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Sean Liddle -

I have in past told my wife how we as humans developed emotions, especially love and general affection, through evolution, as those that stayed close to home with mate and kids had more success in life and thereby produced more brood and had more food etc.. Then I tell her that pretty much everything we do in life is for the sole purpose of passing time and keeping us from being bored, because if we do stop and think about our sole biological purpose in life, it all seems a little futile and we become less productive worker bees..

Then she looks at me all sad stuff and I feel like dirt for being such an analytically minded dufus. Ugh..

But yes, where are the jetpacks.. Where is the leisure time (says the guy on day 7 of a 19 day vacation).. where are the 3 day work weeks. But seriously, unless you are in a job where you essentially do for a living what you would normally do as a hobby, what is work but a way to pay the bills? Living for ones job and viewing it as more than a paycheque is just buying into the corporate brainwashing, like calling yourself a sales associate team member instead of what you really are, a stock-boy.

Alan -

That is a very odd use of "analytically minded".

Chris Taylor -

I think my hobbies are sufficiently base that I am more likely to be paid <i>not</i> to do them.

I can't think of any job in the whole wide world that would allow me to fly, sail, dabble in halfassed archaeology and anthropology, and spend a full week every month playing computer games obsessively.

Alan -

International playboy? You know, I really wish I had checked out international playboy booth at that high school job fair back in '81.

David Janes -

As per my post, I'm not making here the argument that Catholic rights are particularly (and in particular) endangered. And absolutely it's a historical quirk -- I like historical quirks, as they provide a context as to why we have a history and a now. And bridging to my original post, I'm arguing that we shouldn't be too quick to sweep aside historical quirks as the current context evolves. Especially since (i) start cleaning up too quickly and they might be throwing out something you like and (ii) there's no particular hardship imposed by these quirks.

To expand the argument in (ii) slightly, yes, there's a constant stream of letters to the paper from (primarily) Jewish and Muslim groups arguing how oppressed they are by this. Given that every one of these letter writers is most likely dual citizens in countries where rights are very much dependent on religion, well, they can go blow it our their ass. Likewise to their argument that their religion requires them to separate their kids from non-believers. As for the Catholic side of it, functionally speaking it's basically identical to the public school system. Yes, there's duplication but I suspect analysis will show this to be a level of a rounding error.