Context: In his amazing book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Peter Thiel mentions that he *always* asks this question in job interviews.
I think it’s a great question and am curious to hear anyone and everyone’s answers. : ]
no takers on this so far? okay, well, i’ll start:
many of the most dangerous people are those who try very hard to make the world a better place, without realizing how frequently good intentions backfire. the truth is that improving the world is _really_ hard, and if you think it’s really obvious what we need to do, you’re probably overlooking a lot of complexity. this is why a gradualist, empirical approach to world-improvement—such as that exhibited by the Effective Altruism movement—is so crucial.
You can’t have moral courage if the values you hold are ubiquitous and unquestioningly accepted.
E.g., a Christian in America cannot be considered morally courageous by standing for Christian values, a technologist cannot be considered morally courageous for trying to develop the technology that will shuttle the human race to outer space. Moral courage is exhibited by going against the tide, not by swimming louder faster harder downstream.
Political correctness in all its forms is extremely poinsonous. It’s the worst side of moralism and censorship. Furthermore, it’s not a real belief in a particular set of values. It’s a tribalist fashion statement, and the hardcore followers would be hardcore followers regardless of the beliefs.
When people look at the Soviet union or Nazi Germany and ask “how could people go along with that madness,” they should ask themselves “how can I be going along with this madness here and now.”
The oppressive puritan Christians have been replaced by the very people who fought against their dogma. In the end, they weren’t really against dogma and oppression, they just wanted to implement what they believe to be THEIR dogma and oppression. Now they try to censor people and limit our liberty, and ironically they do it under the guise of liberalism.
I agree that political correctness is extremely dangerous and should be wiped from our society. We can’t revert to tribalism and expect there to be peace and prosperity. The political polarization of the U.S. is a great example of how tribalism can lead to dangerous situations, like cops being shot for being cops, and objective facts being ignored or looked past. The left’s internet mafia runing around silencing anyone with an opinion that might be a little different than their own.
I could not agree more. Tribalism is the social toxin of all social toxins. When we segregate ourselves by common means, we start thinking in a self-imposed “us” and “them” framework that unhealthily contributes to social polarization. And perhaps the most poisonous element of this binary politics is that it encourages us to extend beyond just questioning somebody else’s beliefs and beckons our inquiry into whether or not they can truly reason like we can. And since we consider rationality a property at the forefront of human value, we degrade those we disagree with subconsciously, if not consciously.
Hey great question, for me it has to be that mathematics is the answer to everything. It’s more a case of people having zero interest in mathematics so they never realize it is the power behind eveything in the universe. Look at fibonacci number and the golden ratio to see a glimse of the ‘hidden’ math running through nature. You have to see that mathematics was not created by humans but discovered by us. The more mathematicians look at our world and reality math is there running in the background like binary code 0’s and 1’s in computer game worlds. Science would be nothing but theory after theory without math. I recently poked my head into the mathematical rabbit hole, (and fell in) where i now see the power and beauty of math far from what i was taught at school. Mathematics is the languge of TRUTH, 1 + 1 = 2, math doesn’t lie, we just need to understand, WE ARE MATHEMATICS.
I have recently blogged about this if anyone would like to check it out and leave some comments i’d love to hear what you think on mathematics and reality.
If you discover America, it existed prior to your discovery of it. So when you say that we discovered mathematics, that would imply mathematics existed absent our awareness to it. But do these abstract patterns really exist if we are not there to decode them? To what extent is mathematics just a lense through which we see the universe? Is it possible that we have created a logical framework and deemed whatever is consistent within that framework true? I don’t have an answer to any of these questions nor a position on your answer, but I’m curious to see what you think.
There is a “right” answer to everything. Every situation, every question, every encounter, there is 1 response that you can do that is 100% perfect.
Sadly, we can never know if what we do is the right thing, the only thing we can do is always strive to be better.
