Category Archives: Choosing/Decision-Making

How I keep going when I feel like giving up (which is often)

on June 8, 2021 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Models, Tips

If you choose to act on sustainability, you will face darkness. You will want to give up. You will feel alone, misunderstood. I don’t say so to dissuade, but to prepare to face a part of all of us. Nobody is polluting because they are monsters. We’re all human. What is the alternative to confronting this part of us? To give up? To try to ignore and forget and try[…] Keep reading →

Preferring a virus to a vaccine?

on April 19, 2021 in Choosing/Decision-Making

Have other people noticed that some Americans, in the name of patriotism, unless I’m mistaken, don’t mind getting a virus they believe comes from a Chinese lab but object to a vaccine made in this country? I’m sure I missed something. Maybe it’s different people from one community. I’m just describing what I see and hoping someone can set me straight if I’m mistaken, and them if I’m not.

Why I predict the Next Pandemic Will Happen Sooner Than in a Century. More like a decade or two.

on April 6, 2021 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

I’m no epidemiologist, but some trends seem pretty obvious. While we haven’t suffered pandemics every hundred years as some have said, several have hit us and the last big one was about a hundred years ago. Then again, we’ve seen others more recently, like SARS and MERS. The causes of pandemics have been increasing. Not just happening, but we humans have increased them. I’m not saying we deliberately chose to[…] Keep reading →

What happened to utopia?

on March 10, 2021 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

When I was a kid, a popular idea of a utopia involved robots taking care of life’s needs. Today when people talk about automation, they present it in the context of displacing jobs. Let’s say robots and automation could provide all of life’s material needs—food, water, shelter, warmth, etc. It seems that yesterday’s idea of utopia has become a source of fear. Maybe that’s the media selling clicks, since anxiety[…] Keep reading →

Population: Why not educate men on family planning?

on February 1, 2021 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Education, Nature

The more I learn about successful, non-coercive, voluntary family planning leading to more freedom, stability, and prosperity, the more I talk about it. Think the opposite of China’s One Child policy or whatever eugenics programs you’ve heard of. You don’t judge fire because it burned down a home. Any time family planning comes up, someone parrots, “we must educate women and girls! It’s the most effective way!” As far as[…] Keep reading →

I’m not in great shape. I just spent nearly no time or money reaching the shape I want.

on December 4, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness

It occurred to me why I do so much calisthenics based on burpees, bodyweight exercises, and exercises that need nearly no equipment. It’s not to get in great shape. I’m not in great shape. I’m maybe average healthiness compared to all humans ever. I may be healthier than the average American, but Americans deviate from hundreds of thousands of years of ancestors that hunted and gathered food, not had doof[…] Keep reading →

Litter or Thrones?

on October 4, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making

Walking back from my daily picking up litter in Washington Square Park, where the drug dealers increasingly recognize me as someone to talk to—one of them told me he saw me on Facebook, he figures someone took a picture of a guy picking up litter—I asked myself what I would rather do than pick up litter in my neighborhood. I’d rather there weren’t litter to pick up, but given that[…] Keep reading →

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