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[Link] Act into Fear and Abandon all Hope

1 Post author: gworley 01 January 2017 01:39AM

Comments (5)

Comment author: oge 04 January 2017 01:05:03PM 1 point [-]

Thanks for writing this Gordon. I was struck by this paragraph:

By making clever choices in the company we keep and the cultures we engage, as adults we can insulate ourselves from the fullness of the world

I'd never considered that my cleverness in avoiding aversive stimuli could hurt me in the long run.

Comment author: itaibn0 03 January 2017 11:26:14PM 1 point [-]

Writing suggestion: Drop everything past the 10th paragraph ("It’s not immediately obvious that you’d want to overcome fear, though...").

Comment author: oge 04 January 2017 12:58:27PM 0 points [-]

Haha, I'd have advised gworley to drop everything before the 8th paragraph ("It’s in this spirit that I advise you, act into fear. ") since it could have been summarized by a paragraph-long disclaimer.

Comment author: gworley 04 January 2017 01:57:12AM 0 points [-]

Oh, it's surprising to me that you feel that way because that's where the dialectic starts; everything up to that was a sort of introduction and apology to give context before stating the thesis as way of setting up for the dialectic.

What didn't you like about the later parts of the piece?

Comment author: itaibn0 04 January 2017 01:20:56PM *  0 points [-]

You start the discussion with a very practical frame: "Here is some advice I intend to give you.". You give caveats, then you give the advice, and you give some justification. The advice sounds plausible. Then you continue to a very philosophical discussion on what fear is and what people think about it that does not appear to tie in with the practical frame. While your article would appear very lopsided with so much caveat and so little content, I don't see how the later parts help. Alternately, you can remove everything up to the 10th paragraph and write a very different sort of essay.