I grew up in the American Dream. Now I’ve lived long enough to see it become a nightmare. This was not what I was promised, growing up in 1990s Upper Arlington. This was not what I learned in school. Now I have to ask. WTF even happened? What was even real?
The weird thing about the present moment is how it collapses the past. …
The world needs another Cold War. Literally. America and China should compete to cool the Earth. Would it be better if they got along? Absolutely but A) lol too late and B) competition is motivation. The Cold War put a human on the moon. We need a second Cold War to remain on Earth.
In 1966 alone the US dumped 2% of its GDP into the Apollo program, and God knows what the Soviets were doing. Both spent huge amounts on nuclear weapons and horrible hot conflicts around the globe. …
“Does Your Majesty know about sprouts?” the sage Mengzi asked the king. Strange question, but an excellent one. The king was not good, but he had goodness in him. Mengzi could see it.
One day the king spared a sacrificial ox and Mengzi came to see him. This was a most promising sprout.
Mengzi said, “This heart is sufficient to become King.”
Thinking about it, the king laughed, saying, “What was this feeling, actually?”
And so they went into it.
“There is no harm,” Mengzi said. “What you did was just a technique for cultivating your benevolence.”
The king was pleased and quoted from “The Odes”, the meme generator of the day. …