Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

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“I think I’m going out of style
I think I’ve known it for a while
I think I’ve known it with a smile
I think I’m going home.”

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The social world is characterized by its gaps. The gaps between some people are really big, and that’s that. The gaps between other people are smaller. Not much can be done about this. Is it genes? Is it environment? Forty years on the planet tells me that it doesn’t matter, a gap is a gap.

Mind the gap.

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Never date or love based on mutual fascination or mutual admiration. Stick to mutual understanding. Grokking beats applauding.

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They say that hope carries the day, but this is bullshit. Remembering carries the day. Remembering is everything.

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To all those people over the years that are long gone now: you sucked as much as I thought you did. No regrets here. Hope you’ve pulled it together now. Good luck to you.

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Okay, here’s one for you. Is “diversity” a valuable end in and of itself, in my considered opinion as a Ph.D. and longtime expert in multiple subjects both technical and humanistic? No. No it is not. Diversity is merely what it is. The rest is bullshit. Diversity is not an automatic tool to end discrimination. Ending discrimination is how you end discrimination. And in fact, even there the “obvious good” factor is seriously lacking. Learning to have discriminating preferences is a part of arriving at maturity. Discrimination is a tool, not a value good or bad. I used to teach this. People ought to read the definition of the word and reflect on things.

But diversity for diversity’s sake? Sophomoric. The whole world has gone sophomoric on us. The adults have left the gymnasium, all “gone out of the universe” as was once said in a famous film. Bullshit. It’s all such bullshit. Every time I think about getting back into academics, I’m reminded of this nonsense.

The world is steeped right now in bullshit. “Privilege” and “diversity” and “microagressions” and blah, blah, blah. What rot. If you have ever used these words, ask yourself if you are ceding most of your control, responsibility, and initiative to everyone else just so that you can play the hero in front of your own ego.

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“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster. For when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

The problem with this, of course, is that sufficiently large monsters can only be defeated by other monsters. From time to time, it is necessary to take on the role and become the monster. That, too, is part of being a pragmatic adult rather than an idealist.

The trick is to be able to discern that moment at which the monster is defeated, and to return to non-monsterhood again.

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