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Have normal people died out?

Posted at 14:03 on November 22nd, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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As you should know by now, I consider myself a very 'political' person. That led me quite deep into the politics of my current environment: the university. There are a lot of questions being discussed there which might be interesting to me (being involved), but quite boring to everyone outside this. My observation is referring to the people I meet there: they're all sick, twisted and weird! They all have really strange views, mostly very extreme, their lives either seem to be completely chaotic or completely dominated by certain 'organisations' they're members of. They even look strange! How typical a loser like me got into that - it fits perfectly!

Why is it that only 'unnormal' people are dedicated to something? How come they're so dominating? Aren't there any 'normal' people anymore at all? Or is it just that these people don't give a damn about anything anymore?

P.S. Anyone who answers this is of course also weird because he/she has a view :P
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Posted at 15:03 on November 22nd, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I'm the first one to admit that I'm weird :P.

Anyway, going into politics at any level, you do it either for personal gain (the few normal people) or because you have a certain agenda. You've got to hold very strong convictions, though, to forsake the safety of the herd and actually take on the leadership role. Because of your strong convictions, you can't be normal anymore. Thus, the vast majority of people in politics (at any level) is abnormal.

Does that answer your question? ;)
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Posted at 18:18 on November 22nd, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I agree with NetDanzr, the only way you can even get noticed in politics is to either have a lot of money, or just be completely extremeist. Unfortunately, extreme views are usually not a good answer, as they are very ignorant most of the time...

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Posted at 04:54 on November 23rd, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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That sounds very logical, it doesn't explain why most people on that 'low level' look so strange! Many of them look as if their last bath or shower has been more than a year ago, some dress up like parrots (I'm talking about the colours ;)) an so on. Not exactly the best prerequisites for politics. At the same time, they are anything but charismatic, they stutter, they're afraid to raise their voice in front of bigger audiences! That all contradicts your theory...
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Posted at 07:46 on November 23rd, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Why should you go to University if not to meet weird and frightening people? ;)

Seriously though, I understand what you're saying, but believe it or not, if you look at 80% of those people in about ten years' time, you'll find them happilly wearing suits and ties, some of them probably in public offices advocating conservative policies and trying very had to forget they were radicals in their youth.
I suppose there's a time for everything and that somehow the weird, unwashed, yet politically aware youths of today will be the world leaders of tomorrow, while the normal people will just fade into the background. Now there's a comforting thought for you...
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Posted at 13:56 on November 23rd, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Again, another interesting point, but not fully fitting. Not all of the people I'm talking about are 'revolutionary' types - many are also extremely conservative, they're wearing suits and ties already. A very dangerous type of people if you ask me... :worried:
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Posted at 11:58 on November 24th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Mr Creosote: Aren't there any 'normal' people anymore at all? Or is it just that these people don't give a damn about anything anymore?
Not quite, but I think being active in politics would be way too depressing for me... It's not that I personally don't give a damn, but giving a damn just doesn't seem to make a difference in the end, more precisely I mean it won't take you very far in politics, so instead of copying someone else's 'strong convictions' just to suck up to them and then eventually turning your back on them when the opportunity arises, I think 'fading into the background' is the better option... And it's a vicious cycle, too: the media are in the hands of the same 'abnormal' people that become full-time politicians, and they brainwash generation after generation of 'normal' people into cynical bastards such as myself, thus only strengthening their own position...
I know this is getting way off-topic, and I may have had a few drinks too much last night :P, but I still think this makes sense, somewhat...
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Posted at 06:37 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Your personal observations, Mr Creosote, reminds me to Nietzsches thoughts that the 'strong' must arm themselfes against the 'weak'. In my opinion your and his experiences are in this case very similar. Very fascinating and 'objective' thoughts, but unfortunately they were poisened and abused by a very sick man of the history...
Posted at 06:43 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Just that I don't think the 'strong' should 'arm themselves' against the 'weak'. The conclusions are completely different.
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Posted at 06:56 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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His thoughts were no command or order, only a realization, packed in a verbalism.
'weak' is not to understand as a physically disadvantaged person but as a man who feels himself psychical disadvantaged and so he cultivates hate and uses this hate as energy source, e.g. political extrimism (right word?).
Posted at 07:05 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Following that logic, the weak ones would be the 'caring' people of my example and the 'uncaring' ones are the strong ones. That however, does not make sense since the people who do show dedication are the ones who are able to dominate and feel superior, and to a certain extent, they do 'rule' the life there. And the rest (i.e. the 'strong' ones) aren't even all that worried about it.... (extremism is the correct spelling by the way)
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Posted at 07:31 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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It's not only between 'caring' and 'uncaring'. It's the domination, that arises from this 'mal energy'. Or differently expressed: The intention ist not an unselfish but they are (unknowing) afraid of being disadvantaged so a egoistical reason is the impulse.
Posted at 07:47 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I compared my example with the theory you tried to apply to it. 'caring' and 'uncaring' are my words in reference to my example. The aequivalents would be 'weak' and 'strong', and that is what I denied.
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Posted at 08:09 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Ok, there you are right. I partly missunderstood you. However the comparison with Nietzsches thoughts was in this context not so wrong, is it not so?

Edited by Abe at 16:11 on November, 28th 2002
Posted at 08:12 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Yes, the analysis might be similar. Nietzsche always looked at things from the point of view of the 'strong' though, thus his partly weird conclusions...
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Posted at 08:36 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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In my opinion his definition of 'strong' is not an asocial or toltalitarian way of thinking because it's directed against the people who only claim power to balance their 'weakness' and that's a dangerous behaviour.

P.S. excuse my rusty english.
Posted at 08:47 on November 28th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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It is asocial in one way: he considers these 'weak' people inferior, some kind of usurpors who don't belong where they are. So at the same time he critisizes one kind of order (which he considers unjust), he supports another 'natural order' in humankind which is almost identical, only with reversed roles.
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Posted at 00:13 on November 29th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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From where do you got these interpretation? Or from where do you got your knowledge to came to this interpretation?

Edited by Abe at 08:14 on November, 29th 2002
Posted at 02:34 on November 29th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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a short comment to my questions above: I don't ask them to convince you afterwards that your meaning is absolut false but I'm interested if you read a book of him or a treat about his thoughts or saw a tv broadcast etc.

Edited by Abe at 13:52 on December, 02nd 2002
Posted at 13:42 on November 29th, 2002 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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No, I haven't read a whole book by him. What I read parts of is "Über Wahrheit und Lüge im außermoralischen Sinn" and that was enough for me. I don't like his style to interpret a fight into basically everything, even though some of his observations about the human nature seem to be fitting.
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