If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.
However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?
And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’
You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.
You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented.
Anonymous asked: Hey Brandon, could I get your opinion on something? Is it better to finish something quickly and learn from your mistakes, or to wade through a project and tinker with it?
I like to mess with a project until I like it, but I am a comic book tortoise.
There’s lots of ways to do something, I think you just have to figure out what works for you.
I watched this incredible BBC4 doc called ‘How to Build a Bionic Man. Some amazing, powerful stuff. Bertolt Meyer is a fascinating individual whose own experience with prosthetics led him to delve deep into the evolving and emerging technologies that will radically alter our evolutionary course, and his findings are amazing and sometimes terrifying. He now tours with his cybernetic counterpart and stresses the importance of exploring the ethics of these technologies before they completely outpace our ability to regulate them. This, my friends, is my major jam, and here are some links: One is for the article that first brought this man to my attention, another is an informative writeup of the BBC special, and the third is for the American version of the documentary I watched.
I’ll go ahead and say now that if you can get ahold of the BBC version of this story, it is, in my opinion, far better. It’s a bit more balanced between the human stories and the bionic man itself. Either way, though, wow. Wow wow. Wow.