Dying Daily #222: Westworld, Waking Up in the Middle of the Night and World Events

It has been interesting navigating the waters of a teen driver in the family. Tyler got his license and immediately got a job (which is cool), but it is still odd sorting out that he is running around the world like a real person.

 I finished Westworld this week.

While not for everyone, it is probably one of the best things I have ever seen. It is a long-form meditation on things like consciousness, the self and the idea of samara, as well as a cool platform to address all sorts of questions.
Are we the sum of our memories?
What does free will really mean?
Would we suffer without memories?
What is the “self”?
How would you know if you did not have free will?
How would this be any different than what you have now?
Things like that.
Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2
Here is a really cool article about how we used to sleep that someone reminded me of this week. It seems like every week that something new arises that makes me wonder if we took a tragically wrong turn as a species. I really appreciate much that the modern world offers us, but I also wonder about the tradeoff.

I keep having people ask why I don’t give my opinion on world events on this blog.

The answer is that I don’t keep up with world news the way I used to. I’ve blogged about this in the past, and I still don’t see a lot of reason to invest in things so far beyond my control. I know enough to be informed, but little beyond this, and I am happier for it.

My opinion on what is happening in the world is irrelevant, so I don’t let it have much space in my mind.

Apart from all of this, it has been interesting to watch how my confirmation bias has shifted without the squawking of the media and an active disengagement with people with a strong opinion.
I am headed to the mountains for a week in May, provided nothing changes. I am excited about this, and my plan is to send 48 hours without speaking at all. This sounds really nice to me.

Have a great week.