On Change

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One reason I love my career / hobby / avocation is because it’s constantly changing.

We can say the same about life, of course. Unfortunately, this makes many people uncomfortable.

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On Getting Started

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Just being able to start is a super-power.

In science, “activation energy” is the effort required to get something going. It applies to just about anything, though.

Even writing these essays requires that I put in a certain amount of non-trivial energy in just getting started … 65 times.

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On Numbers

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We have a difficult time comprehending really large and really small numbers.

This often makes us vulnerable to misunderstanding and manipulation.

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On “Should”

Judgy Owl says you should use "should" less often.
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We use the word “should” an awful lot.

The problem is each use is an implicit judgement, and sometimes even an implied commitment.

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On Language & Change

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This is difficult for me to accept, but accept it I must.

Language is fluid and ever changing. It’s a slow change, but it’s a change, nonetheless.

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On Changing Your Mind

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I mentioned in my thoughts on hypocrisy that many consider changing your mind a flaw.

For example, it’s rare that a politician will change their mind, at least publicly, for fear of a backlash.

And yet, changing your mind is one of the most important things we can be capable of doing.

It needs to be celebrated, not derided.

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On Hypocrisy

Janus, the Two-Faced god.
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One of aspects of politics that frustrates me to no end is the rampant hypocrisy.

In order to pander to their base, politicians say or do just about anything, regardless of their own beliefs on the matter.

And then we’re surprised they behave other than they claimed they would.

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On Communication

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It’s scary how frequently interpersonal communication — the ability to communicate a simple idea from one person to another — fails.

The most obvious cases are when we see someone say X, mean Y, and the other person hears Z. It can be quite amazing to witness.

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On Empathy

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Empathy — the ability to understand, accept, and even feel the feelings being experienced by others — makes many people uncomfortable.

And yet it’s a requirement for a healthy society.

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On Mistakes

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Face it, you’re going to make a mess of it. You’re going to screw it up. We all do. Whatever “it” is, we make mistakes. Many of them.

What matters is not that you’ve made them, or even how many you’ve made.

It’s what happens next that matters most.

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On Fear

I really don't want to go to school, there are bullies there.
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I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

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On Moderation

Turn it up to 11.
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“Moderation in all things” is a saying we’ve heard so often that it’s become almost meaningless.

And yet, it’s important.

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On Being Judged

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Here’s a lesson learned from being an online publisher: you will be judged, whether you like it or not.

And you will be judged harshly, unfairly, and repeatedly.

And the vast majority of it doesn’t matter in the least.

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On Religion

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I have become convinced that nothing has harmed humanity more than religion.

This is unrelated to whether you believe in a god.

This is all about the organizations and individuals taking advantage of you if you do.

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On Abortion

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Abortion is a significantly more complex issue than many would have us believe.

It’s much, much more than killing babies versus letting women control their own bodies. It’s a toxic mishmash of biology, religion, politics, and power.

If you set aside all the competing irrelevant agendas, it boils down to one unanswerable question.

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On Anger

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Anger pisses me off.

All kidding aside, anger is one of those reactions so many people have that I see as often being pointless, and ultimately self-destructive.

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On Positivity

Grumpy Frog is Grumpy.
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This is almost in direct opposition to my thoughts on “the secret.

I also can’t explain it, but I’ve seen it often enough to believe.

The universe rewards a positive attitude.

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On The Secret

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A few years ago there was a movie, and a follow on book, called “The Secret“.

Oversimplifying, I’m sure, but “the secret” boiled down to something called “manifestation.” Basically, if you regularly envision or call to mind your desires, the universe will conspire to make those dreams happen.

On the surface, it’s bullshit. The top layers are even bullshit. But dig a little deeper and there’s an interesting kernel of truth.

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