Proud or happy?

It’s no secret that I profoundly dislike the word “proud”.

Originally, I disliked it because people who are “proud” that they achieved something, tend to be unbearably egotistic, even solipsistic, and almost always arrogant and thoroughly unpleasant. That has not changed, but its almost generalised misuse on the North American continent has not increased my love for this word one bit.

Just as an example, although the homosexual lifestyle is abhorrent and revolting to me personally, I have nothing against it. These people are abnormal (a statistical term), but so is wearing glasses, having green eyes, red hair, six fingers, juvenile diabetes, piles or a high IQ. All people who are born and who behave themselves in a way that is essentially harmless to others should have the right to an unobstructed life. Only people who behave themselves in ways that are demonstrably harmful to others should, from a moral standpoint, be prevented from doing exactly that.

Note that I said “moral”, and to be clear, I am not referring to morality as defined by religions. Religions like to claim the moral high ground, but almost all of them are in reality shockingly immoral. Even staying with those I know best, Christianity and Judaism, I have trouble not to vomit when I think of them. They condone and even mandate genital mutilation of children, beating up and even murdering children, they condone and even regulate slavery, including selling one’s own daughters into sexual slavery, they condone and even demand the killing of homosexuals and many other types of people.

But what I cannot stand, is the supposed pride many of these abnormal people display. I can understand and accept that a homosexual is happy with the way he/she is, but I cannot and refuse to understand why such a person would “proud” to be the way he/she is. And that brings me to this hamster video.

It is the first video I have ever posted on my current YouTube account. It is also by a factor of more than 10 the most popular video I have ever posted as it has reached more than 500,000 views now. Needless to say, I am very happy with this, but proud? I don’t think so.

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2 comments to Proud or happy?

  • Bart B. Van Bockstaele

    Sorry for replying so late to your message, Rudy.

    I have just disconnected Thamno from the anti-quackery ring. While I most certainly continue to support anti-quackery, I agree that the webring system has become an annoyance, to put it mildly, and I will therefore not use it anymore.

    Thanks for your reply!

  • totally agree with you about how offensive it is to have people pushing their agenda in my face

    say, is there anything you can do to disconnect your site from the anti-quackery ring? you WOULD NOT BELIEVE the lengths i had to go to, to get my browser to land on your home page and actually stay there

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