Got to do some hiking this weekend with my sister. I'll upload a picture from the view when she sends them to me. I've been thinking a lot about things that are good for the spirit of people in my time in the hills here. Something about the mountain air always brings me back to life. Though, at the same time, I know being in this type of environment drives some people crazy. I was thinking about that and it really made me consider if there are people who just will never be able to understand one another because they simply cannot understand the simplest things that the other type of person enjoys. At the same time, I feel revitalized and ready to accept that there are things people will never understand about or agree with one another on; however, I do not believe that that is necessarily a bad thing. As long as you can acknowledge that you and the other who you cannot understand one another at least realize that and can manage to not interfere with one another, there is hope of peace.
That is my optimism. Sadly, I am also pessimistic, as I realize that there are those who want to control others to make them the same as they are. Tyranny is not guaranteed in life, but there are those with a tendency towards it. Likewise, there are those who embrace being tyrannized, so long as they feel that they can receive some benefit from it. As the airline shoe bomber led to shoes being removed before flights for everyone, a clear violation of privacy rights and the doctrine of warrants being required for search and seizure, some are willing to embrace the new normal that any tyranny will place onto them so long as they feel that it will provide them with some form of security. Life begets life, so those without the confidence and will to forego security for their natural rights will accept any means of ensuring the longevity of their own life, even their own enslavement.
There are people who view life in terms of slavery, so to use that metaphor, there is a choice for people to be slaves to either themselves or their society. The American experiment can be said to be a slavery to none other than yourself. You are fully responsible for your own life and must bare that burden fully, and are burden to your own will. Some prefer to defer this responsibility to the state. Therefore the state is responsible for them and in response the people are due to live by the will of that state. There are a few problems with this, as you can well imagine. If the state has the power over people, it will fall to all people in the land, and not just those who desire the states to be their guard, as the state has no way to distinguish between those who do and those who do not volunteer themselves to their tyranny, or to what degree each individual prefers to sacrifice their rights to the tyrannical. At the same time, no matter how passive the people are to any tyranny, there is always an underlying will of the individual, so there will always be a conflict of being burdened by not just one will, but 2, under a system of state power.
Anyhow, this isn't really a post about anything, I was just kinda thinking about these ideas and thought I'd get them out to you guys. Maybe I can do a deep dive into some of this stuff in an upcoming podcast. I'll keep you all posted.
I hope you've all had a great weekend, and I'll talk to you more later.
Just thought I'd share this comment I was trying to comment on a Lotus Eaters video. Btw, ya'll should follow the Podcast of the Lotus Eaters if you aren't already. Great analysis and discussion
It's been a while since I've made a video, and this time with a locals exclusive. A cherry on top that I managed to fit within the size requirements. I like making shorter form content like this, considering my tendencies to ramble. Having content exclusive for my followers here is something I'll be working on doing more and more. I'll be creating more value here for my subscribers as well, with some subscriber exclusive content in the future. No timeline promises, cause I think we know how I get when I make a ton of promises (go hardcore for a week and then fall flat on my face unable to keep up with the sprint, lol).
Anyhow, let me know your thoughts and questions below. Have a great day everyone!
A direct upload! It turns out I recorded a video just short enough to meet the minimum upload offerings that locals offers to small communities like mine. That means you guys get this exclusively on locals!
I didn't sleep much last night, so I decided this was the perfect time to mull over my confused thoughts on how businesses are viewed from a legal perspective. Businesses are somewhat legal enigmas to me. Corporations are kinda treated as persons so that they can be double taxed, but have other protections, other types of businesses aren't treated the same way. They're able to consolidate power like governments, yet aren't subject to any form of limitations in regards to violating natural rights the same way the government is, despite being treated somewhat like persons they can still buy each other. It's just very odd to me from a principled, legal, and philosophical position.
Anyhow, my ramblings here are just that, ramblings. Still, I am curious what you all think of this topic. ...
The 2020 election is over, and the battle has just begun. What do I expect to come from the end of the election? Will the legal suits turn over anything for this election, or will they mean something for later down the line? I reflect on these questions and more in this discussion, and I also reflect on some final thoughts relevant to the Rise and Fall of Empire Series, that, thus far, being episodes 8 through 10 of the Construct Cast. Let me know your thoughts, and if you have any reflections of your own from this year's political cycle or other developments that you can't seem to get off your mind in the comments below.
In this episode of the Construct Cast, I discuss my analysis of Sir John Glubb's The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, with an emphasis on my own consideration for what it would take to help an empire survive, or reboot. If immortality for an Empire is impossible, is rebirth impossible in the same way? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Editor's Note: Returning to the podcast versions of the Construct Cast, I want to catch our content up to the videos we have had released over the past month. I apologize for this getting away from me for a bit. With the rise in content production, I had allowed this to get away from me. We will be returning to audio podcast uploads of the Construct Cast as per our original regular schedule, at 12PM EST on the day of the original upload, going forward.
In this second Crossover podcast, we are once again recording with Kevin @Eng_Politics. His channel is a bastion of political thought and analysis from the perspective of a conservative engineer. Interested in diving deeper into my concept of Progressive Traditionalism and combating the concept with his own beliefs of what it means to be Conservative, we decided to put our definitions and beliefs to task in this crossover episode!
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As someone who works with daily reporting to the Fed, big companies dealing with regulation are basically a clusterfuck and the requirements basically leave the companies in a position where they can never really update their systems because they need their systems literally every day. They can make new systems, potentially, but updating the regular system is more of a liability since missing a single day can screw the company up. At the same time, it seems like the big companies, at least the one I'm in, are mostly carried forward by the inertia of their own weight. I am fully convinced there will be another massive financial crisis if other major banks are like mine, just cause there really isn't anything that can be done if something is messed up. It's like fake it til you make it, only in reverse. Once something goes wrong, the requirements for constant regular action leaves no time to go back to correct the damage. All you can do is mitigate. Like debt gaining interest, eventually ...
Does anyone have any advice for the work, life, content creator balance? I just genuinely have not had the spirit in me to be able to create the content I want to be able to create these past few months as I am just feeling totally worn out day in and out. I'd like to get back into the philosophic deep dives and contemplations you followed me for, yet that's feeling like a lifetime ago now and every day feels like a step away from where and what I'm supposed to be doing
My locals app is finally working again. Been sick lately. Started considering the differences between corruption and evil. I decided to look at it from a moral framework and came up with a new perspective on how to define the 2 from a moral standpoint. A corrupt person will defy their morals to achieve their goals, whereas an evil person will determine their morals based on whatever ends satisfy or help to achieve their goals. In this way, you can see that a corrupt person may acknowledge when they are doing something morally wrong and feel guilt over it, whereas an evil person will determine that all who oppose them are the true evil threat and could even assess their own will as being justice.
Just a little thought that's been running through my mind lately. And it's interesting because it really makes you wonder which is worse? One who will defy morals or one who will redefine them? Perhaps they both have the same end result, but do they both have the ability to find redemption? I ...
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