Nature is naturally rapey. Being unable to force ideas or other things upon another, the tendency is to get the other to give themselves up.

Both are methods of coercion and force.

Lots and garages aren't places to be; they're just places to pass through. So we design them to require the barest amount of attention.

I wonder how the world would seem different when everywhere felt worth the ongoing effort it takes to make it a place to be. If what was happening here now mattered so much that saving time and effort to use on something better at a later date began to lose its appeal.

Creative destruction works because empowerment can be achieved by disempowering those who would disempower others. It is rooted in faith and trust in humanity rather than distrust and escape into the ideologies of systems and institutions.

The courage to be disliked seems to be tied with the courage to be alone.

Understanding what it is to be a Son or Daughter is what creates a sense of rootedness. Myths and religions are the fallback net in lieu of parental failure in this regard. (Though it gets a bit recursive as the myths themselves affect the method of child rearing)

The thing about the communist party of china is that it’s powerful because it’s supported, not because it’s evil. At every layer of society there are people who are willing to sell out into the hierarchy for power if all they need to do is follow what an “alpha dog” tells them to do.

The specific ideologies don’t actually matter. It’s the problem of too many people not having enough courage to take a gamble on themselves.

If you combine these definitions of evil: “evil is forcing a finite game.” And “Evil is the application of force to prevent another’s or one’s own spiritual growth.”

Then you end up with “Only living (life as the only infinite game) things can spiritually grow.”

Or to put it another way, there is growth, and there is assimilation.

A true cult has no exit condition or measurability to the exit. In this sense companies cannot truly be cult-like because money forces measurability.

Religion is such a thing. Countries, cities, villages have literal exits so their cult pressure has a valve.

I’m pretty sure RxJS is also a cult because its adherents disconnect from the measurement that matters for ideas: adoption.

It’s the “We are a small misunderstood elite minority” trick.

Perhaps the courage to be disliked is the same as the courage to love and be loved. That is, love is desire for being without conditions, and being is necessary sinful and generates dislike.

So loving something is the same as wanting something to exist despite disliking it.

The answer to Thiel’s “secret” question of believing something that no one else does is always a form of “I’m valuable and shouldn’t have to be constantly justifying my existence.”

More abstractly “Being doesn’t need authority to Be.”

A common distorted version: “God can’t be questioned.”

*the distortion happens because God becomes a tokenizable noun with attributable attributes.

@aRandomCat this is probably the core reason I dislike static typing. As a tool it is great, but far too often it becomes an ideology.

Adaptibility is not the ability to handle change but the ability to change as a response to change.

I wonder if the decrease in depressive thoughts from not sleeping works because doing things because your body thinks if you’re still working even when tired you must be doing something necessary. Which dispels the core root of a depressive thought, that things are meaningness and that nothing is necessary.

It’s one thing to be able to sense movement, it’s another to sense direction.

The downside to original sin sentiments is that we end up creating a world where we aren’t needed because of our drive to create a world without badness.

And that’s the most optimistic outcome. The usual outcome is the usual scapegoating.

I used to believe that people who didn’t seem to try at work were jaded and apathetic. Yet the people who are trying the hardest (young single males for the most part) often don’t have the effects they think they are having.

They’re trying so hard to squeeze blood from a stone that they don’t realize it’s their own blood.

What collectivist sentiments get right about individuality is that it is a lonely and often painful road.

What they underestimate however, is the necessity of loneliness for certain necessary things.

Feels like increasing trust as a concept doesn’t actually do anything because it’s not possible. It’s not a thing but a way of relating to the world and other people.

An increase in trust may just be the same thing as acceptance of things.

@aRandomCat stretching the metaphor: depression is a high inertia stable state similar to homelessness. Enlightenment would be the full integration of “home is where the heart is.”

Some people think that growing up is about finally learning to appreciate and follow the rules. While others think that it is about finally learning their limitations and when to break them.

The former merely borrows power while the latter creates it. (Or dies trying)

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