Delta (change), the only constant.
Lots of things are coming down the pike that are ‘double plus unfun’. In spite of the data, there’s a great deal of obliviousness, willful ignorance, and cognitive dissonance that surrounds us. My old take was telling everybody that we were headed for a crash, that things were in bad shape (although probably true), didn’t win a great deal of converts. At some point (and perhaps this comes with a bit of age), my attitude has become a bit more relaxed. I’ll mention it, sure, if people ask. Yes, from time to time, my rant-o-matic might kick on (OK, maybe a bit more than a bit). But proselytizing to people who aren’t ready to accept any of these realities is a bit is probably counterproductive.
As trite and as clichéd as it sounds, my attitude has evolved more more towards “Be the change you want to see.” So, no flying for trivial purposes; no buying of trinkets; no kids. No smart phone. No Facebook. No eating meat (yes, I’m working on not eating fish…). Trying to bike or take the bus. Helping friends with real hands-on projects. All sorts of self improvement (take a few pointers from here; they seem like reasonable ideas, although my choice for pictures might be a bit darker!) is possible.
It ain’t easy, swimming against the tide of the modern world. But I can see no other way. At some point, like everyone else, I’m going die. Hopefully, not tomorrow, or anytime soon. There seems to be a lot of overwhelming evidence that we’ll be judged, or judge ourselves when this is all over. And even if you don’t think any of that is true, think again about Nicholas Taleb’s remark about success, and how you might view your life in retrospect, no matter if we get a techno-utopia or the greatest apocalypse we’ve ever seen. It’s been mentioned here before, but is worth repeating:
For I have a single definition of success: you look in the mirror every evening, and wonder if you disappoint the person you were at 18, right before the age when people start getting corrupted by life. Let him or her be the only judge; not your reputation, not your wealth, not your standing in the community, not the decorations on your lapel. If you do not feel ashamed, you are successful. All other definitions of success are modern constructions; fragile modern constructions.
Onward and upward.