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authorJosias <>2022-05-13 09:16:38 -0700
committerJosias <>2022-05-13 09:18:07 -0700
commit353ef1de15f9dd3456469d34b27ceb393c726a43 (patch)
parent8b78558c2a2b2c8c44dc093b4058405ba5de8bc9 (diff)
gemlog: add Relativism
3 files changed, 34 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/gemlog/feed.xml b/gemlog/feed.xml
index d712dc7..0cf7bc3 100644
--- a/gemlog/feed.xml
+++ b/gemlog/feed.xml
@@ -2,7 +2,7 @@
<feed xmlns="">
<title>Josias's Gemlog</title>
- <updated>2022-04-30T12:00:00+00:00</updated>
+ <updated>2022-05-13T12:00:00+00:00</updated>
<link href="gemini://" rel="self"/>
<generator uri="" version="0.9.0">python-feedgen</generator>
@@ -131,4 +131,10 @@
<link href="gemini://" rel="alternate"/>
+ <entry>
+ <id>gemini://</id>
+ <title>Relativism</title>
+ <updated>2022-05-13T12:00:00+00:00</updated>
+ <link href="gemini://" rel="alternate"/>
+ </entry>
diff --git a/gemlog/index.gmi b/gemlog/index.gmi
index 0c961b4..58cc377 100644
--- a/gemlog/index.gmi
+++ b/gemlog/index.gmi
@@ -4,6 +4,7 @@ A collection of thoughts and opinions organized reverse-chronologically but with
## 2022
+=> relativism.gmi 2022-05-13 - Relativism
=> longform.gmi 2022-04-30 - Thoughts on Long-form Content on Gemini
=> glopowrimo-2022.gmi 2022-04-02 - GloPoWriMo 2022
=> /story/rhi/the-prompt.gmi 2022-03-01 - The Prompt, a short story
diff --git a/gemlog/relativism.gmi b/gemlog/relativism.gmi
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..aa103c7
--- /dev/null
+++ b/gemlog/relativism.gmi
@@ -0,0 +1,26 @@
+# Relativism
+Like marginalia, I don't know how to build software. Not only that, I also don't know how to live my life.
+=> gemini:// marginalia - I don't know how to build software
+There are endless ways to live, endless moral creeds to cling to. Within each realm of knowledge, there is even deeper room for division. For example, if everyone was an atheist, we would still divide ourselves along narrower ideological lines.
+Everyone has a deeper view of the world than what programming language they use. This view shapes the way we see everything, not just our favorite tools. I think marginalia reveals something deeper about the state of humanity: we are all informed by limited experiences. None of us can fairly understand everyone else's way of viewing the world. The most we can get is a shallow view of them all.
+We work within a framework that is just one permutation of endless circumstantial factors: where we were born, who our parents are, our friends, our personality, our bodies, and so much more. We can't fully understand someone else's life. We don't understand all of their experiences. It's psychologically impossible to fully emulate someone's brain. We hope to catch glimpses and use those to relate.
+How do we know truth? If we are inherently limited, how do we know the best moral framework? Or simply which framework to use?
+Theists say we must seek God. Humanists say we must choose a framework that suits society best. Nihilists pretend not to care.
+Perfect judgements require perfect knowledge. Science avoids this by working with probabilities: if an experiment runs the same way in one environment, it will likely do the same under the same conditions again. But perfect experiments can't be done without perfect knowledge and perfect control.
+How should we live? According to what works for us? What about people who choose something conflicting? Should we try to convert them?
+Ideas are tools. They are frameworks for understanding the world. Just as I shouldn't pressure you to try a certain hammer, I shouldn't try to reshape your mind in my own image.
+But some tools cause more harm than others. What do we do about those?
+~ Josias, 2022-05-13 (CC-BY-SA)