Forget Normal

A common refrain that I hear from every direction is something to the effect of, “I just can’t wait for things to get back to normal.” This is an understandable sentiment. 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year. We all want the sense of relative safety and security that we seemed to have before ‘social distancing’ and ‘pandemic’ became part of our everyday vernacular. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that sense of safety was an illusion and the pandemic has demonstrated that with a clarity so blinding that most of us can’t stand to look at it. Read more...

Remote, Day 120 - Deactivating

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live the way we do. The last ten years have had a different feel than the 36 that came before. That’s not just about pandemics and politics. It’s about our mediated and shallow interactions. It’s about the lack of long-term thinking, the bubbles of absolutism, the hours of distraction, and the dearth of wisdom. It’s about how we relate to the only thing that we truly have - time. Read more...

Remote, Day 103 - Yes, And

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here. The days have been busy and undifferentiated. Except in the broader world. That continues to unfold in ways that I don’t fully understand. But then, how could I? I’ve never lived through a pandemic. I’ve never had an encounter with a police officer where I feared for my life. I’ve never lived in a large city where things like ‘national news’ really happened with any frequency. Read more...

Remote, Day 55 - Humility

Welcome to the Spring of 2020. The Coronavirus pandemic is less than six months along. The economic system is reeling. The US government has responded incorrectly in just about every way and called it a win. And because all that wasn’t enough, everything is political, there’s no room for nuance, and reality is whatever you want it to be. As usual, this will be one of those times where I advocate for understanding the different sides and attempting to solve the problem with pragmatism rather than ideology. Read more...

Remote, Day 47 - Resilience

In our economic system, the lower tier is frequently chastised for a lack of savings. You know the sort of lecture I’m talking about: It’s irresponsible to not be prepared for the unexpected. You should have six months to a year worth of expenses saved, so why don’t you. If you aren’t able to save for those emergencies, then you should go without or hustle more and figure out a way to put aside more money. Read more...

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