Election Eve Doomscrolling

My thoughts for the next 48 hours, in roughly chronological order

It also strikes me that the lifestyle changes necessary to combat global warming are going to be analogous to a worldwide shutdown akin to what we’re doing here with COVID. In other words, this might be good practice.

We’re going to need a fundamental restructuring of an economy that is no longer dependent on perpetual “growth,” not that I know what that looks like.

I just hope we get to have agency in making the choice to restructure, rather than what I expect, which is “mother nature” will force the restructuring upon us –> which is in a way, I suppose, our choice (to not choose).

When human beings are both the source and destination of asteroid—it is the existential paradox of asking: how do we become not us?

Wouldn’t it be great if the choice could be something we vote on, and not, instead, the effects of cataclysmic migration in response to global warming?

The difference between “I am going to move my home and it’s going to be expensive” and “my home has been wiped off the face of the earth–now what?”

Studying what I study is not unlike being on the Titanic and really wanting to know all about the iceberg.

I had a heck of a time choosing the right t-shirt for election day:

Who the hell is Jo Jorgensen?

Got to admit, I got a little choked up walking to my polling place.

What is this awful feeling we are all feeling.
Like being startled, but the feeling never subsides.
“nauseous optimism”

Spiegelman got it right.
It is of critical importance that I remember to never estimate the fundamental banality of evil in my fellow citizen.
Anecdotal evidence will always be more convincing and persuasive to an individual than empirical evidence. This is a big problem.

It’s Hanlon’s Razor: Hanlon’s razor is a principle or rule of thumb that states, “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity“.

Back in the day (7th/8th grade) I got really into this fantasy series called The Sword of Truth. It ended up blowing up big. Terry Goodkind, the author who passed away last month, was a pretty stereotypical Ayn Rand influenced white male author (throw him in the same box as Orson Scott Card), and he churned out these 700+ page fantasy novels as quickly as he could. He banked millions on this series. I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but I liked these awfully written dungeons-and-dragon style fantasy novels because they were basically softcore porn, and what can I say, I was 14 and working that out. He did, however, have one stroke of brilliance that is enough for a career, and that is “The Wizard’s First Rule.”

What is the Wizard’s First Rule?

I’m so glad you asked.

The Wizard’s First Rule is simple: “People are stupid.” No magic necessary! Just tell people whatever and they will believe it. I stashed this wisdom in my pocket like the Hippocratic oath. It explains why we have a charlatan for a President. In the words of Goodkind:

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