Karma is bullshit — the greatest lie ever told. In truth, the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards death and destruction. The universe is either utterly indifferent to your suffering or it actively seeks to destroy you and repurpose your molecules for other uses. In no way, shape or form is it your friend. In no way, shape or form is it balanced or just. If there is evil in the world then it is nature. If there is a God then he is a demon. If there is fate then ours is doom.
[N]othing ends well. In the end, the universe, like the house, always wins. Yet, we do not have to tolerate agony and pain all the way up until our inevitable demise. We live. We love. We laugh in defiance of that inevitability. If we have our heads on straight we’ll do it right up until the cold, bitter, utterly unjust and utterly unavoidable end. We are mortals — those who die. That fact should infuse our every value and animate our every action.
When my loved ones take ill they sometimes ask me — with hope in their eyes — “Am I going to die?”
Yes, I answer, I cannot change that. But not today.
Not today.Found at Interfluidity
Through Modeled Behavior
To Will Wilkinson now at the Economist
To Jonathan Haidt "What the Tea Parties Really Want" at the WSJ (Note if paywall up: if you google the title of a WSU Journal piece with its author you can often find an alternate non-blocked route to access).
Who reference: Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto by Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe Which I know nothing about.
If you could get a chain of twenty or so of these, and then have the first link in the series link back to the last: well that would be about perfect!