Today’s technology has not scaffolded us to greater capabilities, but is prompting a devolution towards a lesser form of human. Viewed as a controlled substance, new technologies support our quest to live fuller and grow more capable. Yet, like any drug, unbounded use promises only dependency, distortion, and self-fracturing. We are becoming less as a species. Less able to focus, to dialogue, to move confidently, to deal with life’s inevitable adversity, to perceive life accurately, or to think and engage ideas of any depth. We must actively seek a path towards living the fullest life possible—to avoid the traps that waste our time so we can get the most possible life out of our life—to live in a manner we can be happy with upon our deathbed.Read More
Truth is wrapped in paradox. It is a tight wire balance, seemingly full of contradiction and only made sense of through intense magnification. Over and over, Justin and I have attacked the same issue, but with very different styles. Sometimes we’ll come to seemingly inconsistent conclusions, yet I’ve always found these contradictions to be essential additions to the original post. It is these pieces I’d like to highlight today, because they help provide a more rounded view of some important human universals.Read More
The people I am close with may not appear to be close friends at all. I may go weeks or even months without checking in. Time, ambition, and the unpredictability of life has created physical distance. Still, when we see each other there is an immediate depth and love. It is like coming home. You are connecting with someone who has the capacity to know you and relate to your worldview.Read More
There is nothing more insidious than a culture that fears truth. It strips us of the opportunity to grow and dispel misunderstandings while fostering an environment where angry insults and unkindness flourish. Yet today we are so immersed in mass marketer manipulation that we excuse intentional deception.
We must stop celebrating the blatantly manipulative used car salesmen and restore the ethic of good faith efforts toward greater understanding. When group culture applies the appropriate disgust to manipulative simplifications and demands honest pursuits of truth over ego, comfort, feelings, and immediate gratification, we will have the ability to solve all problems. The pursuit of truth over ego is the fundamental ingredient that must exist in a successful melting pot.Read More