See, I could have never described this in words, and get across the feeling of it...
Posted by Jason Gignac at 23:56
Mr. Schneier pointed out some interesting comments on Vengeance as a driving force in an article in the New Yorker (seemingly on an entirely unrelated topic!), and I highly recommend clicking through for that alone, but it particularly struck me that the author juxtaposed Vengeance beside four other human passions: love, anger, grief and fear. It is interesting to me, first, to consider vengeance as a seperate passion from anger. But more interesting to me was that the other four passions are, as the article's author points out, at least considered to be morality-neutral by most societies, now. They can be good and they can be good. They have a definite social purpose. But, we think of vengeance as having no social purpose whatsoever - it's a wicked, primitive urge that we don't pay attention to. But, then, on the other hand, we play off it all the time in society - we use it as a uniting force, for instance, when we start a war - 'Remember the Alamo' was really just a thinly veiled way to see 'get those b****s who shot our folks back'. I'm not sure what this means, that we're more primitive than we imagine, or that we as a culture need to learn more enlightened ways to understand vengeance. I just don't know.
Posted by Jason Gignac at 14:02
So I'm getting a car, on Friday. It's a little used, but I'm happy to not drive Amanda crazy having to drive me all the time, and to half all our gas usage at the same time. OKay, so actually it's NOT a 1914 Mercer Raceabout, but wouldn't that be fun if it was? Especially for $1200... anyway, thanks to Chelsea for selling me her old car!
Posted by Jason Gignac at 08:05