BRONNIE WARE ~ THE TOP FIVE REGRETS OF THE DYING ~ 2011

~ IWID-TCTLALTTM-N-TLOEOM ~ I Wish I’d Had – The Courage To Live A Life True To Myself – Not – The Life Others Expected Of Me

~ IWIH-WSH ~ I Wish I Hadn’t – Worked So Hard

~ IWIH-TCTEMF ~ I Wish I’d Had – The Courage To Express My Feelings

~ IWIH-SITWMF ~ I Wish I Had – Stayed In Touch With My Friends

~ IWIH-LMBH ~ I Wish I Had – Let Myself Be Happier

NEIL POSTMAN ~ AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH ~ 1983

~ PDITAOSB ~ Public Discourse In The Age Of Show Business

~ TNITM ~ The Medium Is The Metaphor

~ O-P-R-N-E-A-C-HBTI-CAO-SB-TRITWAAPOTVOAOTD ~ Our – Politics – Religion – News – Athletics – Education – And – Commerce – Have Been Transformed Into – Congenial Adjuncts Of – Show Business – The Result Is That We Are A People On The Verge Of Amusing Ourselves To Death

~ IETWC-AIIETGBTFOTTI ~ In Every Tool We Create – An Idea Is Embedded That Goes Beyond The Function Of The Thing Itself

~ OMAOM-OMCTCOOC ~ Our Media Are Our Metaphors – Our Metaphors Create The Content Of Our Culture

~ ENTIAT-IGATA ~ Every New Technology For Thinking Involves A Tradeoff – It Giveth And Taketh Away

~ TFIWIAE-AWTIWB ~ The Form In Which Ideas Are Expressed – Affects What Those Ideas Will Be

~ TAOSB ~ The Age Of Show Business

~ C-FI-HODIOTIPYOM-ROT-OI-TMP- CYTAYPFTD-O-TTSAYWNOHT-OPI-ISPYARTS? ~ Context-Free Information – How Often Does It Occur That Information Provided You On Morning – Radio Or Television – Or In – The Morning Newspaper – Causes You To Alter Your Plans For The Day – Or – To Take Some Action You Would Not Otherwise Have Taken – Or – Provides Insight Into Some Problem You Are Required To Solve?

~ B-MOODNII-COITGUSTTABCLTAMA ~ But – Most Of Our Daily News Is Inert – Consisting Of Information That Gives Us Something To Talk About But Cannot Lead To Any Meaningful Action

~ AGLOI:TNEFYAVOOAWYCDNETOTAMN-AWYCDN ~ A Great Loop Of Impotence: The News Elicits From You A Variety Of Opinions About Which You Can Do Nothing Except To Offer Them As More News – About Which You Can Do Nothing

~ EBEB-FTFT-WWSIWANQWHA-AW-IAC-DNPAR ~ Everything Became Everyone’s Business – For The First Time – We Were Sent Information Which Answered No Question We Had Asked – And Which – In Any Case – Did Not Permit A Reply

~ AP-CIASITGFAIIASU-B-TUTP-CPIN-A-O-P-S-O-C-IITOULFIWNGCTOL-AT-OC-IT-A ~ A Pseudo-Context Is A Structure Invented To Give Fragmented And Irrelevant Information A Seeming Use – But – The Use The Pseudo-Context Provides Is Not – Action – Or – Problem-Solving – Or – Change – It Is The Only Use Left For Information With No Genuine Connection To Our Lives – And That – Of Course – Is To – Amuse

~ TINSOPI-P/N/E/R/S/S-TDNFIWTT-WMTAPUOTSISBTBOT ~ There Is No Subject Of Public Interest – Politics / News / Education / Religion / Science / Sports – That Does Not Find Its Way To Television – Which Means That All Public Understanding Of These Subjects Is Shaped By The Biases Of Television

~ WRTAT-OWIOT-TI-IC-IE-WINOIPCASCBTCIWWNATI-ITFG-AAN-O-CIAAILTSIT-ASMIPAE ~ We Rarely Talk About Television – Only What Is On Television – That Is – Its Content – Its Ecology – Which Includes Not Only Its Physical Characteristics And Symbolic Code But The Conditions In Which We Normally Attend To It – Is Taken For Granted – Accepted As Natural – One – Cultural Institution After Another Is Learning To Speak Its Terms – All Subject Matter Is Presented As Entertaining

~ TIOCPMOKAI-T-ATITCP-HTSTWBTMFHTWIPTBS-TNODICATDLBWISBAWINBHTSWEPD-TNBBSB ~ Television Is Our Culture’s Principal Mode Of Knowing About Itself – Therefore – And This Is The Critical Point – How Television Stages The World Becomes The Model For How The World Is Properly To Be Staged – The Nature Of Discourse Is Changing As The Demarcation Line Between What Is Show Business And What Is Not Becomes Harder To See With Each Passing Day – There’s No Business But Show Business

~ ‘N…T’ ~ “Now… This”

