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Rationality is a moral duty.

December 27, 2018


Inspired by hearing Charlie Munger describe his paternal grandfather’s attitude in life, that you have a moral responsibility to make yourself as unignorant and as unstupid as you possibly can. Besides family, it may be your most important moral obligation.

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

August 12, 2015


Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us set aside labels and do more listening.

“Abusus non tollit usum.” Misuse does not remove use.

February 26, 2015


Leadership: Just because effective leadership practices and principles are often misapplied, taken advantage of, or leveraged for one’s own selfish agenda, does not mean those leadership principles are invalid. Religion: Just because religious institutions have abused power, misappropriated theological concepts, and ignored rationalism, reason, and proper philosophy, does not mean that religion itself is vapid […]

It’s called, “the freedom of speech,” not “the freedom of slander.”

February 13, 2015


Stated anecdotally, I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Evelyn Beatrice Hall It is the difference between what we want to say (impulsively, individually, with self-righteous justification) and what we ought to say (what is necessary and proper in accordance with good judgment, […]

Abstinence is not merely the avoidance of an activity. It is the discipline to not be mastered by the temptation.

December 6, 2013


Too often the term “abstinence” refers only to the external physical behavior. We must elevate this term and its cognates to something much richer, much deeper, and much more empowering. Mere avoidant passivity is incomplete and uninspiring. True abstinence requires an active self-regulatory grit, an inner strength … guts.