Category Archives: Choosing/Decision-Making

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 →

Kids you can’t afford?

on September 22, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making

People sometimes call my life easier because I don’t have kids or the challenges in time, money, and other resources that come from having them. They say, “Josh, you don’t know what it’s like as a single mom raising three kids on three jobs.” If someone can’t afford a house but buys one beyond their budget, we say they chose wrong and might help them fix the choice. If they[…] Keep reading →

A reader asks: how much money is enough to spend?

on July 16, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Relationships

Following my request for questions, a reader asked one I wouldn’t have expected: How much time and money is enough, or fair, to spend with your wife and children if you need to work to have money for a simple life, in your country? First a caveat: I’ll plead some ignorance never having married. For that matter, my biological parents divorced around when I was in nursery school. On the[…] Keep reading →

358: Bald Versus Plastic

on July 9, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Podcast

Here are the notes I read this episode from: People keep acting like I’m different, that they have to balance things that I don’t when acting on the environment. So I’ll share a recent decision I made. People I tell have sounded intrigued and delighted to hear it so I’ll share with you. First sensed hairline retreating at 19. Not much for maybe a decade following, I don’t remember. Maybe[…] Keep reading →

355: I balance values the same as anyone

on July 3, 2020 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Nonjudgment

People constantly suggest they have to balance different values as if I didn’t. It came up in a recent conversation so I shared about it today. An element I factor in is how my pollution affects others—not just what I know about or wish I contributed, but what I actually contribute. Yet people think I factor in nothing else. It’s weird to learn people see you as one-dimensional. If they[…] Keep reading →

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