god mode butter

I am a connoisseur of butter.

Pancakes have been the cornerstone of my diet for years now, and thus, so has butter.

I’ve tried all USA brands commonly available, and a few imports.

But Hokkaido butter, oh Lord… oh… dear sweet virgin Mary is it good…

I will visit Hokkaido some day, when the weather is nice, and gaze respectfully upon the glorious cows from whose udders issue forth this creamy goodness…

protect

The globalists are alarmed at the inevitable rise of protectionism in the wake of this present crisis, having been raised on, and largely being dependent on, a globalist doctrine.

But I’ve always found “protectionism” to be a rather strange criticism: if it is not the purpose of a national government to protect the interests of a nation, just what exactly is it for?

Beyond a certain degree, making things cheaper is utterly pointless.  If people can afford to buy n things, they will want n + 1 things, regardless of the value of n.

And if in the process of cheapening those things, some sectors of the economy disappear from a nation, leaving a subset of people financially without purpose, that is a big problem for everyone in the nation.

Protectionism is not a sin.  It’s not a regression.  It’s a sign of life.

Make your nation strong and healthy.  Make trade agreements to further your alliances and economic well-being.

The global macroeconomic religion we’ve lived under since Breton Woods is the aberration here, and I think that is one of the few things that both the left and the right can agree on.

That regime is perhaps unbreakable in nations which have forsaken long-term national strategy and thinking, and/or no longer care about their fellow countryman.

But not every nation is like that.  Some still play the long game.  Some still plan for tomorrow, at the expense of today.

rules of life

The top two rules for me, that I wish I had learned earlier:

  1. Attitude is Everything.  I can’t express how all encompassing this is.  We tend to think excessively scientifically about all things, but we are mortal, sentient beings.  In order to get through life in a less painful fashion, one must adapt one’s attitude to one’s situation.  Your morals will tell you your desired end result, and your situation dictates how you may get closer to that end.  Do not fight for no reason.  Do not waste time or energy on pointless, emotionally-driven battles.
  2. Change is unending.  You can live comfortably without changing, but you may hit a dead end from which there is no escape.  Life is actually full of these dead ends; there’s nothing written in the rules of life that says that any given situation can be recovered from.  Look far into the future, and keep moving, keep changing, as uncomfortable as it is, and avoid the dead ends.

globalism

While globalization is great for wringing every last drop of profit out of your resources, it’s also very vulnerable and risky.

Present day events make me happy, because I am optimistic that the trend of backing off of globalization will accelerate a bit, and there will be a greater variety of jobs available for people in any given region.

Over the last 15 years, nothing has unnerved me more about living in the United States than growing income inequality.  I’m quite sensitive to the feelings of everyone around me… people know when you have much more money than they do, or even more earning potential, and they don’t like it.

Quite a few of them actually hate you for it.

And there’s lots and lots of people who make very little money in the United States, and never have, and never will, and they know it.

If you look at OECD nations where various metrics suggest greater income equality, you will tend to find places where people are content, and are nice places to live.

I don’t think there’s an easy or absolute way of achieving the goal of greater income equality, particularly in places suffering heavily from incompatible multiculturalism.

I simply believe it’s something that puts stress on the social stability of a nation, and it’s best to not let it go too far.

derivatives

In accessing society, the crisis of the day is only relevant tactically.

We live a very long time, however, so it’s important to think strategically as well.

In the long run, it’s not the absolute displacement of society that’s relevant, but the derivative with respect to time, as well as the second derivative, with the dependent variable being “civilized behavior.”

The crisis of the day will come and go, but the information it gives you about the health of society is worth hanging on to.

wheels in motion

Any time you categorically, mercilessly, and aggressively attack an idea, a belief, an ideology, a natural behavior… things of that nature… you are setting wheels in motion, which are likely to result in unanticipated and severe consequences in the long term.

In all corners of American society, an inability to see the consequences of acting primitively… an inability to understand that we all have to live with each other… an inability to see one another as equally human(and equally dangerous) is what has been most concerning for me over the past 25 years, as I’ve learned from observation, contemplation, and from the many and varied mistakes I’ve made.

the journey

  1. Blind acceptance: As young children, we adopt the beliefs of those around us without thinking.
  2. Cynicism: As young adults, we start to question things.  We find flaws in existing structures and institutions, and quite often give ourselves way too much credit for doing so.
  3. Synthesis: We try to create things; relationships, organizations, systems, and realize it’s actually incredibly difficult.  We begin to understand that achieving anything of significant complexity takes a sizable chunk of our lives to accomplish, if we succeed at all.
  4. Re-evaluation: We see the merits of things we criticized early on in life, having come to appreciate the value of anything working at all.  We realize that every system has strengths and weaknesses, and to remove any particular weakness most likely results in either removing a strength, creating another weakness, or altering the overall system in ways we probably don’t understand.
  5. Sustain.  No amount of beating yourself in the head with your own failure to understand things is ever enough.  As we get older, we tend to think in self-reinforcing circles, which, in some way, is a waste of all the wisdom we’ve accrued thus far.

Never stop fighting your animal weakness; never settle for what you are.  Never stop questioning what you believe, and what you feel.

Never slow down, and never look back.

Canada Goose

I was running along the greenbelt in Columbus yesterday, and encountered a small gaggle of Canada Geese munching on grass beside the river, so I decided to get their take on the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Honestly, we’re not too concerned about it, ” acknowledged the watch goose, looking around nervously as his fellows continued munching.

“If humans get too distressed, perhaps they may stop tending this turf.  It’s quite tasty grass; a bit of a chemical aftertaste to it, but clean, filling, and delicious in general.”

The Goose nodded and added, “Mmm, you really can… yeah, you can fill up on grass here during your seasonal commute quick, much faster than rooting around here and there for wild grasses and plants that taste good.  So, I guess it would be kind of a drag…”

The Goose stared off into the river for a bit, then suddenly continued.

“But we wouldn’t get shot at, or seduced by decoys, so maybe it’s okay if humans die off…”

The guard goose paused and greedily munched down some nearby grass.

“Still, the turf they grow is pretty tasty…  I guess it’d be a bit of a wash, all told…”

cantilever

We tend to think of technology as a line of continuous advancement, up and to the right.

I think of it as a series of beams stacked upon one another, cantilevering up and to the right.  It is not self-supporting; it is dependent on a base of prior art, all of which must be maintained and preserved.

The greater the level of complexity, the more difficult it is to maintain and preserve its craft and science.  For much of the 20th century, this was trivial, but it is becoming more difficult at an ever accelerating pace.

Additionally, for humans, technology has an odd way of empowering our present, while weakening our future.

There are significant benchmarks which serve to show just how strong a nation is, both culturally and materially, such as aerospace production, space programs, and nuclear power, which require powerful cultures to initiate and maintain.

When a culture begins to fail, the signs are not obvious, because it’s far easier to maintain a system than to create one.  The first sign is repeated failures to create new complex systems, masked likely behind a reduced impetus to try.

Do not let your country rely on technology past the point you can culturally sustain, internally.  Use it, with the understanding that it may become inaccessible, but do not build on it.  You must understand your foundation, and you must understand how to maintain your foundation into the future.