Time is Essence
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The world is hard and cold like those depots in which are piled up goods that cannot satisfy: neither clothe those who are naked, nor feed those who are hungry; it is as impersonal as factory hangars and industrial cities in which manufactured things remain abstract, true with statistical truth and borne on the anonymous circuit of the economy, resulting from skilful planning decisions which cannot prevent, but prepare disasters.
There the world is, the mind in its masculine essence, living on the outside, exposed to the violent, blinding sun, to the trade winds that beat against it and beat it down, on a land without folds, rootless, solitary and wandering and thus already alienated by the very things which it caused to be produced and which remain untameable and hostile.
My opponent pretty much rambled incoherently for his introduction, so I will do my best to decipher what he said and identify any real arguments he made.
“Time is essence”
This statement is not only mostly meaningless, any meaning you could possibly gather from it is false. According to the Oxford English dictionary, time is “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole” (1). It is up to my opponent to clarify exactly how that is an essence of something. Human life? The universe? A timeline?
“The world … neither clothe those who are naked, nor feed those who are hungry”
I hope I understood this part correctly. Actually, clothes and food come directly from the world. Both clothes and food typically come from plant and animal material, which of course live in the world.
“the mind in its masculine essence”
I challenge my opponent to explain how the mind (and not just the male mind) has a masculine essence.
And in case this is just a poetry battle, I see your hipster rant and raise you a Walt Whitman sonnet:
EARTH! my likeness!
Though you look so impassive, ample and spheric there,
I now suspect that is not all;
I now suspect there is something fierce in you, eligible to burst forth;
For an athlete is enamour’d of me—and I of him;
But toward him there is something fierce and terrible in me, eligible to burst forth,
I dare not tell it in words—not even in these songs.
That’s pretty much all I got for now. Five rounds of this should be fun.
Charlie Brown says: I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT ...
Charlie Brown says: HOW COME SOME PEOPLE GET NO CHRISTMAS CARDS WHILE OTHER PEOPLE GET A WHOLE LOT OF THEM?
Snoopy thinks: SOME OF US HAVE MORE FRIENDS
This is a poem I wrote in high school.
Crimson stains persist.
The ballroom floods with a suffocating metallic haze,
and, though we stagger away, we cannot escape it.
Absent an alibi, she seeks to rid her hands of blame,
and watches in horror its damning grasp.
Out damned spot!
Ah, patriotism: death's panacea
and oh the red spills it makes.
What vital duty and purpose the sanguine tide bears
But, too, an image of evil
I was emo, no joke.
I'm bored already, and there's nothing good on TV at this hour.
A question: By participating in this debate, am I trolling, or being trolled?
¾ cup butter, salted, room temp.
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp cinnamon
3 cups oatmeal (old fashioned preferred)
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Mix in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Combine the wet and dry mixtures. Stir in the oatmeal, nuts, and cranberries. Place balls of dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown.
In conclusion, this debate was even more pointless than I expected.
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Vote Placed by Magicr 4 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I like oatmeal cookies.
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