A grandfatherly bigot is still a bigot

Fascinating essay by Matt Gemmell on all things religion & morality:

Indoctrination of children into religious belief systems is one of the great unpunished intellectual and social crimes of human history, and it continues almost unabated to this day. The word “indoctrination”, of course, means teaching someone to accept a set of beliefs uncritically – which is exactly what happens. To argue that a four-year-old, taken to Sunday School or such for the first time, is even capable of applying a critical analysis to the dogma is laughable. These children are victims, and the crime is one of morality.

Why does it continue? For the very simple reason that, if we took an enlightened stance and allowed children’s personal development to remain unfettered by religion until they reach adulthood, after which they could then evaluate and decide for themselves, religion all but die out almost overnight. It cannot survive the calm light of reasonable, rational, evolved inspection, by those who have not been infected by its fairy stories whilst too young to defend themselves.

Really a good read & worth the time.

Also, as George Carlin said long ago:

More people have been killed in the name of god than for any other reason.

“Nothing Happens Until Someone Sells Something”

To Gianforte, though, that kind of improvisation isn’t really bootstrapping. Not the heart of it, anyway. Bootstrapping is both bigger and simpler than saving a dime whenever you can. If you boiled down his philosophy of bootstrapping, it would run something like this: lack of money, employees, equipment — even lack of product — is actually a huge advantage, because it forces the bootstrapper to concentrate on selling to bring cash into the business. There’s an expression that Gianforte likes to quote: “In war you’re either making bullets or shooting bullets.” In other words, for the bootstrapper, business is all about just two things: making product and selling product. It’s not hard to see which one is closer to Gianforte’s heart. “Nothing Happens Until Someone Sells Something” reads the sign in his otherwise spartan office.

Most entrepreneurs go as long as possible NOT believing that.

“You son of a bitch”

Awesome memory from Paul Budnitz:

“My dear Ezra,
You son of a bitch. Come back home for the holidays, your mother misses you. As far as I am concerned you can rot with your Shikse wife, but make your mother happy.”