~ IOT-CRRATDTOT-T-PLNNTTVMWRPTTPCGASOV-OMLLALBBTTT-OEW-LLAT-TBIFBL ~ If On Television – Credibility Replaces Reality As The Decisive Test Of Truth-Telling – Political Leaders Need Not Trouble Themselves Very Much With Reality Provided That Their Performances Consistently Generate A Sense Of Verisimilitude – One May Look Like A Liar But Be Telling The Truth – Or Even Worse – Look Like A Truth-Teller But In Fact Be Lying

~ TIATMO-‘BI’-BCASOITMPBCD-MI-M-I-F-O-S-I-SFMST-BDOAI ~ Television Is Altering The Meaning Of – “Being Informed”– By Creating A Species Of Information That Might Properly Be Called Disinformation – Misleading Information – Misplaced – Irrelevant – Fragmented – Or – Superficial – Information – Something Far More Serious Than – Being Deprived Of Authentic Information

~ TTCINAAATCOP-IIATCOTC ~ The Television Commercial Is Not At All About The Character Of Products – It Is About The Character Of The Consumers

~ TTCHOBAF-MBOV-Y-MCFV-WMT-TBOBHNBP-T-TCIAPABP-D ~ The Television Commercial Has Oriented Business Away From – Making Products Of Value – Toward – Making Consumers Feel Valuable – Which Means That – The Business Of Business Has Now Become Pseudo-Therapy – The Consumer Is A Patient Assured By Psycho-Dramas

~ TITLOAGTC:P-AS-AS-O-AF-TCFVACACIOT ~ This Is The Lesson Of All Great Television Commercials: Provide – A Slogan – A Symbol – Or – A Focus – That Creates For Viewers A Comprehensive And Compelling Image Of Themselves

~ IT-AOSAIP-PDIENOOICBOHCAW ~ ~ In The – Age Of Show Business And Image Politics – Political Discourse Is Emptied Not Only Of Ideological Content But Of Historical Content – As Well

~ TOAVHAKATVOPTMWAAAMOPD-B-MOTCNHEHFASIWTMWITWDNA-TKTCINNWAPDTTFOAJ ~ Tyrants Of All Varieties Have Always Known About The Value Of Providing The Masses With Amusements As A Means Of Pacifying Discontent – But – Most Of Them Could Not Have Even Hoped For A Situation In Which The Masses Would Ignore That Which Does Not Amuse – To Know That Censorship Is Not A Necessity When All Political Discourse Takes The Form Of A Jest

~ TATWBWTSOACMBS-TO:CBAP-TH:CBB ~ There Are Two Ways By Which The Spirit Of A Culture May Be Shriveled – The Orwellian: Culture Becomes A Prison – The Huxleyan – Culture Becomes A Burlesque

~ IMLDIOWAIBR-OL-WI-TGOTPAEI-SER-I-WEP ~ It Makes Little Difference If Our Wardens Are Inspired By Right- Or Left-Wing Ideologies – The Gates Of The Prison Are Equally Impenetrable – Surveillance Equally Rigorous – Icon-Worship Equally Pervasive

~ A-O-WIMETR-ATO-TA-H ~ An – Orwellian – World Is Much Easier To Recognize – And To Oppose – Than A – Huxleyan

~ PCHNYATPTTII-TISOTFTBOVETHAEAOL ~ Public Consciousness Has Not Yet Assimilated The Point That Technology Is Ideology – This In Spite Of The Fact That Before Our Very Eyes Technology Has Altered Every Aspect Of Life

~ TBATATCEWAPFSC-TMTTIN-TMTATTIAAFTCI-ATLH-SPAS ~ To Be Unaware That A Technology Comes Equipped With A Program For Social Change – To Maintain That Technology Is Neutral – To Make The Assumption That Technology Is Always A Friend To Culture Is – At This Late Hour – Stupidity Plain And Simple

~ NMIEDIIUUWIDA-TAITBTS ~ No Medium Is Excessively Dangerous If Its Users Understand What Its Dangers Are – To Ask Is To Break The Spell

~ TCTOCT-TTPDWHISPSFID-WGU-U-IWBNTTMCAS-O-LRODHBOGVTL-SO-B-HSVLOITMP-A-HCALAMPFTATMHS ~ The Central Thesis Of Computer Technology – That The Principal Difficulty We Have In Solving Problems Stems From Insufficient Data – Will Go Unexamined – Until – It Will Be Noticed That The Massive Collection And Speed-Of-Light Retrieval Of Data Have Been Of Great Value To Large-Scale Organizations – But – Have Solved Very Little Of Importance To Most People And – Have Created At Least As Many Problems For Them As They May Have Solved

~ MC ~ Media Conscious

~ WATP-BNW-WNTTWLIOT-B-TTDNKWTWLAAWTHST ~ What Afflicted The People In – Brave New World – Was Not That They Were Laughing Instead Of Thinking – But – That They Did Not Know What They Were Laughing About And Why They Had Stopped Thinking

