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Happy Thanksgiving! (12/2 - 12/4, I'm OUT!)

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The True Story of Thanksgiving


Well, to tell you the truth, it's really just a link to the true story.  It's Thanksgiving Day, so I figured I'd share the story as Pete Hendrickson tells it.  One of my customers asked at what point the sharing of information about Hendrickson's work, or about Bitcoin, or, really, about anything that threatens the power structure, makes a person a target.  I don't have an answer to that question.

Well, that's not strictly true.  Of course I have no idea at what point anyone would become a target, but what I do know is that the system relies heavily on disconnectedness between people.  John Kerry explained it when he said " this little thing called the internet and the ability of people everywhere to communicate instantaneously and to have more information coming at them ... makes it much harder to govern, ...".

For a long time now, I have relied on my interpersonal communications to protect me from what I perceive as an increasing threat from a system that grows more and more oppressive.  That system is composed of individuals, many of whom are inherently good and helpful people.  For that, I am very thankful!  The value of those good people has been diminished by a conditioned response to authority which I think we learn in school.  We are made to feel that obedience to authority is morally correct.  Stanley Milgram showed how ridiculous that is, but the conditioning persists. Until we get rid of it, we have to encourage natural human goodness and do our best to exemplify it.  This helps and is helping to save those working within the system from becoming tools of oppression the way those unfortunate German boys did in the thirties.  As Kerry said, the Internet is helping.
 
 

The Landmark Forum

I recently participated in the Landmark Forum and enjoyed it very much.  It changes you in a good way, essentially by helping you to recognize the walls of the prison in which you have put yourself.  We all do it, and Landmark helps us see it, and seeing it makes those walls easy to "break through."

One of my "breakthroughs" was realizing that when I pointed to stuff in the world that I want YOU to help me fix (through learning, discussion, dealing bitcoin, understanding the tax laws, or whatever), I felt it was necessary to paint an ugly picture first.  I was cynical.  So now I'm far less cynical.  That just means that instead of painting the ugly picture that we can all help change, I can just invite you to help me improve things.

Landmark urges participants to make commitments.  I decided to commit to starting a podcast.  In "A Think Tank Game" I described a kind of competitive thinking game. Issues for me to discuss on the podcast will serve nicely as a foundation, if you have ideas.  I've also signed up for Landmark stuff that is going to occupy all my time from Dec. 2 through Dec 4, as hinted at above.
 

Last, but not least

There is a link at the bottom of this newsletter that points to a list of all the other newsletters I've sent to this list.  I encourage you to go through that list from time to time, either in order or just picking what looks interesting.  I also like feedback a lot, so reply if you feel like it.  Remember what Kerry said.  It's our job to leverage his point.

Dave
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