Malicious vs Incompetent

"The mistake was not malicious, just incompetent." This implies non-malicious intent, which is forgivable. Yet, inaction to become competent is malicious, because the effects of incompetence and malice are the same. By perpetuating the correlation that incompetence has no intent (such as a means to avoid responsibility or confrontation) we create a sheltered space for …

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The bravado subterfuge

Rule of thumb: Confidence is not to be confused with competence.Rule of thumb: the faster they tell you how good they are, the worse they really are.Rule of thumb: the amount of verbal justification is proportional to the forthcoming errors and time repairing the errors.

A better revolution

The problem: Revolutions use the voice of the people to replace one tyranny with another. Rosa Luxembourg says the revolution is shaped by listening, not insisting. You must serve the revolution, not yourself, Lenin.

Causes in the past rob you of your present

Etiology is the study of a cause, or causation, while teleology is the study of the purpose of a phenomenon. When we focus too much on etiology we become deterministic: this was caused by that. We are detectives uncovering the cause-effect relationship and we allow ourselves to be determined by the past. When we focus …

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Access robs the sacred

In art, ideas, or porn the access and commonality do not make it less amazing: access makes normatively banal, which shifts the sacred into the passe. This is obviously a deception: it merely shows that we value rarity, novelty and exclusivity to an extent that these traits conflate value with sacredness.