When you try to do a good thing…

I’m reminded of the time I posted on Craigslist FREE Furniture when we renovated our hotel.

DUMB IDEA.

Talk about ENTITLED. People were renting U-Hauls and rental trucks and then were PISSED when all the units were taken before they got there. People were driving two hours out. There were lines of cars and just a frenzy with people trying to pick up furniture.

Imagine Black Friday in your parking lot.

NEVER AGAIN.

ANIMALS!!!

Disrespecting Your Elders

There are some Korean Immigrants that I have dealt with that see me as being “disrespectful” to them when I don’t follow certain cultural norms as they remembered from their 1970s Korea. They are insulted when I judge them solely by their merits, rather than the mere fact that they are older than me. The concept of “Ancestor” worship stems strong from Confucius roots.

“Respect your elders.”
“Don’t talk back.”
“Know your place.”
“It’s shameful you don’t know how to speak Korean.”

While the mainland of Korea evolved toward Gangnam Style, K-Pop, Oldboy, E-Sports, etc., the Korean immigrants only remember the 1970s Korea they immigrated from and stubbornly stuck to it. They no longer fit in modernized Korea, and are even more irrelevant in America.

Thankfully, most of the 1970s immigrants are retiring or have retired. They contributed a hard working ethic, but their stubbornness to maintain their old, 1970’s “Korean Ways” caused them to be their own worst enemy to further their economic productivity (“work harder, not smarter”). Take my father, for example. He think I’m lazy because I don’t do yard work and instead pay $50/month to have it maintained by Mexican immigrants about two times a month. Yet never realized or did the analysis that he could’ve made about the same or more money renting out his Auto Body Shop than actually operating it (I’m guessing, about 10 years ago). Good luck trying to have an honest discussion about that. The moment you start bringing up “facts,” you are immediately labeled as being “disrespectful.”

SJW argumentative techniques have been around a long time.

I fully embrace Western Individualism, and reject the collectivism of South East Asian cultures. An individual ought to be judged by one’s own merits, rather than their social identity (ie. age, race, etc.). I know what it means to live in a culture that values “traditions” and “societal norms” over careful consideration and thought. I suppose every time I’m faced with such a dilemma, there’s a visceral and emotional reaction that stems from the stupidity and unnecessary suffering I had to endure growing up due to this brainless culture of identity worship.

Some cultures are better than others.

Remote Security Camera Access

In this age, publicly posting that I’m going to be moving to Puerto Rico could be a sign for criminals to then want to rob your house. Thankfully, I have access to my home camera system remotely and through my smart phone.

Also, my home insurance deductible is $7,160.00, so I’d appreciate would be thieves skipping my place. If the deductible was lower, I’d say you would be doing me a favor since it’ll mean I won’t have to sell as many things when I make the move permanent.

Thanks for your consideration.

(Upon second thought, perhaps I should lower my deductible to $500.)

On Intellectual Discourse & Expectations

When you look at reality from a view that there exists moral absolutes (Moral Absolutism) and that one can come to a better understanding of what those moral absolutes are based on rational discourse, you quickly realize you’re in the small minority of people who actually believe that.

In fact, the mere act of searching for Truth through questioning various positions is met with Ad Hominem attacks from those who believe that all truths are just as valid as any other truth claims (Moral Relativism).

And there are those who are Moral Absolutists, but disconnect it from the intellect: “And honestly, I’m not particularly interested in engaging in a drawn-out intellectual debate on the subject because to me this isn’t an issue of intellect, it’s of basic humanity, compassion, and empathy.”

The disconnect of intellect with Moral Absolutes means that the only means one can come to an understanding of these Moral Absolutes is to simply take it entirely by “faith” or “emotion.” Which morality ultimately “wins” rests entirely by appealing to the changing sands of emotional & cultural predispositions.

Considering the condition of today’s politics and thinking patterns of the world throughout history to the present, it is I who am irrational to have the expectation that most of my colleagues use rational means, rather than emotion, to ultimately address these moral principles.

Would you rather be right, and be alone? Or would you rather live contrary to your Principles, and be embraced by the World?

I’ve already made that choice long ago.

What Must Be Done: Public Education

For Public Education, I see its primary function as a means to teach technical skills and abilities for which will be directly translated into the productive work force. Public Education should not be used to indoctrinate or act as surrogate parents teaching morality or producing a “sheepish” mentality to “respect State authority.” Teaching “social skills” are also something I don’t believe should be the function of the State, as “social skills” is ultimately a very subjective matter as our SJW-brethren accurately point out.

From this perspective stems the understanding that Public Schools are filled with tremendous layers of waste and fluff. Also, it can be understood that there are much more cost effective means to obtain these goals through Internet resources.

The less time my kids can spend in the Public Indoctrination system, the better. Hopefully they will be intellectually curious enough on their own accord that they will desire to skip the endless amounts of BS in middle school / high school for which I support.

I suppose then, that my biggest responsibility is to counter the influence of State indoctrination, and encourage my children to challenge the “Establishment” and question everything and anyone. Especially me.

Social Justice Warriors & the State of Public Schools

If you think about the implications of the distorted views of the current “Social Justice Movement” at college campuses, it does lead you to wonder where these students learned this behavior. The Public School system comes to my mind immediately. From 1997 – 2001, in Shorewood High School, I never learned this kind of authoritarian style of Justice, and I was part of some clubs on campuses that were Progressive in nature.

Are High Schools now fundamentally different? The terms “trigger warning” and “micro-regressions” have really only sprung up in the last two years. Have they been brewing under the surface at High Schools previous to this as “learned behavior?”

I hope that in the next 7 years, by the time Chloe goes into Middle School / High School, that I will have the option to opt out of the Public School System, get my $10,000 back per year, per child, and to educate my children as I see fit (private or home school).

If Education is a “right” (which I would question) then shouldn’t one have the “right” to choose which School to put your child in and subsequently be able to self-direct the tax dollars taken away at the point of a gun?

If Universities are supposed to be the bastion / pinnacle of “free thinking” then how much worse is it really in public High Schools?

This is very concerning, but luckily, I have quite a bit of time to sort it out.