A fine should be based on a percentage of the person’s annual income. This way, the punishment would me more fair for everyone and wealthier people would have a punishment that actually affected them as much as others.
I just finished Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment today. It's definitely of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read. It asked some deep philosophical questions that are probably far beyond my capacity to answer, but are interesting to think about nonetheless.
Before reading, I had a surface-level understanding of what the book was (a critique of nihilism/utilitarianism/rational egoism), but I was not expecting it to be that profoundly deep and psychological. I was absolutely blown away by how accurately and concisely he pins down some of the eccentricities of the human mind. I think we all have a little bit of Raskolnikov in us.
Not to mention the story itself was very gripping and thrilling. It took a little bit to get into at first, but once the plot started to unfold, my mind was utterly and inescapably captivated.
No one asked to be born. And then we're expected to toil 40+ hrs per week in order to "prove" that we're valuable enough to not die? That's fucked.
The very idea that we be allowed to exist comfortably without sacrificing at least 50% of our waking lives during our best years is still entirely offensive to large swathes of modern society. This is so sad.
The argument that ancient humans had to work to survive doesn't hold up in the modern era when we could easily provide a comfortable life for everyone if we wanted to (prehistoric humans didn't even have to work as much as we do now and they were the direct beneficiaries of their own labour) so this is cop-out excuse. Stubbornly applying the law of the jungle/savannah to modern life is absurd and nonsensical because the same rules don't apply anymore. It's a failure of imagination to keep thinking this way and a symptom of backwards morality.
The promise of the agricultural revolution to provide us with easier lives unfortunately had the opposite effect. It trapped us in a situation where we had to work harder than our hunter/gatherer ancestors in order to survive. Then we built beliefs/ideologies around this to keep us going because we had to.
Then literally thousands of years later agricultural revolution finally started to pay off with the industrial revolution and there was talk of less work and more leisure for everyone. But that never happened because we weren't able to ditch our outdated beliefs around "hard work" that were the psychological crutch we needed to get us to this point. (I'd argue that this was the fuel that allowed capitalism to metastasize into the abomination that it is today.)
Now, mass automation is on the horizon and most people see this as a threat instead of an opportunity (or they aren't paying attention). We finally have the chance to reclaim the most precious non-renewable resource in existence (time) and we're still sooo hung up on the morality of not working ourselves to the bone.
Like, wtf is the point of all this "PrOgrEsS" if we don't ever get to experience the fucking benefits? And we really don't because we just. Don't. Get. Fucking. Time. To. As a human being with a life, why would you honestly not want to have more time? Seriously, why would this be a bad thing?
Automating away all the bullshit jobs and allowing everyone the dignity and power of deliberately choosing to serve society in the way that most suits them would have so many beneficial flow on... keep reading on reddit ➡
I feel this is unpopular in minority communities mainly African American
Now I myself am an African American and have been whooped as a child so this is coming from personal experience I apologize for grammar and punctuation in advance
Spanking or whooping is a cop out and a lazy parenting tactic seen as acceptable in these families because “they turned out fine” spanking your child just lessons there respect for you instead of taking the time to teach them you’d rather beat there ass
As a child I didn’t care about spankings when I got them they were for relatively large things such as making my entire class cry “not getting into that” but it slowly escalated to things more minor I talked out of class? Oops whooping I won at an argument I was clearly right at? Whooping tried to explain my side of the story whooping
Not only that but the severity would increase it turned into three good licks to 6 and from 6 to 12 and slowly from that it got even worse from punching me in my chest to choking me out and slapped around like a rag doll till I threw up what happened after I cried my heart out? I’d get beat even harder I developed a paranoia and kept a knife by my pillow I’d have nightmares of getting beat so I developed insomnia sleeping about three hours a night my school life was terrible and my home life was too the only time I could enjoy myself is home alone
What I’m saying is that once you cross that line and hit your child it’s 10 times easier to do it the next time and 50 times easier the next and the next
The fact that this is so prevalent in minorities is shocking to me why is bad parenting seemingly appreciated? I still remember telling my father I was stressed out at school all he said was “stressed out? You’ve been hanging around those white people too much”
I hate how much abuse is glorified in especially the African American community but I also hate when children are put in bubbles but that’s a separate topic for a separate day
I have lost faith in love and humanity. I thought love was the last thing that can keep humanity tied together but I'm sorry that's just wishful thinking.
We are one messed up species.
Why are people giving up on relationships?? The moment it gets tough, you want to break away. The moment it gets boring, we want to move on to something new.
Why are we so fragile and shallow in our relationships?
From the very beginning, I just wanted a person whom I can love and take care. I thought love was supposed to be a positive thing in life. Never knew it will make me hate myself.
During the course of 5 years, I honestly felt happy that I'm able to provide for my partner. I taught her to love herself and now you've left me miserable.
To be very blunt, this love thing is not for me. I can't take it anymore. I never thought people can be so crippled, apathetic and heartless. I am fine living a single life. At least I'll be happy.
I would rather take care of a pet than a human.
