Category Archives: Freedom

Under one dollar: My record low monthly electrical use: 10 kWh ($0.96 + fixed costs)

on April 9, 2022 in Addiction, Freedom, Nature

This month set a record low electrical use at only 10 kWh, or less than one dollar on supply charges. I don’t remember what I did this month to keep it so low, or rather what I didn’t do. Note I still use hot water for my showers, which my building heats with natural gas, though my showers are only a couple minutes. The two reasons I’m sharing I’m sharing[…] Keep reading →

Things I avoid

on March 31, 2022 in Freedom, Habits

I’ve meant to list the things I avoid. I can’t keep track sometimes. I’ll try to update it as I think of things. If you’re reading this post soon after I posted it, it’s probably incomplete. Animal products Owning books Owning things I don’t need Air conditioning Heating when it’s not too cold out Lights when I’m not in the room Fiber-removed foods Long showers Cars Planes Food packaging Keeping[…] Keep reading →

Two ways you became addicted without realizing

on March 28, 2022 in Addiction, Freedom

Different people define addiction differently, but this one covers the bases: “a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences.” Once, almost the only way to addict yourself to something was to try something you knew might addict you, expecting you’d stop before the addiction set in, and then find yourself addicted. That is, you may have underestimated the risk, but you consciously chose to risk[…] Keep reading →

Am I in an African-American / African-Diaspora dominated field?

on March 27, 2022 in Freedom, Leadership

When I list the people I think would benefit from my podcast and could use it to influence most, I think of the people with the greatest potential to lead the most number of Americans. The names roll off my tongue from mentioning them so many times and from trying to think of who would add the most value: Oprah, LeBron, Serena. Do I need to mention their last names?[…] Keep reading →

The book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels; freedom, ingenuity, progress, and related books, videos, and resources.

on March 26, 2022 in Freedom, Nature, Nonjudgment

I’ve read a lot of books and watched a lot of movies on the environment and leadership. The ones I find most valuable I put on my environmental leadership resource page. Recently, I read the New York Times bestseller The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein. I put a brief summary of his case, as I understand it, at the bottom of this post. I had seen the[…] Keep reading →

Year 7, day 1 without flying, seeing our cultural and individual addictions

on March 23, 2022 in Freedom, Habits, Nature

On March 22, 2016 my flight from Paris landed in New York. Before embarking on that trip, I had started to second guess how I had weighed my values to conclude flying was overall good. Today marks the first day of my seventh year without flying. I’ve traveled and seen more of the world and its people more in this time than when I flew. I grew up flying. My[…] Keep reading →

Do addicts get less of what they think they get more of?

on March 8, 2022 in Awareness, Freedom

I’ve noticed a trend in addiction. I wonder if anyone out there is an expert or knows. I tried looking up the pattern, but didn’t find anything. Have you heard of the pattern? The pattern Every addiction involves a pleasure. Gambling makes some people feel like a winner. Alcohol makes some people feel social. Social media makes you feel connected. Sugar tastes sweet. Heroin makes you feel euphoria. Each pleasure[…] Keep reading →

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