Commenters’ Thoughts on Fitness Tests and Respect for Women

tteclod:

Thoughts worth pondering.

Originally posted on On the Rock:

In the post Men, some really great comments were made that I wish to highlight regarding Fitness testing and how one man views women (I would really like to hear other men’s thoughts on this).  These were fantastic comments that should not get buried.  (it ended up having a really interesting comment thread that you may wish to read in it’s entirety).

A Northern Observer asks regarding Fitness Testing:

We’re all sinners, and we all – consciously or not – know we’re bound to get ourselves into serious trouble if we’re left to our own devices. I submit fitness testing is a “safe” way to be (re)assured that there’s someone out there who’ll pull back on our reigns and “Whoa Nellie!” when we need it. This in turn means you don’t have to worry about running amuck in other matters and landing yourself in real trouble.

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Paul Elam versus Daryush Valizadeh

This missive is prompted by Paul Elam’s post here. Mr. Elam is answering critics on reddit (yes, that apparently warrants Mr. Elam’s prompt attention) regarding an interview with Daryush Valizadeh (also known as Roosh) by Mumia Ali published at A Voice for Men. Critics of Mr. Valizadeh oppose much of what he advocates, including using the usual psychology of women to manipulate them into sexual encounters. Valizadeh also writes guides for so-called love tourism, visiting other countries to meet women better than what may be easily found in the USA.

The thrust of Mr. Elam’s defense of the Valizadeh interview appears to be as follows.

He is a notable person in the world of modern men, …I figure it only appropriate and fair to let him have this temporary unabridged platform here.

I think it’s useful at this point to provide you a smattering of Valizadeh’s quotes from the interview for reference before proceeding with additional thoughts from Elam. [These quotes are, admittedly, substantially out of context, although I’ve placed them in order.]

I think my background has led to a lack of attachment to America and the ability to view it more objectively than most.

Game haters don’t understand that the alternative of Game can mean no sex… possibly ever.

I think Bang did well because it was practical …I spoke in plain language and approached the problem logically without advising guys to make drastic changes …My approach to Game is not designed just for extroverts.

Game alone as a movement or lifestyle is dead…

Feminists will vehemently criticize any behavior which increases a male’s sexual options while praising a behavior which increases a female’s sexual options.

…a lot of confused men buy into the anti-Game arguments and don’t even give a honest chance to a field of study that would greatly increase their mating success with only moderate levels of use.

I prefer to get my working model of human relationships from what we can see and experience …

Sex positivity is used by women to rationalize their sluttiness or to “discover” their “inner self” and beauty. Game is …used by men …to achieve the very concrete and definable goal of having sex with a woman or entering a relationship with one. [Emphasis mine.]

Game is a functional strategy to achieve sexual relations with women, including family formation, [Emphasis mine.] while sex positivity is a feminist paradigm that aims to masculinize women with the inevitable result of delaying family formation.

The opposition to Game [opposes] ideas that haven’t even been advocated in the 21st century. A lot of Game critics …do this because they need to misinform sexless men that Game is dangerous so that they don’t become future enemies of a narrative [squeezing the] remaining drop of masculinity Western society has left.

…I teach guys to optimize their appearance as much as possible while starting a bodybuilding program. Some men are born butt ugly, unfortunately, but a Game program will at least increase their results than if they did nothing.

I wouldn’t be surprised if [black African American] representation on my sites is greater than the general population.

…I have noticed …the presence of pro-white sentiments that [blacks] see as anti-black or even racist. Many manopshere bloggers …make openly hostile sentiments towards minorities, especially when it comes to inter-racial relationships involving white women.

…my gut instinct is to say that there are so few red pill black men (compared to white men) that there isn’t yet a critical mass for a strong black section of the manosphere.

If I can be blamed for anything, it’s that it is easier for me to see the bad than the good, but that fact doesn’t take away from accurate observations that a large percentage of experienced men agree with.

