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winepresswrath · 10 months ago
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sometimes when I'm feeling salty, I think Lan XiChen is too weak. he doesn't commit, he's always in the fence, trying to make everybody be friends even though some of those people are not good, but he doesn't want to Cheng é the status quo
strongly agree | agree | neutral | disagree | strongly disagree
I did spend the back half of my first watch through CQL yelling Xichen!!!! Xichen NO at my TV (because I am a woman of grace and poise), but I've softened on him a lot and kind of arrived at the conclusion that Xichen was trying his best and had his reasons even when they make me personally scream Xichen No. The reason why I went for disagree rather than neutral is that I don't think the problem is actually one of weakness; I think Xichen legitimately feels that compromise is a moral good he as a duty to fulfill.
He's often right! There is value in compromise and peacekeeping! But also he's often just (in my not terribly relevant opinion) straight up right and in those instances I do think his desire to compromise leads him to co-signing some pretty terrible things he knows are terrible and turning a blind eye to some things I wish he'd looked harder at.
Xichen being flawed does not exactly set him apart from the rest of the cast. I don't think there's a single character besides the juniors who hasn't done some stuff that I think can fairly be interpreted as questionable. One of the things I like best about CQL is that while it's mostly a love story with shades of family drama it occasionally detours to address like, the problem of how to wield power ethically, private love vs. public duty, how much you can actually expect another person to know your innermost heart, the private self vs. the public performance of self, ethics in feudalism, Vengeance! What is it good for? etc etc etc and the conclusions it reaches are often that it's difficult and complicated and easy to fuck up even when you're trying very hard. There are also some very bad special effects and very broad acting. Something for everyone! Truly a very fun and often delightfully silly story.
Also OK I do think when you are in a position of power reflexively supporting your true love/best bro who is also in a position of power is not an uncomplicated good, even if he has always been good to you specifically (again! in my not terribly relevant opinion). Sometimes I see people comparing Wangxian to Xiyao and reaching the conclusion that both Lan Wangji and Lan Xichen were right in their faith and I'm just sitting there like I think actually It's Complicated in both instances. I'm happy for Wangxian and I love their love story! But I don't think the takeaway is "support your boo no matter the body count, the important thing is that powerful men who love each other have each other's backs no matter what." It can be if that floats your boat! I just wouldn't say that's the only or truest way to love someone.
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alohapromises · 25 days ago
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First Principles: The Battle, Sir, Is Not To the Strong Alone; It Is To the Vigilant, the Active, the Brave
First Principles: The Battle, Sir, Is Not To the Strong Alone; It Is To the Vigilant, the Active, the Brave
“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention, 1775
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nearlya · 2 months ago
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Langri Tangpa Centre. 2009
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sumballein · a year ago
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If there are no self-evident first principles, as a foundation for reasoning to conclusions that are not immediately apparent, how can you construct any kind of a philosophy? If you have to prove even the basic axioms of your metaphysics, you will never have a metaphysics, because you will never have any strict proof of anything, for your first proof will involve you in an infinite regress, proving that you are proving what you are proving and so on, into the exterior darkness where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. If Descartes thought it was necessary to prove his own existence by the fact that he was thinking, and that his though therefore existed in some subject, how did he prove that he was thinking in the first place? But as to the second step, that God must exist because Descartes had a clear idea of him – that never convinced me, then or at any other time, or now either. There are much better proofs for the existence of God than that one.
Thomas Merton (The Seven Storey Mountain)
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thechristadelphian · 9 months ago
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Why Our Hope is Called 'the Hope of Israel':
Why Our Hope is Called ‘the Hope of Israel’:
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation=”zoomIn”]A Christadelphian Video: Description: What is your hope? The hope of everyone who believes is that they will receive God’s gift of immortality. But there is much more to God’s purpose. His Son, Jesus Christ, will soon come to restore the Kingdom of Israel and rule the world from his capital city of Jerusalem. Those believers who are made…
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convivialdave · 6 months ago
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Y'all know how much I love a good turn of phrase to remember important principles [whether in business management or, in this case, gardening]. Knowing about how to feed plants is super important. For plant fertilizers, there is normally a dashed three number list associated with fertilizer brands [ex 10-6-4 or 15-3-0] that tells you the proportions of
N-P-K in the fertilizer [N is Nitrogen, P is Phosphorus, and K is Potassium]. How to remember what type of fertilizer to use? So for N-P-K, each letter corresponds to the words "Shoots, Roots, and Flowers & Fruits". When you want to help your plants grow, early spring feeding with higher N content will help. Late summer feeding for P [to maintain healthy roots] is also a good idea. If your plants are flowering or fruit bearing, early spring for high P is a good idea as well. There are added factors such as growing region, soil, and type of plant to consider of course, but the very basic principle of N-P-K and "Shoot, Roots, Flowers & Fruits" should spark your curiosity for how to feed plants for best results. PS I stole the phrase from a Youtuber doing bonsai videos...
Pictured above: Foemina Juniper bonsai [an evergreen]
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by Matthew Barrett | Each advent season, my family enjoys singing classic Christmas hymns. One Christmas, however, our family made a disturbing discovery. As we were singing, O Come, All Ye Faithful, my wife started singing a stanza the rest of us...
