“I deserve…”

Stupidity-expanding

In a meritocracy, sure you deserve any loss or gain regarding wealth, but other than that the idea that anyone deserves anything from pain to success is really borderline delusional… Unless you’re thinking of “deserving” as “effect” in which case that would be true, it would just be an effort to account for all the factors that are necessary to create an effect. But “deserving” based on one’s relative goodness or badness or whatever isn’t a thing.

“I deserve…”

Cultural Appropriation

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I would say that The Last Temptation of Christ was a fine example of cultural appropriation. Meaning it took the symbolic value of the cross and of the Jesus mythology and gave it a new context. Consequently Scorsese made brilliant film with great artistic merit, taking the symbols and making something new with them. Similarly, heavy metal was the music-child of white people and yet bands like Living Colour and King’s X took its symbolic value and put it in a different context, consequently making masterful albums, and becoming two of the greatest metal/grunge legends of all time. Cultural appropriation is healthy for art and what’s healthy for art is healthy for culture and what’s healthy for culture is healthy for humanity as a whole rather than specific demographics.

“”I leave symbols to the symbol-minded” -George Carlin

Cultural Appropriation

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Get-wealth-quick schemes/seminars are cruel enough as is (consider it the Lottery’s meaner cousin, feeding off the poor, dumbly-optimistic and desperate) but religious get-wealth-now schemes are supremely fucked up. Rather than charging a ridiculous fee, they charge you the “moral tax”, also known as tithes and offerings, so you’re coerced into doing something for God so God can do something for you. So now wealth is contingent on your moral behavior so, arguably there’s a stronger pull to “do the right thing” which in this case would be to pay the man behind the curtain all you have… much like the parable of the woman in Matthew, who gave her last coin to the man of god…

“[God is] all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can’t handle money!” -George Carlin

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