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Just. Exactly. What I needed this morning.

I had read the original post in depth. But had forgotten it in depth too, remembering only the vague outlines of the general theme (e.g.: other people must be treated with some level of dismissiveness, otherwise they will naturally come to assume their own superiority over you).

Thank you.


The Wikipedia entry for A.S. contains the following gems: "Marrying means to halve one's rights and double one's duties," and "Marrying means to grasp blindfolded into a sack hoping to find an eel amongst an assembly of snakes." Now I cannot get that image out of my mind.


It is a great post, and happy birthday.


"The power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those that don't have it"


Minimal Suffering Birthday to you, Minimal Suffering Birthday to you, Minimal Suffering Birthday dear Dave... Minimal Suffering Birthday to you.


I don't usually re-read the Wednesday classics, But I made an exception today because it's one of my favorite posts of yours. Happy Birthday Dave.


I don't think I match Oliver's cleverness, so let me just ape it instead and wish you many more returns of minimal suffering and intelligent output. As ever, your work is greatly appreciated, Dave.

Dave Cohen

To all --

The problem is always the same in some comments on this blog.

Keen perception and consciousness are (taken together) irreducible -- either you have it, or you don't.

As I've often said, humans live in a self-constructed world of happy illusions, both about who they are and what they do. They are deluded.

Beyond this observation, there is only the unacceptable truth.

-- Dave

Alexander Ač

Dave, wish you Happy Birthday too! And yes, this post is worth reading twice, if not every day, to wake up people. Which is not possible.

And as a bonus, it seems, you do not keep pace with the decline of the biosphere - Monarch population it the lowest in AT LEAST 20 years:

The amount of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began 20 years ago, scientists reported Wednesday.


Alexander Ač

For those interested, I have updated the area of migrating Monarchs up to the last record low season:





Happy Birthday, and many more to come!

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