The Muse of Fate
- Apr 3, 2020
Perhaps the most important speech of our time, it's long (but very good. Extremism on both sides is causing the collapse of democracy, it's not the "evil" right/left, it's that fact that the actual majority has been silenced by both extremes and your own team will attack you if you say anything contrary. It only pushes people from your side to the other like he jokes that the fastest way to turn Asians republican is to tell them their kids can't have AP classes because of equity!!!
- It starts with kids since apparently kids aren't allowed to play anymore on their own. I literally can't even remember a time when I wasn't allowed to go out and play unsupervised, but nowadays that's child abuse... And yet that's really important for kids. It just shows how people don't actually understand risk at all because parents started keeping kids from playing when it was literally the safest time. And, of course, covid and what we did to kids is a microcosm for that, which he touches very very quickly (like 10 seconds) as simply sheer ridiculousness.
- Social media is the main culprit and he spends the most time on that. I personally never got the fascination with social media because I always saw it as low quality interactions when just doing stuff in-person with others was infinitely better. I guess that ties directly into kids not being able to play together as much and growing up with social media and thereby seeing those social interactions being primary and actual in-person interactions being ancillary.
Lastly, colleges have become just ridiculous where you can't say anything that can possibly offend someone anymore, meaning you can't actually share ideas. At NYU, on your ID card, there's a number for the "bias response team", no fucking joke. Stephen Fry's definition of "offended" should be taught as fact.