So I caught an episode of Dateline NBC today and they were doing a show where they were catching pedophiles, and it brought up the issue of pedophilia in my head. Now that I think about it, I really don’t see why it should be illegal at all as long as it’s consensual. The only reason that I can think of is that it’s a cultural taboo. But that doesn’t mean it should be illegal. To some people, two men having sex is a cultural taboo. Yet that’s not illegal. Just because it’s an act that might put disgust on peoples faces doesn’t mean that it’s wrong or that it should be illegal. In fact, in many past and even present cultures pedophilia is a completely natural sexual activity that isn’t looked on as a bad thing at all.
In large part, we have no control over what our… Read More
You need to interact with people more, Jacob. . .
Actually, someone in the group who doesn’t get along with you would prefer that you didn’t hang out in the group when she’s around.
. . .
So I was about to go to sleep when, out of the blue, the analogy came to me. People always think that I think religious people are stupid. Honestly, I don’t view them as stupid, but as someone who should have outgrown the belief. Just like Santa Claus. I don’t think that people who believe in Santa Claus are stupid. But it’s something that should be grown out of.
Now here’s a hypothetical. You’re 20 and one of your friends is the same age. All of the sudden the conversation turns toward Santa Claus and your friend becomes very defensive. You come to find that your friend still believes in Santa Claus and isn’t kidding. How would you react to that situation? A 20 year old still believing in Santa Claus?
That’s the feeling I get whenever someone tells me they believe in God. Now does that make them stupid? Of course not.… Read More
I walk up and don’t say a word. I toss a sealed envelope and a pair of scissors on the table.
“A deck of cards has two colors. Red and black. (I mime holding red pile in one hand and black pile in other.) You sir, which pile would you like to choose? (let’s say they chose the black pile) Leaving me with the red pile. Now we have two suits, the hearts and diamonds. You miss, which suit would you like to choose? (let’s say they choose diamonds) Leaving me with the hearts. Before I continue, would you like to change your mind? (let’s say they stay) Very well, which leaves us with thirteen remaining cards to choose from. A heart that could be anywhere from an ace to a king. You sir, I’d like you to form the value of a card in your mind. Imagine that it’s… Read More