Mary Chernyshenko


More Right

Well, it doesn't really matter.

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Sorry, English is not my native language. I meant that X feels like Y, feels as if Y is Z. I'll try to be more careful.

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Maybe some way exists, but that's not what I mean.

I like to think about the blade as being always in motion, since even when it's sheathed it's moving along to being drawn. PH is analogous to not ignoring it. It's just easier when you can see it coming.

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I'm not sure what to do to be humble or support it in others. I try to adhere to a number of haphazard rules, like "don't spread facebook posts that are supposed to be news but also asking the readers to express their feelings on the subject". Maybe it sums to something.

But being "positively" humble, actively trying to not just not-sidestep but go forward... feels weird. As if the truth is a blade to be looked at only as it descends for the kill and never before; at the moment when whatever you do, it won't matter.

(It happens in fiction, even in good fiction trying to improve people's thinking. Because it's just too satisfying.)

I can be relatively humble when I remember the blade, but it's neither a permanent solution nor particularly safe.

Atemporal Ethical Obligations

I wish I could agree, but... what counts more than what?

If intergenerational responsibility costs a lot, you should trade it against other expenses just as milk or space rockets. And the worst thing is that it almost never costs "you" anything separately from everybody else, and when people take that responsibility... it tends not to be universally viewed later as an example of moral action.

I have always wondered at how revolutions are justified afterwards on the grounds of economics but not on the grounds of shared responsibility. (Apologies if this offends anyone, I was looking for something sufficiently big. I don't mean that justifying revolutions this way works, just that people try to do it.) Makes one wonder if that people of tomorrow thing is ever taken consistently...

Atemporal Ethical Obligations

It's not clear to me why I should be building for the people of tomorrow when the people of today go to war and die, literally, instead of building for themselves. I try to direct my spare and almost-spare money to causes I consider valuable; that some of them might be shown to have been harmful, hopeless or unnecessary, is a price of making any commitment at all. You can't have moral actions without commitment.

That I miss some new important things, that's a price of not following fashion. These two prices are in an equilibrium.

As to considering people good or bad, why are we doing this again?

Our Need for Need

Seems like an obvious way out is to invent more art? Art requires admirers, in the old meaning of the word, contemplators. But the world as a whole won't go that way.

What aspects of the world emotionally bothers you on an immediate personal level on a daily basis?

War... used to, but now that we have less of it in the news, it's not on daily basis anymore. They just batch the statistics for larger chunks of time.

These months it's rather the expected shifts in our education system which is planned to move online to some extent. Nobody knows what exactly it means, everybody expects everybody "to defect". E. g., low quality textbooks and especially the online framework (including lack of Internet connection in some places); overall lack of motivation; even lower standards of (self) grading... it gets to me because my kid will be in his third year, I will have to somehow teach him despite everything and work, too. The problem is not that this is a temporary solution to the corona-crisis, the problem is that it's going to stay afterwards.

I now think about it all like a Gift from the Gods. A charmed chalice, a ring of Power, you name it: something not "fatal" itself, but inexorably and ungovernably causing ripples in the world. Something everybody wants to use himself, and knows everybody does. Something that cannot be mislaid, in our legendary times.

Mary Chernyshenko's Shortform

Not any particular book, but rather some frequent conditions of game theory problems I have seen here and elsewhere (my fb friend keeps posting such pieces). "The players care only about winning" etc. Well, some people actually do.

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