You cannot take other people seriously unless you take seriously what they take seriously.
The most self-aware people I know seem to be the people who are the most critical and suspicious of their self-awareness.
Everyone is unreasonable sometimes. Reasonable people readily admit this. Chronically unreasonable people believe (and insist) that they are always reasonable.
Life is like a televised sport. It is so obvious what you should have done differently when you watch the replay again. In slow motion. From every angle. With in-depth commentary and analysis from disembodied voices who are not even playing the game.
Think of another city that you love or admire. In your mind’s eye, did you see its streets? Streets make the city. It is hard to imagine a great city without visualizing its streets — because a great city is made of great streets where people mingle.
Streets are the connective tissue of human society. The spaces and places we inhabit are indelibly shaped by the sinews that join them to one another. Let’s build streets that prioritize human coexistence first, above sheer transit efficiency alone.
If you want to sound just like every other politician all you need to do is talk about how you are completely different than every other politician.
Remember that political slogans about tolerance are not a proxy for hearts and minds. Peace is not a glossy policy paper about the merits of multiculturalism. The only thing that really matters is how we actually treat one another. #RememberJan29
‘100% certainty’ is a synonym for ‘stopped thinking.’
‘Never Ever Leave The House Without A Book.’ The acronym for this motto isn’t pretty, but the more time one spends reading books the less time one has for worrying about respectable hashtags. #NELTHWAB = #MBTLT (‘More Book Time, Less Timelines’) 📚
Automatically syndicating one’s blog to social media from a self-hosted, independent site feels like sending a sneaky, autonomous drone over the front lines to airdrop counter-propaganda in hopes of inspiring more dissenters to join the #indieweb rebels.
Integrity is a curious thing. It takes a lifetime to accrue but can vaporize in milliseconds. Claiming it for yourself is pointless–you can’t possess it because others must ascribe it. You can only seem to ‘have’ it to the extent you haven’t lost it.
I think what makes micro.blog unique is that it seems to be galvanizing a network of independent bloggers who genuinely care about networks, independence, and blogging. It’s where the #indieweb seems to be finding each other and coalescing.
Do not write off realism for its curmudgeonliness. There is no greater hope than the latent joy residing in the anguish of complete honesty. After all, even nihilism is nothing but a floating signifier and, in this respect, it is synonymous with meaning.
Never take a definition of ‘critical thinking’ at face value.