PEACE PILGRIM ~ STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE ~ 1981

FOUR PREPARATIONS

~ ARATL-STPTLSBY-AYWFTSTCTYIG-HTSCPCATYG-ATPSNBA ~ Assume Right Attitudes Toward Life – Solve The Problems That Life Sets Before You – And You Will Find That Solving Them Contributes To Your Inner Growth – Helping To Solve Collective Problems Contributes Also To Your Growth – And These Problems Should Never Be Avoided

~ LGB-TLGHCAARATLOG-OTTLPUTH-SMOTLAACB-YCBBPIPATGTYB-NLCBIHUBAPAIH ~ Live Good Beliefs – The Laws Governing Human Conduct Apply As Rigidly As The Law Of Gravity – Obedience To These Laws Pushes Us Toward Harmony – Since Many Of These Laws Are Already Common Belief – You Can Begin By Putting Into Practice All The Good Things You Believe – No Life Can Be In Harmony Unless Belief And Practice Are In Harmony

~ FYPITLP-YHAPITSOT-WTPIYCKOFWY-YCSIIRS-YCBTLIAWIBDATGTYAMTAGTTPIYLOATSTTCOHL ~ Find Your Place In The Life Pattern – You Have A Part In The Scheme Of Things – What That Part Is You Can Know Only From Within Yourself – You Can Seek It In Receptive Silence – You Can Begin To Live In Accordance With It By Doing All The Good Things You Are Motivate Toward And Giving These Things Priority In Your Life Over All The Superficial Things That Customarily Occupy Human Lives

~ SLTBIAOW-BIH ~ Simply Life To Bring Inner And Outer Well-Being Into Harmony

FOUR PURIFICATIONS

~ POTBT ~ Purification Of The Bodily Temple

~ POTT-IINETDRTASRT-YMATRT-PTCBPIFG-NTCMYPI-BSTINUSBYAAOHB-FOWYHCTHUTCYAIH ~ Purification Of The Thoughts – It Is Not Enough To Do Right Things And Say Right Things – You Must Also Think Right Things. – Positive Thoughts Can Be Powerful Influences For Good – Negative Thoughts Can Make You Physically Ill – Be Sure There Is No Unpeaceful Situation Between Yourself And Any Other Human Being – For Only When You Have Ceased To Harbor Unkind Thoughts Can You Attain Inner Harmony

~ POTD ~ Purification Of The Desires

~ POM-TBOSTYFHMBYMBYLCCIH ~ Purification Of Motives – To Be Of Service To Your Fellow Humans Must Be Your Motive Before Your Life Can Come Into Harmony

FOUR RELINQUISHMENTS

~ ROS-W ~ Relinquishment Of Self-Will

~ ROTFOS ~ Relinquishment Of The Feeling Of Separateness

~ ROA-OWYHRAACYBRF-MTAHFU-A-AYCRWIHOIUPY-YCOLIHWYFHIYHNFTYPT-A-TDNTTRTL ~ Relinquishment Of Attachments – Only When You Have Relinquished All Attachments Can You Be Really Free – Material Things Are Here For Use – And – Anything You Cannot Relinquish When It Has Outlived Its Usefulness Possesses You – You Can Only Live In Harmony With Your Fellow Humans If You Have No Feeling That You Possess Them – And – Therefore Do Not Try To Run Their Lives

~ ROANF ~ Relinquishment Of All Negative Feelings

PEACE PILGRIM ~ STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE ~ 1953-1981 [PILGRIMAGE]

~ TITWAP:O-EWG-FWT-A-HWL ~ This Is The Way Of Peace: Overcome – Evil With Good – Falsehood With Truth – And – Hatred With Love

~ AOUCWFP-WCWRWWA-RWO-B-TMPWHWOOL-TMWCRITOS

~ All Of Us Can Work For Peace – We Can Work Right Where We Are – Right Within Ourselves – Because – The More Peace We Have Within Our Own Lives – The More We Can Reflect Into The Outer Situation

~ PWO-AST-PIOW ~ Peace Within Ourselves – A Step Toward – Peace In Our World

~ UPAJUB-ABN-TTBB ~ Unnecessary Possessions Are Just Unnecessary Burdens – Anything Beyond Need – Tends To Become Burdensome

~ MTMBPITPP-ATYCRWIHOIUPY-A-ITMA-AGMOUAPBOP-WANF ~ Material Things Must Be Put Into Their Proper Place – Anything That You Cannot Relinquish When It Has Outlived Its Usefulness Possesses You – And – In This Materialistic Age – A Great Many Of Us Are Possessed By Our Possessions – We Are Not Free

~ WIAUMOOTWCC-SDYWATPM;IUAR ~ Worry Is A Useless Mulling Over Of Things We Cannot Change – Seldom Do You Worry About The Present Moment; It’s Usually All Right

~ WTTSOTPT-STITOMOCL-IYDLIYNRGATLAA-IYDLTPM-YTNTW ~ We Tend To Skim Over The Present Time – Since This Is The Only Moment That One Can Live – If You Don’t Live It You Never Really Get Around To Living At All – If You Do Live This Present Moment – You Tend Not To Worry

