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Top five regrets of the dying | Life and style |
"There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'."
death  hope  psychology  health  medicine 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Is America Giving Up on the Future? - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"There's a glum desperation in the air that's hard to escape: volatility, futility, and a McFuture ghoulishly wagging its skeletal finger at a lost generation."
economics  recession  depression  change  future  vision  hope  rant 
september 2011 by tsuomela
The Technium: Protopia
"Today we've become so aware of the downsides of innovations, and so disappointed with the promises of past utopias, that we now find it hard to believe even in protopia -- that tomorrow will be better than today. We find it very difficult to imagine any kind of future we would want to live in. Name a single science fiction future that is both plausible and desirable?

No one wants to move to the future today. We are avoiding it. We don't have much desire for life one hundred years from now. Many dread it. That makes it hard to take the future seriously. So we don't take a generational perspective. We're stuck in the short now. We also adopt the Singularity perspective: that imagining the future in 100 years is technically impossible. So there is no protopia we are reaching for. "
future  optimism  fear  protopia  utopia  hope 
august 2011 by tsuomela
Americana: Psychological Capture
I wonder where or if this is even a breaking point for Americans, or if we are just going to accommodate ourselves to an unraveling. There is so much bullshit, delusion and entitlement larded into a perception of loss that is grounded in reality, that I doubt Americans will ever have a coherent reaction to these events...Some of the more ridiculous manifestations of this, such as the Tea Party, are wildly overblown and exaggerated, but there is enough ‘there’ there to support this point. This is the greatest trick the elites have pulled, to put in the minds of the working class the perspective of the wealthy. That is the absurdity of having a guy struggling with 3 part time jobs become visibly upset at talk of unions. The other great trick has been the prolific exploitation of cognitive dissonance, of, for example, a public school teacher enraged at government spending or a medicare recipient pissed off at the prospect of government getting involved in health care.
politics  future  psychology  ideology  reform  hope  breaking-point  class  class-war  wealth 
november 2010 by tsuomela
It's the political system, stupid - 2010 Elections News | Midterm Elections: Senators, Governors -
by David Sirota "The Uprising-versus-Hostile Takeover cycle also explains not the end of any particular era -- but the end of political eras as a whole. Whereas clear differences between the parties once created epochal congressional majorities and intractably red and blue states, we now rapidly vacillate between two similarly money-dominated parties in a spastic search for an insurrection that will bring something different."
politics  election  hope  reform 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: A friendly 4th of July reminder about why conservatives hate America
One of the great accomplishments of America is that it showed the possibility of good government at more than local scale, which in turn helped to show that some misfortunes taken to be beyond human reach are in fact avoidable. This, in turn, was directly a product of the development of modern liberalism, which provided both a philosophical foundation and an institutional architecture for the blending of classical and Renaissance republicanism with a new conceptual framework of individual rights, checks and balances and democratic self-governance. Once the possibility of good governance was proven possible, the doors were open to explore different ways of achieving it.
america  government  governance  liberal  liberalism  history  hope  politics 
july 2010 by tsuomela
normblog: Gray future
I mean how, then, does one get out of bed in the morning? Not John Gray himself, since, as promised, I am not going after him personally and, for all I know, he may have the most cheerful of temperaments and fill his day with individually rewarding projects. But taking the view he favours as representative of a category of terminal pessimism about the possibilities of making life better for the species to which one belongs, how keep a smile on one's face and in one's voice?
optimism  pessimism  future  hope  despair 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Hope — Crooked Timber
The bigger point for me is that after decades in which the left has been on the defensive, it’s time for a politics of hope. We need hope to mobilise a positive alternative to the fear, anger and tribalism on offer from the right. Centrist pragmatism provides nothing to match the enthusiasm that can be driven by fear and anger, as we have seen.
politics  philosophy  ideas  future  hope  liberal  liberalism  inequality  poverty 
april 2010 by tsuomela
After the dead horses — Crooked Timber
We’ve had a fair bit of fun here lately, pointing out the silliness of those who are supposed to be the intellectual leaders of the right, in its libertarian, neoconservative and Republican tribalist versions. But, as quite a few commenters have pointed out (one using the same, maybe Oz-specific, phrase that occurred to me) the exercise does seem to savor a bit of flogging dead horses.

It seems to me necessary to go beyond this, which was one reason for my post on hope the other day. To make progress, we need to reassess where we stand and then think about where to go next. T
conservatism  politics  philosophy  libertarian  ideas  future  hope 
april 2010 by tsuomela

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