Coloradans do not currently have the liberty to pursue happiness by obtaining a medical professional's assistance in achieving a peaceful death thru the administration of oral or intravenous drugs. The people of Colorado hereby proclaim that mentally competent adult residents of Colorado are Sovereign in the matter of personal medical decisions and have the liberty at life's end to set the time and tone of their own deaths, asking permission of no person or organization.Catch that? Liberty is death. Happiness is death. I have no idea what Liberty means, but Happiness is well defined. All the old wisdom tells us, and everyone who lives long enough realizes: Happiness (or Satisfaction or Contentment) is available to anyone in any condition. It's all about setting your expectations properly and noticing the positive departures from expectations. Defining happiness as death CLOSES OFF this process of adjustment and appreciation. It OPENS the path for doctors or parents or "support groups" to administer the prescription of Happiness when a youngster only needs an Expectation Adjustment, or an experience of completing a useful project, or maybe just a little tiny scrap of motherfucking RESPECT.
Labels: 20th century Dark Age
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.