The visionary behind the billion-dollar Doritos Locos Tacos died on Thanksgiving.
Sad in so many ways. If you eat Taco Bell as much as I’m guessing this guy did, you can pretty much add cancer to your life’s agenda. And now to see everyone “honoring” his death by going to poison themselves at Taco Bell, and his little girl eating the same horrid, life-shortening “food”… it’s sick. Sick, twisted, backwards, blind, a complete joke.
This is the world, people. This is what we live in.
Actually, we are all part of the community of humanity. If humanity is happy, has a successful life, a happy future, automatically, I will benefit. If humanity suffers, I too will suffer. Humanity is like one body, and we are part of that body. Once you realize this, once you cultivate this kind of attitude, you can bring about a change in your way of thinking. A sense of caring, commitment, discipline, oneness with humanity—these are very relevant in today’s world. I call this secular ethics, and this is the first level to counter negative emotions. The second level in this connection is taught by all major religious traditions, whether Christian or Muslim or Jewish or Hindu. They all carry the message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and discipline. These are countermeasures for negative emotions. When anger is about to surface, when hatred is about to flare up, think of tolerance. It is important to stop any mental dissatisfaction when we feel it because it leads to anger and hatred. Patience is the countermeasure for mental dissatisfaction. Greed and its self-centeredness bring unhappiness, and also destruction of the environment, exploitation of others, and increases the gap between the rich and the poor. The countermeasure is contentment. So practicing contentment is useful in our daily lives. …All religious traditions talk about methods of compassion and forgiveness. If we accept religion, we should take the religious methods seriously and sincerely and use them in our daily lives. Then, a meaningful life can develop.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Photo by Three Hundred Houston.
This bothers me in so many ways. Sure, all religions teach compassion and love - in SOME of the text. The rest of the text is all non-science based, faith-demanding bullshit that supports sexism, racism, war, violence, bigotry, homophobia, etc., etc., etc.
I honestly am not too familiar with the DL aside from the occasional quote, but this was very disappointing to read. It does nothing more but support modern-day religious practitioners who pick out which parts of their “holy text” are “relevant” today, ignoring the text’s more… unpleasant rules that would, y’know, land them in jail or a mental institution today.
a million times this.
Some of my favorite quotes and thoughts about religion.
This all sounds really cute on the surface, but it’s just sugarcoating the fact that you’re lying to your kids. You don’t need to make up entertaining lies to feed a child’s imagination, and I’m getting really tired of that trend. A good parent should be able to encourage both imagination and a sense of reality at the same time. “We don’t want our kids hooked on electronics so we convince them their toys are alive” just doesn’t seem like the best solution to an otherwise completely valid concern.
Numerous stories have emerged recently about parents who have chosen to raise their children as “gender neutral.” The parents have received widespread criticism with many questioning whether they have a political motive and are just using their children to enforce their own agendas.
This month’s most idiotic, ignorant, and generally society-harming post brought to you, shockingly, by ChristianPost.com!
#1 Quote That Will Make You Want To Punch Everyone You Meet Today: "You can’t make a child "gender neutral." There is no such thing! Genders aren’t stereotypes! They’re basic FACT."
Dear Fucking Moron,
Today we learn the difference between sex and gender. A person’s sex is fact. Whether they’re born with a P or a V is fact. There it is, look at it, you can see it. Gender is socially constructed. Gender is what tell us, “People with vaginas can wear pink and play with dolls. People with penises can’t.” However, due to the fact that boys being raised gender-neutral can and often do in fact wear pink or play with dolls completely falsifies your claim that one cannot be gender-neutral. Being gender neutral doesn’t mean not having a penis or vagina. It means no matter what’s between your legs, you have the freedom to choose what clothing to wear, what toys to play with, what hobbies to pursue, and so on. To drive you even further to a heart attack (I hope), one can even be sex-neutral! They’re called hermaphrodites.
DID YOU KNOW… that up until the early part of this century, pink was actually considered the masculine color and blue was the feminine color? Yes, it was literally completely reversed. Did you know that high heels were originally designed for and worn by men? Oh god, how completely traumatized these people in history must have been when they grew up. Did you know that pants are basically just double dresses? Is a kilt cross-dressing? Nah, because it’s called a kilt, right? So that’s okay.
Do you even own a brain? Have you ever once thought about who decides what makes something “masculine” or “feminine” and whether or not it even has a purpose? Or are you just like everyone else, going through life like a fucking zombie, following everyone else like a fucking sheep and never thinking about anything you’re doing? Can you please show me in the bible where god says what toys or colors a child can be associated with? Please, enlighten me - I always enjoy new reasons to hate the bible anyway. Oh but wait, didn’t men wear robes in the bible? But they were okay because they were called “robes,” right? And oh, it was a different time. Over time, the definition of sin changes. It must, since women are allowed to cut their hair now and you can’t trade your daughter for an ox or calf anymore, or whatever that was. Except gay sex! That’s always a sin, because it is.
