There is no justice

  1. Here’s how it works for most of us, as far as I can tell. I’ll even put it in list form, because who gives a fuck at this point:

    1. At an early age, you start hating yourself. Often it’s because you were abused, or just grew up in a broken home, or were rejected socially, or maybe you were just weird or fat or … whatever. You’re not like the other kids, the other kids don’t seem to like you, and you can usually detect that by age 5 or so.

    2. At some point, usually at a very young age, you did something that got a laugh from the room. You made a joke or fell down or farted, and you realized for the first time that you could get a positive reaction that way. Not genuine love or affection, mind you, just a reaction — one that is a step up from hatred and a thousand steps up from invisibility. One you could control.

    3. You soon learned that being funny builds a perfect, impenetrable wall around you — a buffer that keeps anyone from getting too close and realizing how much you suck. The more you hate yourself, the stronger you need to make the barrier and the further you have to push people away. In other words, the better you have to be at comedy.

    4. In your formative years, you wind up creating a second, false you — a clown that can go out and represent you, outside the barrier. The clown is always joking, always “on,” always drawing all of the attention in order to prevent anyone from poking away at the barrier and finding the real person behind it. The clown is the life of the party, the classroom joker, the guy up on stage — as different from the “real” you as possible. Again, the goal is to create distance.

    You do it because if people hate the clown, who cares? That’s not the real you. So you’re protected.

    But the side effect is that if people love the clown … well, you know the truth. You know how different it’d be if they met the real you.

  2. just-smith:



    it’s also interesting that mental illness is distinguished as the common factor within these crimes when there has yet to be any consistent, notable pattern of mentally ill women murdering men for not being interested in them

    Yeah, man, I mean, these sorts of incidents:

    Totally show that women never react violently to be rejected. Nuh-uh. No sir. Never happens.

    Did I mention the woman who killed her boyfriend because she merely suspected that he was rejecting her?

    I mean, like, one guy totes magically means all men think it’s OK to kill women who reject them and it totes wasn’t mentally ill at all, but multiple incidents of women doing the same, somehow we understand that’s not representative of a pattern. Funny how that works.

    And I was nice and didn’t include the incidents like the woman who murdered her boyfriend for listening to the wrong radio channel, or the woman who shot her boyfriend for not returning her calls.

    Notice that nobody is saying that these prove all women are violent, shouting down any claims that “not all women” are dangerous, assuming that all women are aggressive and treating them with prejudice as a result.

    They recognise these independent instances of instability and criminal behaviour as exactly what they are.

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  3. If we recognize the emptiness of our thoughts…the arising and subsidence of each thought will clarify and strengthen our realization…

    …If our mind dwells in limpid awareness, with no thought of past or future, without being attracted by external objects or occupied by mental constructions, it will dwell in primordial simplicity. In this state, there is no need for the iron hand of forced vigilance to immobilize our thoughts. “Buddhahood,” it is said, “is the natural simplicity of the mind.”

    Having once recognized this simplicity, we should maintain it with effortless presence of mind. Then we will know an inner freedom that has no need to block the arising of thoughts or to fear that they will spoil our meditation…

    Preserve that state of simplicity. If you encounter happiness, success, abundance and other favorable conditions, consider them like dreams, illusions. Do not become attached to them. If we are struck by illness, calumny, deprivation or other physical and moral trials, guard against discouragement, rekindle your compassion, and wish that the sufferings of all beings might be exhausted through your own. Fall neither into elation nor misery, whatever the circumstances. Stay comfortable and free in imperturbable serenity…

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  4. universalequalityisinevitable:

    Peter Joseph on structural violence, from this video.

    (via cognitivedissonance)

  5. cinephilearchive:

    These precious commentaries were on the Pioneer Special Edition LaserDisc. A different commentary by Foley is on the DVD release. It’s a pity they couldn’t get the Jack Lemmon commentary from the old LaserDisc. Well, Cinephilia & Beyond and filmschoolthrucommentaries  comes to the rescue (NOTE: For educational purposes only.) Needless to say, the special edition Blu-ray+DVD of ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ is a must have (Amazon).

