2022: Speaking Cultish

“…language doesn’t work to manipulate people into believing things they don’t want to believe; instead, it gives them license to believe ideas they’re already open to. Language—both literal and figurative, well-intentioned and ill-intentioned, politically correct and politically incorrect—reshapes a person’s reality only if they are in an ideological place where that reshaping is welcome.”

― Amanda Montell, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

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2020: Death of an Emperor

I mean, I am not saying that an Emperor will die, but the tension will be felt in the palaces of power; the cracks will start to show…. its going to take strong and knowledgeable leaders to steer a safe course, and I can envisage a growing tension between “holding on to tradition” and “allowing change”.

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