Saturday, January 26, 2008

"peace is an accident"

Sly was on Rush the other day talking about his new Rambo movie. I haven't seen the movie but he had this to say about a group of idealists portrayed
in the movie:

They actually believe what they're doing is right and that someday there's going to be this mystical moment and we're all going to join hands and sing "We Are the World," and when the truth is, Rambo says, "War is natural. Peace is an accident." That's a fact of life. It's unfortunate that we can start a war in five minutes, but it takes us a hundred years to make peace. So what comes more natural?

Stallone recognizes the human condition. Why is it that most of the rest of Hollywood doesn't?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


xkcd is often pretty entertaining, but I found this one amusing in a different sense:

The obvious logical fallacy here is that you can prove supernatural powers through natural methods. If you could, the powers wouldn't be supernatural. I don't know what inspired that comic, but I think it's interesting when people make science their religion and refuse to think outside the bounds of the physical world. Physics, geology and biology cannot answer a huge class of life's questions. They don't adequately address such philosophical and spiritual issues as love, greed, morals or purpose. It's almost as if you can't prove it with math or observe it with a microscope it isn't important or isn't even real. That seems like a pretty narrow view of the world to me.