Category Archives: Doof

NYU in 2019: We will stop buying bottled water. NYU in 2023: Here’s some bottled water from us.

on January 23, 2023 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Doof

I don’t look for this stuff. It’s impossible to miss. Where is the leadership in sustainability? Why is everyone so slippery? (I know the answer, of course. Lincoln said it best: “Nothing does more damage to you than to do something you believe is wrong.” When you do, you will lie, cheat, deny, and suppress to avoid facing the internal conflict.) I start teaching this semester at NYU tomorrow. The[…] Keep reading →

Sustainability actions that end up the opposite you expect. Systems don’t work linearly.

on January 7, 2023 in Doof, Models

Systems work different than you expect if you don’t understand them. People who don’t understand systems often push them in ways that produce the opposite outcome they want. Alternatively, people who understand systems see how to achieve intended results through counterintuitive ways. Some examples: Less sugar, more sweet: I used to eat ice cream almost daily. In those days apples tasted bland. Having avoided doof for years, now apples taste[…] Keep reading →

Imagine a drug where you get the pleasure and others suffer the harmful side effects: that’s polluting activities.

on January 3, 2023 in Addiction, Choosing/Decision-Making, Doof

The title says it all, but let’s look in more detail. Take heroin and you get euphoria, but you also suffer the addiction and ruination of your life. You cause others to suffer too, but not directly from the drug. They suffer from your degradation, running out of money, isolation, and so on. In principle, you could use heroin and not cause others to suffer. Gamble and you occasionally win,[…] Keep reading →

OMG this butternut squash was amazing! . . . Why connecting to nature connects to people and motivates saving both

on December 23, 2022 in Doof, Nature

I wish I could put into words how delicious this squash is. Most people seem to think of squash as something you have to cook, but they taste sweet and delicious raw. As you can see, I dice them to put on cereal like any other fruit. One thing making this one so special is that it was given to me from the crew who grew it at Drew Gardens[…] Keep reading →

Our culture of addiction: someone injecting on Waverly, just off Sixth Avenue

on November 10, 2022 in Addiction, Doof

On my volunteering run, I saw this person shooting up on Waverly, just off Sixth Avenue. Don’t look if you’re squeamish, because the needle is in the person’s arm. Normally I don’t take pictures of someone in the act if they or their comrades would see me, but this person was alone with nothing identifying to indict or take away their dignity beyond what our addictive culture has already stomped[…] Keep reading →

Vegan restaurants and doof

on October 27, 2022 in Doof

There are a lot more vegan restaurants around. I’ve visited a few. As best I can tell, they’re taking packaged fake meats and other things prepared elsewhere and putting them together. I haven’t found one that serves mostly vegetables or seems to honor nature and the art and craft of preparing food. Does this veggie burger look like they made it in the store or assembled things made elsewhere? Do[…] Keep reading →

A value in spending time with junkies

on October 4, 2022 in Addiction, Doof, Stories

A couple weeks ago, in a hurry to meet someone, I passed by one of the few addicts I’ve seen regularly in the northwest corner of Washington Square Park, in fact, enough to have had a few conversations with him. He was passed out on Sixth Avenue, looking close to death. I had seen him the evening before a couple blocks north, on the steps of the library, appearing to[…] Keep reading →

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