Caterpillar Things

Almost a year ago, in a state of ephiphanic bliss I created this image:
My outlook on the situation itself hasn't changed much since then, but I'm starting to put a positive spin on it. The caterpillar eventually has to stop being a caterpillar if he wants to be a butterfly. That means some caterpillar things have to go.

There's this complicated thing going on in our brains called neuroplasticity. I understand there's even some researchers poking around saying 'consciously-directed neuroplasticity'. My take away has been boiled down to 'you get better at whatever you do'. Unfortunately, this means letting your fears stop you from trying makes you better and better at letting your fears stop you from trying. Maybe letting fear influence your decisions is a caterpillar thing.

I guess the biggest fear is also the biggest question: What am I capable of? It's one of those questions that answers itself constantly, right under your nose.



Faith is a wonderful thing

All belief is fervent hope, and thus a cover-up for doubt and uncertainty. - Alan Watts
It is the natural human ability to believe things. That you care what they believe in is different than what you believe in broaches the same fundamentalist attitudes that give religions a bad name. Revenge for persecution? Isn't there some logical rational argument against that nonsense?
People have the right to believe in stupid bullshit so long as their behavior falls within certain guidelines. I'm not sure verbal abuse (mocking people for believing stupid shit) falls within those guidelines. 

Policing our Own

If each belief group wrangled in their own fundamentalists, I'm pretty sure we'd all get along just fine. So, think before you 'like' or 'plus' something. Let's get past the bullshit and make Star Trek happen.

The SWAN Co-Op

I live in a sea of apartments.

Really, it's probably only a few hundred units, but when I'm walking around playing Ingress the building after building makes it feel that way. For each of these apartments, there are people inside that all need some of the same things. That's where the SWAN part comes in - Stuff We All Need. I'll use toilet paper as an example, but pretty much everything Proctor and Gamble makes probably qualifies.

The way it works now:
Someone makes a bunch of toilet paper and then they sell it to a retailer. It's shipped from the plant to the stores, and then all of the apartment dwellers drive their cars to the store and buy it for significantly more than the retailer paid for it. Then they drive it home. Rinse and repeat every week or so.

What I'm thinking:
The apartment dwellers unite under the SWAN Co-Op banner and make bulk purchases directly from the manufacturers. They ship it to a distribution center that breaks it into deliverables for each apartment, and on a weekly delivery they drop it off at the apartment complex. This:
- avoids paying the retailers market, so SWAN participants save
- fewer trips to the store reduces the carbon footprint of everyday life