I’m not actually asking for people to do a thing for me, at this point. I think the closest to a request I have here is “please discuss the general topic and help me think about how to apply or fix these thoughts.”
I don’t think all communication is about requests (that’s a kind of straw-NVC) only that when you are making a request it’s often easier to get what you want by asking than by indirectly pressuring.
That’s flattering to Rawls, but is it actually what he meant?
Or did he just assume that you don’t need a mutually acceptable protocol for deciding how to allocate resources, and you can just skip right to enforcing the desirable outcome?
Can you explain why return on cash vs. return on equity matters?
I’m struck by the assumption in this essay that you have a clear distinction between your own values and other people’s.
I think that having a clear sense of personal identity can be difficult and not everyone may be able to hold on to their own perspective. I am concerned that this might be especially hard in an era of social media, when opinions are shared almost as soon as they are formed. Think of a blog/tumblr/fb that consists almost entirely of content copied from other sources: it is nominally a space curated/created by “you”, but really it is a lot of other people’s thoughts aggregated with very little personal modification. That could be a recipe for really poor internal coherence.
It’s pretty standard psychologist’s advice to have a journal where you write truly private reflections, shared with literally nobody else. I imagine this helps in constructing a self with boundaries.
Relatedly, “self-affirmation” (really kind of a misnomer: it means writing essays about what values are priorities for you) has a large psychology literature showing lots of good effects, and I find it extremely helpful for my own thoughts. A lot of self-help seems to boil down to “sit down and write reflections on what your priorities are.” Complice is this in productivity-app form, The Desire Map is this in book form, etc.