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February 20th, 2018

Link soup: Convenience and Cats

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/sunday/tyranny-convenience.html

It's worth revisiting and questioning the original ideals that underlie the notion of convenience, as well as how the notion is presently sold ("mass individualization"). "With its promise of smooth, effortless efficiency, it threatens to erase the sort of struggles and challenges that help give meaning to life. Created to free us, it can become a constraint on what we are willing to do, and thus in a subtle way it can enslave us." I agree strongly with the notion of difficulty as "a constitutive feature of human experience."

I found this person's story heartwarming: "He put his music career behind to take care of the city's stray cats":
https://rare.us/rare-life/rare-pursuits-trap-king/

I keep thinking about how there are so few dogs in animal shelters in Denver, and how many feral cats there are here in the Phoenix area.

Edited because I forgot... This research area seems more realistic but also more hopeful than many of the other approaches I've encountered for thinking about our global future in a humanitarian fashion: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/02/07/583475222/if-we-bring-the-good-life-to-all-will-we-destroy-the-planet

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