I Keep Hearing People Say

That “Social Justice Warrior” is a bogus term. It doesn’t really mean anything. And there aren’t any people really advocating for telling you how to live on the left anyway. Right? Right?

Well, tell me what a good name for the Puppy Kickers who destroyed the Hugos, the liars who turned a critique of journalistic ethics in gaming into a charge about feminism, or the people who say we can’t listen to heavy metal–or even Folk Metal–music because it’s too ‘masculine’ and ‘white’ might be?

http://politicalhat.com/2015/10/12/folk-metal-is-now-problematic/

Really? Now we go after a genre where a high percentage of the most popular bands are fronted by female singers as being “Too masculine”?  And of course, then we can get into the whole question of why it’s ‘evil’ to be masculine. The only good males are geldings, it seems.

So ok, if we can’t call them SJWs, then I’m going to call them Assassins of Joy. Only they’re not nearly as funny as Vir Cotto. And they’re quite unlikely to bumble their way to the top of the Centauri Republic.

And just remember, sooner or later, these same people will come for a fandom you care about. So when will Free Speech matter to you?

Pain Is a Message

We go through lives seeking the path of least resistance. This is not unique to humanity, electricity, water, and herds do the same thing. Much of the time there is nothing wrong with this. If the familiar fields are green, the herd eats and waters well. But for the lemming, that comfortable journey has a less than pleasant ending. Safe is ultimately an illusion in this world. No matter how much we insulate ourselves, helicopter parent our kids, or GPS our lives, there is pain.

And that is not always a bad thing. Pain isn’t death. Pain is a message we’re stretching our limits. Pushing at boundaries we haven’t crossed before. Now if we incur pain through acts of stupidity, then it may rapidly be accompanied by actual injury. But the life lived on the couch avoiding pain and contact with the world is wasted.

Nothing worth having is easy. Nothing worth doing comes without risk. Growth does not come without pain. Without stretching our muscles to build them up. Our hearts to cut away what holds us back and make room for something new. Our beliefs to adjust them to the world that is and adapt to new experiences. I doubt there is anything profound in this, except that we have inured ourselves to that message. Inoculated ourselves against pain, and in doing so, stunted our growth.

No life worth living comes without pain.

Do Yourself a Favor

Read these articles. IMHO, Winston Spencer Churchill was the greatest man of the 20th century. And his biography makes any life richer. But the lessons from it are all the better. BECOME the person you wish to be. None of us are born that person whole cloth like Athena. Rather, like Michelangelo’s David, we are revealed as such in steps and stages. It is a lifelong journey. And it is only failed if one lives the cowardly, craven life of the perpetually adolescent. Those who neither dream of success, plan to make it happen, nor take responsibility for their failures and family.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/12/01/the-winston-churchill-school-of-adulthood-is-now-in-session/

h/t Ace of Spades