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The J. Burden Show β€’ 738 implied HN points β€’ 26 Apr 24
  1. Liberalism aimed to depoliticize society but failed as politics is inherent to human nature and essential for societal order.
  2. Liberalism's attempt to distribute power widely actually increased the power of the state and led to bloodier conflicts.
  3. A well-functioning society needs a level of internal politics, but striving for a society with external politics, where enemies are outside of society, might lead to greater societal harmony.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss β€’ 2796 implied HN points β€’ 05 Mar 24
  1. The decision to go to a place of conflict can be a mix of practical concerns and emotional ties, but the desire to witness and understand can be a driving force.
  2. Meeting people face-to-face and being on the ground for reporting provides a depth and understanding that remote communication cannot match.
  3. Experiencing a war-torn region firsthand brings a deeper perspective on the impact and realities faced by those living in conflict zones.
The Martyr Made Substack β€’ 2044 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. People in different eras have accepted practices that we would find morally abhorrent today.
  2. We should approach historical figures with humility, understanding they made decisions based on their limited information and context.
  3. Slavery was integral to many historical societies, viewed as a necessary part of their social and economic structures.
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Philosophy for the People w/Ben Burgis β€’ 159 implied HN points β€’ 17 Mar 24
  1. This post discusses a debate between Peter Hitchens and Christopher Hitchens about whether civilization can survive without belief in God.
  2. The Hitchens brothers engaged in a debate on the link between "civilization" and faith in God, with a focus on their last discussion in 2010.
  3. The dialogue took place before Christopher Hitchens passed away in 2011, shedding light on their contrasting views on the role of religion in civilization.
Pluriversal Planet β€’ 314 implied HN points β€’ 03 Jan 24
  1. The hegemonic narrative is collapsing, challenging individuals to redefine their beliefs and stand for a different world where many worlds can coexist.
  2. Human consciousness is undergoing a significant shift, urging people to confront the oppressive systems of the past and choose a path towards creativity, selflessness, and consciousness.
  3. The concept of Pluriverse emphasizes the coexistence of diverse worldviews and interconnectedness, offering a new perspective on how to rebuild civilization along more inclusive and interconnected lines.
Cosmographia β€’ 658 implied HN points β€’ 15 Oct 23
  1. The Colosseum's grandeur cannot truly be appreciated until seen in person, highlighting the awe-inspiring nature of ancient structures
  2. Historical patterns suggest that great civilizations may eventually decline due to lowered moral standards, cynicism, and frivolity, prompting reflection on the lessons of the past for modern societies
  3. The Course of Empire art series by Thomas Cole illustrates the rise and fall of civilizations, offering a visual representation of the cyclical nature of human history
Nemets β€’ 198 implied HN points β€’ 04 Sep 23
  1. Civilizations have risen and fallen many times throughout history, facing apocalypses like the Fall of Rome.
  2. During eras of crisis, civilizations bend but do not break, enduring wars, disease, and devastation.
  3. The Crisis of the 23rd Century brought ruin to many regions, causing shifts in climate, migrations, and conflicts that changed the course of history.
Pacification β€’ 255 implied HN points β€’ 06 Apr 23
  1. Early settled agricultural societies may have taken the form of prison camps, with enslaved people and rulers extracting wealth.
  2. Hunter-gatherer societies had better food, health, and likely less compulsion and slavery than early civilizations founded on forced agriculture.
  3. The domus mindset, rooted in lordship and obedience, continues to shape societies, stories, and concepts of freedom today, even in modern urban contexts.
Daniel Pinchbeck’s Newsletter β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 23 Feb 24
  1. The main reason for the underperformance of Leftist movements is a lack of funding compared to the Right, who use their resources to shape public opinion through think tanks and covert operations.
  2. To bring about systemic change, a shift in paradigm at the individual level is crucial, as demonstrated by the power of psychedelics in sparking a cultural reconsideration and leading to a psychedelic renaissance.
  3. A new ontology emphasizing monistic or analytic idealism offers the potential to redefine society's underlying paradigm, providing a pathway for transforming civilization and addressing pressing global challenges.
Philosophy bear β€’ 55 implied HN points β€’ 07 Nov 23
  1. Having children who care about climate change can be impactful politically.
  2. Parents who worry about climate change are more likely to have children working on technological solutions.
  3. Even if there's no solution to climate change, it's better to have more far-sighted and humanitarian humans.
Ulysses β€’ 179 implied HN points β€’ 27 Mar 23
  1. Human civilization is driven by the type and availability of energy sources, dictating growth, quality of life, and societal scale.
  2. Energy originates from nuclear reactions and its evolution through fusion and fission have shaped both natural processes and human advancement.
  3. Fusion energy holds the potential to revolutionize energy production by offering a clean, abundant, and safe alternative to traditional sources.
Anxiety Addiction & Ascension β€’ 2 HN points β€’ 28 Sep 22
  1. Traditions were created to solve problems. Forgetting traditions can bring back old problems or create new ones.
  2. Physical routines are vital. Skipping regular exercises can lead to pain and injury. Consistent maintenance is key for long-term health.
  3. Cultural traditions are important. Forgetting the reasons behind them can lead to societal issues. Embracing and reviving traditions can help prevent further problems.
It Could Be Different β€’ 0 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jun 23
  1. Aliens visiting Earth could be like alien grad students researching and dealing with unexpected challenges caused by humans.
  2. Humans may unknowingly impact alien researchers, like accelerating their technological advancements and environmental destruction.
  3. Alien observer Marvin learns about Earth's complexities, challenges with interacting with humans, and unintended consequences of their presence.