I think most think they are being the adult in the room these days; the definition of what it means to be an adult is where the disagreement happens. Fundamental.
This is an objectively great video. And if you’re a veteran, I thank you and support you objectively. No matter how much we disagree you get a head start on our debate because of your service.
You get a head start; doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed winning my heart or mind in a discussion, but I promise you, you’ll get a head start. It doesn’t mean I can’t disagree with you, but you’ll get the benefit of the doubt.
Was driving home from dinner today and caught Neil deGrasse Tyson on NPR. The dude is something special. An astrophysicist with mass appeal. He’s the embodiment of what the world needs. An expert in a field, who doesn’t fault anti-intellectualism or anti-science, but instead, looks for root causes for the what’s manifested. Hearing him talk about Pruitt’s commentary on greenhouse gases and the human effect — for most of my friends, this would devlove into a critique of particular political affiliations or economic interests. NdGT?
Pushed the conversation to K-12 education. There’s something bigger at play. There’s something more fundamental to consider. And that’s the thing — it’s about what’s fundamental. Stepping back from a specific topic like GhG … whether you agree with his premise or his root cause analysis or not, hopefully we can universally agree with his broader “cosmic perspective”. Summarized for me as such: psychologically, our ego tells us and convinces us that we are different from everyone else, and not simply different, but in ways that matter to us, often better. But science proves to us that we are made up of Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen — matter, not dissimilar from other people, an oak tree, or the universe itself…hell, our DNA is 99% the same as a chimp. Psychology teaches us to think we’re different. Science humbles us to prove we’re so much the same.
Let’s do this. #Iamgrateful and #Iamthankful for the scientific and cosmic worldview. Starting from a place where we acknowledge our sameness, is the best way to contextualize, understand, and ideally, reduce the impact of our differences.
I caught you red-handed and I thoroughly enjoyed the exchange. Maybe you thought, after all the delay it took to make it into your room, that you were in the clear.
I wouldn’t blame you.
But I heard the clicking for a good minute or two. I heard no squealing from you so my curiosity was piqued. When I walked in to find your hand gripping at your mobile with no intention of relinquishing, I couldn’t help but smile.
Then, things got better.
You looked over at me and smiled. Big. Wide. Like you do better than anyone in the history of the world. And my heart melted, but I was in conflict. Because you hadn’t let go of the mobile yet! What I thought was a smile was actually an admission of guilt, blended with a refusal to concede to releasing the mobile back into its circling routine we were so used to.
Yup. You sound like ours. And we love you like hell for it. Even though we all know that you were squarely busted.