Signs of the Times

by cwviderkull

A flourishing culture believes it can go where no one has gone before.

A stalling culture is obsessed with celebrating and preserving its current greatness.

A culture in decline looks toward (often imagined) greatness in the past.

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Are we really all that interesting?

by cwviderkull

In debates about whether or not time travel will ever be possible the argument is often raised that it will probably not since if it would be made possible in the future someone would (have) travel(led) back to our time and we would know about it. This is of course a fair point to make but one that has a number of straightforward counterarguments, two of which are also usually presented:

Someone could have travelled back but not made themselves known, perhaps because they didn’t want to cause such a disruption to the past and thereby the future.

Someone could have travelled back and indeed made themselves known but in doing so been taken for crazy.

There is however also a third and perhaps significantly more likely scenario that I have yet to see anyone present:

Perhaps the moment in human history of which we possess awareness are entirely too…

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Pledge of Reason

by cwviderkull

I hereby Pledge

that I will always remain open
to the possibility
that everything I believe and hold to be true
might be wrong;

that I will always oblige myself
to continuously and relentlessly
justify logically
to myself
my every conviction;

that if I ever feel afraid
to engage openly and honestly
in a debate or conversation
for fear of having my convictions shaken
I shall uncompromisingly read this
as a sign
that my convictions are probably wrong;

and Concede

that if I ever express
a sentiment that boils down to
‘nothing you say could ever change my mind’
I shall from that point forward
be regarded as a fanatic
and not be taken seriously.

If you read that you are now my witness of having taken the pledge and if you agree with me that these are valuable positions to stand by in the world today please feel…

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Means of Communication

by cwviderkull

To almost everyone I ever met,
I’m sorry.
I’m sorry for being so quiet,
and not giving you much back
in terms of conversation.
I wish you would know
it’s not that I don’t find you interesting;
it’s just that the words that are coming out of your mouth
almost always
is the least interesting thing about you.
I get distracted. I’m of a curious nature.
I want to know
so much more
about you
than what you thought about something you watched on TV
or your opinions on the latest political developments,
and it’s all right there
in your face, and your posture,
and the way you touch
the way you wear your hair.
It’s not that I’m not listening.
I’m listening to so much more
than you even know
you’re putting out there.
I’m sorry.
I’m sorry for spying on your soul.
I’m sorry for eavesdropping on your…

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