    LD commentary 1: Director James Foley
    LD commentary 2: Actor Jack Lemmon [mp3]

    “Listening to this veteran player speak for an hour and a half on his craft makes you realise how fluffed-up and pretentious most ‘modern actor’ commentaries are by comparison. Lemmon views acting in a practical way and concedes that you need to have a love for it; he not only discusses GLENGARRY but finds parallels to several of his other films as well, along with several amusing anecdotes about the old studio system. Ever the consummate professional, he never “names names” when he has anything remotely negative to say. To my knowledge this is only one of two audio commentaries recorded by Lemmon — if you like this actor you’re guaranteed to enjoy listening to him reminisce.” —Herschel Gelman

    How many passes does it take to create perfect dialogue?
    That’s a really good question. I’m not sure I know the answer. I do it fairly spontaneously, and then sometimes, for various reasons, it has to be recrafted. I used to be really good at that, but it gets more difficult as I get older just because my brain is failing. I have less brain cells because long before any of you guys were born, there was something called the ‘60s. That’s where the brain cells were. —The Writer’s Craft: A David Mamet Interview

    David Mamet: The Playwright Directs is a short television documentary produced in 1976 where Mamet tries to convey his rehearsal methods for a play. He uses two early short plays as examples, ‘Dark Pony’ and ‘Reunion.’ Mamet is such a no-nonsense individual who never minces words with his cast, that it’s fascinating to see him direct his actors in a fast-paced, hectic manner like a character out of one of his own plays. The end result is a lesson in how Mamet directs his actors and the importance of giving his characters a motivation and how that affects their actions in the drama.


    • “You gotta put your ass on the line and use the audience. Period. The reason that theatre evolved that way was because the progress of the theatre on the stage aped and recapitulated the mechanism of human understanding, which is: thesis, antithesis and synthesis. And one learns to lead the audience ahead by giving them just enough information to make them interested, but not enough information so that they warrant surprise and punchline. Which is the way a joke is structured.”


    • “Your chances of making a living or making a better living are increased by writing something that you would want to write badly enough that you would actually go out and raise the money to direct it. You’re much better to do that because otherwise you’re just going to waste twenty years waiting for the good will of your inferiors. If you really, really want to make a film—go film it for God’s sake, go steal a camera and get it done rather than trying to interest some second-class mind to help make your script a little bit worse.”


    • “The trick is—never write exposition. That’s absolutely the trick. Never write it. The audience needs to understand what the story is, and if the hero understands what he or she is after then the audience will follow it. The ancient joke about exposition used to be in radio writing when they’d say, ‘Come and sit down in that blue chair.’ So, that to me is the paradigm of why it’s an error to write exposition. Then exposition came out of television, ‘I’m good, Jim, I’m good. There’s no wonder why they call me the best orthopedic surgeon in town.’ Right? And now the exposition has migrated or metastasized into the fucking stage direction. ‘He comes into the room and you can just see he’s the kind of guy who fought in the Vietnam War.’ So the error of writing exposition exists absent even the most miniscule understanding of the dramatic process. You gotta take out the exposition. The audience doesn’t care. How do we know they don’t care? Anybody ever come into the living room and see a television drama that was halfway through? Did you have any difficulty understanding what was going on? No. The trick is to leave the exposition out and to always leave out the ‘obligatory scene.’ The obligatory scene is always the audition scene, so when you see the movie, not only is it the worst scene in the movie—it’s also the worst acted scene in the movie. Because the star has to do their worst, most expository acting to get the job. Leave out the exposition; we want to know what’s happening next. All our little friends… will say to you at one point, ‘You know, we want to know more about her.’ And that’s when you say, ‘Well, that’s what you paid me for—so that you would want to know more about her.’”


    • “In every generation the cunning rediscover that they can manipulate the trustful and they count this as the great, great wisdom of all time.”


