(I know it is not what you are doing, but this really reminds me of the devanagari writing)
If a question merits an answer, ask it twice. The first time, to screen for the people capable of generating an answer, the second time, to adjust the query.
I was already doing something like this, more more or less. But I think I should do it in a more formalized way than before. Here “capable” includes “able to get over it after thinking it over”, and it’s a commitment to drop a topic the other person finds painful… but take it up again with someone else, too.
I am not sure I can be consistent about it. But at least I might notice when I am not, and tell people outright “I acknowledge it’s important, but you should ask N instead” without feeling too much guilt for not meeting their expectations.
Another immediate question is “for what tasks you don’t have to do that?”, partly because then one can ask the following question of why. For example, I think now that one doesn’t have to track extra information when feeding livestock. (A not-too-variable time-consuming routine.) But I haven’t yet really tracked what I do when I do that.
(Abramovich, not Abromavich. It’s from the name Abram originally.)
Thank you. I am not blaming myself, I am looking for ways and means) and sometimes finding them. But yes, I would like to have to make fewer choices.
Thank you, this is great. I still have lots of misgivings, safety-wise, but I guess this is how it is for now.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaporizhzhia_Nuclear_Power_Plant is on fire. I wasn’t afraid of that. I didn’t believe it possible.
The thing of which I am currently very afraid is any kind of accident happening to a refugee train. People say there will be no more taking prisoners.
I am thinking mostly about the situation in Ukraine (the harvest, the next school year, the next winter). I guess in Europe, the consequences and the timescales to consider will be different—maybe more of the “which college should I choose to study in for the next several years” kind?
As I lack information on Europe it seems more prudent to be more vague. (Huh, that’s a thought—“what kind of information does one need here”.) What areas of life can be affected? Maybe you will end up learning to cook exotic foods just to take your mind off things (in the best possible way) or developing a personal ranking of the news sources. It all depends on what you want.
What timescales are you considering? There are probably consequences further down the line, not just this spring.
Thank you very much for your generosity. I passed it on to others in our local chat.
(Funnily enough, it seems that in Ukraine, most news is now narrowly focused on some very particular issue/geographical object/… and so things don’t appear “more” or “less” historical. I wonder what ends up actually important, and what is simply important-but-unreported, but right now I can’t sort it out. At least celebrity gossip is down.)
I’m ok right now, and thank you a lot for your concern.
I thought about writing something, but I’m thinking much more short-term & not unbiasedly. We’re ~ 15km outside Kyiv, which has been striked, and ~ 10km outside Brovary (also), so we have heard explosions but not seen any yet. Going down to the cellar occasionally (it gets furnished ever cosier), not thinking about work (Because Nerves), checking up with relatives. There’s nothing much to do. Can’t run—the roads are congested & trains are being cancelled, and I don’t feel like I can join a guerilla team because of my family. I know some LW-reading people in Kharkiv who are sure to have it worse.
People are reacting in wildly different ways, of course. We check the news often. In my bubble there is also talk about how this is going to affect sending the next Antarctic research team to the station (to relieve the guys there); street warfare; the situation at the Chernobyl atomic station now that it is taken by the Russians; donations for the Army (blood, money, transport etc.); the position of Nature’s editorial team re:situation in Ukraine (oddly pro-Russian); house pets (many bomb shelters will let you in with one); prayers; mail delivery delays; children’s emotions after watching the news; (often suspended) education; and soon, I expect (edit after autocorrection to “except” :) ), gardening.
The rumor has it this night will be hard, but then again, it’s a rumor.
Break a switch and go counting the carriages until you see it again?
People can say “all of these aren’t good” and “I’d do it” without having to tie themselves in knots.
Please be alright, it’s a horrible thing to be robbed. I don’t think I can help from here, but still.
(that thing about “starting one position later” immediately reminded me of mutations affecting the nucleotide sequence, where starting one position later is also a big deal:) )
One of mine is Athos from ‘Twenty years after’. I admire his dedication, plainness of speech, valor, level-headedness, ability to just not defend things he finds unworthy of defence even when it would be to his advantage, etc. At most, he “says” something like, “Shall we? Yes, we shall.”—and this is enough.