Morality

Is there any greater form of morality than having the power and means to exact revenge but offering forgiveness in its stead?

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Plato’s chocolate fondant

I like food. I like eating it and making it. For some reason, I really like watching other people making food and then being judged by a bald man who clearly enjoys his food and his Antipodean sidekick. Whilst I love the show, this love is tempered (tempura-d?) by moments of exasperation caused by the …

Endless caves

I’m exploring issues. Across the myriad of issues that I’m exploring, one thing remains constant: Everything is more complex than it first appears. I start to explore, I enter the cave. I read things. I talk to people. What I am reading and what I hear is a narrative and, by definition, a simplification. We …

The Joneses

The reality of my existence is that it is judged not based on what I have, but what I have relative to you. Vice versa, what you care about is owning nicer stuff than me. We each think about our position in life not by where we sit on the overall spectrum but by how …

All change

Look at the chart above, showing human population over time. Take a few seconds. Just bananas, right? Something has changed. Homo sapiens go back 300,000 years, there or thereabouts. It took us almost all of that 300,000 years to reach the first billion people. The second billion? Just 130 years. The third? 30. The fourth? …