    • “I suggest that everyone get Francis Ferguson’s edition of Aristotle’s Poetics. Read it once—it’ll make the point—and then retire to your typewriters. [Screenwriting’s] all about working on it and working on it until it comes out even. There’s really no magic to it. There really isn’t. They say that Bach could improvise a toccata and I’m sure he could, but I don’t think anybody can improvise a screenplay. Joseph Campbell’s Hero of a Thousand Faces is another great book where he goes through the Hero’s Journey and explains that all Heroes Journeys are alike whether it’s Jesus or Moses or Ghandi or Martin Luther King, Jr. or Dumbo. Every Hero’s Journey is exactly alike because that’s the way that we understand our own Hero’s Journey—which is the story of our own life. We’re given a problem, we disregard the problem, it’s given to us again, and finally we’re called to an adventure and we find ourselves unprepared and we find ourselves in the belly of the beast like Jonah, who’s eventually spewed onto a foreign land in the second act and little friends come and help. It’s true. Whether it’s Mickey the Mouse or whether it’s John the Baptist or whether its Joshua—it’s the same thing according to Joseph Campbell. The little friends come and eventually the problems of the second act rectify themselves so that the third act is a reiteration of the first problem in a new form. Not how do I live with the fact that the taskmaster is killing the Jew, but how do I bring the Torah to the Jewish people? So the third act becomes the quest for the goal and eventually the hero achieves his or her goal and that’s the end of the movie that started since frame one.”

    David Mamet’s screenplay for ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ is the best screenwriting school you can ever get. (NOTE: For educational purposes only.) Thanks to samgolightly and the great folks at Write to Reel, the BEST screenwriting community our there.


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  6. dem-queer-animals:




    Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

    #I’m not saying we should cull all alpha broskis      #but…     

    I am. I’m gonna go ahead and say that.

    It’s kind of a cheesy Jewel quote, but I love it: “What we call human nature in actuality is human habit.”

    immense level of swag. i remember learning about this in primate biology class. this shit is real.

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  7. classeon:


    Beyonce lost.
    Lana lost.
    Justin lost.
    Taylor lost.
    Ed lost.
    Kendrick lost.

    So basically, I’m lost because I thought the Grammys were about awarding talented artists?


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  8. But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

    We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

    Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed  (via weedbrain)

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    Add all of SCHOOL, from K-grad school, and everyone is on a hamster wheel forever.

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  9. Whether it can be altered or not, whether it’s right or wrong, landlordism is one of the causes of poverty,’ Owen repeated. ‘Poverty is not caused by men and women getting married; it’s not caused by machinery; it’s not caused by “over-production”; it’s not caused by drink or laziness; and it’s not caused by “over-population”. It’s caused by Private Monopoly. That is the present system. They have monopolized everything that it is possible to monopolize; they have got the whole earth, the minerals in the earth and the streams that water the earth. The only reason they have not monopolized the daylight and the air is that it is not possible to do it. If it were possible to construct huge gasometers and to draw together and compress within them the whole of the atmosphere, it would have been done long ago, and we should have been compelled to work for them in order to get money to buy air to breathe. And if that seemingly impossible thing were accomplished tomorrow, you would see thousands of people dying for want of air—or of the money to buy it—even as now thousands are dying for want of the other necessities of life. You would see people going about gasping for breath, and telling each other that the likes of them could not expect to have air to breathe unless they had the money to pay for it. Most of you here, for instance, would think and say so. Even as you think at present that it’s right for so few people to own the Earth, the Minerals and the Water, which are all just as necessary as is the air. In exactly the same spirit as you now say: “It’s Their Land,” “It’s Their Water,” “It’s Their Coal,” “It’s Their Iron,” so you would say “It’s Their Air,” “These are their gasometers, and what right have the likes of us to expect them to allow us to breathe for nothing?” And even while he is doing this the air monopolist will be preaching sermons on the Brotherhood of Man; he will be dispensing advice on “Christian Duty” in the Sunday magazines; he will give utterance to numerous more or less moral maxims for the guidance of the young. And meantime, all around, people will be dying for want of some of the air that he will have bottled up in his gasometers. And when you are all dragging out a miserable existence, gasping for breath or dying for want of air, if one of your number suggests smashing a hole in the side of one of the gasometers, you will all fall upon him in the name of law and order, and after doing your best to tear him limb from limb, you’ll drag him, covered with blood, in triumph to the nearest Police Station and deliver him up to “justice” in the hope of being given a few half-pounds of air for your trouble.’
    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
  10. Sometimes it seems that (a) 95% of idea-based writing on the internet is just plausible-sounding polemics by people with a superficial and often incorrect understanding of their subject, and (b) the filter applied to this writing emphasizes the contrarian, sensational, but also least informed. The internet is fucking yellow.
  11. History is ultimately about the cannabalization of the Top 10 wealthiest by the next 90 wealthiest. The rest is just footnotes. This is the essential pattern that emerges from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. The American Revolution was just a war between the New Rich (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, et. al) and a few British landowners. The Civil War was just a war between the New Northern Rich and the few slaveholding landowners who owned most of the South. Continuing with this pattern, the Great Recession of 2007 was just a war between Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers (with Goldman Sachs winning, gloriously).

