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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Exigencies? Priorities?

I don't see how anyone can legitimately claim to be "bored." I certainly am not. There's just too much of importance to learn (and "unlearn") and act upon constructively and ethically.

Much of the foregoing overlap (think Venn diagram) and are recursively cause-and-effect (think "feedback loops"). Not rigidly rank-ordered. And, other folks would surely posit some different priority items. Some on the list can rationally be argued to be potentially "existential," others "merely" of differing relative degrees of lesser current-or-prospective malignancy. I've reported on many of these topics in prior posts, and will continue. Amid the acrimonious din of mendacity and shoot-from-the-lip willful ignorance, much wisdom is available to us, frequently hiding in plain sight.


Dr. Langer: …I wanted to write a book a long time ago, Arthur—I never wrote this one—that was called Is There Life Before Death?, because I found, you know, all these people worrying about life after death. Many people come alive, sadly, after they get some terrible diagnosis or they have a stroke or they find out they have cancer. When I speak to people who are miserable or whatever, I simply tell them that all you need to do is take care of the moment, just right this second. And if you keep doing that, then over the course of the day, you know, you’ve had a fine time...
"There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know. So why fret about it?"—Heinlein
The eminent Amos Tversky once pointed out that (paraphrasing here) "when you worry, you may suffer twice." Another favorite quote of mine comes from a Hastie & Dawes book chapter title: "Two cheers for uncertainty." 
Or, "Happy Wife, Happy Life."
Five podcasts to date. I've not yet listened to all of them. But I shall.

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