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How to Live Like the World is Ending

  • Posted on: 14 December 2019
  • By: thecollective
How to Live Like the World is Ending

From Birds Before the Storm

The world might be ending.

There’s a commonly replicated piece of anarchist folk art that means a lot to me. I don’t know who drew it. It’s a drawing of a tree with a circle-A superimposed. The text of it reads “even if the world was to end tomorrow I would still plant a tree today.”

TOTW: let's try this again, on criticism

  • Posted on: 11 February 2019
  • By: thecollective

First off, I really like good criticism. To me it a sign of someone paying attention and thinking something through. Of course, really, a good compliment can be that too, but even thoughtful, articulate compliments have to get through the fog of "people are just nice," "it's only acceptable to say something kind," etc., so they're more likely to miss that sweet spot of good feedback, when the person receiving it has to step back and think about things (at least a little) differently.