vegetarian

At this point in time, I do not need to eat meat.

I am not opposed to the practice of eating meat, in principle.

If there comes a time when I am hungry enough to kill and eat a chicken, and I come across a chicken whom I may legitimately kill and eat, then I may do so, but… hopefully, that time will never come.

There’s no sense in pretending I’m not indirectly killing something I don’t need to kill by eating it in pre-packaged form.

I do consume milk and egg products in vast quantities, however; I’d happily milk a cow or a goat, and I’d collect chicken eggs.

Red Star Rising

China is, in reality, as relevant economically as the United States of America, and China is still rising.

The only thing that makes the USA special is that, for all its political insanity, it’s still the world’s most trusted currency, for now.

Barbarianism is in our blood; I suspect that, seeing as how our military capability is still pretty good, at some point we may regress to said way of life, since civilization does not appear to be our strong point.

sub-Saharan

I’ve been reading about various African nations lately.

As is perhaps stereotypical, it makes me wonder why I was born here, and others were born in places like the DRC, and of course, this leads to ruminations about what could make life less hellish in such places.

I suspect the developed nations haven’t been able to achieve much in terms of helping the region because it requires one to be both caring, and coldly calculating.

While it really does seem the case that nations can only really fix themselves, I also have to wonder if the present world economic environment, for which developed nations are indirectly responsible for, does not actually prevent the emergence of civil society in underdeveloped parts of Africa.

People are very much a raw material.  With active intervention, they can change rapidly in only a few generations, for better or for worse.

Something worth thinking about is: is there a way to make a buck more efficiently than existing resource exploitation in the darker parts of Africa, in such a way as to make life there gradually and sustainably less hellish?

Because simply lobbing aid is not any better than feeding geese by the river.  If you actually want to help people who lack civil society, you must start by engineering one, and that seems like it would require lots and lots of time and money.

Because nature alone might not be able to fix a problem not of natural origins.

children’s hospital

Children’s hospitals are great for raising money, so, as long as the entire health system benefits, I guess they’re okay.

Still, I think it’s only fair we also have adults-only hospitals as well: 18+.

What would an adults-only hospital be like?  It’s a surprisingly odd notion that I will leave you, gentle reader, to ponder.

detangle

A strong ability to be meta-cognitive is perhaps a byproduct of the mind being initialized in a way such that the self, as a construct, was not supported.

Self is always an artificial construct, but most believe in it, because they have been taught to believe in it.  And, of all the beliefs we are inculcated with that we stubbornly resist questioning, self is generally the strongest.

Full internal deconstruction of self leads one to a precarious position as a living creature, so it is perhaps unsurprising that this feature is not enabled by default.  It is painful, and it becomes impossible to hide from the darkness.

That being said, i don’t think there is a clearer platform for thought than a mind devoid of the illusion of self.

Like a telescope outside of the obscuring and comforting effects of the atmosphere.