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    nmw 14:10:51 on 2014/10/09 Permalink
    Tags: , Categorical Imperative, , collabortive, , , cooperation, cooperative, , dystopia, dystopian, economic development, , , , , , , Immanuel Kant, , , , Kant, , , , , , , , , purpose, , utopia, utopian,   

    Kant’s Big Mistake? 

    In my previous post I referred to Kant’s “Categorical Imperative”. Here, let me entertain the following suggestion: That Kant made a big mistake.

    Kant wrote a lot. If he was consistent in his thinking, that would mean that he wanted everyone to write a lot. Now since he lived several hundred years ago, Kant never had to face the prospect of having to read dozens, hundreds, thousands or even millions of volumes of text, with rarely one of them rising above the level of completely ephemeral blather (in my opinion, this is primarily due to how the coincidence of copyright law and mass production of printed paper had not yet taken its course into its swirling destiny of mind-numbing confusion). Had Kant ever envisioned the world we live in today, he would have probably immediately had a heart attack and died on the spot right then and there.

    There is some irony to how my main goal in life is something quite similar to making this frightening, horrific vision actually come true — but to do so in a way that might satisfy the hopes and dreams of literate people everywhere. One of the main reasons why I am so focused on literacy is that I do not feel that publishing hogwash improves anything anywhere (except, perhaps, for people who “make money” that way — and in particular only insofar as it fulfills their financial obsession and their fetish for cash).

    Yet I feel optimistic enough to believe that everyone is particularly literate at something… — what’s your thing?

     
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    feedwordpress 15:38:17 on 2013/12/25 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , coach, coaches, coaching, , execution, executive, executives, , , , , , , , , , , , , podcast, podcasts, purpose, purposes, , Ted Ernst Sarvata, , ,   

    Looking Back, Looking Forward 

    Listening to some Dire Straits, I figure I might as well go down to the water line… ;)

    This year has been tremendous! :D This year has been stupendous!! 8O This year has been a blast and a half!!!

    I won’t recount everything, mostly because I don’t want to embarrass everyone. :P I will stop with the stupid smileys, though — in case you’re almost ready to pull out all of your hair ;) )….

    I choose to highlight one thing in particular: My friend Ted Ernst Sarvata‘s new podcast, the Purpose Podcast. I’ve been listening since he started it this past summer, and now I think I’ve figured out one of my purposes in life: To get people out of the way — of each other, and also out of the way of other forms of life. I have been deeply influenced by very many very smart people in this… and it was not a completely straightforward insight (at least not for me), and so I’d like to explain my thinking at least a little bit… or at least I’d like to try to do that!

    So here goes: There are (surpise, surprise!) some people who are simply letting their badness run wild, they don’t seem to be able to reign it in, and they make life difficult for us nice guys! I simply want to get them out of the way.

    One of the people who has influenced my thinking is entirely unknown to me. This person wrote an article titled: “Why I’m Not a Leader (and Why You Shouldn’t Be Either)“. I hope Sean Werkema will get a trackback (and maybe even sign up / join TAGSEO — and I also think you should join, too!).

    I think Sean put it very well, and whatever school turned him down must have too many too conservative thinkers to be a place to learn some new tricks!

    For Ted, I would add that I now guess that the Wisdom of the Language is probably a tool to achieve this purpose — but I am not sure. Maybe someday we can chat on the phone, and if he can record it, he can ask me questions and I could try to give somewhat coherent answers and/or explain something that still seems to be stuck in my brain as if it were molasses or some other strange gooey syrup.

     
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    feedwordpress 22:42:04 on 2013/10/25 Permalink
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    Some Things in Life are More Important than Meeting People 

    How many friends do you have? I don’t have many friends (probably because I’m often asking difficult questions :P ), but the friends I do have I really do cherish.

    Yet friends aren’t everything. Your life also needs a purpose. One of my friends has started a “purpose podcast” and I really enjoy listening to it — you should check it out!

    There are dozens — no, hundreds… no, probably thousands upon thousands — of websites where the entire purpose of the website is to meet and chat with other people. Many of these websites are considered successful if there are millions upon millions of people signed up (because then advertisers can hit unsuspecting airheads over the head with a WHOPPER of an advertisement — one that will knock them out and have them mesmerized and spinning off into the distance in a viral daze 0.O ).

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    In my opinion such discourse ought not to be the be-all and end-all of our existence… and the reason why the web is so underdeveloped is quite simply because too many people are too lazy, too disinterested or perhaps simply too stupid to do much of anything about it.

     
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