Do everyone a favor and die already. Jesus Christ.
I don’t know why this made me so angry but honestly, there’s a limit of human stupidity I can tolerate in one day, and this just blew it off the charts.
Oh, so true.
Living as a staunch vegan antitheist is really fucking hard.
Most people will encounter a nice person and think simply, “What a nice person! The world is better because of them.”
I encounter the same person and think, “Who cares how ‘nice’ that person is to people? Who cares what accomplishments they have? Who cares what they might’ve contributed to society? That person is destroying their child’s potential for imagination and scientific discovery by feeding them cult-based lies and spiritual fairy tales,” or at the very least, “That person is responsible for the murder, torture, and exploitation of animals so they can have bacon for breakfast.”
This is how I see the world. This is how I see people. There are almost no truly, purely nice people in my eyes. I’m starting to see nearly all people as nothing more than mindless, consumerist, moronic, giant carbon footprints. It’s making me depressed (more so than usual) and destroying my motivation to do anything. Where I once fantasized about teaching yoga someday, now I simply think, “Forget it, I don’t want to be around people.” It makes me not want to try to “accomplish” anything, like writing or publishing something, because I think, is there anyone left worth impressing? I don’t need to publish something to know that I have a talent for writing. People publish and promote to feel validated as writers, to get others’ approval. Why do I care about the approval of people I wish didn’t exist?
Lately I’ve been trying to see if I can afford to buy a Nissan Leaf in the next year - not because I think it looks cool (which it doesn’t) or because it will make me look successful (it won’t), or any of the reasons people typically buy cars - but because I really want to eliminate my environmental impact as much as possible. But no one’s going to say I’m a nice person, because I’m the one who’s angry at everyone else for being “normal,” I’m the one calling out everyone else on their bullshit.
Fuck it all, honestly.
As usual, my comment has nothing to do with the author’s intended response from readers.
The reason no one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict is because people generally see addiction as a choice that you can control, and cancer as a curse that you can’t.
No, people don’t choose have cancer. But people do live and eat in ways that promote cancer, and that is a choice.
What saddened and frustrated me so much about this article is the description of how “well” they ate when his wife had cancer. I really, really hoped I was going to read about healthy plant-based dishes, but of course not. Meat… dairy… sugary, processed, fattening, starchy foods… all the poisons that foster a cancerous environment in the first place. I understand if people are skeptical about food being largely responsible for causing and curing most diseases, but it is unfathomable to me that so many people do not seem to make any connection between their diets and their diseases.
Not every disease is curable or avoidable every time in every person. But health is really, really a lot simpler than people want it to be. If you put orange juice in your car’s gas tank, it’s not gonna run. If you put shit in your body, eventually it’s going to start malfunctioning too.
The world is incredibly sad to me. One of these days I just need to turn off my computer and stop witnessing it.
Pulling my car into the drive-thru line at Starbucks, I wondered why it was a dozen people deep. It wasnât raining, yet it seemed everyone was driving through today. I was transporting three dogs t…
To be fair, I really should’ve looked at the name of the website (or y’know, anything else on the website) before reading the story, but I just clicked it absently from someone’s Facebook page.
At first the story was very inspiring, until the last two paragraphs. It almost made me sick to my stomach. The idea that we need god to be good is so appalling I can’t even discuss it. That we aren’t even responsible for our own actions - but simply puppets for some imaginary deity. I hate it, and I really fucking hate it.
After I read the piece, I started thinking more about it. Y’know, I have had absolutely rock-bottom, shittastic days and entire periods of my life when I was angry at everyone, everything was going wrong, and I barely thought I could keep going - far worse than sick kids or a pissy husband. But not fucking once did I or would I ever take it out on a stranger. I don’t care what you’re going through; nothing gives you the right to treat another person like that. We are in control of our own behaviors and responses - in fact, that’s often the only thing we’re in control over. And nothing makes it okay to react the way this person did. But this story implies that it’s understandable, excusable even - oh right, because the person reminded her of herself.
"Seeing yourself" in them, frankly, makes the act of kindness pretty much selfish, if the only reason your sympathy receptors go off is because the person reminds you of yourself.
Kindness is wonderful. But don’t justify asshole-ish behavior, and don’t fucking attribute your good deeds to a god. You have a brain. Your brain decides what you do based on what you feed it.