Category Archives: Choosing/Decision-Making

When does a human life begin when we can clone?

on February 23, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature, Nonjudgment

Does a human life begin at conception or some time after? I can see arguments for at conception, at birth, and some time between. I believe most people today would be horrified at it, but I think when infant mortality was higher, people wouldn’t consider a life viable until after a few days or even years. Various cultures have traditions that mark the beginning of life well after birth. What[…] Keep reading →

How did King Solomon get called wise for proposing cutting a baby in half?

on February 5, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Humor, Stories

You know the story about the two women each claiming a baby was hers, where King Solomon says to cut the baby in half and the woman who says to let the other woman keep it must be the mother? Have you ever thought about this story? How has it become a model of wisdom? It fails at every level. First, are we supposed to believe a woman simply claims[…] Keep reading →

Why bother with individual action if it doesn’t change systems and similar, ignorant questions

on February 3, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Models, Nature

Why bother with individual action if it alone doesn’t change systems? The ignorance behind that question astounds me. I’ll put the question in parallel, equally ignorant forms: Why bother changing your baby’s diaper if it doesn’t solve infant mortality? Why take the first step of a marathon if it doesn’t take you across the finish line? Why eat healthy or exercise if it doesn’t solve obesity, diabetes, and heart disease?[…] Keep reading →

“I pay taxes. Someone will clean my bottle/wrapper/litter.”

on January 5, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

My mind does it too. When I have something to throw away in my hand, I look for a trash can. I think my mind thinks not specifically, “where is a trash can?”, but “where can I put this thing I don’t want?”. The distinction? From the amount of litter I see placed in corners, wedged between fence posts, in planters, on signal boxes, and in whatever place looks like[…] Keep reading →

Ten years (3,652 consecutive days)

on December 21, 2021 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Freedom, Habits, SIDCHAs

I just finished my second set today of twice-daily burpee-based calisthenics. Normally, I do my second set in the evening, but since I started the habit on December 22, 2011 and today is December 21, 2021, today completes my first decade. I already finished my first decade of publishing blog posts, nearing 5,000. Here are all of them. 20 percent of the time has been on a single load of[…] Keep reading →

A way to lower pollution that would work

on October 29, 2021 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

How do we lower pollution? Building solar, wind, nuclear, or even fusion doesn’t necessarily lower pollution. Humans faced with new energy sources tend to use the old ones and the new ones. We aren’t slowing burning fossil fuels anywhere near the pace what we could. I don’t pretend the following solution works politically, but I present it as a start, since it reveals what would work and might generate ideas.[…] Keep reading →

Why does nearly everyone reject Gandhi’s advice?

on October 17, 2021 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership

Michael Jackson’s song, Man in the Mirror, got stuck in my head: I’m starting with the man in the mirrorI’m asking him to change his waysAnd no message could have been any clearerIf you wanna make the world a better placeTake a look at yourself and then make a change It’s clear: If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make[…] Keep reading →

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