The Somebody Show

While walking my dog I thought of a series I’d like to watch. It would be about a recent empty-nester who walks her dog and talks to it every morning. She has a weird husband and ends up having to take a dead-end office job when he retires. The episodes are short and each one revolves around her trying to accomplish one thing (like weeding, shopping, dinner – quotidian stuff, may or may not include episodes where the same sort of thing happens at her office) while being thwarted by a combination of random events and her own listlessness.

Of course this isn’t me…

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Faith and Individual Sacrifice

A thoughtful and well-reasoned essay, worth reading more than once.

Scientific Politics

We live in a culture which tells us that, if we work hard enough, we can have what we want. Despite the mantra of “life isn’t fair” dogging the steps of every crying eight-year-old, we live by a fundamental belief that if we try hard, act rationally, and plan well, we will achieve what we want to achieve. The American Dream exemplifies this belief applied to individuals, but the underlying principle forms the basis of our entire society. We as a species have an incomprehensible number of achievements to our name, and most of us have some nebulous idea of “technology” as the summary of these achievements. The faith that this continuously-evolving technology can and will solve all of our problems is a religion more deeply ingrained into our collective subconscious than any theism.

This is an optimistic faith. It is a dangerous faith. It is unsustainable, and it is…

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