That to find happiness you have to look within…. I come from a small community where this idea seems to be incromprehensible to 99%, I see everyone running around and bickering amongst themselves, living from unhappy day, to unhappy day. A few times I tried to take it upon myself to share some keys to doors that have made my life leaps and bounds more positive and vibrant than what it was throughout my teenage years and 20’s. ( now working my way through my 30’s) Many of them simple sounding changes, eating right, setting goals and most importantly trying to live a more happy, fulfilled life, starting with the appreciation of myself. I might as well be speaking a language they don’t understand. Sometimes it has brought jealousy and malice from others, it seems they want what I have, stability maybe? Carefree (seemingly) just care about more selective things and overall happiness and peace of mind, or maybe my energy?. It has at times and sometimes still does ( if it’s someone whom I hold close to my heart) bring my energy down tremendously and I have to put time and effort to recover. I have found myself putting much thought lately into whether or not is up to me to try and help people live a happier life. Sure I get some gratification out of helping others toward happiness, but it is not where my happiness comes from. I know I flew a little to the side with the thought train, but simply be happy, that is my truth. Don’t complicate it and don’t look far and wide for it, start inside yourself, listen deeply to yourself and care for yourself, it’s alright to be selfish, you can’t help or love or be happy with anyone unless you can do it with yourself.
Oh boy, that’s a biggy. Even the more evolved people on this planet, [the Spiritual but not religious], still, ofen look to the external, for their “happiness”. I would include that Truth along with, “We are all ONE…literally”, at the top. It is understandable when we concider that we have spent countless lifetimes looking for happiness outside of us AND believing we are seperate beings. This will not always be the case. The people accepting those Truths is increasing very rapidly. Continue to speak up without expecting results. You will be planting seeds that will, without question, grow someday.
The cause of Disease is NOT anything we eat breath or drink. The cause of disease is the results of our thoughts [emotions]. Science is only beginning to discover this. They now know that the body chemistry changes depending on thinking of the person.As a matter of fact, everything in the Universe has been created by Thinking Substance
Why is it that white people in this country are made to be ashamed of being White? Most every tv commercial nowadays, a white male is made to seem dumb and unatractive and in most commercials there is a black man who is portrayed to be smarter and more attractive than the white person. Or most biracial relationships it is mostly black males with white females. Everyone who watches tv sees this. So no one can objectively deny it. Why is the media promoting one race while devaluing and making fun of another? Now I assume one is going to come back with “What? You expect the black person to be dumb, or unatractive?” No. What I am saying is that there is a whole culture in this country, mostly in social media, where white males in my opinion are being ridiculed and devalued. And white people are made to cowtow to minorities to prove they aren’t rascist. This is very brief, but does anyone else notice this? Pick from any of the type of commercials or ads adn apply basic propaganda interpretations and you will see an underlying theme.
There is one truth that I want to get of my chest because everytime I want to talk about it with anyone they just disagree, and it makes me sad because I think that because by neglecting this truth our humanity is falling apart. The truth is that suffering is not only inevitable but also nesesary. A lot of people dont like this idea and I belive that the reason for it is because fear of suffering without the will to accept it and embrace it makes people buy stuff a lot more than they need, and right now we live in a society were buying and selling is, if not the only, the most important purpose of man. I belive that fear of chaos is normal and important, but courage to seek it and to embrace it is equaly important, and the later is (I belive) the truth that few people agree with me on.
I understand what you mean and I agree, this thought has been present in my life recently and I am very grateful for it. I’d like to add that there is a difference between suffering and pain. I think that suffering is a way of remembering or being aware of pain, it is more of a mental activity. One can choose to suffer or not to suffer. Pain, on the other hand, is an instantaneous experience that happens in the present; even if we remember a painful experience, we are feeling it in the present.
I think that the important thing is to live and accept our pain. By not being afraid of it, we avoid suffering, and embrace a happiness that includes pain.
The one i have trouble getting into peoples heads is … When they ask me if i believe in god i respond with “yeah i believe in god , but not your god or the way you think god is.”
Religion likes to make GOD a seprate entity from you. I don’t think that’s correct, GOD isn’t seprate from the self, IT IS US and WE ARE IT. The cosmos, the tiny particles and molecules are all connected to itself, = GOD
GOD is just ALL and everything, including me and you and that and it.
Then i get screamed at and i get called crazy and that i’ve done to many drugs, i haven’t touched a single psychedelic or anything in YEARS!