What is the antidote to the suffering and malevolence of life? The highest possible goal.

What is the prerequisite to pursuit of the highest possible goal? Willingness to adopt the maximum degree of responsibility. (1/4)
You might object: “Why should I shoulder all that burden? It is nothing but sacrifice, hardship, and trouble.” But what makes you so sure you do not want something heavy to carry? You positively need to be occupied with something weighty, deep, profound, and difficult. (2/4)
Then, when you wake up in the middle of the night and the doubts crowd in, you have some defense: (3/4)
“For all my flaws, which are manifold, at least I am doing this. At least I am taking care of myself. At least I am of use to my family, and to the other people around me. At least I am moving, stumbling upward, under the load I have determined to carry.” (4/4)

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Apr 26
A friend is someone you can tell bad news to.

They won’t tell you why you’re an idiot, and they won’t interfere with your suffering. They’ll just listen, and maybe they’ll suffer along with you. And they won’t tell you some worse thing that happened to them. (1/4)
But a friend is also someone you can tell good news to.

They will say, “Wow! In this vale of tears, some good happened to you. Great, man. Wonderful. I hope ten more things like that happen.”

And they’re not envious, jealous and one-upping you. (2/4)
If you’re trying to get your life together, and your friends get in the way, that’s actually really useful for you because you’ve now identified who your real friends aren’t. (3/4)
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Apr 13
Is betrayal reconcilable?

My observation is that if there is a tight relationship and one party is betrayed by the other (falling in love with another person), it's almost always irreconcilable. (1/5)
I've helped people try and struggle through that on both sides of the issue (the person betrayed and the person who did the betrayal).

I have seen people grow up and not do it again. And this was in situations where their partner didn't know. (2/5)
In a couple of those situations, it seemed that it might even be described as a necessary experience for the person who did it. It helped them develop.

I am NOT justifying that behaviour, but life is complicated. (3/5)
Read 5 tweets
Apr 10
"It's okay to be a man".

It's not okay; It's necessary.

You look around cities and see all these buildings go up. These men, they're doing impossible things. They're working on the sewers; they're up on the power lines in the storms and the rain. (1/4)
They work themselves to death (often literally).

The gratitude for that is sorely lacking, especially among the people who should be most grateful: the social justice bent who are among the most protected and privileged people the world has ever produced. (2/4)
They take everything they have for granted, failing to understand that there's a massive infrastructure of unbelievably hard-working, solidly labouring working-class men breaking themselves in half regularly, making sure that everything that always breaks works. (3/4)
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Apr 4
42 Rules for Life:
1. Tell the truth… or, at least, don’t lie.

Truth reduces the terrible complexity of a man to the simplicity of his word. Truth is the ultimate, inexhaustible natural resource. It’s the light in the darkness.
2. Do not do things that you hate.

Watch yourself. If you see that you’re doing things that make you hate yourself, consider the cost of continuing.
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Mar 14
Anybody who's a fan or whatever an admirer of postmodernism should be called want to suggest a better capsule summation of the set of doctrines? This is from Wikipedia and it seems about right:
And this for Marxism:
And postmodern neomarxism is the claim that the only truth and grand ethic/narrative is the fact and motivated perpetration of power relations between classes (defined variously: economically, or by race/sex/gender or their "intersection")
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Mar 14
The inevitable is now happening so fast that even The Atlantic can't ignore it. The education system is unbelievably broken. And Faculties of Education are largely to blame, as well as the universities that enabled their destruct ways. theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
It is far easier to destroy than to build. And the woke continue their destructive rampage.
Remember the idea that "citizen" was a worthy identity?
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