    Cash is inherently bubble-producing. “Nothing makes money like money,” as the saying goes, and so as the rich become the ultra-rich, they eventually create a tumor. The situation is unsustainable, and when the bubble pops, the second layer of wealthy individuals are ready to reclaim the seized territory or government handouts.

    The rest of history is simply about the minimal goods that the rich can give the poor to keep the system in tact.

    Phil Dhingra
  12. How To Play Blight of the Immortals

    This tumblr isn’t usually used for game related stuff, but nobody wrote a decent guide as far as I can tell. So here’s my very quick intro.

    First first thing: DO NOT ENTER THE GAME’S PASSWORD AS YOUR NAME. (Not sure why, but it’s happened twice.) 

    Some general notes. BotI is a co-op, slow-form real-time strategy game. What that means is, the game plays out slowly over several actual days. Movement, building, etc. takes hours. Three reasons this is good: 1. you can think through your actions, 2. if you have only a few minutes a day, you can still play. The game doesn’t ask for much time commitment. (You will have to spend 20-30 minutes to familiarize with the game, but after that you only need a few minutes here and there) 3. The time element adds a lot of suspense. 

    Assuming you just started your first game of BotI:

    1. Do NOT mindlessly collect taxes. There will be a blinking orange text at the top, beneath the coins. You should collect taxes after you conquer or bribe your first cities, if possible.

    2. Have a look at the map. You’ll see there are cities and unit cards. Some of these are yours, as indicated by color. White cards are independent, hostile units which don’t move. They are just guarding their cities. You either fight them or bribe them. Black unit cards are zombies. They move and attack. You will have to defend yourself against them and then go on the offensive. The game is won when there are no more black cards. Cities and units are upgraded/built/reinforced with certain colored currencies visible in each city. The coins in the city represent how upgraded the market in that city is, which represents how many coins you will get at tax time. The grey walls around cities reflect how fortified they are. 

    3. Click a city. For each city you have 4 potential options, depending on resources and the last action you took. You can upgrade the market (gives you more coins at tax time), upgrade fortifications (gives your units a defense bonus at that city), recruit a new army, or reinforce an army (which sends units to an already existing army, is cheaper, and usually the better choice). In the very beginning, it’s wise to upgrade markets, fortifications, and reinforce armies — not necessarily in that order, though. Read about combat below to help you decide what to upgrade.

    4. Understanding combat. Each unit’s attack = base strength + d6 roll per level + fortification.  The top number on the unit card is its base strength. If it is in a city with fortifications, that’s displayed below with an addition symbol. Each unit also has a level, which is visible when that unit is selected, down on the bottom panel. Units fight whenever they meet at a city or on the road. The unit with the higher attack wins, but takes losses equal to the loser’s attack. (i.e. simply subtract the loser’s number from the winner’s.)

    5. Trading and bribing. Trading coins with other players and bribing independents use up your 4 daily trades. You should find out which players can use which coins, either by asking them or looking at their cities. To send coins to a player, hit “new” at the top left, then hit the “Trade Coins” in orange text at the bottom left of the panel that appears. To bribe white/independent units, click on their card. At the top of the unit panel on the bottom of the screen, orange text will say “offer them coins”. If you have the coins and trades to do so, this can be a good choice. 

