Hmm, I’m wondering if the law of equal but opposite advice is applying here?
I completely agree that some people do too many things, and that moderation is important! Sky-diving without a parachute is an example of doing something, and obviously dumb.
I think the important question is, on the margin, are people better off doing things more? And in my personal life, and in the people I see around me, the answer is overwhelmingly yes. I see a lot of people paralysed by perfectionism, indecision, anxiety etc. Who always wait for the perfect opportunity, and never deviate from the path of least resistance. And I think those people have too much moderation and not enough agency, and that a post exhorting them to be more agenty is exactly what they need.
I think there are also people who are great at being agenty and really need to learn moderation. And it’s approximately impossible to write a post catered to both at once.
My post is very much aimed at the people I have in mind. And I’m implicitly making the empirical claim that most people, on the margin, would benefit from being more agenty. Which is true in my experience, but I definitely live in a bubble.
I think “inherently false” is an extremely strong assertion against this post, and I’d be interested in hearing more justification for that.
I think it’s an overly strong response to:
Now I’ve got the unnecessarily provocative opening line out of the way,
Ah, makes sense, thanks!
The intended nuance there was “this is an overly simplified and not-literally-true statement, but which I think can be a useful simplification for noticing a common mistake and overcoming it” (or, frankly, that part happened because this post was an experiment in speed-writing and didn’t have much thought put into the exact wording. But that’s my back-filled justification for why I like that line!)