“How do we make the world a better place?” Make yourself a better person.
More and more people sound like a Biblical prophets or religious cult leaders. Instead of a CEO tweeting out something like: “Hey we’re working on something really cool, can’t wait to launch it!” You get stuff like: “You shall soon see what the meaning of multivariance is when combined with human energy.” Jokes are cryptic… Continue reading Communication by Implication (or Why Does Everyone Sound Like a Cult Leader?)
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Cynicism didn’t always have the connotation it does today. It was a school of philosophy concerned with accepting unchangeable elements of reality and rejecting attitudes and behaviors seen as superfluous, overly sentimental, or driven by passion instead of reason. It was similar to Stoicism.
Recently, I keep seeing advocates for human liberty calling others who want the same thing LARPers for owning guns, trying to be “ungovernable”, and other forms of embodying their ideas. The intent, I think, is to avoid naïveté, and to slap them with the cynical reality that their guns and rebellious T-shirts won’t stop a… Continue reading In Defense of LARPing
It is easy to be for peace when things are peaceful. But being for peace when you see people threatening, deceiving, and maligning is another matter. War rises up in the chest. The fiery, reactive energy of Mars quickens the pulse and short-circuits the deliberative mind.
Anarchy is simply the absence of rulers. It is not chaos, or bomb throwing, or communism. The absence or rulers does not mean the absence of leaders or the absence of governance. It means the absence of a political ruler – a person or institution that claims the moral right to initiate violence.
The more jokes are told in a culture, the healthier it is. And the more things allowed to be joked about.
I used to wonder why George Orwell was so obsessed with language. I would discuss this with a good friend who shared the concern for preserving the meaning of words. Definitions change, meanings change, and new words emerge to take the place of the old. So what? I think I get it now.
“Acme Co. wants to see your anonymized browsing data for the past 30 days and will pay you $2 for it. Allow, deny, or counter offer?” I’m not scared of data being the new oil. But I’d love to see ways people can more easily capture the value of their own.