Some good pieces I’ve read this morning while sipping some Vietnamese coffee in Seattle, saving here for later:
The new warrior cop is out of control -
If the government wants to make an example of you by pounding you with a wholly disproportionate use of force, it can. It’s rare that courts or politicians even object, much less impose consequences.
The increasing militarization of our police force is one of the trends I’m most worried about. This Salon piece paints a terrifying picture of cops running around with impunity - using SWAT teams to raid poker games, killing dogs, assaulting peaceful protestors. There needs to be a stricter level of oversight on police actions - otherwise our cops are just thugs with guns, acting with no regard for consequences against the very citizenry they’re intended to protect.
Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle, reinvent.
- The last paragraph of Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From, a neat summary of the book’s ideas on how creativity and innovation happen. Definitely worth a read, but if you don’t have the time: there you go.
Feels like I haven’t written online in a while.
Creating work that’s meant to be shared leads to a quest for perfection, a sense that you can only put out thoughts that are “right” or “fully-formed”.
What you learn in this pursuit of perfection is that writing is easy; editing is the hard part. It takes time & effort to craft a coherent statement with a clear thesis, whittled down to its essence. More than anything, it requires you to know what you’re talking about and what you want to say.
To express an idea elegantly is to understand its essence - and that’s no easy feat. I’m discovering that I need to spend more time exploring & cleanly synthesizing my ideas to get to thoughts truly worth sharing.
Good writing is good thinking.