The reason that so many people love to talk about freedom in the national political conversation is that, deep down, they do not feel a sense of personal freedom in their own lives. They know that they lack the discipline and value structure to achieve real freedom. Attributing this lack of agency and self-control to laws and political forces makes for a far easier pill to swallow than the reality that they chose their current state by living at the whim of their emotional impulses. The tendency to point to external factors rather than the role that they hold in their own life is the precise reason that they do not feel free.Read More
Rights were invented to eliminate as many obstacles to personal freedom as possible. They were not meant to give or grant us anything, only to remove as many obstructions as possible from the path forward. Rights were invented in parallel with a sense of duty. Our early founding thinkers understood that the idea of rights is only possible when everyone feels a sense of obligation and duty to the collective good. Rights are not meant to hold your hand or coddle you. They are meant to support your desire to stand tall with a sense of duty to yourself and your community.Read More
Furniture is not inherently harmful, just as few foods are inherently unhealthy. The harm comes through our relationship to them. Furniture’s primary purpose is comfort - a seemingly virtuous aim until we examine how it affects our health. Furniture seeks to create the type of comfort that allows you to remain stagnant for extended periods. We as a society have grown quite proficient at designing furniture to these ends. The road trip and the Netflix binge would not be possible otherwise.
The ergonomic movement has spread these ideals to our offices as well. The goal being to find a working position that is comfortable enough to facilitate focus while causing minimal harm. This only worsens the problem by perpetuating the idea that any single position is the answer.Read More