How the hell has June still got both of her eyes, arms, hands and ears (OfMatthew says that they should ‘take an ear’ so they probably do that), her tongue, her mouth hasn’t been ringed, she wasn’t sent to the colonies and she hasn’t been executed; she is the most rebellious and outspoken handmaid and the only punishment she ever gets is some whipping. I know that she was pregnant for some of these things and she has plot armour, but still. Janine had her eye taken just for calling the red centre a loony bin. We see handmaids being hanged and getting sent to the colonies because they’re seemingly disposable ( especially seen as how few fertile women they have ). It just grates on me how June gets away with everything she does, thoughts?
My (17F) mother (35F) has always been racist, and she doesn't hide it either. She makes comments about African Americans being "ugly" but the race she has the most prejudice towards is anyone who is Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc. She generalizes the way they speak and mocks them, she says they're all ugly, makes comments about how they "shouldn't drive" because they "can't see" properly, etc.
I've heard this all throughout my life from her and every time I've wanted to call her out but was afraid of what she'd say because all my life she's been a ticking time bomb and most of the time I'm too exhausted to deal with her constantly going on a rampage of saying cruel things and then playing the victim after it all.
This time in particular however, I was watching "A Silent Voice" beautiful anime movie by the way, it brought me to tears. One of the scenes showing how Shouko speaks aloud was on while my mom was in the room, and of course as per routine she made a stupid comment basically stating that she's surprised anyone batted an eye at how she talks given that it's supposedly "as unintelligible as any other Asian."
I spoke up and said "Oh shit, I forgot I can't watch what I enjoy without you trying too hard to make us laugh with an unfunny racist comment." She said "Excuse me?" to which I replied that I was pretty sure she heard me, and then she asked me what it was like to have a "fetish" for Asian people (???) so I said "What's it like to have such a bland personality that being a racist bitch is your main trait?"
She BLEW UP and told me I had no right to speak to her that way because she was my mother. Basically I shrugged and I said that I'm treating her as I would any prejudiced person. I was grounded for being "disrespectful" because apparently being racist is nothing but an opinion /s.
Pretty much the same hour I walked out of the house and announced that I was sleeping over at a friend's house because there's no way I was gonna serve a punishment for calling out a racist. I'm getting mixed reactions. Some say I was fully in the right and didn't need to change a thing, others say while I was in the right I should've just taken the punishment because I knew what the outcome would be. AITA here reddit?
I (19M) moved back with my parents a few weeks ago while I’m waiting to move to a new apartment next month. I have a 7year old brother A.J and we’re really close. He’s happy that I’m staying here again for a bit.
My parents moved into a new house last year that comes with a basement. AJ is scared shitless of it because he thinks there’s a monster there. He won’t even go near the door. Since I been here I notice whenever my brother does something my parents say they’re gonna lock him in the basement (not for real) if he doesn’t behave and that gets him to stop.
Tbh i didn’t think that was fair because AJ was really terrified and actually cry if they even mention doing that. But they kept doing it cause he’d start to behave. He’s not a bad kid btw, just a kid who acts like any other kid sometimes and acts up.
Last week I tried to get him to see there’s nothing scary so he can get over that fear.
I told him if I’m wrong I’ll give him my PS5 (u know because I’d probably die if I was wrong anyways), so he was interested after that.
I went down there by myself first and turned on the lights. When he saw I was okay he slowly went down. Took maybe 10 mins for him to go down the stairs.
He was still really scared but I said it’s okay, nothing was gonna happen and even if there was a monster, my parents wouldn’t have bought the house. Cause then they’d be the ones having to take care of it, clean up all the hairs, pay for the vet if it ever got sick, etc.
That made sense to him I guess lol. We just looked around and then when he was relaxed we watched some videos on my phone down there and ate. He pretty much wasn’t scared anymore and when my parents got home he made them watch him go downstairs by himself.
They didn’t say nothing in front of him but they were pissed when we were alone. Which okay yeah I guess makes sense they can’t use that as punishment but didn’t expect them to be that mad AJ wasn’t scared of something anymore.
My dad said I didn’t have a right to interfere with their parenting and I crossed some line or whatever. Idk if this is something they should really be this mad over and now my mom is being super short with me.
It feels like I did do something wrong now. Like yeah my parents sorta used to be the same with me as a kid. Telling me they’re gonna leave me with that guy over there if I don’t stop crying at the store. So I feel like maybe I did ruin that for them.
But also it didn’t feel right to let AJ keep being scared like t... keep reading on reddit ➡
I don’t know why it took me so long to realize this, but it clicked for me today. I always viewed being sober as a punishment for drinking too much and the negative behaviors that happened as a result. Like I was bad and I couldn’t have the fun time juice anymore. But that’s not the case at all. Recovery and sobriety is freedom, a release, an untethering. It’s so clear to me now and I thought I’d share.
I was a religious thetagang member since July 2020 , but got lured to /wsb last month and literally lost all my hard work and profits earned in the last 8 months, along with minus 20% from my capital.
My capital journey
Started in July with 100K -> went to 117K -> then went back to 93K(Lost 24K in Sep crash) -> 123K(Recovered well in 3 months) -> Fall in WSB bullshit GME short squeeze thing -> Lost 44K -> Back to $79K.
Check my thetagang performance - https://thetagang.com/sonusood
Capital preservation is the main thing for the retailer traders. But I broke my own rule. Just do not want to get into depression. I was in depression for a year or so in the past.
I hope this gives a lesson to other members.