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Gloom (and doom) | Seth's Blog
Doom is inevitable.

Gloom is optional.

Gloom has no positive effects on ameliorating doom.

Doom happens. Gloom is a choice.
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12 days ago by alexpriest
Light of the American Whale

“Some views are better than others for different purposes – obviously! But here is the question: if we managed to somehow add all the views together – the zoomed-out globe/satellite views, the costume drama views, the recorded views of novelists and diarists, history and science papers that sift through the fossilized traces of an earlier time – if we somehow fused, summed up, superimposed, or otherwise managed to merge all the sources – would we wind up with a true view of the nineteenth century? Of any part of reality?”
philosophy  reality  psychology  meaning  how_we_live  science  history 
5 weeks ago by alexpriest
Opinion | In Praise of Mediocrity - The New York Times
Good god, yes.

“Yet here in the United States, the wealthiest country in history, we seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them.

Yes, I know: We are all so very busy. Between work and family and social obligations, where are we supposed to find the time?

But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time. Our “hobbies,” if that’s even the word for them anymore, have become too serious, too demanding, too much an occasion to become anxious about whether you are really the person you claim to be.”
success  how_we_work  perfection  hobbies  how_we_live  history  america  culture 
5 weeks ago by alexpriest

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