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  1. What I hear when I hear this is, "my right to keep my money is more important than your right to an education, because I don't believe people are worth as much as the abstract right to money and externally-guaranteed freedom from charity". And I don't care how you frame it in your head, in the head of someone in need, that just sounds like, "Honestly I don't care about you as much as I care about my stuff." Freedom from having to help others? I can't imagine enjoying that, but it's clear that it's a huge priority for many people. Freedom to keep money. While others literally die due to macroeconomic factors they had no part in. Enjoy that freedom--people are dying on our streets so people can be free of an income tax. I hope that money feels really dang good right now. Because it could have saved a life. But rich people are freer. Yay. I should point out that if we were hunter gatherers, it would make sense: one person keeps what they make. But the economy is so incredibly complex that anyone claiming to be 100% or even 50% or heck even 5% responsible for their lot in life--which is first and foremost dependent on the country in which they were born and then their postal code--is just plain ignorant. So much of what happens to us is luck. Hoarding luck because you want to claim freedom seems to me insane when you could literally feed babies with that good luck. So no, I don't agree that "value someone's personal autonomy" means to value their life. Freedom from charity =/= life.
  2. It's not solidarity. It's relief. Because you see them go and you know, truly know in your heart, that they are okay. And that it's better for them. And you think, "Okay, I can have that peace too. It will be okay. They died, I can see their family survived. I too could have that." Depression hurts ALL THE TIME. It hurts everything and it hurts your brain. All the time. Some people are ultra high-functioning and can just keep going, but the pain is there. When someone else takes their life, it's not solidarity. It's a reminder that there is an option.
  3. Eh. It was less personal and more "oh my gosh there are people who think that's a normal thing to say" that affected me. One thing I have seen is that the hippie values with which I was raised--"We are all in this together," "We're one big family," "We're all brothers and sisters in Christ/God/Maya/The Universe" are not American values. The Internet has taught me a lot about sub-cultures in the US and frankly, some of them I think are really appalling on a visceral level. I don't want to label them as I realize that there are good people everywhere. But I think whoever said it, it just rolled off the tongue because that's their culture. Of course you wouldn't house a homeless person--they aren't your family. Of course you wouldn't pay for someone else's college--they aren't your family. Of course you wouldn't regularly spend your food budgets on others--they aren't your family. Of course you object to higher taxes to help the poor--I mean it's sad and all but they aren't your family. I come from a much more collective culture. You prioritize family but you just don't talk like that. Not to people in need. You feed your kids first, but you put in a lot for the group. Even if you couldn't help you would try to do something. I see people do it every day. On another note: I agree with those who say this isn't a religion vs. no religion discussion. Suicide when religion was more common was much more covered up due to shame and a sense of tainting the family. Thankfully I think many religious communities are much more accepting nowadays of the realities of mental illness and that's wonderful. But I wouldn't count on statistics to prove some point about religion, positive or negative. We don't have data of that depth.
  4. I think we don't value human life. Low wages for anyone who isn't in the top 25%--that is lack of value. I think that people like Spade, Williams--I can see where they are coming from. If I'm not creating, I'm taking. There's no greater purpose in life. I don't think religion can save people unless you really think that suicide leads to eternal damnation. Suppose you're on pills and you know God doesn't like it and you're hurting your family. Why not kill yourself and save everyone the trouble? The lack of social support and social connection in the US is a huge problem, and the callous way people treat each other is making it worse. I'll never forget what someone here said to me, "We aren't your family." That was chilling. It's that kind of thing that does lead to suicide. We aren't in it together, you can't count on us, nobody needs you, nobody wants you but your own. That's hard to live with. People only tell you you're worth something if you say you're going to kill yourself. But god forbid you have cancer and need health care. Then everyone's all about "Well you should have planned better. I'm sorry but it's not my job to take care of other poor planners." Better to shoot yourself in the head then have no value. If you say that God values people--hopefully you show that value every day and don't disparage poverty. Hopefully you believe in living wages. Hopefully you care about the things that show that their work, and their lives, should not be cast aside as worthless. But that's what I see now. "Your job has been automated, and now you should think about not having studied in school. Well, you made those choices, you need to accept the consequences. No whining. Health care for your kids? You shouldn't have had kids you couldn't afford." Who would want to live with that kind of talk coming into them from society every day?
  5. Our kids are reading Kwame Alexander for pre-6th reading. My daughter read his other stuff. It's a deceptively quick read.
  6. On the plus side, life finds a way. Language is a biological artifact and it will persist and continue to evolve. It doesn't matter how much one thrashes on about it. Even French changes. And the have an official committee.
  7. Tsuga

    How do you pronounce Apologia?

