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Indignation, Addiction and Hope:
Does it help to be “Mad as Hell”?
David Brin
TEDxUCSD - 2014
Lots to do…
Indignation helps us fight needed battles!
Passionate confrontation is important!
But passion isn’t the only important thing…
Your foes are passionate too!
Is there something we have… that they don’t?
DO problems get solved?
How we really solve problems
Obviously not!
So… is it still working?
Why don’t we negotiate anymore?
What do they want us to yell???
What is addiction?
“Addiction” is rooted in positive things!
Arduous things that we MUST do
with vigor and persistence – life makes
these things pleasurable, even joyous!
A natural process - prone to hijacking!
What does addiction have to do with
today’s plague of indignation?
Here’s a clue: it feels soooooo good!
Whatever the merits of your cause…Indignant fury robs you of opportunities to:
• Better target your outrage!
• Negotiate with moderate opponents.
• Split moderate opponents from their radicals!
• Prioritize half-a-loaf… then get the rest.
• Build cred: you aren’t a screaming kook!
There is a difference between
…confidence and arrogance…
…criticism and cynical despair…
…firm determination vs
addictive sanctimony…
…wary skepticism vs
reflexive pessimism.
Problems do get (partly) solved!
The ingredient most under attack…
…is confidence.
And so, let’s experiment with
something simple and pure.
YOU… did… this…
HOW DID YOU RESPOND?
With yawns?
With timid, silent satisfaction?
Confidence is the rebel meme!
…we’ll only fix what’s wrong…
…if we believe we CAN!
Yes! Issue dire warnings!
There are problems to solve! But…
Celebrate our can-do ability
to negotiate, to compromise,
to innovate, compete and
cooperate and get things
done!
At risk of hypocrisy… and irony…Let’s tap that vein of righteousness…
… in the problem-solving spirit of TED.
Next time something epochal & cool happens
– don’t cower from sneering cynics.
Yell what?
“I’m as proud as hell…
…and my civilization…
…can solve ANYTHING!”
And we can.
http://www.davidbrin.com

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Indignation Addiction: the modern plague (TEDxUCSD2014)

  • 1. Indignation, Addiction and Hope: Does it help to be “Mad as Hell”? David Brin TEDxUCSD - 2014
  • 2.
  • 4. Indignation helps us fight needed battles! Passionate confrontation is important! But passion isn’t the only important thing…
  • 5. Your foes are passionate too! Is there something we have… that they don’t?
  • 6. DO problems get solved?
  • 7. How we really solve problems Obviously not! So… is it still working?
  • 8. Why don’t we negotiate anymore? What do they want us to yell???
  • 9.
  • 11. “Addiction” is rooted in positive things! Arduous things that we MUST do with vigor and persistence – life makes these things pleasurable, even joyous!
  • 12. A natural process - prone to hijacking!
  • 13. What does addiction have to do with today’s plague of indignation?
  • 14. Here’s a clue: it feels soooooo good!
  • 15. Whatever the merits of your cause…Indignant fury robs you of opportunities to: • Better target your outrage! • Negotiate with moderate opponents. • Split moderate opponents from their radicals! • Prioritize half-a-loaf… then get the rest. • Build cred: you aren’t a screaming kook!
  • 16. There is a difference between …confidence and arrogance… …criticism and cynical despair… …firm determination vs addictive sanctimony… …wary skepticism vs reflexive pessimism.
  • 17. Problems do get (partly) solved!
  • 18. The ingredient most under attack… …is confidence. And so, let’s experiment with something simple and pure.
  • 19. YOU… did… this… HOW DID YOU RESPOND? With yawns? With timid, silent satisfaction?
  • 20. Confidence is the rebel meme! …we’ll only fix what’s wrong… …if we believe we CAN! Yes! Issue dire warnings! There are problems to solve! But…
  • 21. Celebrate our can-do ability to negotiate, to compromise, to innovate, compete and cooperate and get things done! At risk of hypocrisy… and irony…Let’s tap that vein of righteousness… … in the problem-solving spirit of TED. Next time something epochal & cool happens – don’t cower from sneering cynics.
  • 22. Yell what? “I’m as proud as hell… …and my civilization… …can solve ANYTHING!”