"I keep thinking," my friend said, "that if only I'd done more, we wouldn't be in this mess we're in now." Were they right?
If I could sum up the problem of modern politics in only a few words, it would be this: the asymmetry of the motivations of the participants.
On losing touch with friends, and the difficulty of making new ones.
"The universe doesn't care about our feelings" isn't an excuse to be mean. No condition of life is an excuse.
Spiritual advice don't mean a thing if it don't come from within.
The problem of power, and why discarding power isn't a solution to it.
"...the wretched of the earth might not be wholly responsible for their wretchedness."
"...what we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument."
The number of things we need to have an opinion about right this second is not as large as it might seem.
"... from where I sit, freedom isn't choice. Freedom is agency. Indeed, choice - by limiting agency - is often the opposite of freedom."
People need a place to go that's just a place to gather.
Most of us simply don't care what we stuff in there. It's a moral failing.
On how we've outgrown outgrowing things.
"Specialization is for insects", revisited.
Once again: Whatever it is we're designing our world for, it isn't the human being.
With Facebook out of my life, it's all the easier to spot unproductive discourse of all kinds, because of what else it reminds me of.
Outside of the social media bubble, the void.
Why Steven Pinker's encomium to an improving world falls so flat.
On how the conspiracy theory mindset stems from emotional torment.
On blogging while angry.
In re Parkland.
"The computer has almost since its beginning been a solution looking for a problem."
Why the morality-play view of personal responsibility is bogus.
On the idea that we can use technology to amplify human intelligence.
Let's waste less time trying to argue people out of something they were never argued into to begin with.
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