~ EMIANOTBOS ~ Every Moment Is A New Opportunity To Be Of Service

~ TINNAT ~ There Is Nothing New About This

~ ETYCIAS-TOSG ~ Every Time You Come Into A Situation – Think Of Some Good

~ TIACBWYCJWTTYATATTYADARFY-TCI-HTBYIP?-ITHN-TISWWT-SKT ~ There Is A Criterion By Which You Can Judge Whether The Thoughts You Are Thinking And The Things You Are Doing Are Right For You – That Criterion Is – Have They Brought You Inner Peace? – If They Have Not – There Is Something Wrong With Them – So Keep Trying

~ WMBATUTWWNTATRTWRWTHOTU ~ We Must Be Able To Use Things When We Need Them And Then Relinquish Them Without Regret When They Have Outlived Their Usefulness

~ ATYSTHCWHYC-A-IYDFYMGF ~ Anything That You Strive To Hold Captive Will Hold You Captive – And – If You Desire Freedom You Must Give Freedom

~ TWAOTHMBAPFG-IINITOBNA-RSNBSOD-KTERTYD-EGWYS-EPTYT-HGE ~ Those Who Act On Their Highest Motivations Become A Power For Good – It Is Not Important That Others Be Noticeably Affected – Results Should Never Be Sought Or Desired – Know That Every Right Thing You Do – Every Good Word You Say – Every Positive Thought You Think – Has Good Effect

~ APCBPW ~ All People Can Be Peace Workers

~ WYBHIAUS-YCTTTPP ~ Whenever You Bring Harmony Into Any Unpeaceful Situation – You Contribute To The Total Peace Picture

~ IAYHPIYL-YRIIYSAIYW ~ Insofar As You Have Peace In Your Life – You Reflect It Into Your Surroundings And Into Your World

~ IYWTTP-YOO-YMSWTA-ATLOU-IYSTTAABYLOU0LTTY ~ If You Want To Teach People – Young Or Old – You Must Start Where They Are – At Their Level Of Understanding – If You See That They Are Already Beyond Your Level Of Understanding – Let Them Teach You

~ SSTSAATISVO-MOUCTOA ~ Since Steps Toward Spiritual Advancement Are Taken In Such Varied Order – Most Of Us Can Teach One Another

~ OOPCBHTL-TWTIPITL ~ Only Outer Peace Can Be Had Through Law – The Way To Inner Peace Is Through Love

~ COGSTYMOYTR ~ Concentrate On Giving So That You May Open Yourself To Receiving

~ JOWAYNAIYS-OIYCIOTJTWAWHBA ~ Judging Others Will Avail You Nothing And Injure You Spiritually – Only If You Can Inspire Others To Judge Themselves Will Anything Worthwhile Have Been Accomplished

~ YCCAEY-AYHBAE-YCIOTCT ~ You Cannot Change Anyone Except Yourself – After You Have Become An Example – You Can Inspire Others To Change Themselves

~ IACSYMBTOASWIFTAC-IOASWIOATY-OASWIFTACCBWITLR ~ In A Conflict Situation You Must Be Thinking Of A Solution Which Is Fair To All Concerned – Instead Of A Solution Which Is Of Advantage To You – Only A Solution Which Is Fair To All Concerned Can Be Workable In The Long Run

~ TPA-IOS-TBTWIAA-IS-TGTWIAF ~ The Positive Approach – Instead Of Stressing – The Bad Things Which I Am Against – I Stress – The Good Things Which I Am For

~ TWCTNA-DOWIW-RTJAC-A-SETN-C ~ Those Who Choose The Negative Approach – Dwell On What Is Wrong – Resorting To Judgement And Criticism – And – Sometimes Even To Name-Calling

~ WEIA-IM-AIMHBWAUB-A-TTAGIVAS-WTINABIGIABTBUTS-NODTETTFA-BTE-DTTBT ~ When Evil Is Attacked – It Mobilizes – Although It May Have Been Weak And Unorganized Before – And – Therefore The Attack Gives It Validity And Strength – When There Is No Attack But Instead Good Influences Are Brought To Bear Upon The Situation – Not Only Does The Evil Tend To Fade Away – But The Evil-Doer Tends To Be Transformed

~ WYMPATAIAWTLI-OVAI ~ When You Make People Angry They Act In Accordance With Their Lesser Instincts – Often Violently And Irrationally

~ WYIPTAIAWTHI-SAR ~ When You Inspire People They Act In Accordance With Their Higher Instincts – Sensibly And Rationally

~ AIT-W-ISHALE ~ Anger Is Transient – Whereas – Inspiration Sometimes Has A Lifelong Effect

