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A Western Blindspot

1/3/2020

"But not every action nor every passion admits of a mean; for some have names that already imply badness, e.g. spite, shamelessness, envy, and in the case of actions adultery, theft, murder; for all of these and suchlike things imply by their names that they are themselves bad, and not the excesses or deficiencies of them. It is not possible, then, ever to be right with regard to them; one must always be wrong. Nor does goodness or badness with regard to such things depend on committing adultery with the right woman, at the right time, and in the right way, but simply to do any of them is to go wrong."
Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle

Aristotle does not see the merit in doing a wrong action that may lead to a positive outcome, which leads me to believe that most people do not consider "bad" decisions that may ultimately turn out to have a positive outcome.

I've done a lot of exploration into "bad" decisions... and there are good things to be had from them.


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Recent Articles:

11/30/2019

What I Want to Express About Decision-Making, but Can't

Where to begin?

2/15/2019

Why We're Still Christians

Behaviorally, but not ideologically.

1/10/2019

Elon Musk is Not Trying to Save the World

But he is behaviorally.

12/20/2018

Learning from your mistakes is a mistake

Two philosophical problems with the idea of learning from a mistake.

11/19/2018

The Truth is a Lie

Truth is just an ideal.

9/16/2018

I Wish They Told Me This In School

The difference between experiential and conceptual learning.

9/13/2018

What does it mean to be moved?

It means to lose control, to be compelled to act despite oneself.

8/28/2018

A Thought Piece on Contrarianism

The world is topsy-turvy, therefore ways of helping it ideologically are topsy-turvy too.

8/9/2018

Create Alone

Real creation that benefits humanity happens alone at first.

8/9/2018

Live In Earnest

Making stressful decisions can lead to happiness; peace of mind is the aftermath of moral tension.

8/9/2018

Love is the Solution

We need to re-examine our ideas about love in order to make the world a better place.

8/9/2018

A Typical Failed Startup Experience

A short story with hints of borderline and projection.

8/9/2018

A Message from God

Fictional.

8/9/2018

Judge Your Own Work

How you feel about it is important.

8/9/2018

The Ocean

An analogy for life.

8/9/2018

The pursuit of happiness is nihilistic

A passive pursuit is not a pursuit at all.

8/9/2018

Elon Musk's Ideology

The reason why Elon is a utopian anarchist-socialist-capitalist.

8/9/2018

Things I See I Wish Other People Could See

We're idiots because we're hypocrites digging our own graves.

8/9/2018

Subject Object Illusion

Dualism is a lie.

8/9/2018

A Letter to Parents

Kids should learn to decide for themselves.

Art is our portrayal of reality, of the patterns and symbols that govern our everyday lives.

"Without art, he insists, shirking no personal or collective horrors, we do not know ourselves or anyone else. Only art penetrates what pride, passion, intelligence and habit erect on all sides - the seeming realities of this world. There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which, without art, we can't receive. Proust calls these hints our "true impressions." The true impressions, our persistent intuitions, will, without art, be hidden from us and we will be left with nothing but a "terminology for practical ends which we falsely call life."[1]

[1]: —Saul Bellow, Nobel Laureate Speech, Source.