    6. Movement. Click on a unit. A “move” button appears next to it. Now you may select a town to move to. This will take a few hours. 

    Some other notes:

    You can tell a lot just by looking at a city. If there are grey arrows around it, the fortifications are being upgraded. If there is a grey coin at the top of the coin stack, the market is being upgraded. If there is a unit face beneath the city, you can make/reinforce units from that city.  

    Units have special abilities, like ranged magical attacks. The range of special abilities is visible as a RED circle when you select that unit’s card. You can also read these from the unit’s card. Don’t forget to use your magic attacks.

    When going into combat, pay attention to if it’s going to be decided by dice roll. You can’t always avoid that, but you may as well, if it’s possible.

    What to buy and when (quoted from smellyterror.blogspot): 

    Very loosely: build as much economy as you can survive, and as little defence as you can survive. Spend the rest on units.

    Judging what you can survive is the tricky part. Also, if you’re trying to win, you’ll want enough units to get a bit of a lead in the zombie-killing department - but you’re still going to need enough economy to sustain you in the long term.

    Often, especially in the beginning, the best option for fighting zombies is to take the initial attacks in your defences, wipe the slobber off your walls, then counter-attack. You’ll need to plan ahead, though, because defences take a long time to build, but you can’t take them with you when the zombies go somewhere else. Work out where you’re likely to be doing some heavy fighting, and get defences down early.

    Note that a level of markets adds an average of 2 coins per day. To get the last level, level 4, costs 10 coins. So that will take you 5 days just to make your money back. It’s often more cost effective to add a level of reinforcements so you can capture that 2-market town down the road. Not that you should avoid getting the level 4 markets, just consider whether you have a better alternative. A good example is bribing Dwarf-towns.

  13. If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
    Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
  14. Metafilter on survivalists

    • bardic:
      A huge number of people in the wealtiest nation in the history of the world are terrified of their neighbors, their fellow citizens, and quite possibly the concept of civic virtue itself.

    • I don't even bother trying to understand these people any more. They have a right to live as they choose, and I have a right to suggest that they are terrible people for turning their children into asocial, perhaps sociopathic, fellow citizens.

    • Ghostride The Whip:
      Well, bardic, we live in a cutthroat capitalist society where something as simple as getting sick can plunge you into financial and personal ruin--and doing anything about it brings up the old boogeymen COMMUNISM and socialism--and you can be fired pretty much at any time for any reason and if you work somewhere where jobs are already hard to come by, it's not like you're finding another one anytime soon.

    • Furthermore, the press constantly tell you to be TERRIFIED, sometimes for good reason and usually for not and expertly delve into your subconscious to find just the things you should be afraid of, then pour it on and sell you things to soothe your anxiety. (Honestly, I think women's magazines exist just to make up things to make women worry about then sell them the solution in glossy advertising).

    • Your elected leaders drag you around from boogeyman to boogeyman telling you THERE THERE BE AFRAID OF THAT GUY HE'S THE ONE DOING YOU WRONG while constantly reminding you that we're in a time of war and terrorists are lurking around every corner just waiting to blow you up and no, you can't take grandma's jam home in your carry on because terrorists. And if you question it too stringently, good luck ever seeing grandma again, either because you got locked up or because you wound up on some No Fly List they can't even tell you you're on, much less how to get off it.

    • And if you get too far afield, there's a whole media complex waiting to tell you about the jackbooted UN stormtroopers in their blue helmets coming to steal your guns so they can sell you colloidal silver and solar power generators while they stoke your already over-the-top anxieties about a society that's gradually getting browner and more Hispanic and more progressive. You couldn't talk to a therapist even if you wanted to because mental health coverage is really tough to find in that health insurance you're always in danger of losing or not being able to afford anymore.

    • And on top of that, the country you have been repeatedly assured is the greatest, mightiest country in the world and you are the luckiest son of a gun ever born to be a part of it suddenly looks kind of vulnerable and is embroiled in a couple long and costly wars it doesn't seem to be winning or even making any progress in it.