Feminism is an ideology that wants to remove all accountability and responsibility of women for their actions, no matter how immoral, reprehensible, or damaging to society.

All of this places an undue and unfair burden on men to bend over and please women at a cost of being labeled a misogynist…

The end result of this is that men stop interacting with women.

So, there you have it, in highly abridged form. Game is a way for men to get at women, there are issues within the community, but the enemy is feminism and its adherents. With all that out there, here’s what Mr. Elam has to say about Mr. Valizadeh.

…Roosh has talked a lot of smack about MRAs.

… I find so little merit in the concept of PUA and why I see little benefit in it for most men.

I still think shows, pretending to be something you are not in order boost your “effectiveness” with women is just a hair-brained alternative to the more sensible and simpler path of owning your life and your standards without compromise. No acting required. No gamesmanship. No trying to pass shit tests while pretending you are not selling yourself out. Just a strong rudder on your morality ship, with a skipper that acts like one.

Roosh apparently says he moved overseas to have sex with a better class of women. It seems strange to me, this apparently powerful force to change women called geography. With all respect to Roosh, [by which Mr. Elam means absolutely no respect whatsoever] it is a lot more about what you attract than in where you live.

That is not to say that what people like Roosh have to say is not at all useful. … I have heard …about “Inner Game”… But that is hardly a visible entity in the PUA community so far. …some better efforts to market it would be helpful.

You may compare and contrast. In my opinion, Mr. Elam misrepresents Mr. Valizadeh. You may think differently.

That said, I am eternally fascinated by the opinions of Paul Elam. Unlike the Dark Enlightenment, Mr. Elam has not yet concluded that there are “no enemies to the right.” We men are all much the worse for Mr. Elam’s intransigence and conspicuous intentional blindness regarding the value of a united front against feminism. I think Mr. Elam’s tactic springs from his politics. While he may be overtly anti-feminist, this does not mean he favors men. He’s looking for an egalitarian society. A truce with women, hopefully leading to a long-lasting peace. Like so many men, his loyalty to the progressive doctrine of equality betrays his own civilization’s self-interest.

Feminism seeks to disenfranchise and debase men to the detriment of both men and women. We’ve got a solid 50 years history to back that, plus another 50 years that show the roots of that feminist movement. If you’re coming at feminism thinking you can play the victim, you’ll find yourself some rude realities. Chief among these is that women do not favor victims. Game, despite its faults (and it does have faults), does not coddle men with the blanket of victimhood. The expectation is that women generally behave as women, that the behavior of women is predictable, especially within a sexually charged environment, and that wise men would do well to adopt behaviors when in the company of women (and men) that play to the preferences and predispositions of women. This is not “pretending you are not selling yourself out.” [Gods! The Grammar!] This is adapting to your environment and playing the part appropriate to the milieu. You, a man, want a woman. Women want men. Now, pay attention to what women think is manly and also which men women choose. To be chosen by a woman, you must be a man women choose. That, by the way, is called inner game.

Mr. Elam, in case he hasn’t yet understood: inner game is Game. The difference between what Mr. Elam advocates and what Mr. Valizadeh advocates is merely this: Valizadeh pays close attention to the other side of that restaurant table because he’s already mastered himself as a man. Mr. Elam says:

As far as helping men, it is my experience that men who develop a strong sense of self by drawing lines in the sand about what they will and won’t accept from women, and from themselves, usually don’t need it. They are doing just fine.

The challenge is that until men develop that strong sense of self by overcoming repeated failures and experiencing success, they continue to be unable to achieve the confidence necessary to establish personal boundaries with women. Valizadeh and other PUA’s provide the know-how to achieve that success. Mr. Elam and the MRA’s should help PUA’s, or get out of the way.

A Brief Statement Regarading the State of Men

I’ll just start typing, you can start reading, and we’ll see where this all leads.

For the past four months, I’ve been deep in piles of work. Occasionally, I’ll poke up my head out of the figurative hole in which I do this work, look around, and see if I can find anything useful about which to comment – briefly. More often than not, it is not possible to comment briefly. I’ll give you a for-instance.

