What is lovable about Curt Doolittle is that he is an honest man who speaks plainly but precisely. I’m in love with the guy and I don’t even know him.
“Marry only for reproduction.
Require liquidation of residence and all contents.
Keep retirement assets offshore.
Give her an allowance.
Give her a Christmas bonus.
The nest is hers to manage on her allowance.
The kids are hers until they come of age.
Retire with her to smaller nest near family and friends.
Otherwise retire to hotel, dormitory, apartment or small house village sharing life with class peers. Never alone unless you love gardening and home maintenance.
Nap an hour a day.
Walk an hour a day.
Avoid sugar, bread, and white food.
Alcohol is a danger to you.
Avoid the lower classes – they ruin everything around them.
Think locally. Act locally. Defeat those who do otherwise
God, let me live up to these standards and the spirit of true science, true philosophy, true religion, true love with full accounting. God bless my fellow men who shoulder the cross and fight the fight knowing that they are planting trees they may never be shaded by. This is the course. A wholesome, enjoyable life. The best one can ask for from the God that is.
Disgust is distinct from contemplative disapproval. We see disgust as an outdated, backward irrational response that is ostensibly harmful and presumably unnecessary.
I am disgusted by the sight of mealworms. With contemplation though, I know they are harmless. Other things are disgusting — and dangerous, like rotting bodies. By being thoughtful and empirical we can treat the difference.
We are disgusted by racism and homophobia i.e. meta-disgusted. It’s OK to be disgusted at those who are disgusted by others, i.e. racists and homophobes. Here is an opportunity to take a step back though. Is it possible that in both cases we are being led and perhaps misled by the same emotion? Gosh, do I hate the sight of mealworms.
The modern world has a contempt for contemplation. Has your disgust has driven you away from perspectives and realities that you would have otherwise discovered? Doctors must overcome their disgust to treat the symptoms and then contemplate to discover the causes of disease.
It would be a sad world if our tribes were delineated along these basic lines of who we are disgusted by. You know we tend to rationalize our disgust if we don’t contemplate and investigate.
Or perhaps there’s nothing worth investigating here. Just a rotting body…
Would that be cowardly? I certainly think so. It would be easy and convenient.
I’d rather put on my gloves, safety-first, and just investigate!
Come with me!
In this blog I will speak in terms of tribes and moral intuitions. Economic costs and benefits. Evolutionary pressures. Hang on for the ride. I hope that you will be both disgusted and in awe.
It’s an awesome world we live in, and disgust is not going away.