|Party time with a friend's AR.|
Does society punish our animus and reward our anima behaviors? A little like the "War on Religion," I think it's a "No" with a "But."
|Screwing around with a shotgun.|
|Myself with about 150 of the 1,000 paper cranes I folded someone serving in Afghanistan.|
|Some of the 300+ cookies I baked for homemade Christmas presents this year.|
|My work. A figure showing the quality of the denoising tehcnique I developed using Newtonian differencing.|
It's a thought I've had before, particularly with regards to education and politics. You're not allowed to call a student "lazy" or worse, "stupid." Politicians employ methods to make you empathize with them and speak of loving gentleness and compassion rather than pragmatism.
On the right I feel that people get their animus fix vicariously through foreign war. On the left, it's "defending" others by banging bongo drums.
|Have you tried actually organizing and voting, you crazy hippies? No? Just whining and banging bongo drums to annoy people? And this will accomplish... what, exactly?|
Both are inappropriate. I think the right's method of getting their animus fix by waving flags and telling someone else to risk their lives for their country is probably the more egregious. Yet somehow I find the left's method more annoying; I'm not 100% sure why.
I think we need to re-define the model. I don't think aggression is bad or even necessarily threatening. I feel that as a society - Western society - we need to awaken our animus, to become more personally aggressive and critical.