I called a client this morning. He’s going toe-to-toe with his local city council over a building of his that partially collapsed. He’d like to get started with a cleaning and partial demolition of the building so that he can start building renovations, but he’s stymied by a city that won’t approve him to begin work. The man’s even bought a crane to reach up to the top of the three-story building. Meanwhile, they blame him for not beginning work, threatening lawsuits, and otherwise impeding progress, none of which is true. Feeling his frustration, I expressed my opinion that, were it my property, I’d probably go out there and start work and dare then to arrest me for trying to correct the situation. He liked that idea. Let’s hope he the other solutions I recommended work better.

I also read a response to a comment I made on Twitter that was a bit intriguing. Seems that confirming liberal stereotypes of Southerners isn’t to be done, especially the stereotypes that we’re a bunch of violent dim wits. Personally, I think that’s nothing but a bunch of bullshit. We ought to confirm the Yankee stereotype of Southerners at every opportunity, and then switch out of the stereotype when it’s profitable. Like when we’re expected to cower in fear of being outed as racists, and instead double-down. Or when we’re supposed to react violently to a provocation, but instead bring the full force of police and trial attorneys to bear against enemies. Or when we’re not expected to comprehend languages other than English, but we’re surprising capable in Spanish. Or Arabic. For example, this is for a man in Olympia, WA.

ابنتك الملاعين مثل كلب

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Se entiende la idea.

Speaking of morons, the Southern crypto-aristocrat discussion got started with a Rod Dreher article. He wrote something about how Southerners are terrible awful people who kept slaves in the USA (then Confederacy) and then terrorized blacks in the (again) USA south, so we ought to remember that when we’re talking about ISIS, we can be evil, too. Since this seems to be a profitable and rewarding line of rhetoric, he continued with an essay titled,
“Lesson of the New Atheist Muslim-Killer,” where his thesis, best I can discern, is that (so-called New) atheists are no more above reproach than the rest of us, and closed with this marvelous tidbit from Christianity.

“If you can’t see yourself in any of these crowds, you are not looking hard enough. Religious or atheist, left-wing or right-wing, gay, straight, American or non-American – you can’t escape it except through grace, and the constant work of standing up to the hater within. Civilization is a thin veneer over barbarism. Beneath our skin lay our skulls. We forget that at our peril. You too, New Atheists. You are no different from those you hate. We are one in the bond of humanity. That is our glory, and that is our shame.”

Now, for an article that glories in the shame of white male guilt-assertion, that’s pretty lacking in self-awareness. But to combine that with the theological concepts upon which Christianity depends, vidalicet, salvation depends upon the grace of a deity upon an unworthy human being, coupled with vigilance against one’s own predilection toward rebellion against that deity. Problem is, he fails to construct some really important concepts within atheist thought, or more precisely, leans upon a woman who also fails to construct these concepts. Here’s a bit he quotes from Elizabeth Stoker.

“Dawkins takes the obviousness of his moral frame for granted; he doesn’t feel the need to offer an earnest denouncement of these murders because he does not honestly believe any person could view them as an outgrowth of a system decent people like him are a part of. But this is a persistent problem with the New Atheist movement: Because it is more critical of religion than introspective about its own moral commitments, it assumes there is broad agreement about what constitutes decency, common sense, and reason. Yet in doing so, New Atheism tends to simply baptize the opinions of young, educated white men as the obviously rational approach to complicated sociopolitical problems. Thus prejudice in its own ranks goes unnoticed.”

Most atheists, though not all, and certainly not I, have constructed a progressive moral identity. It is, pronounced so briefly that perhaps it is caricature, 1) that people are intrinsically good and seek good in others, 2) that although some individuals may, through no personal fault, become anti-social and even violent, this is not a normal human condition, 3) moral systems that assign to acts or persons the quality of moral evil create more problems than they solve. Such a system of beliefs, while so full of errors that the resulting catastrophes summon to mind gory battlefields of dismembered corpses, nonetheless is a belief system of enlightened naiveté that commits crimes of omission, not acts of violence. To blame such people for the deadly outcome of a parking-space dispute is akin to blaming a nun for not breaking her vow of silence so she may scream while being raped.

