... but here's the broad framework I use for this stuff.
All fear is fear of death. Fear of loss is fear of death. It can take a lot of forms -- loss of people: you lose a person who's close to you, and it rips a piece of you away forever. I wasn't the same person after my Dad died, I'd be a fucking shell of who I am today if one of my kids died.
Fear of loss of a thing -- if it's at all a healthy fear -- is also fear of death. You spent time and energy getting that thing, there's memories attached to it, losing it means you lost the time it took to work for it, to earn the money, to acquire the thing, and it means that whatever emotional significance that thing held for you won't be there to comfort you in the future.
Money is simply a kind of liquid power. People who have it are safer from the world, people who don't are less safe. Money isn't life and death usually (can be), but it's always a piece of the infrastructure that says "safe" or "unsafe."
If you're a poor white pre-Civil War, and slaves have destroyed the value of your labor, you can accept that you're in fact less valuable than a slave in the grand scheme of things, or swallow the lie of the owners that the simple act of being white makes you better than the slaves. The slaves are there for an economic reason, and only for an economic reason -- racism didn't cause slavery; slavery, and the opportunity to acquire wealth from it, caused black-white racism pretty directly.
Anti-gay bigotry makes a minor degree of sense in that framework. (I don't mean it's right, or just, or anything else; just that you can see the economic drivers.) Two childless men, or childless women, aren't going to acquire assets and keep them, generation on generation. (Which is how almost all real wealth is built.) Instead the work of generations is going to die when the family line dies; the exact same impulse that makes parents fear the deaths of their children, the loss of their future, comes in to place when their children decide not to breed, to pass on their wealth to the next generation.
Is this all that's involved in anti-gay bigotry? No, obviously not; I do think there's some other survival-oriented drivers that can't be explained as economics, but once you accept that economics are themselves simply a sublimation of survival issues, it almost ceases to matter. (There are pro-survival drivers for homosexuality as well, or it would probably have died out -- the childless aunt or uncle can help the next generation survive, passing on their genes in that fashion.)
Fear, survival, bigotry, are all deeply intertwined. In a capitalist society, they're tied up with money, but that's how survival works in capitalist societies.
Not everything has an economic framework. But most things have a survival framework, and economics is a big part of that.
One of the things I have learnt with wildlife photography is it takes as much luck as it does skill. Animals do not understand the need to pose for the camera, they have their own environment and their own way of doing things and they really don't care if you want to take their image or not.
Take this peregrine falcon, it was simply a case of taking images as it sat and watched what was going on, eventually it held a pose that I liked and it was a case of hitting the shutter button. More luck than skill.
"Is this request served locally?"
"Is this request served by the server?"
"Is this request served by a device in the RealWorld, which takes seconds to do it's thing?"
Those matter, just as TCP's fun idiosyncrasies matter for anything built on top of it.
I used to think that TCP was really low-level and that I did not need to understand it. Which is mostly true! But sometimes in real life you have a bug and that bug is because of something in the TCP algorithm. So it turns out that understanding TCP is important.
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Au jour du grand voyage (...) J.B.
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