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americanelitist · 11 months ago
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“For the Revolutionary generation, virtue was the essential element of public life. Back then, it actually was masculine. It meant putting the common good before one’s own interests. Virtue, writes the historian Joyce Apleby, was the ‘lynchpin’ of public life – that is, the fastener that held together the structure.”
– Thomas E. Ricks
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continuations · a year ago
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COVID19 Crisis, Business Advice and First Principles
I have written a few general posts about the COVID19 crisis already. Today I want to address all of those running a company or making management decisions with a simple message: avoid generic business advice! By generic advice I mean anything of the form “do x,” such as “cut 20% of cost now.” Why? Because it may or may not apply to your specific situation.
Across the USV portfolio, the COVID19 crisis has had wildly different impact on companies. Some companies are experiencing dramatic acceleration in growth, whereas others are seeing massive slow downs. If you are providing services such as distance education, subscription food delivery or services for remote teams demand for your service has just grown dramatically. Conversely if you are relying on advertising you are probably experiencing a significant contraction.
So what then is an alternative to generic advice? First principles. These can form the basis for figuring out what to do and also for evaluating advice. A crucial first principle in business is that you cannot run out of money. Bankruptcy is an absorbing state. It means that everything ends and nothing else matters. But you have to do the work to figure out whether COVID19 means you will run out of money faster or slower than before (or not at all for that matter).
And that’s not as easy as just looking at what is happening to your demand. Why? Another first principle of business is that financing needs are determined by cash flow patterns of the operating business. A corollary to this first principle is that growth can generate or consume cash depending on your working capital situation. If you have positive working capital and grow faster you consume cash. Conversely, if you have negative working capital then faster growth will produce cash.
And even that is not as straightforward as it may seem. Why? Because in a crisis a negative working capital business can flip into a positive one (which despite the terms would be a bad thing). All of your suppliers may suddenly insist on getting paid early because they are experiencing cash flow issues of their own. Conversely depending on the position you are in you may have the opportunity to go from a positive working capital business to a negative one (for example if you are providing an essential service that customers may want to prepay to assure its availability).
So as you are analyzing the impact of COVID19 on your business approach everything from a first principles perspective. One crucial aspect of first principles is that they let you evaluate risk even when you don’t have data yet. For example, you can see that flipping from negative to positive working capital may be a risk for your business even before you have suppliers asking for different payment terms.
Nothing I have argued here is really specific to the COVID19 crisis. A first principles based approach is always superior to the indiscriminate application of generic advice. It is just that in a crisis everyone is shouting generic advice even louder than normally.
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foreignfrailties · 2 years ago
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I have the things I need.
But what I think I want, are not things
I can take. Like grace, like thinking
I know what I am, what I'm worth
And so keep an open door.
I can't say please, and beneath
Each page is the same scratch
On the table I rub on each sketch.
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alohapromises · a month ago
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First Principles: No Pecuniary Consideration Is More Urgent, Than the Regular Redemption and Discharge of the Public Debt; On None Can Delay Be More Injurious
First Principles: No Pecuniary Consideration Is More Urgent, Than the Regular Redemption and Discharge of the Public Debt; On None Can Delay Be More Injurious
“No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable.” – George Washington, Message to the House of Representatives, 1793
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New Argument For God's Existence: Argument from General Intuition
This argument states, "Theism provides a better explanation of the soundness or reliability of our capacity to know certain things that we appear to know in a way in which we appear to know them."
There will be four parts to this, part one deals with what is Intuition and why it best fits with Christian Theism. Two Dozen or so Arguments argues for General Theism.
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reenum · 2 years ago
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thechristadelphian · 6 months ago
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World in Chaos! Who is in Control?
World in Chaos! Who is in Control?
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation=”zoomIn”]God has a great plan, and he is out working his purpose. He wants people to work with him, to learn as they experience life and choose right ways. Be sure, the day of accountability will come! Are you preparing?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css_animation=”appear”][embedyt]…
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dreamletblue · 3 years ago
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Been out of college for about 2 years now, so obviously the only thing I could do was read A CRAP TON of books.
I’ve been making videos for 9 months now, and this first one is still one of my favorites. It’s about first principles thinking, which I learned from Elon Musk 🚀
Check out the link below! I hope you guys find this video useful, as I’ve definitely learned a lot while making it 😊
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by Matthew Barrett | Without a doubt, future generations will look back on this generation and say, they made the gospel of Jesus Christ central. As the last five decades reveal, from our book publications to our conferences...
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gadarene · 4 months ago
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WEDNESDAY Q &A
Q: Just a follow-up to your earlier answer ... What difference does it make if Scripture is inspired when we know it's inaccurate, if not false?
A: The Assembly maintains that Scripture is both inspired and inspiring. Truth is not limited to historical or scientific fact, especially when it comes to spiritual matters.
We know the textual history of Job. We know its rhetorical structure. We know its approximate date of composition. But we ask only whether it reflects God's wisdom and, thereby, resonates with our own souls.
God cannot be translated into language, but Scripture can communicate first principles and their operation in ordinary life.
He gave us the free will and intelligence to question Scripture. And like Jacob and the angel, we are meant to wrestle with His Word.
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