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August 5, 2012
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We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living.

c/o Richard Brenneman comes a spot on quote, from 1970. Ouch.

 

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

c/o robotwisdom

December 3, 2011
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Pub discussion: Suicide

The death of Gary Speed came up in the pub. Some expected a revelation as an explanation, others hoped there wasn’t a big reveal as without one people might take depression more seriously.¬†Another commented that suicide was “selfish”.
 
I think suicide is far from selfish. Selfish is taking others with you. A suicide alone is someone driven to an end from which they saw no alternative. An answer they may have been considering for a long time and never felt able to discuss.
 
We hear friends and family say that if only they had talked to someone then they might have been saved. But it’s that ¬†lack of self that has them at that point, and the stigma we attach to suicide and depression makes it hard for people to talk. It’s for us to recognize depression as an illness, diagnose sooner, and dispel the stigma. We shouldn’t call a suicide selfish and potentially stop anyone from opening up.
 
No one left behind should bear the burden of feeling they weren’t there for someone, but equally we should understand that that person wasn’t turning their back on them. That person was unable to see that those backs weren’t turned.
 
And if you feel suicidal, know that there are people to talk to. Talk to them.
 
http://www.samaritans.org/
 
http://www.suicide-prevention.org.uk/
 

See also: Hacker Heart, Mind, & Body: How I Beat Depression

 

August 22, 2011
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although, technically, what you’re saying is “all’s fair in love and war”

From the excellent “The Man’s Guide To Love” c/o @ddlp