Ukrainian Qualities

At my class on semantic fields, I found out that Ukrainians are:

– obsessed with freedom and incapable not only of following rules but intellectually processing their existence

– extremely passionate and totalizing in their feelings (Demon Copperhead is a work of genius! The Poisonwood Bible is complete dreck!)

– low-anxiety

– messy, all over the place, the opposite of meticulous

– extremely loyal but incapable of forgiving what they see as betrayal

– very stubborn

– capable of such intense enjoyment (including of very trivial aspects of life) that others think they are mental.

I feel very understood. All of these qualities are both bad and good. But they are very real and very mine.

National Divorce or Individual Choice?

In the completely unrealistic scenario of “a national divorce”, the resulting ideologically homogenous countries would once again become extremely polarized over some new set of issues. It would take a few months at most to achieve the same or higher levels of polarization.

MTG is a cognitively challenged individual and I wouldn’t make fun of a person with an intellectual disability if I didn’t see people with no cognitive issues express the same idea about the “national divorce.” That anybody would think narcissistic wounds can be healed by isolating the wounded from reality is very strange. No, unpleasant as it must be to the afflicted, the constant exposure to the world’s complexity is the only remedy.

I have reached a stage in life that when I watch movies or shows I loved 20 years ago, the actors who seemed old back then have suddenly become alarmingly young. When I re-watched “Pride and Prejudice” mini-series from the 1990s, however, Jennifer Ehle who plays Elizabeth Bennet didn’t look young. This wasn’t because of anything to do with her appearance but because of the amazing self-control of her character she so beautifully portrayed. Elizabeth is a passionate person yet her sense of dignity and propriety serve as a corset to keep her passions from being destructive. As a result of knowing how to contain herself, she’s a happy person who can be at peace even when her life is uncertain and her desires are thwarted. Again, Ehle’s superb acting shows how indestructible Elizabeth’s inner source of deep contentment is.

There’s an enormous distance separating Elizabeth Bennet from the endlessly squealing, self-pitying and infantilized MTGs and AOCs who think it’s cute to act like little girls well into their middle age and who are incapable of exercising self-control. Some outside force is always to blame for their unhappiness. The whole country must be at fault for the misery of the perennially inflamed MTG and AOC. The trouble is always “systemic”, “national” or even “global.” That MTG and AOC themselves might simply try to get themselves in check and stop freaking out simply never occurs.

Chatbots and DEI

Turns out I’m not the only person who discovered that ChatBot GPT is great for drafting meaningless bureaucratic texts:

The letter from the Peabody College’s office of diversity, equity, and inclusion expressed regret about the Michigan tragedy, in which a gunman killed three students and left five others in critical condition last week. The note, signed by associate and assistant deans of the college, included an attribution attached to the bottom that read, “Paraphrase from OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI language model, personal communication, February 15, 2023.”

Some people on campus are pouting as if the problem were the use of the chatbot and not the very existence of the office of diversity, equity and inclusion with its silly, pre-canned statements.

My administrators love sending these condolence messages sometimes for weirdest reasons. I wish they quit altogether. The world will be a better place when we outsource both the reading and the writing of such messages to the AI. Chatbots can spout long, sensitive perorations filled with cliches and written in perfect bureaucratese at each other and leave humans in peace.