To paraphrase the great Jonah Goldberg, “Dear Reader (including those of you who are reading this because I pester you):” I have three fascinating articles to share.
The first, by the brilliant Victor Davis Hanson, is entitled “Technology and Wisdom”, is regarding an important misconception amongst the younger generation that the plethora of technology denotes wisdom and understanding. Hanson points out that technology is a method to bring knowledge and understanding to bear, a means of transportation, essentially. But without the material to be transported, namely the knowledge, the method of transportation is useless. He also makes the excellent point regarding the imperfections of technology created by imperfect beings, particularly with regards to how we view our technology. Often, we see ourselves as atop an invincible pillar of technology, but the power of nature can easily demonstrate how this is false, such as with a hurricane or the lost plane over Malasia. Another example of this is how computer estimations from years said temperatures would rise over the past 17 years when they have remained a constant, or lowered in some cases. The rest of Mr. Hanson’s excellent article can be found here
Tying in to the idea of nature we have something from the other side of this battle spectrum, an article in response to a documentary entitled “The War on Humans” . The article, entitled “Drawing battle lines in the War on Humans” outlines some of the main ideas shown in the film. The film discusses the meaning of being human and the differences between ourselves and the rest of nature. An important element in the film is the section about some of the more radical environmental groups, such as Peter Singer, who argues that ““speciesism” is just as wrong as racism or sexism (speciesism being discrimination by species, such as not treating a dog the same way you would treat a human.). The base of this kind of argument is that humans should not exist. A quote from the article, ““If you really take them at their word, a farmer who tries to kill weeds…is committing a crime,” said John G. West, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute.” Another example provided by the article is the 2004 movement by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) entitled “Holocaust on your Plate”, equating the consumption of animals to the Holocaust, which is one of the most absurd claims that could possibly be made. Equating one of the most horrible events in history to the consumption of animals simply cannot be anymore ridiculous. The last line in the article is a quote from the leading creator of the documentary, Wesley J. Smith, “Smith observed in the film. “If we see ourselves as just another animal in the forest, that’s precisely how we’ll act.”
The last article, a relatively popular topic on theconnorjblog, is about the power abuse by President Obama. This article, entitled “Power isn’t funny”, by Charles C. W. Cooke, is a summary of some of the various incidents where Obama has broadcast how he perceives his status as president, the latest of which was on a show called “Between the Ferns”, where Obama and Zach Galifianakis exchanged some witty scripted comments but Galifianakis clearly deferring to the president. After the show, however, the president had this to say, “His whole character is to go after the guest, and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, I wonder what happens here if I cross the line? But we had a great time.” This sentence reveals much about the president’s character, especially when viewed as part of a larger pattern against some of his other comments. (The other comments include threatening the Jonas Brothers with Predator Drones and announcing at Monticello that the good thing about being president is that he can do whatever he wants) A comment that I have not listed on my blog before was his response to not receiving an honorary degree from Arizona State University, “I do think we all learned an important lesson…I learned never again to pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets, and “President Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.” At first, this joke seemed insignificant. He would never use the IRS to harass opponents, right?