Isms

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Neoplatonism: Supposed to be new. It’s ancient. Supposed to be about Plato. He’s ancient too. An ism in antiquity. Infused with the idea that trance will connect one to a higher power. Solipsism: Selfism. Like a child who won’t share, this ism is for those who think they’re the center of the universe. Cronyism: Friend worship. That’s all really. It can be described as paying a lot of attention to friends and close relationships, but no others. It gets so deep, this attention, as to be considered worship. Socialism: Social worship. Like Cronyism, only reversed, so that the zealous attention is paid to society. Tends to screw over the individual to benefit the crowd or the state. Fascism: Sometimes a covert racism, fascism is a way for dictators to remain in power, because any voting system is abolished. Favors the state over individuals. Sadism: sexual pleasure from inflicting pain on someone else. Masochism: Sexual pleasure from being subjected to pain. Racism: Worship of the race to which you belong. All others are considered inferior. Ageism: Worship of the age group to which you belong. All others are considered inferior. Intellectualism: Worship of the idea of intelligence. It used to be a devotion to learning. This ism sacrifices wisdom for encyclopedic trivia. Organism: Not a worship. Unless you’re a weirdo. An Organism is a system, usually complex, and usually considered alive. (I threw this one in here to test the attention span of the reader.) Republican-ism: The belief that only one party can govern a political system. Democrat-ism: The belief that only one party can govern a political system. Buddhism: The belief that a steady progression through selflessness will exalt an active practitioner. Christian-ism: The belief that a steady progression through selflessness will exalt an active practitioner. Judaism: The belief that a steady progression through selflessness will exalt an active practitioner. Materialism: Worship of physical possessions. Sexism: Prejudice against the opposite gender. Audism: Prejudice against the hearing-impaired.

If you’re practicing any prejudice against others, just stop. Most of us have more in common than we have differences. Like the lizard above, we can bridge the gap!

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, five screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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