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Saying that this is puritanical is actually an off-the-shelf right-wing talking point. Supposedly it's the opposite of 'personal freedom' - but as with all right wing talking points, that really just means the freedom to have your fix without having to consider other people, except on the days when you remember they're there.
'Growth addiction' is much, much more dangerous than chemical addiction, and a much bigger issue that hardly ever gets talked about in the mainstream.
a seriously fragile foundation to be resting an argument upon
Speaking of reality or any one's awareness (and "engagement") with it: Arendt described "reality" best, I think, simply by acknowledging in her works the mechanical (or perceptual) limitation of verification, essential to trust (equilibrium).
I cannot know what I cannot see. (tautology)
I cannot see what I do not know.
I cannot know what is not here.
Reality --events both worldy and mental-- is ahistorical and atemporal. One cannot be everywhere at once in order to verify what is true, what is false. The true fact one cannot verify everywhere at once does not preclude reality. It merely necessitates entrusting another. That is to assign verification of a person, process, or thing
by one's self to one or more agents (person, process, or thing).
All rationality --justified true belief-- depends on this "fragile" foundation of verification in order to explain itself to one's self.
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
Addicts and libertarians alike either don't believe in consequences, don't want to believe in consequences, or believe that consequences don't apply to them.
To the extent that we are all behavioural 'addicts', yes, being behavioral means that you don't like change.
And all of us tend to the behavioural. It's what the conscious mind really likes - logical predictability. But that is an imposition upon reality. Perfectly valid, of course, but a limit on the capacity of the mind to feedback on itself. Another word from my guru (who is, of course, me) - If you can't laugh, you can't live'.
You can't be me, I'm taken
some people are just plain comfortable in their misery.
fear of change, and masochism have their roles in this mix.
'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
Could you clarify what 'this' is?
Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.
what do you mean by this?
Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.
Mercifully that's started to change over the last year or so. But not all that long ago there were diaries all about economists making ridiculous statements about how markets would always provide, because that's what markets do.
And there are still those on the right who see any suggestion that they consider consequences at all as a personal insult.
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