~ WFP:AFRDPCOTIEOMO-O-O-HP-SWWWFPMNF-WMCTSFPATLTWOP-TIO-WMCTTOPATKIIP ~ Working For Peace: A Few Really Dedicated People Can Offset The Ill Effects Of Masses Of Out-Of-Harmony People – So We Who Work For Peace Must Not Falter – We Must Continue To Speak For Peace And To Live The Way Of Peace – To Inspire Others – We Must Continue To Think Of Peace And To Know It Is Possible

~ TFOS ~ The Freedom Of Simplicity

~ AMFFRC:HAYO-TROTC-N-TGOA ~ A Magic Formula For Resolving Conflicts: Have As Your Objective – The Resolving Of The Conflict – Not – The Gaining Of Advantage

~ AMFFAC:BCT-YDNO-N-TYANO ~ A Magic Formula For Avoiding Conflicts: Be Concerned That – You Do Not Offend – Not – That You Are Not Offended

~ WPRSFI-I-Y-OIAOLROI-B-AWMWWEBLASUBI-IACBTTTSMOUWTA-WTIO ~ What People Really Suffer From Is Immaturity – Yes – Our Institutions And Our Leaders Reflect Our Immaturity – But – As We Mature We Will Elect Better Leaders And Set Up Better Institutions – It Always Comes Back To The Thing So Many Of Us Wish To Avoid – Working To Improve Ourselves!

WILLIAM WHYTE ~ HOW TO CHEAT ON PERSONALITY TESTS ~ THE ORGANIZATION MAN ~ 1956

~ AIASO-S-IISVTAE-TT-E-A-LT-OR-TOPL ~ As In All Aspects Of – Scientism – It Is Society’s Values That Are Enshrined – The Tests – Essentially – Are – Loyalty Tests – Or Rather – Tests Of Potential Loyalty

~ NITQNITEOT-AT-T-N;TALW-V-OV-A-TRI-ASOY-TR-TC-TP-A-TU-ATEOTEI-W-WN-S-O-O-O-CF ~ Neither In The Questions Nor In The Evaluation Of Them – Are The – Tests – Neutral; They Are Loaded With – Values– Organization Values – And – The Result Is – A Set Of Yardsticks – That Reward – The Conformist – The Pedestrian – And – The Unimaginative – At The Expense Of The Exceptional Individual – Without – Who – No – Society – Organization – Or – Otherwise – Can Flourish

~ TITTRIT-YDWAGS-YAABO ~ The Important Thing To Recognize Is That – You Don’t Win A Good Score – You Avoid A Bad One

~ YSUYRUTITOR0TI-HYATQIRTHOPHAT-YS-LIGASBT-40-A-60-P-WITS-YSTTAAIYWLEEISTB ~ Your Score Is Usually Rendered In Terms Of Your Percentile Rating – That Is – How You Answer The Question In Relation To How Other People Have Answers Them – Your Safety – Lies In Getting A Score Between The – 40th – And – 60th – Percentiles – Which Is To Say – You Should Try To Answer As If You Were Like Everybody Else Is Supposed To Be

YUVAL NOAH HARARI ~ 21 LESSONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY ~ 2018

~ H-TI-S-RT-I-F-N-O-E-A-TSTS-TB ~ Humans – Think – In – Stories – Rather Than – In – Facts – Numbers – Or – Equations – And – The Simpler The Story – The Better

~ H-WAFBA-IT-T-UTW ~ Humans – Were Always Far Better At – Inventing Tools – Than – Using Them Wisely

~ T-TR-MS-PBOHOOTJM-A-CAMN-‘UC’-LTSAPU ~ The – Technological Revolution – Might Soon – Push Billions Of Humans Out Of The Job Market – And – Create A Massive New – “Useless Class” – Leading To – Social And Political Upheavals

~ IIGAT-MLAR-WCAELOW-IIFFCT-TFEWNU-EAC ~ It Is Generally Agreed That – Machine Learning And Robotics – Will Change Almost Every Line Of Work – It Is Far From Certain That – The Future Economy Will Need Us – Even As Consumers

~ IIDWIIBT-PPW-UBI-TCP-O-UBS-TCP-BOHAAD-B-NMWPYC-TRPIIDW-‘U’-A-‘B’-AM ~ It Is Debatable Whether It Is Better To – Provided People With – Universal Basic Income – The Capitalist Paradise – Or – Universal Basic Services – The Communist Paradise – Both Options Have Advantages And Drawbacks – But – No Matter Which Paradise You Choose – The Real Problem Is In Defining What – “Universal” – And – “Basic” – Actually Mean

~ TQF-MAC-ME-TQFAJ ~ The Quest For – Meaning And Community – Might Eclipse – The Quest For A – Job

~ TBS-C-BPIEI ~ The Biometric Sensor – Converts – Biological Processes Into Electronic Information

~ PGM ~ Precision-Guided Manipulation

~ DD ~ Digital Dictators

~ TRPWR-INTOAI-B-RTNSACOTHM ~ The Real Problem With Robots – Is Not Their Own Artificial Intelligence – But – Rather – The Natural Stupidity And Cruelty Of Their Human Masters

