'Character is something you forge for yourself; temperament is something you are born with and can only slightly modify. Some people have easy temperaments and weak characters; others have difficult temperaments and strong characters.
We are all prone to confuse the two in assessing people we associate with. Those with easy temperaments and weak characters are more likable than admirable; those with difficult temperaments and strong characters are more admirable than likable. Of course, the optimum for a person is to possess both an easy temperament and a strong character, but this is a rare combination, and few of us are that lucky. The people who get things done tend to be prickly, and the people we enjoy being with tend to be accepting, and there seems to be no way to get around this. Obviously, there are many combinations of character and temperament, in varying degrees, so that this is only a rough generalization - but I think it is one worth remembering when we make personal judgments.' -Sydney J. Harris

A Lack of Original Thought

by Ethan Glover, Sun, Sep 27, 2015 - (Edited) Wed, Oct 19, 2016

When I deleted my old sites and moved away from WordPress, I also stopped writing on a consistent basis. I used to write 20 pages a week answering questions and objections to anarcho-capitalism. I also reported on SEO news and answered a few questions about digital marketing.

Today, I feel like the answers to most questions people are asking are already out there. Granted, there still aren't any good direct question to article blogs on anarchy. But that's missing the point.

There is a tremendous lack of original thought in the world and online. Who the hell cares about another blog or libertarian podcast that reports a "libertarian perspective" on the news? We all know exactly what that is.

Depending on "libertarian sources" is a dangerous form of reference bias that leads to intellectual isolationism.

If I read the news, I don't care about the bias. I care if the writer can, A) write, and B) investigate. I want original journalism. Not some schmuck who thinks he's doing everybody a service by copying news items while complaining about a lack of journalist integrity.

I don't need a blogger to tell me what the "libertarian perspective" should be. I already know it. I don't need him to omit important details and exaggerate others to create that "perspective."

The world needs more good journalists who actually find the information themselves and make an attempt to not be bias with it. You can't complain about others' biases while building your whole "schtick" upon a libertarian one.

I don't listen to libertarian podcasts or read libertarian news. I prefer sources that have, above all else, original thought. A rare commodity that doesn't exist anywhere within libertarian media.

Dan Carlin's Common Sense is a rarity with originality. The show has no schedule and only has a new episode once every few months. But when a new episode finally comes out, you know the viewpoints are that of Dan Carlin's alone.

His words aren't copied, rehashed tripes. He's not repeating the opinions of long dead philosophers. The show's viewpoints are new, creative, and meticulously thought out.

I'd like to write more. I'm tempted to write about everything. The newest South Park, Chris Cantwell's latest reason he should kill himself, local drama, responses to others' politics, news, and of course, answering the questions that I've answered 1,000 times before.

Instead of aimlessly pushing for "more content," I'd like to push myself a bit. To hunt for original thinking. To look for ways to become what I admire in those who do strive for quality over quantity.

I don't know how that's done. But I've got an idea. Here's to more originality in the future.