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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

You're Worrying Wrong

Posted by on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM

The Edge assembled a roster of brilliant people to tell us what we should actually be worried about—rather than what we're already worried about. A deficit of patience. A deficit of good mates. Shielding kids from bad words. Internet drivel. Or Brian Eno's concern, that we don't "do" politics:

Whatever the reasons for our quiescence, politics is still being done—just not by us. It's politics that gave us Iraq and Afghanistan and a few hundred thousand casualties. It's politics that's bleeding the poorer nations for the debts of their former dictators. It's politics that allows special interests to run the country. It's politics that helped the banks wreck the economy. It's politics that prohibits gay marriage and stem cell research but nurtures Gaza and Guantanamo.

But we don't do politics. We expect other people to do it for us, and grumble when they get it wrong. We feel that our responsibility stops at the ballot box, if we even get that far. After that we're as laissez-faire as we can get away with.

What worries me is that while we're laissez-ing, someone else is faire-ing.

Your smarter, better, new and improved worries.

 

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Sandiai 5
I tried printing this to a PDF* to see how many pages it would make, and was surprised to see "182" in the print preview.

Several of the essays were interesting, like the one discussing the future of our solar system. And actually, I found the Chinese eugenics article worth reading, even though it was lacking in some critical information about genetics and the heritability of behavior. Oh, and the ethics of it all.

*In case "the Man" is listening: I didn't actually print it or save it.
Posted by Sandiai on January 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM · Report this
Banna 4
Wow, he's really branching out from his duties as guitarist for U2.
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on January 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Doctor Memory 3
@2: yeah, that was a really unfortunate lead-off. Some of the further essays are quite good, but I don't blame anyone for stopping right there.
Posted by Doctor Memory http://blahg.blank.org on January 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Unregistered User 2
I stopped after "Chinese Eugenics"
Posted by Unregistered User on January 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM · Report this
--MC 1
Goddamn right, Brian! Plus, "My Squelchy Life" is better than you think.
Posted by --MC on January 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM · Report this

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