~ VRATW ~ Veteran Robots Against The War

~ D-IIPF-CS-TMOBAI-EDWSRIIARNF-O-HWCTLI-‘DD’ ~ Democracy – In Its Present Form – Cannot Survive – The Merger Of Biotech And Infotech – Either Democracy Will Successfully Reinvent Itself In A Radically New Form – Or – Humans Will Come To Live In – “Digital Dictatorships”

~ HF-WGUTITTAAOAATUAISIHH ~ Human Figureheads – Will Give Us The Illusion That The Algorithms Are Only Advisers And That Ultimate Authority Is Still In Human Hands

~ AI&NS ~ Artificial Intelligence And Natural Stupidity

~ TINRTATAIWGC-B-IAC-AVDT-I-ITATSP-C-ITATF ~ There Is No Reason To Assume That Artificial Intelligence Will Gain Consciousness – Because – Intelligence And Consciousness – Are Very Different Things – Intelligence – Is The Ability To Solve Problems – Consciousness – Is The Ability To Feel

~ FTLFD-PAOTW-WTTHIOTPT-E-AT-G-A-NT-WHUGTS-IR-TT-FC-MC-TMUSIH ~ For The Last Few Decades – People All Over The World – Were Told That Humankind Is On The Path To – Equality – And That – Globalization – And – New Technologies – Will Help Us Get There Sooner – In Reality – The Twenty-First Century – Might Create – The Most Unequal Societies In History

~ B-2100-TR-1%-MONMMOTWW-BA-MOTW-B-C-H ~ By – 2100 – The Richest – 1 Percent – Might Own Not Merely Most Of The World’s Wealth – But Also – Most Of The World’s – Beauty – Creativity – Health

~ IWWTPTCOAWAPITHOASE-TKIT-RTOOD ~ If We Want To Prevent The Concentration Of All Wealth And Power In The Hands Of A Small Elite – The Key Is To – Regulate The Ownership Of Data

~ OACABTFU-TTAIWGB ~ Once Algorithms Choose And Buy Things For Us – The Traditional Advertising Industry Will Go Bust

~ APA-MLABM-A-MELMITST-B-ALAISD-ICBWB ~ A Popular App – May Lack A Business Model – And – May Even Lose Money In The Short Term – But – As Long As It Sucks Data – It Could Be Worth Billions

~ WOTD?-TMWBTMIPQOOE ~ Who Owns The Data? – This May Well Be The Most Important Political Question Of Our Era

~ HHB-IYTTPLMOATYPTWATNTOTOE-YCVYAA-BSS-EAYAPTTOG-B-OYRTHBHB-A-TTSN-R-H-A-SS-IBFMDTJTE-HCYETVOCWRTFSTMICS? ~ Human Have Bodies – If You Think That People Live Mainly Online And That You Provide Them With All The Necessary Tools Of Their Online Existence – You Can View Yourself As A – Beneficial Social Service – Even As You Avoid Paying Taxes To Offline Governments – But – Once You Remember That Human Beings Have Bodies – And – That They Still Need – Roads – Hospitals – And – Sewage Systems – It Becomes Far More Difficult To Justify Tax Evasion – How Can You Extol The Virtues Of Community While Refusing To Financially Support The Most Important Community Services?

~ WMCTMTGODWOWSFO ~ We May Come To Miss The Good Old Days When Online Was Separated From Offline

~ WITOVAAPLF-AA-Y-TOTTAUTSTITOAALDACSFT ~ We Insist That Our Values Are A Precious Legacy From – Ancient Ancestors – Yet – The Only Thing That Allows Us To Say This Is That Our Ancestors Are Long Dead And Cannot Speak For Themselves

~ W-S-I-T-A-P-FMQTCD-W-AMPFMIIOA ~ War – Spreads – Ideas – Technologies – And – People – Far More Quickly Than Commerce Does – War – Also Makes People Far More Interested In One Another

~ ACEITBCFFACI-A-HNHALTSE-NW-CC-A-TD ~ A Common Enemy Is The Best Catalyst For Forging A Common Identity – And – Humankind Now Has At Least Three Such Enemies – Nuclear War – Climate Change – And – Technological Disruption

~ S-TGFCO-2008-TISIRD-WIBIV-A-MEAB ~ Since – The Global Financial Crisis Of – 2008 – The International Situation Is Rapidly Deteriorating – Warmongering Is Back In Vogue – And – Military Expenditures Are Ballooning

~ HS-I-OOTMIFIH-Y-WOTTDI ~ Human Stupidity – Is – One Of The Most Important Forces In History – Yet – We Often Tend To Discount It

~ OPRF-HS-IADO-H ~ One Potential Remedy For – Human Stupidity – Is A Dose Of – Humility

~ DT-TNOG-IV-PTDM-WSNU-TNOG-TJ-OPI-OEA-O-OPH ~ Don’t Take – The Name Of God – In Vain – Perhaps The Deeper Meaning – We Should Never Use – The Name Of God – To Justify – Our Political Interests – Our Economic Ambitions – Or – Our Personal Hatreds