Still, people attempt these specious arguments often. “You, group of fuckers, don’t agree with my conclusions regarding something-or-other, therefore you are evil bastards who are too ignorant to get a say.” These days, a man from the pinnacle civilization of the world, Western Europe, cannot be relied upon to possess opinions reflecting “the obviously rational approach to complicated socio-political problems” by virtue of inherited wisdom steadily accumulated over 3000 years. Alright, Ms. Stoker, I’ll bite: if not us, then who do you propose?

I am reminded of a story told by my second engineering employer. At the time, he was working at the state highway department here in Arkansas. For those that don’t know, Arkansas is actually very advanced when it comes to several fields of structural engineering. We don’t build much that’s very big, but most of our engineering techniques can’t be found in textbooks. This particular instance, the Federal Highway and Transportation Administration engineer was berating a senior engineer (my boss’s boss at the time) for the placement spacing of steel shear stud on top of the steel I-beam. [The studs act to connect the steel beam to the concrete bridge surface, creating a composite system that incorporates the concrete deck into the steel beam as a flange. Done right, the effective strength of such a system triples or better for gravity load considerations, and reduces bridge vibration, but the placement of the steel studs must be calculated careful for bridge steel so that the so-called shear flow (imagine gluing the pages of a phone book together do the pages don’t fan, and you’ll understand the concept) between the steel and concrete is transferred proportionate to the magnitude of the flow at that point in the span.] After several minutes of vitriol, the senior engineer calmly asked, “Are you asking me to add more studs, or specify fewer?” The Fed was unable to answer the question. For my part, I’ve designed thousands of these beams BY HAND over the course of twenty years. Now I use MathCAD for the work, but that doesn’t spare me the calculations, only the math errors.

This is the world in which we now appear to exist (it sure ain’t living): shrill shrikes protesting the competence of men because the shrike, having the brain of a bird, cannot comprehend the magnitude of wisdom, knowledge, and skill accumulated to accomplish fundamental tasks of civilization, like constructing a combustion engine or an electricity generating water turbine, or an exhaustive contract clause, or an instruction plan for a grade-school class of 20 children. What’s worse, its most horrifying capacity is its ability to degrade the minds of men, like me, who should know better.

Can you imagine any responsible father living in 1880, say, a farmer, sitting idle in front of a television screen – assuming that was his sole modern technology? Or, perhaps more believable, a farmer tapped into a telegraph line, listening intently to every utterance across the wires? [Yes, I’m talking about Twitter.] Yet this is the depths of intellectual depravity to which we have allowed ourselves to descend. What the fuck is wrong with us that the gibberish out of some mangy twat like Anita Sarkeesian warrants more comment than, “I don’t pay attention to the opinions of women.”

Pardon me. I regret not expressing that less coarsely. I do not regret the sentiment. Let’s say I’ve spent too many hours at “this here” desk crunching numbers and drawing other men’s idle fantasies to think clearly.

I see the clock is ticking rapidly toward a time I must tend my fields, literally. Spring is upon s here in Arkansas, so the early vegetables must soon be sown, and that means a trip to the supply store for the special seeds I haven’t saved and my wife wants. Plus a stop at the bank for a little cash, and perhaps some other errands I now forget and hope to recall. So, I’ll end with this.

We live in an age when we should be free to be idle, but others claim our labor. We ought not permit that continue. it is time, i think, that we shift our focus toward those goals Phalanx propounds: improvement of self being foremost.

Only don’t adopt passivism. That’s stupid. That’s what brought us here.

Age of Menarche, Age of First Childbirth, Age of Consent, and Related Maternal and Infant Morbidity and Mortality

Occasionally I stumble upon discussions of myself within the internet community. I don’t see this often, but I found one particularly foolish discussion here.

