Cars are heavily armored, highly dangerous beasts. They move more of themselves than us, and kill more people than any other predator. They consume huge amounts of resources to just exist, and the roads and parking they demand both destroy and heat cities. Slightly improving cars is not going to do shit for our climate. We need to drop a meteor on them and evolve.
Electric cars are, in fact, a false hope. They’re the idea that we can have our cake and eat it too, and we just can’t. We’re having a planetary heart attack right now. We need…
Tony Soprano was TV’s first anti-hero, but the show still has a hero. It’s his wife, Carmela. In a very Gita or Kannagi sense, she’s a dharmic hero. She does her duty. She’s a good wife to a bad man. She’s the hero to his anti-hero.
I used to be a news junkie. I’d take tab after tab every day, but then I’d just need more the next day. One day I just quit, cold-turkey. I’m honestly better informed, or at least marginally less stupid.
I’m not saying that news doesn’t have its place, but if you’re trying to be a better citizen — as in a better person — it’s not very good for that. For example, citizenship itself is “complacency, hypocrisy, and domination,” but the news won’t tell you that. You’d need to read a book.
News is the art of surprising people within…
Conspiracy theories are #goals. As Hannah Arendt wrote, “the discovery of the Nazis was that the masses were not so frightened by Jewish world rule as they were interested in how it could be done.”
The Nazis were quite openly inspired by their own conspiracy theories. As Himmler said, “we owe the art of government to the Jews,” namely, to the Protocols which “the Fuhrer [had] learned by heart.” This was a common antisemitic idea.
It’s over. The pandemic has gone endemic. We’re stuck with this shit forever. COVID-19 has mutated around all defenses and is becoming another neglected tropical disease. We simply cannot eliminate it now, it’s too far gone. Our children, our grandchildren will forever live with some form of COVID-19.
The tragedy is that we didn’t just lose. Rich/western countries sold us all out. This isn’t really a tragedy at all. It’s a crime.
It didn’t have to be this way.
In her book Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt described what I call the four horsemen of a totalitarian apocalypse.
America today has all four, galloping apace.
60% of the population believes in some sort of conspiracy theory. A major political party is taken over by the ‘stupid’ mob. And people are not taking it seriously. They’re not learning from history, not believing what their enemies say, refusing to consider where this all leads.
Americans simply think totalitarianism isn’t possible for them, but this is wishful thinking. People died for the information that everything is…
After a parent dies, Kongzi (Confucius) said you’re supposed to wear sackcloth and live silently in a hut for years. This made as little sense in 500 BC as it does now, and so his disciple Zizhang asked. What does this mean?
Life is but a dream. Totalitarianism is, to Hannah Arendt, someone else’s dream invading your body, until it becomes a nightmare. You wake up, screaming, because you are just one of a million heads making up the body of a real-life Leviathan.
Where I live (in Sri Lanka) Amazon doesn’t operate, so eCommerce has been able to evolve in weird ways. We have closed WhatsApp groups where people buy products, or bakers using Google Forms to take orders. Small businesses use the internet without becoming ‘internet businesses’ themselves. And thus the market is actually more free.
This sort of commerce existed before Amazon, exists around Amazon, and will be around when it’s gone. It’s just people buying and selling things using technology, just a bit slower because human beings are allowed to pee.
In Sri Lanka small businesses use the Internet like…
I began seriously questioning my intelligence when I had plumbing problems. I can fill out forms, read and understand things, but the toilet didn’t care. It just wouldn’t flush. At that point I needed someone with plumbing intelligence. Intelligence, like any evolutionary trait, is an adaptation. It’s relative to environment, to a problem, to a task. No one is generally ‘just smart’. You always have to ask, smart for what?
There are not ‘general’ traits in evolution, they’re all relative. Take speed. We say Cheetahs are the fastest animals, but that’s actually not true. They’re slow (and miserable) underwater. An…