    ApollogEEuh, hard G. The second way sounds Latin to me. This is an actual Greek word and there's a living pronunciation so I'd go with that. Of course, I pronounce La Croix "la cwah" so I'm a snob like that.
  8. I don't attach value to language structure, no. I do attach value to using a language in the clearest way possible. But I don't think, for example, that Russian is better than Persian because it's synthetic versus analytic. I love the idiomatic and nuanced nature of analytical languages such as English and Persian. I don't think Chinese is inferior to Thai because Thai is an isolating language. When languages die, it is a sad thing. But that happens when peoples are eradicated. When I see languages pop back up, however changed they are, that brings tears to my eyes. I love language and I love the human mind. German is beautiful, Japanese is beautiful, Nepalese and Yaghnobi and Navaho. You mention conservation, and I'm pro-conservation. But that's not anti-evolution. Conservationists seek to prevent artificial eradication of species. They do not seek to stop evolution. They create conditions in which ecosystems persist. In this scenario, it would be as if in the jungle, a new color of green parrot were increasingly able to avoid predation and started to eradicate other parrots. That would be normal. But if we learned it was due to human trophy hunting of colored parrots, we might intervene and say "don't take the colored ones or we will only have green ones left". You wouldn't go about trying to kill green parrots. We do kill invasive species, however, and I think the closest analogy to that is when native peoples such as the Navaho, or the French, ban English. English itself is invasive. It's the dandelion of global languages. Hardy, adaptable, and literally everywhere. If language conservationists truly care about human language, they will not be worried about prepositions at the end of a sentence. They will be worried about Hollywood dropping English spores in the remote mountains of Kyrghyzstan.
  9. I couldn't agree with your post more. In addition, I want to point out that this is really not a debate about "tradition" since the tradition of language evolving is as old as humanity itself. It's a prescriptivist vs. descriptivist debate. To my mind, language is a natural phenomenon. I'm a hard-core descriptivist. You wouldn't tell a bird their song was wrong if they changed it so if a tribe begins using a new word-order norm, who cases? That doesn't mean you should not use the language to express thoughts clearly. But there will always be trade-offs. Strict about word order? Without augmenting the average person's computational power, they will compensate by playing fast and loose with things like case. Strict about declensions? People will have fun with word order. "Thou" no longer is used for "tu". That is a definite loss for English, but we've gained a fascinating library of other social and linguistic cues to indicate respect and social standing.
  10. I worked super hard to find a name that matched our ethnic background and which, if you had a first grade education or any exposure to literature, movies, or even popular culture, you should be able to spell. NOPE. Never overestimate the American public's inability to spell and not to have exposure to really, really common names and historical figures. "Sylas" is bizarre to me but I believe it. As for me, I think names are like colors. They are all beautiful in their own way in their own context with their own story. It has to be intentionally awful for me not to like it, and by intentionally, I mean--if you name your kid after Adolf Hitler, I don't even mind the name itself, I mind what you're doing to the child.
  11. Some find a dangling preposition crass; some crassly end their sentences with "with". But English is a language quite alive; The order has no bearing on the pith.
  12. Tsuga

    Ignore this thread!

    No. Food left out is really the one thing that gets me mad at my stepkids and I really, really try to let things go. Things get cluttered. People get hungry. Stuff gets left out. Food spoils. Ants come. JUST CLEAN UP THE FOOD. Water is okay. Clean. Up. The. Food. It is seriously one of two things (the other being wet laundry put in a basket to mold) that I really truly do not think I should have to put up with. I mean, and poop in the toilet but that's more the littlest one.
  13. In our schools, there are native speaker/ELL tracks, immersion tracks, and second language tracks. What is the goal for the language? Study abroad? Ace the AP test? I'd focus more on that than their skills now, because they are still quite little and dropping interest could become a huge issue later on. If that happens, knowing your goal and why that's your goal will be helpful in adjusting.
  14. Tsuga

    Ignore this thread!

    Got third call with best possible job offer. Then got auto-rejected. Please please please let it be a mistake. Gosh, I hope I could get this one. It would change my summer for sure... but it would be like, a solid climb into the sector where you make the most money. I don't want this forever, I just want to support my family until the entire Seattle area finally clears it's head (AMAZON GET YOUR HQ2 ON PLEASE THANKS).
  15. Tsuga

    Ignore this thread!

    I just know too much about product marketing to enjoy this. I swear to dog in the real meeting they probably talked for 60 straight minutes about whether or not it would be possible to get people to buy a gummi subscription.
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