It’s a part of a family of internet discourse styles. Rules of debate have morphed and changed over time as all things do although it’s mostly unchanged from Usenet days, except perhaps the Fallacy list has grown exponentially and the informals are de facto formalized now and always growing.

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Can’t get this face out of my head. [ignore the one floating around with the communist shirt – that kid has a cleft chin and different facial structure and is a fake] Affluent neighborhood, guns aren’t cheap and apparently he had a lot. Saw a couple of videos from in the school. Can’t get the shooting sounds and screams out of my head. So easy for people to be jaded, focusing on themselves, coming up with ridiculous “solutions” that are the laughing stock of the rest of the planet. I don’t have a solution. But this is a problem. Lawmakers need to stop ignoring this. Leave the thoughts and prayers for those with little power to make change. They need to take it seriously. Come up with real answers instead of glib ones.

Can’t get this face
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Can’t get this face out of my head. [ignore the one floating around with the communist shirt – that kid has a cleft chin and different facial structure and is a fake] Affluent neighborhood, guns aren’t cheap and apparently he had a lot. Saw a couple of videos from in the school. Can’t get the shooting sounds and screams out of my head. So easy for people to be jaded, focusing on themselves, coming up with ridiculous “solutions” that are the laughing stock of the rest of the planet. I don’t have a solution. But this is a problem. Lawmakers need to stop ignoring this. Leave the thoughts and prayers for those with little power to make change. They need to take it seriously. Come up with real answers instead of glib ones.


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I always enjoyed the Hero’s Journey and Joseph Campbell was a significant part of my adolescence/young adulthood. Children’s stories are combinations of warning stories where bad things are encoded as monsters and good things are encoded as perfections and our map from our awkward selves to good things are often encoded as the good dipping down to our level so we can relate (or starting there), going deeper into adversity than we ever have and then rising up to levels of good we can’t attain directly, but providing a map to get there. I wouldn’t say it’s literally in our DNA though nor that the lack of it would result in the downfall of anything except perhaps a simplified view of things. I’ll give an analogy: Why does American Country music all sound alike now? Simply put, they’ve found a popular musical formula and they’re using it as much as possible until the audience gets saturated. Does it mean the algorithms that produce this standard country music formula are in human DNA? No. It means they’ve found the core of the current formula. Monomyth stops working on kids who are over exposed to it. They get tired of the underdog beating the bully and rising to victory and start rooting for the villain, or moving on to more complicated stories that aren’t monomyth based like anime and such.

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I like large messy governments that compete internally with smaller messy governments in a kind of federal vs confederate manner with some division and awkward overlap of duties that tells citizens what they think citizens should think while being checked by messy media that compete for eyeballs and agreement from across the spectrum all with the JUST barely enough cooperation to function with most of its actual work that gets done being inbetween the lines of hierarchies. [hierarchies are useful things to work around which makes them useful as structure if not always function]

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Choosing is hard because they functioned in an efficient corporate structure as a collective for the common good (80s corporate perfection was realized in Star Trek TNG complete with cubicle office decor in matte finish which was pleasant but unassuming and also in Star Trek: Voyager, although Enterprise was like a Chicago startup trying to compete with Silicon Valley.

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