Insight from a cloudy day

Originally in an email send to JungleLand – I found it insightful

I’ve been listening to the collected works of the Blue Sky Boys
Listening to recordings from the 1940s on noise cancelling is a strange experience – I’ve been struck by how they perceive their world as both focused and big.  Very big.  History exists as  a wide, multi threaded thing, or so it seems from their music.  A true tapestry of people and events with no direction or progression.
And bleak.  Actually like a more primal Leonard Cohen

Reviewing my old twitter posts…

I thought I would review my old tweets to see if I had anything that is now embarrassing (didn’t find anything).  I did discover that none of the short coded StumbleUpon links work anymore.  the only thing worth reposting is my little song in code

if (You==Sunshine && Me.IsExclusiveSunshine==true){
if (Sky.Color==Color.Gray) {
Me.IsHappy=true;
}
}

The notion of privilege

I think much talk of “privilege” is actually false modesty on the part of the speaker – probably 90% of it actually.  However, Arnold Kling has a list of other factors, particularly

  • being tall
  • having attractive features (or at least not being extremely unattractive)
  • being naturally outgoing (extroverted)
  • not having mental disorders, such as autism, depression, or schizophrenia
  • not having debilitating physical ailments or physical handicaps
  • growing up with your biological father (particularly if you are male).
  • having artistic gifts

There is no political advantage to either side for these so no one ever talks about them…

Quote of the day

From Tyler Cowen’s conversation with Elisa New

COWEN: Why would anyone ever have wanted to be a Puritan?

NEW: That’s a great question. That’s a terrific question and one that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. Being a Puritan is a great way to live a psychologically very candid life, [laughs] if what you want is actually not to be repressed at all.

We think of the Puritans as very repressed, but instead, you want to be marinating in and giving a lot of attention to all of your own insecurities and sense of, “I goofed that up. I messed that one up. Oh, that didn’t work out very well.” If you want to cultivate your inner life, it’s really great to be a Puritan.
If you want to live a kind of high-octane life of extremes, you want to feel the exultation of a day like this in New England, where the green of the grass and the blue of the sky announce to you that God’s creation is the most eloquent of all creations. If that’s what you’re after, that kind of intensity, New England Puritanism is a really good religion for you.