Let’s stop wanting things to happen, then.

You’re always contrasting what you want to happen with what you think is happening, and whenever there’s a deviation —whenever what you want to happen isn’t going on— you feel anxiety.

Jordan B. Peterson

Or let’s try it, at least. But the point here is, I’m afraid, the part about what you think is happening…

My collection, part 4 of 82

Muddy Waters, Baby Please Don’t Go
The Beatles, Back in the USSR
The Beatles, Bad Boy
A bad little kid moved into my neighborhood
He won't do nothing right, just sitting down and looks so good
He don't want to go to school and learn to read and write
Just sits around the house and plays the rock and roll music all night
Well, he put some tacks on teacher's chair
Puts chewing gum in little girl's hair
Now, junior, behave yourself
Xaloc, Bàlitx
Louis Armstrong, Beale Street Blues

Rafa Mayo (1966-2022), in memoriam

He was a plain and straightforward guy, one you could always rely on. I always was at ease with him. He wasn’t there for nonsense. He would tell you the truth. Last time I saw him it was more than thirty years ago, but somehow he has never slipped from my mind, and I’ve always wished we met by chance, on some occasion, at the countryside, in a slightly rough situation, just to feel his manly calm and hear him laughing his hoarse laugh.

Link of the day

Seven Varieties of Stupidity, by Ian Leslie

They are: pure stupidity, ignorant stupidity, fish-out-of-water stupidity, rule-based stupidity…

Very often, stupidity isn’t derived from an absence of mental materials but from a superfluity of them. It is the product of all the stuff we carry around in our minds and absorb from others: powerful algorithms, bad theories, fake facts, seductive stories, leaky metaphors, misplaced intuitions.

… overthinking stupidity…

You can trace a fundamental divide in Western thought between those who believe that knowledge and rationality invariably make us smarter and those who warn they can also make us dumber. On one side, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Voltaire, Paine, Russell; on the other, Socrates, Montaigne, Burke, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein. The latter group includes thinkers who are, in their different ways, interested in the ways that human intelligence generates a unique kind of stupidity.

… emergent stupidity

In my book CONFLICTED I show how avoiding open disagreement reduces the collective intelligence of any group. The more that members of a group follow a rule like ‘agree with the consensus’ or ‘agree with the leader’ the less gets contributed to the general pool of ideas and arguments. The shallower the pool, the more likely it is that something stupid will crawl out from it.

… and ego-driven stupidity

The truth is that stupidity is often an act of will: people make themselves stupid, when it suits them.

Go read the whole thing.

My collection (part 3 of 82)

Julieta Venegas, Andar conmigo
The Rolling Stones, Angie
Supertramp, Another Man’s Woman

Live versions not so good as the studio one, I’m afraid.

You ain’t nothing but another man’s woman… Not very elegant to say, absolutely not advisable writing it today, but nevertheless one of the most powerful sentences in lyrics you’ll ever hear, …living on another man’s land… Is there anything more basic or primitive, and so, honest, pathetic and also convenient, for a male to feel when he’s dumped by a female?

Anyway, the song’s terrific.

Esclarecidos, Arriba y abajo
No sé muy bien qué es ser feliz,
ni me preocupa demasiado,
pero cuando estuve cerca
tú estabas a mi lado
Schubert, Auf dem wasser zu singen

God is right, and weak, and that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

«Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, “We’ve sinned against you, for we went away from our God and served the Baals.”

The LORD replied to the Israelites, “When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines, Sidonians, Amalekites, and Maonites oppressed you and you cried out to me, didn’t I rescue you from their power? But you have gone away from me and served other gods, so I won’t rescue you anymore! Go cry out to the gods you’ve chosen. Let them rescue you in the time of your distress.”

The Israelites responded to the LORD, “We’ve sinned. Do to us whatever you see as right, but please save us this time.” They put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD. And the LORD could no longer stand to see Israel suffer».

[Judges 10, 10-16]