I made the color scheme of this blog black and white long ago. While it has always attracted a polarization of the topics discussed, this seems to have increased as time has passed, resulting in a quality of comments that are increasingly rational on one end, and increasingly irrational on the other. Readers of this blog, more and more, are getting it, or not getting it at all.
And I am pleased to see it.
Eva, a recent commenter on this blog, left some counterfeit gems of wisdom that I am now going to selectively rip apart for the lies that they are.
Here is the full comment (link)
Love means different things to different people. I’m sorry to hear that your entire purpose in life is this selfish concept that you have defined for yourself according to some book you have read. The video does not refer to romantic love, but love in general. There is nothing wrong with selfish love, to each their own. Perhaps it is a feminine perspective, however that is where the imbalance in our world is. If men and woman cannot agree to how define love then how can they engage in it mutually?
Calling someone a “moron, riddled with contradictions like a whore with more STDs than she can count” is immature. Naming someone an “idiot” for their opinion and labeling selfless love a “deadly sin” just proves you are a deeply self-absorbed person with no regard for others. I do not know why any woman would ever want a relationship with you, but I wish you the best of luck in finding your “one million percent selfish” romantic relationship.
“Love means different things to different people.”
No kidding. Love, like food, exercise, and rape, is a victim of word inflation. It is used so generally, so widely, and with such a profound lack of even the most basic definition, that it has become almost meaningless.
This is largely thanks to people like Eva, who choose not to think, and instead wish.
To the contrary, words have exact meanings, including “love” — and I’ll be the first to say that when you are dealing with words, you are dealing with the mind (which is why exact definitions are so important to form).
Love, to be exact, in the most general and fundamental sense, is to value.
Remember this — to VALUE.
“I’m sorry to hear that your entire purpose in life is this selfish concept that you have defined for yourself according to some book you have read. “
This is perhaps one of the top ten most stupid sentences I have read over the course of my entire life. The exact meaning of this sentence is that Eva is sorry that I discovered, absorbed, and judged the validity of new knowledge to be in alignment with reality, and have subsequently incorporated it into the entirety of my life.
This is anti-reason in 2011, and anti-life.
What’s more, Eva, who I am assuming is a woman, has attempted to use the word selfish as an insult/derogatory term.
The fact is, I am proud of my selfishness, almost more than anything else in the world (the only thing I am more proud of, I think, are the real world results I have been able to produce as a direct result of acting in my own rational self-interest).
“The video does not refer to romantic love, but love in general.”
Romantic love is a derivative of love in the general sense. You cannot speak of romantic love and at the same time dismiss “love” in and of itself. To do so is a contradiction in terms and concepts — this is revealed on the computer screen I am looking at right now, let alone in abstract thought.
- Romantic love
Need I say more?
That idiotic, insane, irrational woman in the love video in that post made attacks on all forms of love — and she is deserving of every word I said about her for that exercise in stupidity.
“There is nothing wrong with selfish love, to each their own.”
As you reveal in further discussion, what you mean by “to each their own”, is a dismissal of the fact of reality that love and selfishness go hand in hand.
In a detached, underhand way, you deny that existence exists by stating that selfless love is possible.
That you can value some thing without you being a part of the process.
But this begs the question … who is doing the valuing?
“If men and woman cannot agree to how define love then how can they engage in it mutually?”
For once, you are partly right, they can’t engage in [romantic] love unless and until the definition of love is agreed upon, implicitly or explicitly.
It is entirely within the realm of possibility though that they can however, agree — and be right.
“Calling someone a “moron, riddled with contradictions like a whore with more STDs than she can count” is immature.”
I would agree, if it were not a statement that reflected reality.
It is. That woman in the video is a complete and utter moron, and intellectually promiscuous at best, and to say the least.
“Naming someone an “idiot” for their opinion and labeling selfless love a “deadly sin” just proves you are a deeply self-absorbed person with no regard for others. “
Despite popular opinion, the root of all evil is not totalitarianism, communism, socialism, fascism, collectivism, or even altruism (which should not be confused with benevolence) — it is irrationality.
It is man’s refusal to think, to trust the judgement of his own mind, and his rejection of the axiom that existence exists.
Which is exactly what that woman in the video did. To attempt to engage in “selfless love” is to attempt to force a contradiction into reality, which is to say, to deny the validity of man’s mind, his ability to reason, and to deny reality itself.
There is no such thing as selfless love. This is true in the same way and for the same reasons that no good on earth can be achieved or advanced by the initiation of force.
Force is only valid in defense.
When you deny that single valid justification for acts of violence, you are denying that A=A — that the chair you are sitting on is the chair you are sitting on.
The same is true when you deny that a self is required to perform a process of valuing — you are denying existence, your self, and your mind.
A deadly sin is to gentle a term.
“I do not know why any woman would ever want a relationship with you, but I wish you the best of luck in finding your “one million percent selfish” romantic relationship.”
Men of ability do not rely on “luck”. You can keep it — I’d rather kill myself than accept it from you.
— Anthony Dream Johnson