Four Visions of the World: Constrained, Unconstrained, Stasist, Dynamist

About half a dozen years ago, I read two books in succession that I did not expect to have much to do with each other.  They both proposed intriguing dichotomies.  These dichotomies cut up the world differently, but I began to see interesting ways they could be layered on top of each other. The…


Fear of Success is a Thing Too

The stoic approach has a lot going for it. Contrary to "name it and claim it", Law of Attraction kind of practices, stoicism admonishes not to fill your head with visions of utopia.  It takes the opposite tack. Mentally explore the worst case scenario and familiarize yourself with it.  This…


Without Narrative, Vision, and Imagination, the People Perish

I had a friend who assured me sometime around 2000 that the internet wasn't going anywhere.  He was a smart guy, and even worked in the tech world.  Still, he couldn't foresee any way the internet could grow large and fast enough to accommodate demand, especially because there was no reliable…