So ya’ll had to go and do it again didn’t ya? In the 8th episode of the most popular original anime of the season, a genuinely great show, one of the idols gets her backstory, and we learn that she’s trans. She originally had a guy’s name that she strongly rejects, and will insist upon being called by her chosen name if people use it. This is identical to trans people choosing new, gender-appropriate names for themselves. She is said to have different “junk” i.e., genitals, than the other girls. The cause of her death was a heart attack that she had upon seeing a facial hair growing, right after she insisted that she won’t grow up and let her body change. Some people have been unashamedly lying and saying that in the original Japanese it isn’t this explicit, when in fact it’s more so. Continue reading
I have an acute fear of economic death. I don’t know how quintessential an experience this is to my generational peers, though I know many of them have gone through it, and rates of economic anxieties or flat-out hopelessness seem to speak to the fact that I’m not wholly alone in it. It first hit me when I first moved out at age 19, and started living on my own, supporting myself. All of a sudden there came a consciousness of the fact that if for whatever reason, within my control, or, let’s be real here, more likely outside of it, I stopped making money, I would shortly die. Continue reading
Across the expanse of my memories there is one moment that stands out as distinct, a momentous occasion for certain, but one that would also extend far past that singular temporal moment and seep into the cracks and crevices of my life moving forward.
I watched Evangelion.
Now, let me begin this piece with the caveat that I don’t believe the philosophy of “no let’s just take as empathetic a route as possible and help people” to necessarily be an invalid one. However, what I do want to do is explore the thought process behind the recent DACA decision from reasoning based in the current political paradigm, and what that means. Continue reading
I’ve been in a bit of a mood over the past few days, and just started re-listening to an old favorite album on a whim that ended up matching that mood perfectly, so I figured I’d get some musical analysis in and talk about the album “Woman,” by Rhye. (listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my9JrzHlf9U ) Continue reading
I guess this has become a political blog now, which I’m okay with, haha. Keep in mind most of my political thought tends to be pretty speculative and theoretical, exploring ideas and positions and not expressing any actual convictions I may hold most of the time, because that’s boring (hopefully that sufficiently covers my ass). Continue reading
What has grown to be perhaps the most interesting line of thought on a slew of political issues for me is the surrounding moral debate (perhaps because that is the one I can competently engage in without having studied all of the many intricacies of economics, foreign policy, etc.). The debate about healthcare seems balanced upon a central principle; we as a society have more or less determined that a “civil” society doesn’t just “let its people die in the streets.” What does that really mean though? And what obligations does such a belief saddle us with?
As it stands currently we have measures in place to, for example, prevent or at least minimize children going hungry, through things like food stamps, SNAP, and free school lunches. Hospitals in general will not refuse crucial treatment. Those on the left will argue that healthcare is a fundamental human right, based largely upon the principle of “positive rights.” What this means in basic terms is that we have a right to life, but if we die due to disease then that right is obviously no longer one we can exercise. Healthcare is therefore a right because without it that right to life doesn’t really exist in practice. It’s something that can be taken from us rather easily and through no choice of our own.
Sidestepping the usual beats of that debate however I’d like to focus on one of the implications should we grant that premise and agree that one’s life being taken from them where it could be prevented infringes upon their rights. How far does this obligation to save them extend? Presumably in the near future we will be creating a number of different life extension treatments and techniques. I’d have to imagine that in order to be ideologically consistent one would be forced to say that these are also something people are owed. While the inverse of this scenario is what generally gets explored, a select group of elites keeping themselves alive forever while the plebs suffer beneath them, I also have to wonder about the logistics of everyone being entitled to this, and the likely expense such a thing could entail.
This line of thinking also raises interesting questions for abortion. As it stands currently you generally can’t abort a fetus that could survive outside of the womb just fine. Surely as medicine advances that age will get lower and lower. Right now it’s just over 20 weeks I believe, at some point it will likely be much less. How will the debate be then? When pro-choice advocates will have to argue in favor of the right to kill something that could survive on its own? I really can’t see how they’d be able to mount an effective defense.
Really this is the issue with saying something is “owed” or obligatory, beyond incredibly basic things. It might make (some) sense in the context of the current day, but as the capacity to fulfill that need increases so to does the degree to which you are obligated to do so.
I’m in a place emotionally that I’ve thankfully been largely free from for the past few months, but experiencing it severely enough at present that I felt the need to attempt to alleviate some of it through what has become an outlet for me during that same period of time, writing.
I have trouble believing much of anything with conviction. This is less of a disillusionment with the world around me, and more an almost paranoid insecurity about my own ability to be correct. I went to private Christian schools for much of my life, and by the time I was a teenager believed the earth was around 10,000 years old, evolution was a hoax, and had resolved to never consume alcohol in my life. Even then I was playing devil’s advocate, going against the grain by arguing that Obama was not, in fact, likely to be a Muslim, or have been born in Kenya, and leaving that school and belief system behind I became both intensely skeptical and reliant upon this tendency towards devil’s advocacy to “protect” me from being grossly wrong. Continue reading