So far as I can see, all political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. . . To appreciate the danger of Fascism the Left would have had to admit its own shortcomings, which was too painful; so the whole phenomenon was ignored or misinterpreted, with disastrous results.
The most one can say is that people can be fairly good prophets when their wishes are realizable. But a truly objective approach is almost impossible, because in one form or another almost everyone is a nationalist… The most intelligent people seem capable of holding schizophrenic beliefs, or disregarding plain facts, of evading serious questions with debating-society repartees, or swallowing baseless rumours and of looking on indifferently while history is falsified. All these mental vices spring ultimately from the nationalistic habit of mind, which is itself, I suppose, the product of fear and of the ghastly emptiness of machine civilization….
I believe that it is possible to be more objective than most of us are, but that it involves a moral effort. One cannot get away from one’s own subjective feelings, but at least one can know what they are and make allowance for them.
–George Orwell, London Letter in: Partisan Review (Winter, 1945)
Back again with a totally different subject matter and attitude.
Please do some research on furries. They are probably the most hilarious phenomenon this side of the Atlantic. I bet some people are doing this over in Europe as well.
Furries are people who dress up and act as animals very frequently when they are not necessarily getting paid to do so. Many furries go to conventions to meet up with furries. Some post craigslist ads to find other furries to get funky with. Others have cartoon images that idealise what their furry should look like, huge abs, pecs, or boobs. I’ll post some links to places you can find furry pictures at the end of this post. Overall it’s a pretty strange sub culture, but well worth looking into for some laughs. Sorry if you are a furry and are reading this right now, its just so funny.
I have seen furries on the internet everywhere in this country from D.C. to San Francisco. They play games, drink, dance and party. Some even get freaky with their outfits on. One guy was permanently tattooed with cheetah spots and had the wiskers implanted in his face. You may have seen stuff similar to this on TV, there are more people like this out there than just him. It is way too funny… Modern ethical thought, and liberal social attitudes have created a very special form of nihilism that is fantastic for creating extreme-O people. I thank GOD almighty for the opportunity to see these funny guys on the internet in the past and again soon. Hopefully I’ll also meet a couple and have the guts to ask them some questions. If I do, you will most definitely hear about it.