This blog's new new home.
In the spirit of Cory Doctorow's article, "My Blog, My Outboard Brain," a place to capture my online, outboard thoughts.
Actually, our behavior as people is pretty easy to predict. We like things that are simple, not complex. Issues where we can take action without changing very much. [...] The best problems, as far as a consumer is concerned, are those that can be solved quickly and easily, with few side effects.Me: It would be great if everyone had the same wish that I do to embrace complexity, seek out change, and grow by leaps and bounds from day to day. But does that describe the world you see around you? It doesn't even describe my actual experience, only my wishes, and I'm the most gung-ho wisher for huge, positive change you can imagine.
The environmental movement has achieved great things. Without John Muir or David Brower, there would be fewer national parks and wilderness areas. [...] These and other activists deserve the hero label -- but we also need to expand our notion of what constitutes nature and who speaks on its behalf. Unless environmentalists take a full reckoning of their past to find other voices to remember and celebrate, the movement may grow ever more narrow and irrelevant. Maybe, just maybe, it's time to find some new heroes.In my view, it is essential that environmentalists demonstrate to everyone that environmentalism isn't a fringe avocation, but a way of thinking about the world that benefits everyone. It's going to require better work than we've done so far.
Procrastinators tell lies to themselves. Such as, "I'll feel more like doing this tomorrow." Or "I work best under pressure." But in fact they do not get the urge the next day or work best under pressure. In addition, they protect their sense of self by saying "this isn't important." Another big lie procrastinators indulge is that time pressure makes them more creative. Unfortunately they do not turn out to be more creative; they only feel that way. They squander their resources.This is where my simplified formula comes from. Clutter is the physical manifestation of procrastination. Clutter is outright proof of our indulgence in the fantasy that there will be time to work on Thing X later, and that there isn't even time now to put Thing X in the rightful place for things waiting to be worked on. Clutter is an abdication of responsibility.
There are many people I know who possess a vision of (personal) evolution yet seem to lack the will for it. They want, and believe it possible, to skip over the discipline, to find an easy shortcut to sainthood. Often they attempt to attain it by simply imitating the superficialities of saints, retiring to the desert or taking up carpentry. Some even believe by such imitation they have really become saints and prophets, and are unable to acknowledge that they are still children and face the painful fact that they must start at the beginning and go through the middle.Not for a moment do I propose that being honest with yourself is easy. But it's the only way to live.