Screw the Way Things Are, I Want Out

screwthings This is a beautiful planet, filled, in the main, with decent, cooperative humans. And yet, I want out. Give me any kind of functional spaceship and any reasonable chance, and I’ll take it. This place is anti-human. It chokes the best that’s in us, aggressively and self-righteously. I was struck not long ago by a comment of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s, in which he expressed the same kind of feeling: I ought …

Evil Is Weak

EvilIsWeak For clarity, let’s define “evil” as “the willful abuse of other humans.” By this definition, any person or persons who purposely manipulate other humans to their own ends – anything from tricking them into a bad business deal to extorting money from them to murdering them – are engaging in evil. Evil Almighty? From television, politicians, and endless “authorities,” we learn that evil is pre-eminent. God may be supremely powerful, …

We Are Great

great Every time I write one of these pieces, a certain number of people freak out, and often quite vocally. But it’s a huge mistake to define ourselves by what we’re against, and darkness is not all that exists in the world. And we are magnificent creatures. I want my writing to help humans realize that this is true, and to start acting on it. Decrying what is wrong has a …

The 18-Year-Olds’ League

18-Year-Olds My dream of what could be. In 2016, after realizing that humanity had been at war for some 6,000 years with seldom a break of even a single year – and very often in a dozen places at once – a simple thought appeared in at least a hundred young minds scattered across our planet: It’s not the evil old men who keep all the wars going; it’s us, the …

With Millstones Around Our Necks

Millstones Filters off. Today I rant. Humanity has been progressing steadily over millennia. The terrorist empires of the ancient world are gone. Chattel slavery, a filthy curse upon our species since several thousand years BC, was obliterated in Europe a thousand years ago and remains in only a few barbaric corners. Humanity is healthier and better fed than ever in history, and by a huge margin.

Status, Evolution, and Human Nature

HumanNature As we move into a new year, I’d like to post something that I feel has fundamental importance. I hope you can take the time to read it carefully. Status is generally defined as a person’s condition, position, or standing relative to that of others. Please read that definition again and consider this: Status automatically creates division and conflict. Status forces us to think in terms of position, hierarchy, and dominance, and …

Thousands… Millions… of Whom the World Is Not Worthy

NotWorthy All of us have partial views of the world. We can only see and hear so much. At our best, we take in only a slice of the whole. Still, I’ve been noticing something that seems widespread and worthy of comment. Here it is: I see an increasing number of people who are markedly better than the world around them. My title for today’s dispatch comes from the book of …

In Praise of Traditional Family Values… Sort of

TraditionalFamily Humanity has a problem of clinging to extremes, as I’m quite sure you’ve noticed. They love the Reds and hate the Blues, or they love the Blues and hate the Reds. They believe deeply in God, or they consider belief to be insane. And once they’re on one side or the other, they instinctively repel any modification of their opinion. Their polarization jumps to defend itself automatically. Facts for its …

Humanity Has Been Cut Off from Its Future

HumanityFuture As much as we may complain about a multitude of things going wrong in the world, I suspect that many of us have a nagging impression—in a seldom-visited but persistent corner of our minds—that we’re living through desperately boring times. These are very loud times, of course, but that doesn’t make them less boring. An endless stream of bad news passes over our screens every day, accompanied by the best …

We Have Undervalued Ourselves

undervalued Growing up, I heard lots of complaints from parents and teachers about children being conceited, proud, and arrogant. Looking back, it seems to me that most of these complaints were related to a failure to obey. We did have one or two kids who were arrogant jerks, but the rest of us received the same comments they did. But whatever motivated the adults of my youth, they were mostly wrong …

Are You a Gorilla or a God?

godorgorilla Humanity stands about halfway between gorillas and gods. The great question that looms over us, is this: “Which will we incorporate into our lives? Gorilla things or God things?” The choice is ours. Yes, various choices are thrust upon us all our lives, accompanied with various levels of intimidation and threat, but at some point, all of us find ourselves able to choose freely. And it is then that we …

Will Government Tyranny Be Completed Before Humanity Wakes Up Again?

government tyranny All of our lives have occurred in an era of peak somnambulism (aka sleepwalking), and those of us who enjoy being awake have suffered mightily because of it. Using your mind has come with a price in our time, which is pretty sick, really. You can thank growing government tyranny for that. Humanity, however, does not sleep forever. Eventually humans get tired with the permanent suspension of thought. I know …