Here’s the quote they’re discussing, for those who’d rather skip the link.

“White” Girls are “good to go” by 13, easy, with exceptions for those not yet “bleeding.” Some of the sub-Saharan’s may skew younger, as may some other particular breeds, but the age we’re taught to prefer in modern society, early 20’s, is about ten years late.

The peanut gallery responded with the usual nonsense without any bearing in reality, though I’m inclined to forgive ignorance. Here’s a choice comment.

Gross. And inaccurate to boot.

Girls are not “good to go” by 13 in any sense of the word beyond “Now I can force my penis into her without *me* being injured by it”.

13 year old girls are usually not physically developed enough for sex without sustaining at least minor vaginal trauma. They certainly aren’t physically or emotionally developed enough for any resulting pregnancies. They also aren’t mentally and emotionally mature enough to deal with the physical, social, mental, and emotional requirements of a relationship with anyone who isn’t also 13 years old.

How is that being “good to go” again?

For those that aren’t aware, first sexual intercourse usually involves some modest trauma. I’ll let ya’ll read up on the details. A separate question, “Are females age 13 more likely to experience trauma from intercourse than females age 23?” may be worth discussing. As with anything, individuals vary, but analyses of available population data (go do your research) reveal that the age of a mother does not correlate well with maternal mortality rates. Here’s a quote that tries to keep the “ew, gross” theme alive.

We conclude that the overall evidence of effect for very young maternal age (<15 years or <2 years post-menarche) on infant outcomes is moderate [in other words, not non-existent]; that is, future studies are likely to refine the estimate of effect or precision but not to change the conclusion. Evidence points to an impact of young maternal age on low birthweight and preterm birth, which may mediate other infant outcomes such as neonatal mortality. The evidence that young maternal age increases risk for maternal anaemia is also fairly strong, although information on other nutritional outcomes and maternal morbidity/mortality is less clear. [emphasis mine]

-The Impact of Early Age at First Childbirth on Maternal and Infant Healthppe_1290259..284 Cassandra M. Gibbs,a* Amanda Wendt,b* Stacey Peters,aCarol J. Hoguea aDepartment of Epidemiology, andbHubert Global Health Department, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Here’s another, directly addressing infant mortality. As Heartiste says, science. Ya gotta love Dark Enlightenment.

The relationship between teenage fertility and infant mortality has been a controversial issue for some time. From a policy point of view, it is crucial to understand the nature of this relationship given that pregnancy among teenagers is on the rise globally. This study conducted a meta-analysis of the relationship between maternal age and infant mortality. Two important determinants, race and age, were considered; no evidence of a systematic relationship between age and infant mortality rates was found. The policy implications of this finding are considered.

-Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of North Texas, Denton 76203, USA. Health Care For Women International (Impact Factor: 0.63). 01/1997; 18(2):115-26.

So, yeah, sorry, but reality doesn’t agree with our moralistic presuppositions. I know it sucks. The universe doesn’t care.

Finally, toward the end of the comments, beneath the accusations of pedophilia, et al, there was this choice opinion.

“Good to go”? Sure, if you just breed girls to get the dowry. If, on the other hand, you have children because you love children, you probably won’t let your 13-year-old daughter marry some 40-year-old man, would you, tteclod? Oh, you weren’t thinking about girls as daughters, just as fuck-dolls, were you? Well, here’s news for you; every girl is someone’s daughter.

When my parents were expecting me, back in 1969 when they were 21 years old, older relatives muttered “children shouldn’t have children”. Was that also part of the modern society?

Why the scare-quotes around “bleeding”? You do know that it’s literal bleeding, for about a week every month, for some 40 years of our lives, right? The bleeding often starts when the girl has reached a certain weight, not when her body is physically and mentally ready to have children.

“Some of the sub-Saharan’s” are married off at 13, and many of them are mothers by the age of 14. Quite a few die in childbirth, though.

