The makers of our AI-powered devices spend a lot of time eliminating friction, which makes almost everything no-brainer. They need us less and less because they do more, whether we like them or not. One click instead of two. They make it easy to say things, buy things, and even cancel things. We don’t have to think twice. Or think at all.
But friction is a good thing – and not just because it can slow down your ability to send text that you don’t want later or make butt dialing more difficult. We need friction to move across the room.
Also, rarely delete things completely (including your old text). Canceling page mark. In college, I got a report card (the real thing then) in physics with an inked A, written with a B – the ghost of A is still clear. I recently turned down several invitations to meet after class for a drink from my older professor. There was no name of sexual harassment at that time. But the experience had ruined my interest in physics for several years.
As we all know, defeated enemies often come back, sometimes in different forms. Sometimes they come back to bite you. Our “germ” eradication campaign has been so successful that it has helped create powerful species of drug-resistant bacteria.
So what is the alternative? Lots of bad, dangerous and stupid things. What if we don’t cancel them?
In some obvious cases, the addition may eliminate the need for subtraction – although it is probably slower, harder, and more expensive. For example, I read that analog clocks are being taken out of school classrooms. Why? The decision was made to cancel the clocks because the students no longer knew how to use them to tell the time. Given that clocks resemble the rotation of the earth, this is a greater loss than it may seem. Why not just teach kids to read hands on the clock?
Most cancellations are certainly less trivial, but alternatives usually exist – even if they require time and resources (and thought). We can repair, rebuild, reconsider, reconsider, moderate, redirect, rebuild, reconstruct, reconstruct, rearrange, reduce, reconsider, re-focus, reconstruct, restart, reconsider, reform, and so on. Reforming our legal system is something that law professor Jody Armor has studied and lived for a lifetime and revisited in her new book, N * gga Theory: race, language, unequal justice, and law. A truly progressive legal system, Armor Argument, Value Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Release on Revenge, Revenge and Revenge.
Science cannot progress if the old way of understanding is discarded for the new. Rarely do scientists abandon completely wrong and invalid ideas. Rather, the building blocks remain, but accept new meaning and context with the discovery of new knowledge and more complete theories, clear explanations. Science is basically a connector.
I personally find it strange that most people find aging to be a matter of cancellation in most cases. It is true that the old age home removes the mobility, shave range and sharpness of our limbs away from our senses, breaks the bonds, shrinks the length, reminisces. For me, however, what can be achieved is easily lost. Of course, I want to do without pain and suffering, but they force me to jury-rig my way-which is a fun challenge (sometimes). If my joints are less flexible, my vision is more. I remember less but know more. I have less energy but more interest. I smile more. Sometimes this is the only thing you can do. There is nothing wrong with that.
The biggest thing we have lost to discarding culture is conversation. We are afraid we will say the wrong thing. We are afraid we will be canceled. Sometimes we don’t even bother to cancel and just “ghost”-passive-aggressive versions.
Perhaps it goes without saying that I am spooky, canceled, made me spooky all the time while writing this article. But since I’m close to the end of my term, it doesn’t matter much. Nature will reject me permanently, very soon.
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