I told him that people have different ideas about how humans were created. He laughed and said "that's silly" when I described evolution and he ultimately decided that God just created everyone :)

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My oldest son just turned 6. Yesterday he asked me whether adults or kids came first (a variant of the "chicken or egg" dilemma). I am proud of him for his critical thinking.

Capitalism, labour, employment 

My wife just started working part time in the evenings. We've been out of retail & service for a long time and I had forgotten what it was like.

I am astounded at the amount of labour they attempt to extract for what they are willing to pay.

Christianity, post-christianity 

Wow. I'm doing a read through for a book that a friend is about to publish. It's incredibly christian.

I guess I didn't realize how far out of that world I am. Im a way, I still identify with the term "christian" but maybe I shouldn't?

Social media, divisiveness, politics 

The main reason that I've backed away from facebook is that I have witnessed --in real time-- myself and co-workers becoming radicalized. Me to the left and them to the right.

The problem is that they are still descending in far right conservatism/alt-rightism and they no longer have a counter-argument at the same level.

Corporate social media has catalyzed divisiveness by filling our timelines with two things:

1. Content they know we agree with 100%. This produces an illusion of a cohesive "side" in our minds. Its the "us" in "us vs. them"

2. Content they know we disagree with 100%. "them" in "us vs. them"

Monetizing the system is the priority. Nuanced ideas don't drive clicks, tribalism does. Outrage and certainty are the de facto standards of the social media age.

Been enjoying the music from grandson. I hear elements of metal, hip hop and electronic combined with generally progressive/leftist lyrics.

youtube.com/channel/UC22gMfQue

Chronic Illness 

Not sure why I'm posting this here.

Doctors told me I have fibromyalgia but lately I legitimately think I'm a hypochondriac.

Social anxiety, regret, teenage years, kid rock :) 

Just had the weirdest feeling of regret while listening to "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock.

It made my realize how many fun things and close relationships I missed because of my social anxiety. It seems too late now.

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