periodic reminder that if Steve Jobs pursued a miserably narrow model of utilitarianism, he would never have founded Apple. The spirit of fuckery, the Promethean fire in the eyes of a person who has come alive, a high voltage spirit, is the most valuable commodity on the planet
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Did the world need a pair of annoying hippie nerds hijacking infrastructure to make prank calls? Well that depends, does the world need iPhones?
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Nov 25, 2021 Β· 12:11 PM UTC

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β€œDon’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
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original source for the above quote, from Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance hosted by Walter Cronkite (jump to 41:50) "If we hadn't had made blue boxes, there would have been no Apple." piped.kavin.rocks/watch?v=908p8Xhw…
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Emerson:
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β€œThe one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. This every man is entitled to; this every man contains within him, although in almost all men obstructed and as yet unborn.”
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I think a lot about how Feynman got his Nobel Prize from β€œpiddling around with wobbly plates”. I’m always looking for wobbly plates to piddle with. And of course the point isn’t to get the Prize, but to enjoy the piddling
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I don’t actually care all that much about building trillion $ companies or making advances in physics, but I use them as examples because IME most unhappy utilitarians admit that those things create tremendous utility, and it breaks their model somewhat to face the chaos factor
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happy utilitarians do exist and IME they have usually integrated the chaos factor; ie acknowledge that there are unknowns in the universe outside of our models and frames, that there are things we can’t know or anticipate precisely, and should plan/adjust accordingly
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If I sound a bit intense about this it’s bc I get a guy like this in my DM roughly once a week
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and 200 years after John Stuart Mill was depressed and disheartened, I still get people coming into my DMs saying, almost verbatim, "I am trying to maximize utility but I must admit I'm fucking miserable"
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the opposite of that might be someone like Quentin Tarantino I’m not saying he’s a good guy, but the man produces great work because he respects *his* own taste enjoy what you enjoy as thoroughly as you can with all your heart
tarantino can be a wanker and an asshole but I 100% agree with his takes on taste and creativity
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Tbh this makes a miserably narrow model of utilitarianism sound not so bad. The idea of playfulness as a commodity chills me to the bone.
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it cannot be commodified, that’s the joke
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thank you, loki
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