• Robert Arvanitis

    Of course they’d like you, Book.

    And even somehow they did NOT, it would be their loss, not yours.

    Your self-esteem does not require the validation of anyone else.

    This is in stark contrast to insecure homosexuals, who require the power of government to coerce photographers and pastry chefs to renounce their principles.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Insecurity comes from overly impulsive and oppressive reliance on other people’s power. Although there’s a distinction that must be made.
    Relying on the power of your family, lover, friends, or people subordinate to you in status is one thing. Relying on a foreign power or an extremely high status source of power to make other people’s family, lover, and friends provide favors, is another thing.

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      The reasoning behind this is rather simple. In order for people to become and maintain autonomy, they must pay off their debts to society and to others for favors owed. So when you take favors from family and other associates, repaying them is rather direct as they tend to have the same survival needs as yourself. So you can trade work or favors or protection for other value. But when you get into debt to a government or foreign power, they don’t want any favors from you. They don’t want your work. They demand only one thing, obedience to the cause and the success of the mission, and they won’t take payment in any other than what they deem payable. As a result of your lowly social position, few can resist or re negotiate better terms with a foreign or domestic government, or any large organization. So they can never truly repay their debt. So they can never truly become autonomous.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    I wasn’t always sure they’d like me if they knew me….but I would be D***NED if I’d try to be something I wasn’t just to try and get them to!!
    That attitude led to some embarrassing moments for which I had to apologize, but I gradually learned to modulate my actions and words so I didn’t needlessly hurt or anger other folks.  The basic bottom line has never changed, however.

  • http://bkivey.wordpress.com/ bkivey

    “Now, we get to spend some time finding out about your true self.”
    Adelai Niska
    War Stories

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      I thought of the same thing, when reading Book’s parting comments.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death. For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything. The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.
    -Socrates before the Athenian death panel and thought enforcement assembly
    Hurston-san would probably have understood Socrates. Some people are easily pressured to obey. Look at our current cannonfodder cum Americans. Other people are not so easily made to Obey, whether it is the Tyrant God Hussein O himself or any of his federal Regime minions.

  • GingerB

    Love the quote and attitude!