IdleRich

IdleRich
"table manners are for people with nothing better to do"
I was under the impression that originally manners were invented as a way to behave to make people feel comfortable, it's now become so twisted round that they are used by those who know as a way to make others who don't feel uncomfortable.

"Knowing the "rules" really impresses the girls too, and I need all the help I can get."
This is a recurring theme with you Swears, are you really ugly or something? What's the problem?

why is it that eating doplhin is 'abhorrent', btw?
Again I'd be guessing but I reckon that Zhao thinks that because of their intelligence level.
 

bassnation

the abyss
BMW drivers talking on the phone while taking up the whole fucking road and not looking where they are going.

Cunts.

Definitely a grumpy old man moment for me.
that has to be the most openly flouted law in the uk - some days it seems like every driver i see in london is on the phone while driving.
 

John Doe

Well-known member
I was under the impression that originally manners were invented as a way to behave to make people feel comfortable, it's now become so twisted round that they are used by those who know as a way to make others who don't feel uncomfortable.
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I'd recommend you read Levi-Strauss's essay 'On the Origin of Table Manners' in The Raw & The Cooked - very illuminating.
 

STN

sou'wester
People who want to watch a video when everyone's drunk round someone's house and enjoying themselves, thereby ruining the mood and boring everyone senseless. People like this are always weirdly insistent about it too. It's especially irksome if some sort of 'compromise' is reached (e.g. 'let's turn the sound down and do the voices for the characters ourselves!'.) Watching it with the sound down and an album on invariably leads to 'wow, the music and the film are.... in sync with one another, amaaaaazing' and if you're really unlucky, a tiresome discussion about Pink Floyd and the Wizard of bloody Oz.
 

martin

----
in China everyone rich or poor slurps their noodles. and that's the way it should be! :mad:
I agree. I used to take great delight in humming popular tunes as I ate my bangers and mash, and I have nothing but contempt for the teachers who told me to stop. I don't do it anymore, and it's a great loss.
 

swears

preppy-kei
This is a recurring theme with you Swears, are you really ugly or something? What's the problem?
lol

I just have a self-depreciating sense of humour, which people often confuse for me being suicidally depressed or something. :s
 
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zhao

there are no accidents
Again I'd be guessing but I reckon that Zhao thinks that because of their intelligence level.
yes. also beause of how playful and friendly they are to humans. i used to see them playing off the coast of Malibu all the time, flipping in and out of the waves. and many friends have swam out and wild dolphins are almost always thrilled and delighted to have a human swimming with them (other times they just swim by). they would do laps around, jump over them, and nudge them playfully with their noses. I mean all together they are just such beautiful and delightful creatures, naturally of a good dispostion (rather than trained to be obedient).

how many large animals which can easily kill us and eat us treat us with this level of respect? and welcome us to participate in their games? always, without exception.

there has never been any case of dolphins attacking humans -- the few angry people on the internet who sustained minor injuries from playing with dolphins are always cases of dolphins playing too rough with them; and even in the case of those 2 brazillians provoking the dolphins and annoying them, all they did was head-butt them, never bite with their razor sharp teeth.

and of course all the stories of them helping humans in emergency situations.

fuck off if anyone is so lost in their stupid blind cynicism that they think this is just a lot of "new age bollocks"
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
"also beause of how playful and friendly they are to humans"
Well so are dogs, that does seem like a bit of a double-standard to me. I was surprised when I found out that dolphins commit gang-rape (although I'm not sure whether they watch pornography).

"I just have a self-depreciating sense of humour, which people often confuse for me being suicidally depressed or something."
Just being nosey really.
 

zhao

there are no accidents
Well so are dogs, that does seem like a bit of a double-standard to me.

no. it is not.

because dogs are bred and trained to be obedient. dogs are a domesticated species created by humans. they do not exist in the wild. they are also smaller than us and can not easily overpower us physically.

wild dolphins can easily kill us and eat us, but are always good to us because they want to be.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
"because dogs are bred and trained to be obedient. dogs are a domesticated species created by humans. they do not exist in the wild. they are also smaller than us and can not easily overpower us physically."
OK, so it's not the friendliness you value as such but the fact that they choose to be friendly.
 

zhao

there are no accidents
I don't really see why this is any less arbitrary a distinction than 'cuteness'.
they respect us, thus we should respect them back. simple.

unless you are a complete asshole, this is what you do, no? return kindness?
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
they respect us, thus we should respect them back. simple.

unless you are a complete asshole, this is what you do, no? return kindness?
Well hang on a minute, here. I can't think of any instances of a dolphin being kind to me, personally. I'm sure there are instances of all kinds of animals being 'kind' to people, if it even makes sense to use such an anthropocentric term (let alone 'respect'!) in relation to non-human animals.
 

noel emits

a wonderful wooden reason
What's it got to do with Dolphins being cute? There's a good chance they are at least as intelligent and conscious as erm some of us 'umans are.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
What's it got to do with Dolphins being cute? There's a good chance they are at least as intelligent and conscious as erm some of us 'umans are.
Oh for fuck's sake. The old "we shouldn't eat intelligent animals" argument...in that case, what's to stop us eating retarded humans? Mmm, medium-rare mong rump...
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
"Oh for fuck's sake. The old "we shouldn't eat intelligent animals" argument...in that case, what's to stop us eating retarded humans? Mmm, medium-rare mong rump..."
I think that you've got your logic the wrong way round there Tea.
Anyway if somehow you were offered human meat wouldn't you be even slightly tempted?
 

Freakaholic

not just an addiction
....People who try to force me to dance. Assuming that i cant have fun without dancing cuz they are, assuming that im not having fun cuz im not dancing, assuming that i really want to but am too shy to, and many other things. usually makes me want to leave the party or club right then and there.
 

noel emits

a wonderful wooden reason
Oh for fuck's sake. The old "we shouldn't eat intelligent animals" argument...in that case, what's to stop us eating retarded humans? Mmm, medium-rare mong rump...
Do you really want to risk eating what might be the ONLY intelligent non-insane lifeform on the planet? We may not meet extraterrestrials for a very long time but these guys are right under our noses. I think we have a fairly good idea of how smart dogs are :slanted:

Actually I mostly avoid eating any animals but eating ones that could teach us something seems really really wrong.
 
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