THE LONG HAUL

How To Keep Going

A series of thoughts on long term projects

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Long term thinking at the end of the world

A long haul project holds implicit within it a belief in the future. This feels hard, lately.

The essential task of being human

What is long-term thinking at the end of time? Or at the very least, at a moment that feels extremely grim? America in the early 2020s has a distinct “end of our civilization” tang to it, with undertones of extremism, increasing violence, rampant and poisonous nostalgia, and a strong finish of environmental catastrophe. Mix in the pandemic twist and, well, this feels more like a moment for “life is short, take it one day at a time” than “let me embark on a long term project I can’t even imagine the end of.”

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