Monday, September 28, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #137: A Snapshot of Humanity

I am happy that it is already Halloween season for two reasons: Kit-Kat and Twix candy bars. I think I skipped on the sugar-fest last year. Like a typical episode of The Simpsons, this blog post will plot drift from holiday chocolate to the realm of technology, and finish with a grandiose indictment on the history of humanity. Wait for it...

As this society is preparing for tricking and treating at the end of next month, this latest bit of tech news seems like a treat for those interested:  Apple is expected to announce a price drop for their lower-end MacBook models.  As an Apple shareholder (amongst other investments), I am optimistic that increasing the customer base will be good for the corporation's profits, and ultimately be good for my portfolio.  Like almost every tech article on the Web, the comments section of the above-linked article is basically a flame war between fanboys/fangirls of commercially-constructed opposing sides (i.e., PC vs. Mac is but an illusion...to help my portfolio).  This shareholder should be content that both Apple and Microsoft fanboys/fangirls, who are usually consumers and rarely investors, fervently evangelize the products they purchase.  To be clear, Mac-using fanatics have the reputation of pro-active evangelizing; Windows-using fanatics tend to be reactionary to any perceived defamation; and Linux users (both fanatic and low-key) are generally misunderstood.

On the other hand, this human being is disheartened by the underlying behavior of computer platform fanboy-ism.  It is eerily similar to, if not the same as, the sort of divisiveness of political partisan hackery, jingoistic sports team loyalty, violently religious zealotry, and obtuse racist chauvinism.  The amount of vitriol involved is the difference between a friendly sports rivalry and outright violent hooliganism.  The underlying cause a malevolent "spirit" (for lack of a better term) of me-first one-upmanship, of ignorant elitism, and of competition WITHOUT fair play. Competition is good, as it is meant to increase standards and push society forward, but douchebaggery (like collusion, sabotage, defamation, etc.) is unnecessary.

As human beings, it is really simple:  Hunt and gather (or purchase and cook) food regularly, find shelter and safety for the long night, and make sure there is another generation of humans to do the same.  All the rest is icing on the cake.  I'd rather have that icing taste like respect, love, trust, and chocolate - and DEFINITELY NOT have that icing taste like douchebaggery, asshattery, and - basically - sh*t.

Be good to each other, humans.

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