~ TVSR-T-IHABISP-ILACIO ~ The Very Same Religions – That – Inspire Hate And Bigotry In Some People – Inspire Love And Compassion In Others

~ IOT-AM-YDNTBIAMOS-YJNT-D-ADAOS ~ In Order To – Act Morally – You Don’t Need To Believe In Any Myth Or Story – You Just Need To – Develop – A Deep Appreciation Of Suffering

~ QYCA-AUFBFY-T-AYCQ ~ Questions You Cannot Answer – Are Usually Far Better For You – Than – Answers You Cannot Question

~ TOP-R-E-IITSHIATOA-TIITT-HHANRTLOL-BITS-CTPO-AR-PMFH-A-SBFTWCOPAV ~ The Only Place – Rights – Exist – Is In The Stories Humans Invent And Tell One Another – Though It Isn’t True That – Humans Have A Natural Right To Life Or Liberty – Belief In This Story – Curbed The Power Of – Authoritarian Regimes – Protected Minorities From Harm – And – Safeguarded Billions From The Worst Consequences Of Poverty And Violence

~ PRATI-B-TLTI-A-EC-O-L-MF-A-S-CNF-WTBACRASC ~ People Rarely Appreciate Their Ignorance – Because – They Lock Themselves Inside – An – Echo Chamber – Of – Like-Minded Friends – And – Self-Confirming News Feeds – Where Their Beliefs Are Constantly Reinforced And Seldom Challenged

~ MOO-V-ASB-CG-RT-IR-A-WHOTTV-DT-GL ~ Most Of Our – Views – Are Shaped By – Communal Groupthink – Rather Than – Individual Rationality – And – We Hold On To These Views – Due To – Group Loyalty

~ T-GCIMH-RNJF-HAG-BEMS-F-IAI ~ The – Greatest Crimes In Modern History – Resulted Not Just From – Hatred And Greed – But Even More So – From – Ignorance And Indifference

~ IYWT-GGL-RPT-BAA-IAFBTTATT-BTT ~ If You Want To – Gauge Group Loyalty – Requiring People To – Believe An Absurdity – Is A Far Better Test Than Asking Them To – Believe The Truth

~ OOTGFOAI-TDTCOTW-A-TIAT ~ One Of The Greatest Fictions Of All Is – To Deny The Complexity Of The World – And – Think In Absolute Terms

~ F-IYWRI-PGMFI ~ First – If You Want Reliable Information – Pay Good Money For It

~ S-SSTT-TFC:CT/C/C/C ~ Schools – Should Switch To Teaching – The Four C’s: Critical Thinking / Communication / Collaboration / Creativity

~ T-BQFH-I-‘WITMOL?’-B-R-“HDWSS?’-TRTITWIS ~ The – Big Question Facing Humans – Isn’t – “What Is The Meaning Of Life?” – But – Rather – “How Do We Stop Suffering?” – The Realest Thing In The World Is Suffering

TIMOTHY SNYDER ~ ON TYRANNY ~ 2017

~T:TUOPBASIOG-O-TCOLBRFTOB ~ Tyranny: The Usurpation Of Power By A Single Individual Or Group – Or – The Circumvention Of Law By Rulers For Their Own Benefit

~ DNOIA-MOTPOAIFG ~ Do Not Obey In Advance – Most Of The Power Of Authoritarianism Is Freely Given

~ DI-IIITHUTPD-IDNPT ~ Defend Institutions – It Is Institutions That Help Us To Preserve Decency – Institutions Do Not Protect Themselves

~ TMITATRWCTPTICCODTVI-EWTIEWTHATTWD ~ The Mistake Is To Assume That Rulers Who Came To Power Through Institutions Cannot Change Or Destroy Those Very Institutions – Even When That Is Exactly What They Have Announced That They Will Do

~ BOTO-PS-STM-PSADTRODE-VILASEWYC-CRFO ~ Beware The One-Party State – Support The Multi-Party System And Defend The Rules Of Democratic Elections – Vote In Local And State Elections While You Can – Consider Running For Office

~PB-CBTWR-A-CABR ~ Paper Ballots – Cannot Be Tampered With Remotely – And – Can Always Be Recounted

~ TRFTFOTW-TSOTETROT ~ Take Responsibility For The Face Of The World – The Symbols Of Today Enable The Reality Of Tomorrow

~ RPE-WPLSANE-PCT-JP-BMI ~ Remember Professional Ethics – When Political Leaders Set A Negative Example – Professional Commitments To – Just Practice – Become More Important

~ ANOCS-A-CCDSBIICL ~ Authoritarians Need Obedient Civil Servants – And – Concentration Camp Directors Seek Businessmen Interested In Cheap Labor

~ PE-MGUPWWATT-TSIE-TTINSTA-‘JFO’~ Professional Ethics – Must Guide Us Precisely When We Are Told That – The Situation Is Exceptional – Then There Is No Such Thing As – “Just Following Orders”

