When is it worth saying something controversial?

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-do-life/201411/when-is-it-worth-saying-something-controversial

Here are 11 things that many people think but don’t say. As a thought experiment, ask yourself whether and under what circumstances you might want to let ‘er rip?

  • You’re so rude. You don’t answer my emails or phone calls.
  • Boss (or supervisee), you’re the worst! You’re (choose one or more: stupid, lazy, dishonest.)
  • What in the world are we going to do with the 175 million people with an IQ under 100 in our information-age global economy in which ever more jobs are going to require high-level reasoning and learning ability? I see The Revolution coming.
  • You’re a hypocrite. You call yourself an environmentalist but live in a big environmentally wasteful house and drive a gas guzzler.  Or you claim to celebrate diversity but live in a neighborhood and send your kids to a school with few African-Americans and Latinos.
  • America is driven by marketing, dishonest politicians, and biased media. Ugh.
  • I applied for a job and you didn’t even give me the dignity of a rejection letter?! You left me hanging forever?! You disgust me.
  • I’m tired of people who play victim.
  • I’m tired of people who call for teamwork so they can slack.
  • You stupid materialist: You work at a job you don’t like just so you can have a fancy address, drive a Mercedes that’s three times as expensive as a Toyota and requires more service and repair, and you wear designer-label clothes that make you a walking billboard for a corporation and for conspicuous consumption.
  • You’re going to an art or music college? That’s a bizarrely priced four-to-six-year summer camp pretending to be a college that prepares you to make a living in an artistic career. Besides, you have no talent.
  • I’m tired of all the taxes and societal focus on those with the greatest deficits rather than on the best and brightest, who have far greater potential to contribute to humankind.
  • Life has no meaning. We’re insignificant specks unable to move the needle. So let’s just break out the booze.

The bolded are the ones that stand out to me, good topic material. We can do something about those.

Article: I can tolerate anything except the outgroup

This is a gem.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i-can-tolerate-anything-except-the-outgroup/

My favourite part is this story;

Tolerance is definitely considered a virtue, but it suffers the same sort of dimished expectations forgiveness does.

Lack of standards, the 21st century problem.

The Emperor summons before him Bodhidharma and asks: “Master, I have been tolerant of innumerable gays, lesbians, bisexuals, asexuals, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, transgender people, and Jews. How many Tolerance Points have I earned for my meritorious deeds?”

Bodhidharma answers: “None at all”.

The Emperor, somewhat put out, demands to know why not.

Bodhidharma asks: “Well, what do you think of gay people?”

The Emperor answers: “What do you think I am, some kind of homophobic bigot? Of course I have nothing against gay people!”

And Bodhidharma answers: “Thus do you gain no merit by tolerating them!”

sherlock bbc cracking up lol laughing so hard

“If I had to define “tolerance” it would be something like “respect and kindness toward members of an outgroup”.”

you're awesome yes thank you finally dean supernatural

Article: What you can’t say

http://www.paulgraham.com/say.html

What scares me is that there are moral fashions too. They’re just as arbitrary, and just as invisible to most people. But they’re much more dangerous. Fashion is mistaken for good design; moral fashion is mistaken for good. Dressing oddly gets you laughed at. Violating moral fashions can get you fired, ostracized, imprisoned, or even killed.

Ideas have fashions too. They have a timeliness and a reactionary component to them.
Useful to anyone beyond the mainstream.

Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/06/taming-mammoth-let-peoples-opinions-run-life.html

“Your Authentic Voice, somewhere in there, knows all about you. In contrast to the black-and-white simplicity of the Social Survival Mammoth, your Authentic Voice is complex, sometimes hazy, constantly evolving, and unafraid. Your AV has its own, nuanced moral code, formed by experience, reflection, and its own personal take on compassion and integrity. It knows how you feel deep down about things like money and family and marriage, and it knows which kinds of people, topics of interest, and types of activities you truly enjoy, and which you don’t. Your AV knows that it doesn’t know how your life will or should play out, but it tends to have a strong hunch about the right step to take next.

But in today’s large, complex world of varying cultures and personalities and opportunities and options, losing touch with your AV is dangerous. When you don’t know who you are, the only decision-making mechanism you’re left with is the crude and outdated needs and emotions of your mammoth. When it comes to the most personal questions, instead of digging deep into the foggy center of what you really believe in to find clarity, you’ll look to others for the answers. Who you are becomes some blend of the strongest opinions around you.”

I think people in neoreaction-type pursuits could identify with this.