Hate-reading NYT on irrational COVID fears: "Victory will instead mean turning it into the sort of danger that plane crashes or shark attacks present — too small to be worth reordering our lives."
People considered huge mid-pandemic death rates too small to be worth wearing masks to be considerate to others. And after watching hundreds of thousands of Americans die, I think we should be working harder to understand this, not shame people who are still worried about this or other new pandemics.
I heard a pre-trial expert today taking about our broken systems, describing them like a huge ship. "People want us to fix things faster, but, you can't turn the ship very fast." That's a pretty shitty analogy when your giant ship is going around killing people and ruining so many lives. Maybe we don't need this ship so much then? Reform: slowly turn the ship as it kills more and more people. Abolish: consider new ways of shipping.
Personally, I think one of the biggest "new taboos" we need is on extreme wealth. Billionaires should sicken us to the core. People who choose to stay insanely rich should not be treated with honor, like celebrities with some skill, but instead be hounded, reviled, and forcibly removed from their mass money.
"The better taboos are not based on superstition: they are complex, efficient, and self-perpetuating expressions of solid tribal values -- that is, of social values." - John Shirley, New Taboos. He goes on to elaborate on the aesthetic impacts of taboos and suggest some modern ones like toxifying the environment, torture, etc. Isn't it interesting that in supposedly enlightened times, torture is not taboo?
Fuck the rich, they didn't earn that shit. Lowering the maximum wage is not just a meme, that's something that has been done in countries with strong unions, and it works. Lock the maximum to a percentage of the median wage. Actually legislate to prevent golden parachutes. But if we in the US continue to allow corporate oligarchy to control policy, the wealth gap will continue to create worse caste effects. (Narrator: The effects would continue unabated.)
Full-time artists are less and less likely to be a thing, very sad: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-great-unread-on-william-deresiewiczs-the-death-of-the-artist/
The bookshelves stacked to the sky. Neridia goggled at the sheer scale of the library, and then began plucking books from the shelves as she made her way to the librarian's desk.
Autobiographies. Philosophy. Alchemy. Religion. "Democracy in Space: The First 50 Years". A gargantuan section of works on economics.
"I'm sorry, what is the name of this place?" she asked the little yellow spider with a complicated set of lenses on its eyes.
"This is the Archive of Sentient Mistakes."
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