How one couple paid off $44,000 in student-loan debit in one year:
We decided we would just basically go all in together, we would have our joint account. We would still have personal accounts for small stuff, but all of our bills and everything would come out of our joint account. Because we’re combining our finances, my student loan debt is also her responsibility.
Philosophically speaking there are two paths to feeling happy, the hedonistic and the eudaimonic. Hedonists take the view that in order to live a happy life we must maximise pleasure and avoid pain. This view is about satisfying human appetites and desires, but it is often short lived.
In contrast, the eudaimonic approach takes the long view. It argues that we should live authentically and for the greater good. We should pursue meaning and potential through kindness, justice, honesty and courage.
If we see happiness in the hedonistic sense, then we have to continue to seek out new pleasures and experiences in order to “top up” our happiness. We will also try to minimise unpleasant and painful feelings in order to keep our mood high.
If we take the eudaimonic approach, however, we strive for meaning, using our strengths to contribute to something greater than ourselves. This may involve unpleasant experiences and emotions at times, but often leads to deeper levels of joy and contentment. So leading a happy life is not about avoiding hard times; it is about being able to respond to adversity in a way that allows you to grow from the experience.
We’ve seen this kind of thing before – only not in this country. We saw it in Ukraine, where the CIA and their Euro-weenie allies overthrew an elected President Yanukovich. We saw it in Chile,when they overthrew Salvador Allende, we saw it in Guatemala when they got rid of President Jacobo Arbenz – heck, I could spend the rest of the week just listing their crimes.
It was inevitable that they’d try to pull the same thing off in America. Oh, the irony! We thought of our allies as if they were our satellites – but who is revolving around whom? The mere threat that American largesse might be withdrawn, that our “allies” will have to start paying their own way, and that we want to rip up the many tripwires that could plunge us into war halfway around the earth for no good reason – this is what mobilized the War Party to declare war against … their own country. We have become a prisoner of our own empire.
When all this is over – if it ever is – Congress must gather its courage and examine exactly what went on here. We need a new Church Committee to rein in the FBI and the CIA — and the other 16 intelligence agencies we inexplicably operate.
That, of course, is after the culprits are thrown in jail.
To see why failure was (and will continue to be) inevitable, let me recast the situation:
Facebook is actively micromanaging the information flow and social interactions of over 2 billion people, [an] insanely complex and highly uncertain task.
Facebook is making the sweeping decisions on how to micromanage the newsfeed centrally (with a small team of young executives empowered to relentless tweak the system by the dictatorial fiat of the company’s CEO).
Facebook’s goals are a selfish utopianism (in its version utopia, the world revolves around Facebook).This is similar in so many ways to the source of the failure we saw with 20th Century Communism. They believed it was possible to centrally manage the economic interactions of millions centrally based on an utopian vision.
Needless to say, those plans didn’t work out well. These won’t either.