Stay woke

That which threatens freedom is condemned to goad it from the depths of dormancy. We take freedom for granted during peaceful times. We assume that it's a fact until we forget that coercion is natural and freedom is artificial. Some people can revert back to their natural tendencies.

It's beautiful to see people awake again, fighting the normalization of hate and bigotry with the constitutional principles of pluralism. Extant nationalism is fragile in a democratic environment built on progress. Crisis widens meaning.

The paradox of freedom will keep pushing forward. Do you trust America?


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Within the box

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  • Checkbox
  • Black box
  • Paper box
  • Lunchbox
  • Cable box

The world revolves around a structure of boxes. A box holds the keys to accessing the world. When it comes to computers and mobile phones, we type into little boxes all day just as cartoonists draw in them. Said artist Ivan Brunetti:

The nature of cartooning seems inherently playful, having its roots in a playful kind of drawing, but because you’re putting things into boxes and organizing pages into panels and shapes of rectangles and circles, it automatically has an architectural quality, too.

The box carries obligation. It asks to be filled with stuff (food, tv channels, paper, a recorder, etc.), and then it delivers. When you remove the box, things get messy. Its format constricts what you can put it. The box provides structure, and in a world of infinity and frenzied activity, it’s one less thing we have to think about how it works until you poke it. Boxes are life.

Life kid suck from the box Drink from the box The juice kid suck Life kid suck the box Yeah Bruce lee Tanglon


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Within the box

  • Checkbox
  • Black box
  • Paper box
  • Lunchbox
  • Cable box
  • Mailbox

The world revolves around a structure of boxes. A box holds the keys to accessing the world. When it comes to computers and mobile phones, we type into little boxes all day just as cartoonists draw in them. Said artist Ivan Brunetti:

The nature of cartooning seems inherently playful, having its roots in a playful kind of drawing, but because you’re putting things into boxes and organizing pages into panels and shapes of rectangles and circles, it automatically has an architectural quality, too.

The box carries obligation. It asks to be filled with stuff (food, tv channels, paper, a recorder, etc.), and then it delivers. When you remove the box, things get messy. Its format constricts what you can put it. The box provides structure, and in a world of infinity and frenzied activity, it’s one less thing we have to think about how it works until you poke it. Boxes are life.

Life kid suck from the box Drink from the box The juice kid suck Life kid suck the box Yeah Bruce lee Tanglon


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How to embrace discomfort

On the Internet, you can carve your own little world. You can filter out the people on Facebook and Twitter that piss you off. You can live within your favorite sub-Reddit and read and post things that corroborate your community's like-minded views.

Single-mindedness is dangerous. It's exactly this type of biased magnetism that warps our worlds.

It's not the Internet's fault for being democratic. It's your fault for closing the lid on dissent and seeking your own confirmation bias. Leave room for disagreement. Difference is the exact vitamin people need to challenge and potentially reshape their views.

This blog intends to avoid the rise of sidedness. I don't like Coldplay but guess what, that new video is fascinating. I don't like Trump, Kanye, or any of those loudmouths but I can understand why people gravitate to them. They polarize, tug at people's emotions, and benefit from exaggerated media attention.

I used to hate selfies but that's pretty much what Snapchat is. I got use to the front-facing camera and I don't think it's egotistical – FaceTime is the modern way people communicate.

The web encourages you to think different, to do what matters despite the popularity bias.

Engage your fears, diversify your interests if only to understand the other side's perspective. Consider that your views could be wrong. Keep your walls open but your core beliefs intact.

“You are whatever you pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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