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Feb 12Liked by Paul Bloom

My highschool film teacher always liked to point out the rain in movies. "Rain means change" she would say.

For awhile, I foolishly applied this artistic flourish to my real world attitude. My girlfriend and I had a fight, then it rained. Maybe it's all over, or maybe we reconcile? I'm playing a baseball game and it starts raining, maybe the tables are turning?

I'm a bit wiser now and when I have these foolish thoughts about weather affecting my life, I remember, sometimes it just rains.

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the more i revisit the romantic comedies of my youth, the more i realize that i treat my adult life like a rom-com. for better or worse, i'm always romanticizing little happenings and expecting something magical to happen at any time. periods of sadness or tragedy are plot points, but i feel the ending will be happy.

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Thanks, Paul!

Bob's obsession with things like the origins of covid kinda drives me crazy. He seems to give into "the mainstream media is conspiring to... [cover up the truth].

But the "MSM" wants TFG back so bad it is painful to watch. (e.g. https://jabberwocking.com/web-vs-print-a-mini-case-study/ ). "He [Tangerine Palpatine] might not be good for the country, but he is good for CBS." -Then Head of CBS Les Moonves (from memory)

PS: I say this as a huge fan of Bob in general.

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"Uh oh. When someone coughs in fiction, it’s never nothing.”

Funny. Exception to prove the rule: red herrings in murder mysteries. Gosh, let’s hope we’re not all red herrings in our own stories! Hmm. Is that profound, or gibberish?

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I haven't watched a movie in ages, but this one looks captivating enough I might actually make time for it! :) Thanks for sharing. As far as happiness is concerned... chocolate. :P

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My husband, who is a die-hard Robert Wright fan-loved your most recent chat there!

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PS: Listening now, I think (?) you both misunderstand Harari. Nations and human rights are stories, but that doesn't mean they aren't causal. It just means they aren't something that is unchanging, like the laws of physics, or mathematics. The story of the Soviet Union ended, even though it was very, very causal (having grown up in fear of those very real nuclear warheads). The story of "marriage is between a man and a woman" changed. Slavery. Etc. The Norse gods. All these are stories. Very causal, but can (and do) change.

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When I was a younger single guy searching for love, I strongly identified with Ted Mosby. I started to see aspects of my dating life and friendships as part of a romantic story in which I was the main character, meeting women, having flings, suffering rejection and heartbreak, and trying to stay resilient by imagining a happy ending to the story. It really helped me a lot, even though I now know that the "happily ever after" thing is a lie. But imagining myself as part of a story-like journey was uplifting.

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I came across this today. “Those who have a sense of appreciation are happy. Indeed, it is the spirit of gratitude that gives rise to a brilliant life.”

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