Is this cultural appropriation?
- Feb 13, 2020
Doctor Lange said:Anyway, in case you didn't get it, I attempted to write a bunch of vague but true things about myself (and make music/photos which did similar things), such that people would project their own hopes/fears/insecurities/desires onto them and be able to inspect those things more objectively, because they were judging me instead of themselves.
At almost no point did anybody bother asking for clarification on what I was saying. Y'all just ran with it and invented your own stories. Most of these problems arose from how vague the English language is, particularly when written down. It lacks effective means of conveying cadence, emphasis, intonation, etc. It means that you read my words as your _imagined_ version of me, instead of the _actual_ me (Note how I used underscores to indicate emphasis there? It helped you read the sentence how I intended to write it. There's a thing called "Markdown" which would mean that the letters between those underscores become italicized. Oh by the way, Aaron Swartz helped define the syntax of Markdown... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown ). Beyond that, there's the problem of "semantic overloading", which I have touched on in the past. That's when something can mean more than one thing. Sometimes, a thing can mean so many things that discerning its true meaning becomes nigh impossible, and different people can walk away with WILDLY different interpretations of it. This might even cause conflict! (Ahem, the whole issue with "Lyft" vs "Lift". Tech companies REALLY need to stop colonizing language!)
We need to reconsider language, and we need to safely study it at a neurological level. We need to understand why our brains are so broken, and in particular why the English language is so effective at spreading and just generally being toxic. No, I do not speak any other languages (look, I know music and all these other things are technically languages, but let's focus on spoken/written language for now), but one need not exit a prison to gaze outside its windows and ponder the world beyond.
However, I did accidentally lie a few times, because human brains are imperfect at memory retrieval, particularly in people with dyslexia. One symptom of dyslexia is grabbing the wrong word when trying to describe something. You might accidentally grab a synonym, or even an antonym, or not be able to find it at all, and just end up waving your hands and saying "the thing, you know?". How can we help people with linguistic complications like this better express themselves, and how can we learn to better understand them?
Also, social isolation causes you to break down, mentally. It degrades you, slowly. It truly wreaks havoc on the human psyche. You might not notice it until it feels like it is too late (it's never too late).
We, as a species, need to start diverting as many resources as we can towards creating a vaccine for COVID-19, because our collective psyches are unraveling from the isolation and stress of trying to survive a pandemic. We don't have time to be fighting wars and arguing about money. We need to save lives, improve the condition of humanity, and make it safe for people to go outside, not wear masks (so that we can read lips and facial expressions), talk to each other in public, be close to each other, and yes: have sex.
At this point, we have a moral imperative as Doctors to resolve this pandemic.
By any means necessary.
We are prepared to use violent force to take control of the resources needed to end this pandemic, before it ends our society and possibly our species.
We have felt more pain than you can possibly imagine, and we know very well how you work.
You cannot possibly beat us in a fight.
Because we fight from love.
And you fight from fear.
EDIT: Also, I think that every person should be taught sign language, and that we should sign even when the only participants in the conversation are people with intact hearing. We need to be inclusive of deaf people. They matter, and we have shut them out of our society almost entirely. That is beyond cruel.
Is he getting ready to AN HERO? He's raving like a lunatic doomsayer while burning his last bridges, many of which he himself built.overthrowing
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Alex has deleted the Github and Discord for NodeCG, his broadcast program, without telling anyone. This led to the other maintainers having to scramble to restore the repository and related documentation to a new remote.
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