~ BWOP ~ Be Wary Of Paramilitaries

~ I-OTGCLUF-ATUICBL-T-TFOPTWTFGBP ~ If – Only The Government Can Legitimately Use Force – And – This Use Is Constrained By Law – Then – The Forms Of Politics That We Take For Granted Become Possible

~ BRIYMBA ~ Be Reflective If You Must Be Armed

~ SO-SHT ~ Stand Out – Someone Has To

~BKTOL-APTPEED-TUYOWOS ~ Be Kind To Our Language – Avoid Pronouncing The Phrases Everyone Else Does – Think Up Your Own Way Of Speaking

~ MAETSYFTI ~ Make An Effort To Separate Yourself From The Internet

~ RB ~ Read Books

~ PIOTFTCTT-WETWWTDRT ~ Politicians In Our Times Feed Their Cliches To Television – Where Even Those Who Wish To Disagree Repeat Them

~ BIT-TAFITAF-INIT-TNOCCP-BTINBUWTDS-INIT-TAIS-TBWPFTBBL ~ Believe In Truth – To Abandon Facts Is To Abandon Freedom – If Nothing Is True – Then No One Can Criticize Power – Because There Is No Basis Upon Which To Do So – If Nothing Is True – Then All Is Spectacle – The Biggest Wallet Pays For The Most Blinding Lights

~ PT-P-F ~ Post-Truth Is Pre-Fascism

~ I-RTSOWIOTIITTHY-TRFWYCWO ~ Investigate – Realize That Some Of What Is On The Internet Is There To Harm You – Take Responsibility For What You Communicate With Others

~ IIYATDFTMYAI-A-OCTICKTMUAS ~ It Is Your Ability To Discern Facts That Makes You An Individual – And – Our Collective Trust In Common Knowledge That Makes Us A Society

~ WTT-DW-NCHA-IBTLOD-TWDW-BTM ~ Within The Two-Dimensional Internet World – New Collectivities Have Arisen – Invisible By The Light Of Day – Tribes With Distinct Worldviews – Beholden To Manipulations

~ AY-TIACTYCFO-IITOTKYO-LFC ~ And Yes – There Is A Conspiracy That You Can Find Online – It Is The One To Keep You Online – Looking For Conspiracies

~ BYDT-‘MM’-NTIINL-TM-IIDTIMAE-A-AJTIEAD ~ Before You Deride The – “Mainstream Media” – Note That It Is No Longer – The Mainstream – It Is Derision That Is Mainstream And Easy – And – Actual Journalism That Is Edgy And Difficult

~ MECAST-AWTSITWOS-BDSB-A-UWYSASNT ~ Make Eye Contact And Small Talk – A Way To Stay In Touch With Our Surroundings – Break Down Social Barriers – And – Understand Whom You Should And Should Not Trust

~ ITMDOT-TWEAS-GKPWTCT ~ In The Most Dangerous Of Times – Those Who Escape And Survive – Generally Know People Whom They Can Trust

~ PCP-ITFNCFTAITT-DW-NWC ~ Practice Corporeal Politics – If Tyrants Feel No Consequences For Their Actions In The Three-Dimensional World – Nothing Will Change

~ EAPL-TS-TH-OWTHY-TNTHH ~ Establish A Private Life – Tyrants Seek – The Hook – On Which To Hang You – Try Not To Have Hooks

~ WWTAAIIMODRAMTACBTAS-WPITDOOOPO ~ When We Take An Active Interest In Matters Of Doubtful Relevance At Moments That Are Chosen By Tyrants And Spooks – We Participate In The Demolition Of Our Own Political Order

~ CTGC-TYWHMAFCTSCSAHOTDG ~ Contribute To Good Causes – Then You Will Have Made A Free Choice That Supports Civil Society And Helps Others To Do Good

~ LFPIOC ~ Learn From Peers In Other Countries

~ LFDW-BATTUOTW-E-A-T-BATFNO-EAE-BAA-TTUOPV ~ Listen For Dangerous Words – Be Alert To The Use Of The Words – Extremism – And – Terrorism – Be Alive To Fatal Notions Of – Emergency And Exception – Be Angry About – The Treacherous Use Of Patriotic Vocabulary

~ BCWTUA-TSTR-TEOCAB-TRTAFT-ASO-ITOT-DNFFI ~ Be Calm When The Unthinkable Arrives – The Sudden Disaster That Requires – The End Of Checks And Balances – The Right To A Fair Trial – And So On – Is The Oldest Trick – Do Not Fall For It

~ BAP-SAGE-FGTC-TWNI ~ Be A Patriot – Set A Good Example – For Generations To Come – They Will Need It

~ BACAYC-INOUIPT-DFF-T-AOUW-DUT ~ Be As Courageous As You Can – If None Of Us Is Prepared To – Die For Freedom – Then – All Of Us Will – Die Under Tyranny

~ T-POI-IA-S-IIC ~ The – Politics Of Inevitability – Is A – Self-Induced Intellectual Coma