Could systemic change be catalyzed by effective altruism?
Give what we can because I think every dollar spent on things like malaria prevention, de-worming, girl's education or clean drinking water as morally superior to lavish consumption. You will certainly have heard of the (in my view only) plausible objection to the practice of philanthropy, which is that it diverts our collective attention from much ...
Civilization is the ability to believe in a justification for our cruelty.
It doesn't matter much if we have hope now. Will we have hope when a majority of people are literally dying to improve our lot?
the problem with democracy is that the people refuse to believe they are the people
the nonsense of infinite growth just distracts from the fact that we will all wither and die
Catalyst of the Gift Economy: Trustcoins
We no longer understand economy as the study of human interaction under the conditions of scarcity. As production tends to nearGift economies rely on the connectedness of the underlying social fabric to function, so they are essentially local economies. With local green energy and food production, they can provide for all necessities of life, because ...
the philosophical problem of other minds really is about other smarter minds.
Short Climate Temper
During a ride share with sacred. We are talking about a crime against humanity. The destruction of the rain forest and the rendering extinct of species are irreversible, as is the unleashing of permafrost methane, the demise of the coral reefs, the bees, and the birds. So how does it sound if we hold on ...
We do not live…
... in the moment. We relate to the moment. We are transgression, leaping between moments. We leap between hapinesses.
Authenticity feels better when you starve for it.
Question your freedom
A few days ago I was riding a bicycle down the Berliner Prenzlauer Allee and slowed down behind a fellow cyclist whose calves inspired me. As he pedalled, I discerned a tattoo that read "Question your freedom". I sensed this is an interesting phrase to chew on, but I wasn't sure exactly why. I needed ...
... a playful, self-defeating gesture
We need…
to find meaning, not in what we are doing, but in the superlative of what we do.
Reading of Jeremy Rifkin: The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
When a very experienced author like Rifkin presents his ideas on how the Internet of Things changes everything, we can expect an abundance of beautifully crafted sentences. Since the mind of a budding reviewer might suffer from scarcity thereof, I have decided to quote a lot from the book. Explorations of the topic of abundance ...
And (what if) I say, that it is this culture of excessive individualism that has created the constellation where "community" is perceived as some kind of higher purpose, and our "ego" as something low, something we need to be ashamed of. If community is our true value, the individual would be celebrated as the valuable ...