These are my thoughts on life. The things I have learned. The things I believe.

Politics

Everything is (unfortunately) about politics. There are those who understand they get screwed by politics and there are those who don't understand why they get screwed.

Nationalism is primarily a way to justify taking something for yourself and those around you (or with whom you relate) that should be for everyone.

Conservatives are just the people who are afraid of losing what they have. They're so afraid that they aren't willing to even listen to new ideas.

We live on a small, inhabitable dot in the vast reaches of the universe. We are insignificant. Even the longest of lives are but a millisecond in universal terms. We are surrounded on all sides by uninhabitable death. And yet we prioritize the hoarding of resources by individuals, rather than focusing on diminishing the suffering of our fellow humans or protecting our fragile habitable environment.Our tiny existence is magnified by our astounding egos and seems to have convinced the majority of individuals of our speicies that they are the most important point and time of the entire structure of the universe. There is no arguing the fact of it, because ultimately, they are right in a subjective kind of way.

The idea of militarized borders and countries impeding the right of movement would be ridiculous if a group of migratory birds decided to enact strict borders on all other migratory birds. It is equally ridiculous and offensive when done by humans.

Taxes are justifiable as long as individuals, groups, or nations designate areas of the planet, resources, or complex means of production as 'theirs'. These individuals, groups, and nations should be required to pay taxes to all who are not given access to this bounty. The complex part is figuring out who collects, distributes, regulates, and decides on the use of those taxes.

Where people exist, problems exist and where problems exist, politics begin.

Economics

Money is useful and dangerous.

Wealth requires limits.

There has been little or nothing which has been more offensive in human history than the creation of a billionaire class.

I was late to the party (I shouldn't have been) but even so I feel that Bitcoin offers the best chance of escaping from the madness of allowing corporations and governments to control finance. Long live Bitcoin!

Don't be ashamed of being poor, but don't be proud of it either.

Religion

God is certainly indifferent to you but that doesn't mean that God doesn't exist or should not be considered carefully.

The religions of the world seem to all boil down to a couple of simple ideas: treat each other as you'd like to be treated, respect the miracles that allow you to exist, each moment is precious and fleeting so endeavor to be present, and understand that there are things it is not possible for you to understand.

When you see the fish (or other religious symbol) be sure to secure your wallet.

Morality

Your rights go as far as the next person's rights. If they impede on the rights of another in any way, then your rights have over-extended themselves.

I love this bit of wisdom, but I'm not certain I agree with it completely. "What is a good man, but a bad man's teacher? What is a bad man, but a good man's job." While I love the idea that we should take care of each other and endeavor to make the world a better place, I've met too many people that were incapable of learning to want to volunteer as their teacher and I've spent more than enough time in my life cleaning up the destruction from bad people to want to be responsible for their messes.

Family

Marriage has been the hardest thing in my life to deal with. I suspect it has been even more difficult for my wife.

Nothing in this life has been such a great honor as being my child's father. Nothing can be.

Ultimately, I've learned that blood and water are irrelevant. The family you love and who loves you are not motivated by genetics or relatedness. Family is about the spiritual ties that are bound in actual love. Without love, family is as meaningless as traffic driving by a hitch-hiker on a cold and lonely road.

Friendship

There is nothing so valuable as a true friend. One who does not judge you. One who is always there for you. And most importantly, one whom you are always there for and will never judge.

True friends will help you hide the body.

Technology

Technology is exciting, fun, and compelling. It is also dangerous, addictive, and more often than not leads to unpleasant and unexpected consequences.

The Future

Would that we could see the future. Imagine being able to turn on a screen and see the results of our actions in one year, ten years, fifty years, a century, a millenia... Oh, how quickly we would change.

The future is a dark place for humanity, because if it is anything like the past, we are all going to die.

The light of the furthest stars has yet to reach us and until it does, most people will deny those stars ever existed. The same is true of the greatest ideas and innovations...

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If you are afraid of suffering, you are already suffering from your fear.

Failure gives you the chance to grow. Success gives you the chance to fail.

The person who knows, doesn't talk. The person who talks doesn't know.

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