Ten years late, for what? Are you in a hurry? You do know that in the societies where it’s OK to marry off your 13-year-olds, it IS marriage that is the key, right? That good to go 13-yo will grow up and soon be early 20’s, and you’ll still be stuck with her. What then?

Anybody who’s been reading this blog will know a few little details about me. I’m in my 40’s. I’m married to the mother of my children. I have a teenage daughter. I have some concept of women, and living with them. Here’s a little more.

My first child was born when I was 25. This happens to match the age of my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother upon first child-birth. I don’t anticipate much different from my own daughter. As with her female ancestors, I expect her to finish college and maintain something of a profession. That’s how I live my life.

None of that changes biological realities. “Girls” are “good to go” around 13 years old. That’s part of what makes teen pregnancy such a problem in a society where we’re trying to get our “girls” a little more education before we send them off into the world. Age of consent may be a worthwhile rule to enforce, but we’re not really enforcing it to care for the physical well-being of our young females. Implying that men are sexually aberrant for experiencing sexual attraction to sexually capable women is criminalizing natural male sexuality. Sure, I’ll agree not to fuck girls under age 18 and file that along with not fucking women to whom I’m not married. that’s civilization. It’s the Patriarchy that invented it, so we know.

But if you think nubile 14-year-old women aren’t sexually attractive, you’re an idiot. [Yeah, I added a year.]

As for me, my personal tastes skew a little older, about 28+, mostly because I’m 40-something, and women under 25 can’t carry a conversation. It’s a bit like talking to my daughter, or fielding pedophilia accusations from the peanut gallery. I spend way too much time educating, and not enough time learning.

[Post-script: It never ceases to amaze me that I am reliably categorized with fundamentalist religious zealots. I’m atheist.]

A Public Service Announcement: Draw Your Own Conclusions

First, read this  then read this  .

Here’s the rest of the story, behind a pay-wall at http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/jan/20/enraged-champion-fires-gun-arrested-201/#comments

Little Rock police arrested boxing champion Jermain Taylor on Monday after he allegedly threatened a family of five at gunpoint after attending the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade.

Investigators spoke to Thelton and Toya Smith, who said Taylor had shot at them and threatened their three kids during a confrontation shortly after the parade ended.

Taylor, …had purportedly brought his championship belt to the parade and been taking pictures with the Smiths and others before he became violent toward the family. Toya Smith told the Democrat-Gazette that her 5-year-old son dropped the belt and Taylor, citing the belt’s $100,000 value, flew into a rage. Smith said Taylor appeared intoxicated.

“He pulled out a gun. He ran up on my husband … He said, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ He put the gun on my husband’s temple and he said, ‘Oh, you think I’m playing.’ Then he shot up twice in the air and then he put it back to my husband’s head,” she said.

Toya Smith, 40, said Taylor fired another shot in the air. She said the bullet grazed her husband’s ear, leaving Thelton Smith on the ground and begging Taylor not to shoot him.

Police reported no injuries in the incident, but Toya Smith said late Monday that she was taking her husband to a hospital because he couldn’t hear in one ear.

Toya Smith said Taylor pointed the gun at her three kids — ages 5, 3 and 1 — and threatened to kill them before he drove away.

“He said, ‘I don’t give a f about those kids. F you and those kids.’ I’ve never encountered anything like this. That man is out of his mind,” she said. “For him to put the gun on my babies …”

Police reported recovering three .38-caliber bullet casings from the scene.

Toya Smith said she and her husband plan to pursue further legal action against Taylor, who threatened the family in front of two of his own children, ages 15 and 5.

Wait for it…

Taylor’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Skylar Harris, said the incident “got out of hand.”

“There was this argument about something. I really wasn’t listening to it, I was just picking the belt up and putting them in the truck so we could leave. And him and some guy were having an argument and it turned into something terrible, terrible,” she said.

Harris described Taylor as “cool and laid back,” and said she had never seen him behave the way he did Monday.

