AJ Abbey

Progress depends on nuance, not blame

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“There’s never gonna be change unless we start banning things!”

That was the summary of a recent conversation I had with a friend on climate change. As far as my friend can see, the biggest barrier to progress is an overwhelming hoard of deniers and selfish capitalists. Given the desperation…

COVID-19 should be a wake-up call to embrace a preventative, holistic approach to health.

2020 will go down as a famously terrible year. As the virus spread, the prospect of healthcare workers having to choose who to save and who to let die was so intolerable that the sacrifice of lockdowns became the best of several bad options. Governments around the world had to…

Zero-sum tactics won’t cure the root cause. Systemic change demands a new system of anti-rivalry.

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It’s not hard to understand the emergence of an idea like ‘cultural appropriation’ in the context of a rivalrous system. It makes perfect sense.

We live in a system driven by scarcity — there’s only so much to go around and each of us has to do what we can…

How I learned to stop aspiring to be happy and be happy now.

Badge of Honour

I’ve always been a dreamer. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have the ambition to emigrate — I wanted to escape the confines of my hometown and home country and forge a new life in the bright, optimistic, and adventure-filled American west. And from the first moments that…

AJ Abbey

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