NYC Cynicism, SF Solutionism

Thinking out loud in my corner of the internets.

Best Of

I’ve been writing here for over a decade now. In hindsight, only a handful of those posts are still worth reading.

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What is the Meaning of Life?

For most of human history, meaning was not made by individuals but imposed by authorities. What is the meaning of life? Who knows. A more practical question is: How can we have more meaningful moments in life?

Work is Hard

Unlike previous generations, we no longer look at work simply as a source of income. We want our work to expand our sense of identity, meaning, and purpose. And yet, once we graduate with our diplomas and idealism, Capitalism seems to force us to choose between money and meaning, between a decent return and higher goals.

Love is Hard

Eventually we discover that compatibility is not a precondition of love. It is the achievement of love.

Conversations are Hard

Some conversations are boring; some people come off as boring. In fact, no one is boring, they just haven’t been edited properly.

Life is Hard

We’re not getting any better at dealing with these problems; we may be getting worse. At their root, we fail to recognize our fragility and vulnerability. Technology makes our lives easier, but it won’t make us happier until we develop our emotional intelligence, including kindness.

A Modest Proposal to Un-Divide Our Country

How we use the Internet — and for what — has changed dramatically over the past ten years. The same forces that are empowering groups that feel repressed — #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and, yes, #WhiteLivesMatter too — are challenging our ability to relate to one another across identity-based and ideological divides. Here’s what I’d do to change that if you were to give me $50 million.

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The world is big. The world is small.

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