Feb 11, 2012
Entertainment through ingenuity…
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Category: Bizarre, Cute
Awesome photo. The pathos bleeds through it.
Very creative kids with very limited resources.
What’s pathetic about it?
Have you ever ridden a roller coaster? Sure you have, we (in the West) all have. BFD. When I was kid we made a rinky dink roller coaster in barn filled with those tracks grocery stores used to cart their crap outside with. It was effin awesome, like this pool table. Half the fun is making it. These kids aren’t victims of poverty, they’re champions of all they survey. Give them dirt, sticks, rocks and rain and they make a billiard table. How many ” rich” kids would do that? Add some hard sciences, capital investment and the rule of law and they’ll all be farting through silk.
Who said anything about pathetic?
Do you even know what pathos means?
I do, pathos is a noun, pathetic is an adjective. Both From the Greek root word pathos meaning to suffer. Do these kids look like they are suffering to you? Was pathos the word of the day at wiener school or something? You tried to sound clever but ended up sounding pathetic, possessing pathos if you will. More Lisa like than Bart if you ask me. The world hates Lisa Simpson and probably you too.
pa·thos (pths, -thôs)
1. A quality, as of an experience or a work of art, that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow.
Is it possible that he meant sympathy?… I think what those kids did is amazing but I still have sympathy for the way the have to live.
Shouldn’t they be making me a pair of NIKE’s instead? They are not getting paid 12¢/hour to build pool tables.
WOW! on one hand this comment made me laugh my ass off but then I felt a small piece of my soul die. Thank you for reminding me that I still have a soul. Still funny though.
Just doing my part to help humanity one evil deed at a time. Without evil there wouldn’t be a scale to base what is “good”. Now Im going to go club baby seals to encourage people to save them.
I get it, it’s not a very abstract concept. The relatively affluent Westerner with a computer and Internet access feels bad about poor third world kids and their self made amusement device. Unlike Bartman I have seen, in fact own a kick ass dictionary and understand what is meant by the term pathos. I just reject the sentiment on many levels. The first is the assumption that the kids are in need in any way of our pity. Yeah they don’t have a felt covered slate table, a lot of people don’t and many who do can’t be bothered to use it. Theses kids have imagination, skill, creativity, resourcefulness, and friends to play with. Again, unlike Bartman. Secondly, when one sees a person bereft of hope, engagement, ideas, etc by alll means pity them if you want, I just don’t see the need here. Finally, Nietzsche said, among many other things, that the worst thing you could do to a person is pity them. I invite you Webster, with your apparent inclinations toward peace making, to think of why Nietzche would say that.
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