Note the August 2012 decision at the International Criminal Court to issue reparations to children, women and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence at the hands of Congolese rebel commander Thomas Lubanga Dyilo (Slide 12).
The placement of one’s circle of empathy is ultimately a matter of faith. We must accept the fact that we are forced to place the circle somewhere, and yet we cannot exclude extrarational faith from our choice of where to place it. — Jaron Lanier
The Fetzer Institute posted this on the 8th anniversary of the Christmas 2005 tsunami in Indonesia. Rebels and government ended 30 years of violence and collaborated instead on putting the country back together.
Usually when I critique a movie lots of folks like, they tell me, ‘It was just showing the way things are. It was real.’ And they do not want to hear it when I make the point that giving audiences what is real is precisely what movies do not do. They give the re-imagined, reinvented version of the real. It may look like something familiar, but in actuality it is a different universe from the world of the real. — @bellhooks, REEL TO REAL
Proposed: 14 updates to the Freedom of Information procedures that keep “too many documents classified.” #FOIA
The current classification and declassification systems are outdated and incapable of dealing adequately with the large volumes of classified information generated in an era of digital communications and information. — Nancy Soderburg
Sobering: “So why have you sold her down the river for a hat and a parking space?”
Making sustainable life changes is about studying yourself, not just what other people say is good for you, or what other people believe you should do.
Study yourself, your drives, your customs, your triggers, and your personal reward system. (Your personal reward system is about what makes your brain light up. Consider that these won’t all be positive things. Many of us have brains that light up on spreading guilt, shame, and pity as much as they light up from pleasure, chocolate, service, and sex).
Duhigg’s method boils down to CRR: Cue, Routine, Reward. Master this cycle and you will be able to change just about anything.
UPDATE: Duhigg gives a 15-minute TEDx talk in August 2013 on the mental activities underlying habits and decision-making; check it out.
Within any country, the disagreement isn’t over harm and fairness… We debate over what’s fair, but everybody agrees that harm and fairness matter. Moral arguments within cultures are especially about in-group [loyalty to groups, families, and nation], authority, and purity. — Jonathan Haidt