“He just snapped,” she said. “That’s not the Jermain I know. That kind of surprised me. It really surprised me.”

‘Cause he’s never done anything like this before. [See links above.] I guess she’s a new girlfriend.

Of course, all this can be excused because it’s part of the Martin Luther King, Jr., parade.

One parade watcher, Charlotte Marie Webb, uploaded a video to Faceback showing Taylor dancing to music and waving as cars and floats drove by. The video shows the boxer in a burgundy jacket and khakis with a red cup in his hand.

“He was just drunk having a good time,” Webb wrote, referring to Taylor’s behavior before his arrest, after posting the video.

All the above quotes were in the sports section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. That’s right. The day after the Martin Luther King holiday, when reporting a shooting immediately following the parade, the story is reported in the sports section.

Ya’ll tell me: why is this story not on the front page of the local newspaper?

Absurdism

I present wisdom worth preserving.

the philosophy of absurdism seems like a good outlook to have

to explain it look at it this way
nihilism= atheism
absurdism= agnosticism

it refers to the conflict between (1) the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and (2) the human inability to find any

then what you have to do is accept this absurd fact and create your own meaning to life

albert camus who wrote about this philosophy giving example of archetypes that fit this lifestyle.

His first example of the absurd man is the famous seducer, Don Juan. He moves from woman to woman, seducing each one in turn with the same tactics—the same maneuvers—with which he seduced his previous lovers. He never stays with one woman too long before moving on to his next conquest.

Camus dismisses all accusations that Don Juan is desperately seeking true love, or that he is melancholy, or that he is unimaginatively repetitive, or that he is callously selfish, or that he will be a miserable old man. All these accusations seem to assume that Don Juan is ultimately hoping to achieve transcendence, to find something that will take him beyond his day-to-day seductions, and that he is totally incapable of finding that transcendence.

On the contrary, Camus portrays Don Juan as a man who lives for the passions of the present moment. He lives without hope of finding any transcendent significance in his life, and he recognizes the meaninglessness of his seductions. He is not looking for true love; he wants only to experience the continual repetition of his conquests. He is not melancholy; that would suppose that he hopes for something more or that he doesn’t know all that he needs to know. He is not unimaginatively repetitive in his seductions; he is interested in quantity, not quality, and so if the same techniques always get him the desired result there is no reason to alter them. He is not callously selfish; he may be selfish in his own way, but he does not seek to possess or control those whom he seduces. He will not suffer the consequences of his actions; he lives in full awareness of who he is and of where he is going. Therefore, old age and impotence can hardly catch him off-guard.

Original here: https://heartiste.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/the-parable-of-the-tiger-and-the-strawberry/#comment-642322

About that Eric Holder Resignation…

September 25, 2014: Eric Holder announced his resignation as Attorney General of the United States. He will stay in the post until his successor is confirmed.

Back in early 2014, Jeffrey Toobin interviewed Eric Holder. Here’s the relevant portion.

Toobin: “And how long are you going to be the Attorney General? You mentioned ‘as long as I’m Attorney General’…”

Holder: “Well, you know, I’ve still got things I want to do. I mean, I’ve got this fight, this criminal justice reform stuff that I talked about, I guess, in August at the ABA. [Emphasis mine.] I’ve got financial cases I’m still working on. So I’m going to be here for a while.

Toobin: “Do you want to put any more specific – this is like journalism [101]… I have to ask all these questions. If you don’t want to tell me, don’t tell me. Like, do you know? A year? Two years?”

Holder: “I guess, I think what I’ve said is, I’m going to be here certainly into 2014.”

Toobin: “That’s a big commitment. It’s in like three weeks…”

Holder: “I think I’ve said, ‘well into 2014.’”

Toobin: “I see. ‘Well into’? OK, very good.”

So, it’s now 2015, and Holder’s still US AG. Who’s the nominee? Loretta Lynch, famous for prosecuting everything from bad cops to mobsters to corrupt politicians.

Interesting times.