Geeks missing the point
Found on Slashdot:
Most people fear things that are very unlikely to happen:
-Death from terrorism
-Death from oppressive government
We rant and shout with each other over which one is the bigger threat.
Meanwhile, most of us die from lack of proper personal health (diet, exercise, etc) or automobile wrecks, all of which are 100% within our ability to control.
This comment was posted as part of the discussion of a Pew poll showing that a slim majority of Americans support programs such as PRISM in order to combat terrorism. It was ranked as insightful by the geeky community of Slashdot. Thus proving once again that geeks are just a fucking stupid as everyone else on these subjects.
The commenter completely fails to comprehend that these fears are a question of individual agency, as opposed to an absolute fear of death itself. Dying because one has chosen to enjoy an unhealthy, but pleasurable, lifestyle is a choice one makes. Dying to a terrorist attack or government oppression is a choice someone else makes for you.
Such matters are not about the twisted utilitarian world the commenting geek inhabits, where every decision should be made in order to lower the chance of death. It is about the individual’s right to choose the manner in which he or she pursues happiness. For some of us, the fear of death is not the greatest fear. Fifty years of bacon cheeseburgers and cigarettes and whiskey may well be more desirable to some than 80 years without those things. This person fails to grasp that.