Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Sunday, January 17, 2021
My Dad was sent a long list of lies about how "awesome" the former host of the Celebrity Apprentice has been. The request was for one single reply. It is impossible to figure out, but these were the first things that came to mind:
"They were beating the shit out of him," said Cole. "Right in front of my eyes."
If US had Canada’s Covid-19 death rate, 225,000 Americans would be alive today.
December’s jobs report confirms Trump is set to be the worst jobs president on record.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
"It could never happen here" One of the most enlightening books for me was Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust. That's what came to mind when I saw this column:
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Friday, January 8, 2021
On this day in 2011, right down Sunrise Drive from us, a gunman shot our Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in the head, and killed six innocent people as well. (Injured many others.)
Gabrielle Giffords tweets moving message to husband after Capitol breached
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Monday, January 4, 2021
To me, enlightenment would entail fully internalizing that all there is is matter and energy. Just physics. I know this is true intellectually, but I don't live my life as such.
If I could fully, truly internalize that simple fact, the consequences would be enormous*. Viscerally understanding that there is no free will - we are all just damaged biological robots - would be incredibly profound.
It took me many years to not get angry every time something like a computer malfunctioned. In the absolute happiest time in my life, I still swore at my computer. I still sometimes get upset when technology malfunctions, let alone people.
If I could fundamentally recognize that everything in the universe as simply the interaction of matter and energy, I would be liberated. I would, I think, have achieved as much enlightenment as possible.
Wish me luck. ;-)
*This isn't to say I wouldn't still try to reduce suffering. Even though it is just the product of the interactions of matter and energy, Suffering Is Bad. I think it is possible (and desirable) to distance myself from, say, my degenerative osteoarthritis pain (although it is hard to imagine being sanguine about a Crohn's attack). But that wouldn't change the fact that it is Good to reduce suffering.