But also stupid and dense like Peter Griffin. But I have my own theme song like Glenn Quagmire. So.. *shrugs*
        🎵 “It’s quagmire, quagmire, giggity giggity goo. Let’s have sex” 🦃
        The thing with stakes when you’re a meta lingo limbo snake, I turn words into some hononymic form and respond in kind. Because I am a vampire who likes to eat food. So so the high pile of steaks?Medium rare please. I’m easier to nail to the coffin once and for all once you know the way to my heart is through this girl’s stomach.

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      • Im more generous after a good feed. Becsuse when I’m sated I’m not so greedy. And I love to give, I love to serve. And because I’m super lazy I like to do so laying down, or on my knees. Whatever is easiest in the given environment. I love to please.

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      • Well there’s a bit of a contradiction there for me; I also like to give (turning ladies on is really my primary turn on; I’d really rather not boff at all if the lady isn’t all about it), but it’s super hard for me to gasm, so in order to do so, the lady has to be on top and doing most of the work. So towards the end, I’M the lazy one.😅

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    • There is a certain amount of repetition… I think. DSFB is also correct, though. In the longer term, it seems we don’t repeat the exact same pattern. There are arguably similarities, though, I think. Humanity’s “long-term memory” is not great. We forget things that happened a long time ago. We also try to forget and/or ignore (especially nowadays it seems) bad stuff from the past. This lack of recall allows for us to repeat some mistakes, or at least, go down similar paths that result in mistakes, etc. – not necessarily the same mistakes, though.
      In light of that, I think we should work to enlighten ourselves, if not about the past, but about ways to not take the dark paths. It would certainly be beneficial to remember the past and learn from it. But if humanity keeps “forgetting”, then we must operate better in the present and work to prevent future mistakes without the benefit of prior knowledge. It’s difficult, but possible. Applying ethics/morals to our activities in real-time can help steer us away from making the “wrong” choices. Not remembering the mistakes of the past is certainly a handicap, but I would like to believe that we can avoid some pitfalls without such knowledge. Finally, being humble and accepting our imperfection might also reduce the level of mistakes we might make… my two cents… change accepted 😉

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      • It’s just that human atavistic nature didn’t keep up with the advance of science and technology. Sooner or later there will be an idiot who believes he has to deploy nuclear warheads. Think of “first strike strategies”(US) and “Samson options”(Israel, North Korea,…). Or the computer science who gives lots of governments and corporate business wet dreams about Big Brother scenarios while offering cyber terrorists a tool to disrupt a whole society. War became a video game where real people who bleed and die are reduced to an abstraction by generals and politicians. And I can go on…

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      • I certainly won’t presume to argue with what you’ve just said because yes, all of that is very possible (some of the Big Brother shit is most likely going on now). Humanity is certainly having growing pains right now in relation to the advancement of science and tech. I just have to offer the possibility that your apparent view is a bit negative. Humans have always tried to come up with a bigger better of way of getting stuff and then keeping that stuff… bigger sticks to fend off those that would try and take what they’ve got… better ways to manage the knowledge we’ve accumulated and know what others are thinking and saying about us. We’ve always squabbled over who gets what, etc. I think that’s human nature. I don’t condone some of this stuff for sure, but I am in no position to directly stop it or eliminate it. The whole is greater than the little part that is me. So, there are definitely some really bad possibilities for humanity.
        And yet… we’re still here and moving along. Again, I can’t disagree with the distinct possibility that we might fuck up and end us, but I also contend that in spite of some of the scary shit we’ve created and potential scenarios we’ve not eliminated from our reality, there is more to humanity than what we see and hear in the news and social media. I am, at least, hopeful that we are not so far gone/lost that we would just destroy ourselves.

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      • Indeed. No point in writing off humanity when we can still do something with what we have in front of us. No point in glorifying it either. As long as we keep doing what we can with what’s in front of us, the arguments become moot.

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      • It is a possibility, but there is also a possibility of the opposite. I believe there have been Cold War scares where one side was convinced that nukes had been launched (even though it was later proven to be a false positive), and yet they still held off on retaliation, because they knew it would mean certain catastrophe. Kind of like the boat-captives in the Dark Knight rising to the occasion, I think.

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      • I actually think we might become a little too godlike for our tastes if we corrected ourselves in perfect measure after each of our mistakes. That’s not to take away from our current failings, where we repeat our mistakes to a frustrating degree. But the overall trend is encouraging to me. (Hope we don’t destroy/reset ourselves so we can keep building off the progress we’ve made).

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