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Replying to @naval @DavidDeutschOxf
Another reason it is a catastrophe: being able to love well or love deeply is an activity that really only arises from a wellspring of deep, deep optimism.
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
An alternative to Adam’s heuristic of cowardice that preaches the salve of avoidance: You are a product of the irreplicable circumstances that dictate your birth and your existence: how are you going to do justice such a fact?
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
The base assumption that allows this dark heuristic to function: you are a weak human being fundamentally unable to integrate your inherited past with the future you decide to create for yourself. Do not choose the dark side!!!
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
Great heuristic for individuals that — for one reason or another — decide they are unable to face or unable to integrate their past
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
Replying to @Delli_Writes
Nice! You’re in for a treat!!!
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
Replying to @Delli_Writes
I gotta day... his two newest stories (Omphalos and Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom) are as good of stories as he’s ever written imo
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
A common pattern related this: many people who need to believe their past doesn’t affect them are also the same people that need to believe they can pass on a better future to their loved ones
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
Replying to @Alexandroulykos
“Pick your heuristic”
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
You can believe in a future bereft of your past or you can believe in a future that integrates your past but you don’t get to believe both
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
Replying to @Delli_Writes
Not sure “making money” is a worthwhile goal for any art In Chiang’s case, it’s notable that (from interviews and the outside) he couldn’t care less about making $$ from his work, he has a day job
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
Replying to @Delli_Writes
(A) he generally puts out novella-length work (B) his stories shine most on re-reads as opposed to initial reads because they encourage contemplation, not escapism or entertainment. (C) the presentation of the Arrival is shallow as fuck compared to Story of Your Life
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 19
Replying to @artfulfuture
The circumstances surrounding your birth absolutely determine the future you choose for yourself (or how you choose your future). It is wrong to believe how it started is not how it will end; one should instead believe in a future and an end that relates to their genesis.
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 17
Miracle with Kurt Russell is one of the smartest, subtlest characterizations around The movie is called “miracle” as if winning was an accident As if one man — coach Brooks — wasn’t eternally haunted by not trying hard enough to participate in his team’s victory
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 18
Replying to @trishankkarthik
True — “might” ... it is a risk I am willing to take!
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 18
Replying to @StephenPiment
Hahahahahahahahaha later pedant
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 18
A passage or a book is not about the number of times a particular word is used, it is about describing the movement that is more than the sum of its parts (the words) — aka “the book” or “the story”
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 18
Replying to @StephenPiment
... so? That the words “obedience” is not used in the passage is irrelevant; it does not mean the passsge is not implicitly about obedience Remember when Severian discusses the secret of the torturer’s guild?
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 17
Replying to @e_cdalton
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 17
Replying to @StephenPiment
Nor is "attachment to government" the element being highlighted in the quoted package -- it is simply the implicit element you wish to focus upon. Obedience was the implicit element I wished to focus upon (and "obedience" is a theme quite consistent with the rest of the work)
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Alexander Wolfe Jul 17
Replying to @StephenPiment
You do not think government involves obedience?
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