Ask A Genius 193 – Successful Alternate Lifestyle

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Ask A Genius 193 – Successful Alternate Lifestyles

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

June 9, 2017

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Rick Rosner: To the extent that I have been successful, it has been being clever at making jokes or being smart rather than being attractive. I try to be attractive, but I am not smoking hot.

When I see people who are vapid as shit living in LA, you see people who are successful based on hotness. I am like, “Fuck you, hot person.” That is bullshit. I don’t like that because it is an avenue of success that is not open to me.

Similarly, some frickin’ rube might be like, “Fuck you, smart person, with your words and all. You’re not American. You don’t work with your hands. You don’t know how to clean a carburetor.” Fuck, I could clean one.

There’s resentment or tends to be resentment of alternative life strategies. It is just that people are just or don’t like – every like strategy involves foregoing other strategies. And yo want to believe in the choices you made.

When you see people having made other choices, even when they are other choices, you resent it, “Hey weirdos with the two guy and one relationship.” I have spent 10s of thousands of hours of my life going to the gym.

On some visceral basis, I don’t want to see three chubby people happily in a relationship with each other. It is like, “What the fuck? Why did I waste my time exercising and being monogamous? I am even struggle with contact lenses. These people that are chubby with glasses ar able to satisfy each other. It is annoying.”

To some extent, the institutions that you’re talking about can include religion, probably codify that fear and resentment. Does that make sense?

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Yes, it seems like a smaller phenomenon of the even more sincere and deeply held feelings then turned beliefs and then turned behavior of individuals opening up making-you-not-gay (and so straight) places and not hosting gay weddings or not giving cakes to gay couples.

You have a mild resentment, but this other category or series of categories feel so deeply about it. That they feel the need to impose their idealized world onto the society in which they live through legislation, and otherwise.

You don’t do that. You have feeling and keep it there, which is mild judgment. Everyone is entitled to their feelings and judgments and attitudes, especially feelings because they’re feelings. it is like anger not lying.

They want to impose on society, though. Especially in America, I see this with the Evangelicals quite strongly.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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