New word: Postelism or Robustism — something comfortingly reciprocal/balanced, often but not always in the form, “be conservative in x and liberal in y.”
E.g. “Be conservative in your breaking, be liberal in your stopping distance.”
E.g. “Be conservative in your use of language, be liberal in your reading and acceptance of new terms.”
“We made too many wrong mistakes.”—Yogi Berra. What is a “wrong mistake?” One resulting from a risk taken without the expectation of a surprising/exponential/interesting payoff if things don’t go your way.
“Thought leadership” is a phrase describing the moment when the reader identifies that there is another human being behind the “content,” via the fragments of personality not smoothed out by their employer.
I think that we should hold the possibility of future happiness as an axiom. It’s not a certainty, but one can’t prove the negative (that happiness will never come) and assuming the negative is self-fulfilling.
If an individual seeks and can be satisfied only by continuously increasing pleasures and sensations, society calls them an addict; if a society, generation after generation, acts this way, we call it progress.
The contradiction of mutations: these “errors” in replication cause the loss and degradation of genetic information, but are also the only source of all that information in the first place.
Have nothing in your house that is not beautiful.
I try to ignore opinions that are merely copied from media/others; so, I realize, should I for guilt, confessions, admissions: real atonement comes from within; parroting confessions, just like “we have sinned” in church, is mostly performance/ritual, without skin in the game.
Beware either/or, with us/against us, yes/no approaches to complex questions, not least because they leave out some of the most interesting responses, such as: neither, the framing is malformed, there are more dimensions than you think.
If you, your community, or even most people, think that those opposed to you are cranks, pseudo-scientists, deluded, etc. remember that you’re necessarily wrong some of the time, and those category errors, once uncovered, represent immense opportunity.