Diatribes - Computer, Economic & Political

This blog is really just for me. If you find something interesting on it, leave me a comment. If you disagree with something, let me know what and why. In this blog I am just putting some of my thoughts for computers, the economy, politics, and other topics in writing.

15 February 2006

Mini-Entry - Frivilous pursuits

So as far as religion goes, mine is one of the most strict. Everyone knows the people who follow each law to the letter. I admire such people, I'm just not one of them. So when you think about a lot of stuff we do, it isn't exactly useful, doesn't have a religious/eternal purpose. I'm talking about stuff like most entertainment. TV is like spiritual junkfood, we know it is bad for us, but we like it.

I don't know how to justify such things. I'm not sure I need to. Seinfeld, Kung-Pow, RATM or Kurt Vonnegut, none of these have any good spiritual implications, and may have bad ones (the overused word 'desensitization' comes to mind). They may not have any good implications in the long run, but they help with the issue of keeping one's sanity.

Maybe no one else knows what the heck I"m talking about. I'm not a fundamentalist really, though I admire those who can be. My point is that not all frivolous things are bad (or that more stuff is frivolous than we think, take your pick). I spend inordinate amounts of time figuring out how to hack computers, a word which here refers to getting computers to do something they weren't designed to do. Some people think it is a waste, then they go watch a movie (I often counter with "I have time to waste, I don't own a TV", which is true).

Just because I select my frivolous pursuits differently than others doesn't make them better or worse. Sometimes I am surprised that people can pay as much attention to their appearance as I do to computers, my brother does to politics, my mother to books, my father to work and my friends to movies, video games & tv shows. We all just choose our frivolous pursuits differently.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean by my pursuit of 'work'? Just curious..........

16 July, 2006  

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