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Hope? I simply hope to keep putting one foot in front of the other and get through school without saying "fuck it." Every day wandering off into the desert looks more appealing. Sometimes, I really hope we're wrong on our assessment of humanity. But that's more of a wish. And I've learned a long time ago that if you put a wish in one hand and shit in the other, time and again you're going to get shit. Fucking hope?? Fuck it. O_o
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2014 on I-R-R-E-V-E-R-S-I-B-L-E at Decline of the Empire
All I can do is laugh to myself, and say, "Thanks, Dave." What more need be said?
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2014 on I-R-R-E-V-E-R-S-I-B-L-E at Decline of the Empire
Great essay, Dave. As Aphneaman wrote, you're not alone on those sentiments of yours that he quoted. I re-read your first Flatland essay recently and came upon your M. Twain reference to "Corn pone" and clicked the link. I couldn't help but laugh, because it was just a day or two after the recent elections and I was involved in a couple forums where the topic was about those who didn't vote and I admitted that I was a non-voter and I gave my reasons why, which had nothing to do with apathy (I won't go into that here, as I don't think I need to). Corn Pone kept coming back to my mind over and over again. Anyways, I was called every name in the book and my reasons were completely ignored, and I think the reason they were ignored were just described in your essay above. I like your J. Haidt references to. I read The Righteous Mind a couple of years ago after watching an interview with him on Bill Moyers. A good read, IMO. You've always given me a lot to think about and consider. If, by some freak of nature you do write a book, I promise to buy a copy. :) Again, keep up the good work. I still might wonder off into the desert someday though......
HOLY CRAP!!! That graph is like kick in the head. The price of everything that will keep the proles distracted from said 800lb gorilla in the room has gone down. Wow. Just wow....
Thanks, Dave. I'm not going to drink, it's not the answer. Nor is running away. I just gave a quick synopsis of your article to my friends daughter, a college student, and one of the smartest kids I know. She gave me a shrug, and said that she has other issues to worry about. I replied that this is definitely an issue that affects her. Another shrug. *sigh* Flatland in action...
Great article, Dave. I've been following your blog for a few years now and this one's heavier than most. After reading it, this sober alcoholic almost said, "fuck it," headed on over to the local bar to get shit-faced drunk, then walk into the desert never to return. Almost. Other than sharing it on my Facebook profile (where it seems to be promptly ignored by 99.9% of my friends), I wonder what I can do?? I'm returning to school next year to pursue a degree in psychology, but essays such as yours cause me to ponder "Why bother?? Why should I pursue a career in a field of study that will help humans continue their folly?" Dave, I very much respect your opinion. If you have any advice for me, please, give it.
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