    • And here's the thing:
      There's nothing you can do about any of it. Oh, you can vote, but the new boss always winds up looking like the old boss.

    • But! But what you can do is make sure you're prepared when the whole seemingly-crumbling edifice collapses. You may not be able to rely on your health insurance, but when the shit hits the fan--as surely it must if we're constantly under attack by incompetent yet sinisterly powerful forces--YOU will be the one with the guns and ammunition and food and supplies. You can care for your family by making sure they survive and are comfortable. And more importantly, you are part of the secret club for once in your life. You are finally, finally in control and know something other people don't and can make sure, if nothing else, you and your kids will have food and water when the end times come. As they surely must if these powerful forces (Terrorists! UN Stormtroopers!) are cutting away the very foundation of Our Great Republic.

    • I think what it comes down to is people are terrified and just looking around for some semblance of control in a chaotic world where multibillion dollar industries and the entire political structure are set up to keep their anxiety on high alert at all times.

    • Dee Xtrovert:
      Well, unlike the majority of you (I assume), I actually lived several years in a period of savagery and killing, during which nothing - food, water, electricity, phone, clothing, sense of safety, school, the ability to go out in public, etc - was available, except during totally unpredictable, brief and sporadic occasions.

    • Of those who couldn't leave my city, Sarajevo:

    • Some people (very few) were prepared for what they thought would be the "long haul" - this tended to be a couple of months. These people were widely seen as lunatics and dangerously pessimistic ones at that.

    • Most people were not at all prepared. This included my family. Many of those - like my family - considered the idea of "preparation" to be an affront to the decency we felt most people possessed. Were we wrong? Well, I don't know. We suffered greatly; my parents were killed. But speaking only for myself, I never felt I cheapened my soul by betting on calamity. Today, that still feels like it's worth something.

    • But here's the main point:
      "Preparing" for the disaster really didn't do anyone much good. Those who "prepared" ate a little better for a while. They stayed warmer for a few extra days. They enjoyed the radio for a while longer (via batteries.) But in the end, they ended up hungry, cold and bored too, just like the rest of us. Guns and weapons helped no one directly and were even of little to no use in the defense of Sarajevo, since they were toys compared to the shells, bombs and high-powered armaments of the attacking forces. The worst parts of war were psychological - the fear, anxiety, boredom, loneliness, paranoia, bad dreams. Respite from those things came with sharing food with a neighbor, finding a piece of clothing that would fit someone you knew, commiserating with others in your position, figuring out how to make make-up from brick or french fries from wheat paste and spreading this newly-acquired war knowledge around the mahala.

    • We knew who had extra food and supplies. For the most part, they weren't attacked or hassled or bothered. Contrary to what these survivalists say, those in dire times generally hold on to their personal sense of pride even more than they do in normal times. I'd take a bite of a friend's salad without bothering to ask in normal times. I'd never have done that in wartime, no matter how hungry I was.

    • Within the domain of those trapped in the city, civility greatly increased.

    • You often hear how Holocaust survivors felt guilt at surviving. Well, during war, that was a feeling everyone was aware of - people started dying right away (my parents were killed near the start of the siege, for instance) - and there was a palpable enough common sense of karma to make everyone into good Samaritans. None of us understood why we survived while others didn't. I shared food when I had it, even though I often knew I wouldn't have a crumb the next day. Which was no big achievement, because nearly everyone did the same.

    • Those who'd prepared, well, the majority of them shared their food and whatever else they had as soon as someone else was clearly in need. I can't swear it, but I think they felt a little foolish to have been so self-obsessed, and giving away that stuff might have lessened that feeling. There were a few people who hoarded things until they ran out of stuff - eventually everybody ran out of anything worth hoarding - and they soon became wishful beggars like the rest of us. Again, I can't swear it, but I hear stories, and it seems that these people suffer from post-war trauma, guilt and nightmares more than the rest of us.

    • Those survivalists, I feel sorry for them. It's no way to live.