You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free
Always be yourself… unless you suck.
Joss Whedon (via quote-book)
things the human population puts on too high of a pedestal:
- the uk
- the beatles
- british people in general
not to say any of these things are bad or that they don’t deserve recognition, because i love all three of them. but people seriously need to calm the fuck down where it comes to all things british. i mean holy hell, you have to know what i mean. some of you have it in your head that if you could just move to the uk everything will be peaches. they have problems too. not saying its a BAD place to live, but it isn’t utopia.
I live in the UK. I can confirm that the UK is a perfect and flawless utopia, as long as you ignore:
- the racism
- the rampant misogyny
- tiny houses
- expensive clothes
- terrible coffee
- stupid people (not all of them are stupid - but there are a good number)
- awful weather
- appalling roads
- sectarian hate crimes
- no jobs (especially if you’re a foreigner)
- the million other irritating things here
Yes, the UK has national health care. Which means I get free medications and all the doctor’s appointments I want. But it also means I have to wait up to a year if I need surgery for anything that isn’t going to kill me today. And hospital overcrowding and understaffing killed one of my friends. (He was told that his DVT was a leg cramp.)
The UK is not perfect. It is not some kind of paradise. Yes, at the moment it is politically better off than the US, but not by a lot. When you idealize Britain based on stereotypes, it is insulting and offensive to those of us who live here and are struggling to get by. You’re telling us, “You’re not allowed to be unhappy because you live in utopia.” It’s just not true. We live on earth, just like you do.
John Green wrote “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” The same can be said of places.
Try to be pleasant to one another, get plenty of fresh air, read a good book now and then, depose your government when it suspends the free press, try to use the mechanism of the state to adjudicate fairly and employ diplomatic means wherever possible to avoid armed conflict.
Prometheus, responding to the question of what humans can do to improve themselves in The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
For everyone who posts that over-posted, usually unattributed, Will Ferrell quote that “hamsters are like cigarettes, perfectly harmless until you light them on fire and put them in your mouth”, I invite you to come to my house and stick my feral hamster Luna in your pants. Then you can see how “perfectly harmless” hamsters are, and your genitals will be destroyed, for Darwinism.
Why can’t you support my gibberish? I’d do it if you were stupid.