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Is This the Hill You Want to Die On?

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This phrase has become popular lately. The implication is usually that whatever it is you are fuming over is not worth it. But–is ANYTHING worth making it that hill?

First of all, I would like to look at the language. I like to think in terms of things I LIVE for, not that I would die for. And there are a great many things in that basket. Love, beauty, good friends, the natural world, the critters, good food, work that I can love, curiosity over what makes it all tick, the future for our children and their children, and so much more. We all have a list like this. It is what keeps us going.

The thing is, there are strong forces trying to destroy all of these things. It started with a misrepresentation of Adam Smith and John Locke and other enlightenment philosophers. This was used by politicians, media, and most importantly, the plutocrats to create a corrupt modernity whose chief feature is capitalism unbound. And it is killing us all.

Given these circumstances, it is clear what hill I am willing to die on. The war for the future of our species and much more is upon us. I know where my honor lies. I hope that there are enough of us.

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