Here there be monsters (socratic) wrote,
Here there be monsters

You're a god and I am not

Dieting is in many ways a thankless task, especially if you have a lot to lose. The whole point of the process is, of course, to sacrifice now in order to benefit later, which is not exactly a rare scenario although it's rarely a pleasant one. The thing is that dieting is not like most delay gratification scenarios because what you're pursuing is inherently fleeting. When accruing money one can reach a critical mass afterwhich the income from the principal is great enough that wealth sort of builds itself from then on and you may end up being able to spend more lavishly than you would have been able to if you hadn't invested and STILL be making money. Delay of sexual gratification can be made up for after marriage if you have a willing partner and a reasonable amount of time (not to mention little blue diamonds that can be had on the net for under $10 a pop. Or so I've heard.) Quitting smoking or alcohol is perhaps similar to dieting in that you seek a health and appearance gain in exchange for giving up a sensual pleasure derived from a physical substance, but they have the advantage of offering the cold turkey option. One can simply refuse to smoke or drink altogether and set a concrete barrier between yourself and temptation. With food this is, of course, quite impossible. People need to eat to survive AND virtually every social situation I know of has its own particular menu. Say you don't drink and people consider you odd. Say you don't eat and people know it's just a baldfaced lie.

Anyway things are going fairly well for me at the moment but temptation lurks EVERYWHERE and it's just a constant effort. Felt like venting.

Feeling not quite as sick but not well yet. Still have a cough and some head stuff. It'll clear up well before school starts back up again though, that's a good thing.

I've been wondering whether or not NATO should Nuke some place in Saudi Arabia in response to the recent terrorist attacks. I'm not talking about dropping a huge hydrogen bomb on Mecca or Medina or anything, but a small tactical nuke on some royal structure out in the desert or even in a totally deserted part of the country where nobody will be harmed. There are many nuclear weapons with smaller yields than some of the conventional bombs we used in Iraq, but there's a stigma attached to the use of nukes that would send an incredibly strong and crystal clear message that the civilized world is not going to sit back and let the terrorists and their Wahabbi backers dictate the terms of conflict to us. We have the muscles, maybe it's time for a little flexing. One of the things that I really admired about Schumer was that he wasn't afraid to call out the Saudis as the enemies of freedom and America that they are. The fact of the matter is that our current security measures are entirely inadequate to prevent another largescale terrorist attack in the U.S. Guns are plentiful and easy to obtain, as are materials for creating reasonably powerful bombs. I don't know what the solution is, but nuking an empty patch of Saudi desert might at least set the world on notice of what might happen if the fundemantalists are allowed to continue running the asylum.

Spring Break is almost over and my nose is still running. Pain in the butt. My life is remarkably empty at the moment. It's not a terrible feeling but it's a disconcerting one. I'm lonely even when other people are around. I guess I'm finally starting to want (or admit I want) some deep personal connection to somebody, in whatever form it might take. Someone to really talk to about the things that run through my mind, rather than about protein intake or how funny it would be if Don Cheedle and John Madden teamed up to produce mail-order academic courses.

I don't think such a person exists for me, but that's a whole different ball of wax.
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