Protest-related links (podcast)

We grieve because if we didn’t, we couldn’t love

The ethical questions I’m most interested in together now

  1. How to act ethically within grossly unethical systems.
  2. How much does an ethical position become tainted by its holders when a vocal subset of those holders hold other, abhorrent positions?
  3. How to decide which people to trust to tell you when you’re wrong.

8 years

I’ve been at my new job for 8 years now, twice as long as I’ve been at any other job in my life.

Previously I’ve posted something at work on my work anniversaries. This year I haven’t; I don’t know what to say to them. I’ve said less in public this past year or so, on social media in general, than I used to. (I’ve barely said anything here; I’m talking about social media I actually use regularly.) I seem to be entering a phase where there doesn’t seem to be a point to saying anything.

Who’s listening to anything, except the howling?

Your daily Audre Lord

“Difference must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic. Only then does the necessity for interdependency become unthreatening. Only within that interdependency of different strengths, acknowledged and equal, can the power to seek new ways of being in the world generate, as well as the courage and sustenance to act where there are no charters.

Within the interdependence of mutual (nondominant) differences lies that security which enables us to descend into the chaos of knowledge and return with true visions of our future, along with the concomitant power to effect those changes which can bring that future into being. Difference is that raw and powerful connection from which our personal power is forged.”

Just sayin’

“To combat these feelings, Ontarians want a strong leader who can take the country back from the rich and powerful (81%) and a leader who is willing to break the rules (53%), says the report, prepared for Global News.

No wonder the Conservatives, led by loud-mouthed blunderbuss Doug Ford, are so far ahead in every part of Ontario except the cities of Toronto and Ottawa.

You know, when I think “break the rules and take the province back from the rich and powerful” I don’t immediately think “conservatives”. Apparently that’s weird now?

Zero views!

Truly, a milestone.

We’re going there

So the topic of concealed carry at work has come up among my American colleagues. It’s been a long, long time since I was this sustainably pissed off at my American colleagues. It’s taken me a while to articulate exactly why.

Carrying a concealed gun has exactly one purpose at the end of the day: you want to have the ability to kill people more efficiently.

That’s it.

“Self-defense”, “good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun”, it’s all weasel words. You want to be able to kill someone in self-defense more efficiently. You want to kill a “bad guy” more efficiently.

If you want to carry a concealed weapon, it’s because ultimately you want the option to kill someone more efficiently than you could otherwise. You think there may be a situation where you are going to want someone to die and not being able to put a bullet in their brain or their torso would be too slow.

If you want to carry a concealed weapon, you think there will be a situation where you have to right to decide if another human being lives or dies.

It’s one of the most profoundly selfish moral positions I can imagine, and I will treat it with all the contempt it deserves.

What a beautiful and ugly week.

I went on vacation. Went to the beach, met friends. It was great.

And while I was away, one of my coworkers in the head office showed their ass and it got leaked and it was a shit storm and a lot of other coworkers showed their asses and the company brass said very careful things, and now we’re going to have a town hall where the brass will say still more very careful things and do everything in their power to not take a moral position.

And in that moral vacuum coworkers will continue to show their asses and that will become the company’s moral position. And in the meantime a lot of people have gotten hurt.

Just…do no harm. Apparently that was too fucking hard for some people.

Spare me the intellectually lazy, the incurious, and those who think they already know everything important. They’re just so boring.