Selfishness can be bad in many contexts, but embracing it in the right away is one of the most selfless things we can (and should) do.
I’m Max Antonucci. I write code, blog posts, notebooks, and musings.
As a writer, I write to remember lessons I've learned in programming, mental health, philosophy, and life in general. Or random things I need to get out of my head.
As a chainsaw juggler, I don't do anything since I don't exist. I don't juggle chainsaws since '06.
I missed a key realization looking back at 2019 - being driven by numbers had put a lid on my curiosity.
Title is an HTML attribute you can technically use but never should. For the sake of your website, health, and future children. Escape it while you can.
In an early job I skipped writing tests, thinking it would make my code more flexible and maintainable. I slowly found it did the exact opposite.
In 2019 I focused on numbers for doing better in work and play. That focus caused most of my past year's regrets, and I plan to take a much different approach for 2020.
Humans could learn a lot from how plants live.
- Don’t take more than you need
- Enjoy the sunlight
- Grow at a steady pace
- It’s okay to have roots, even when everyone else seems to be moving so fast
- If a wild animal eats you, take solace in being part of the circle of life
Most important, it’s normal when fruits or vegetables grow from your limbs.
This note is for people who see anger and criticism for aspects of today’s society. Instead of supporting it, they call it “disruptive” or “too angry.” I have a small history lesson for you.
During the civil rights movement, plenty of white moderates supported civil rights. But called people fighting for them “outside agitators.” Including Martin Luther King Junior. A New York Times article checks King’s past writing for his feelings on these white moderates. Part of the article summarizes it like so:
Whereas the “ill will” of the rabid segregationist was out in the open and could therefore be combated, the “shallow understanding from people of good will” threatened to enervate the civil rights movement into acceptance of an intolerable status quo. For King, moderation in the face of injustice might have been a worse problem than injustice itself.
The short version: these moderates understood issues in the abstract. But they never experienced the cruel effects firsthand. They say the status quo should change but have no desire to change it - often because they benefit So they dismiss any push to change the status quo as disruptive. Even if it’s for a cause they “support.”
Yes, these efforts are disruptive. By definition, one needs to disrupt a bad system to fix it. You need to tear out a broken pipe to put in a better on. Dismissing these efforts as “people only looking for attention” exposes one’s privilege fast. They never had to fight what so many others do each day.