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One other Epoch, One other Monument – Bike Snob NYC

People are actually good and actually dumb on the similar time.

In historical days, they construct nice temples that we nonetheless marvel at right this moment:

The folks then have been good in that they expressed their beliefs and their morality in refined structure and compelling delusion, however they have been dumb in that they mainly used these locations to set animals on hearth for Zeus.

Finally, paganism went out of trend, and it appeared primitive and idiotic when in comparison with monotheism, which is the single-ring drivetrain of religions. (Although some folks, just like the Jews, have been using single-ring drivetrains lengthy earlier than they have been cool–and naturally some folks nonetheless admire the fantastic thing about paganism, similar to loads of retrogrouches nonetheless love their triples.) So the folks constructed new temples for that, and so they have been additionally marvelous:

The folks then have been good in that they expressed their beliefs and their morality in refined structure and compelling delusion, however they have been dumb in that they thought their delusion was inherently superior to the outdated myths. See, the silly ancients thought there have been heaps and plenty of gods that birthed infants out of their heads, whereas the single-ring devotees believed there was just one God and he was all the time in search of excuse to smite you, which is obvioiusly much more wise.

Now it’s the twenty first century, and we’re nonetheless actually good and actually dumb. We don’t discuss “god” in any respect anymore; as a substitute, we discuss “science,” and so we spend numerous cash constructing temples to that:

It’s straightforward to make enjoyable of faith, however it’s vital to do not forget that it’s not meant to be taken actually:

Whereas there’s definitely quite a lot of bloatware within the numerous holy books, the very best stuff is gorgeous and insightful and frames the world and our existence in a method that also underpins our tradition and presents us limitless perception even right this moment. The issue with faith is that it’s administered by folks, and persons are imperfect and insecure. Take Jesus, for instance. Whether or not or not he truly ever existed (does it actually matter?), he’s greater than all proper with me; he’s completely implausible! Folks nonetheless stay their lives based on his teachings, and with good cause. However his advertising and marketing crew was insecure, and they also needed to tack on all these items about him getting back from the lifeless (to not point out all of the political stuff concerning the Jews and the Romans), when as a substitute they need to have merely had confidence within the materials, as a result of the Sermon on the Mount is nice stuff. Certain, perhaps a part of the rationale the Beatitudes caught is that they killed him off ultimately, however did they actually need to carry him again on high of it? It’s a bit a lot is all I’m saying.

Fashionable faith pushes it in the identical method. Take “local weather,” a phrase that has misplaced all which means. In case you take away the phrase “local weather” from any passage, not solely do you lose nothing by way of which means, however the passage is definitely stronger for it:


“The Innovation Hub shall be a signature NYCEDC initiative to advance speedy expertise adoption in NYC,” the web site states. 

The Brooklyn Military Terminal already serves as an area for firms to check and trial new expertise.

In line with the EDC, firms taking part within the Innovation Pilot Program have entry to a “stay surroundings” with roadways, water and electrical techniques and extra through which to check and develop their expertise and merchandise. 

The primary one feels like a boondoggle, however the second makes me go, “Take my cash!”

In biking, the phrase “gravel” works the identical method. Helmets are actually “gravel helmets:”

Socks are actually “gravel socks:”

Pumps are actually “gravel pumps:”

And so forth.

Hey, you could chortle, however go forward and attempt to use a non-gravel pump on gravel, you’ll drive it proper into the bottom like a stake:

Additionally, you’ll be able to’t chortle at “gravel” all the things and never chortle at “local weather” all the things. Like gravel, “local weather” has turn out to be a advertising and marketing time period, nothing extra, and just like the phrase gravel I now cringe each time I hear it. While you flip a phrase right into a prefix you slap onto all the things willy-nilly you cheapen it by overuse and it undermines itself:

In fact we needs to be stewards of the land and never pollute and all the time search extra environment friendly fuels and all that different stuff we’ve recognized for 1000’s of years. However not solely are these folks pissing in your head and telling you it’s raining, however they’re additionally telling you their piss is extra rain than has ever fallen within the historical past of humanity, and that should you don’t change your evil methods the world goes to finish–and it really works, as a result of folks suppose worrying on a regular basis makes them good, which is why publications just like the Guardian exist, and why policymakers can justify all types of wacky stuff on the idea of “local weather.” Not that we shouldn’t put money into expertise, however how the hell is that this factor going to carry town 5 million jobs?

The whole metropolis inhabitants is eight and a half million folks. From what I can inform from two seconds of analysis, about 25% of that’s folks below 16. That leaves a little bit greater than six million individuals who can truly work. Are we to imagine that 5 million of them are going to work in inexperienced jobs? There aren’t even that many roles in the entire metropolis;

Okay, perhaps that doesn’t embody municipal jobs, and perhaps as soon as each business within the metropolis turns into sufficiently “inexperienced” then each job will technically be a inexperienced job–like in case your native Chipotle meets some kind of “internet zero” goal and also you wrap burritos there then TA-DAAH! you’re now working a inexperienced job. I dunno.

And once more, I get investing in expertise and being on the reducing fringe of no matter, however I believed we have been already constructing a “local weather middle” on Governor’s Island?

All I’m saying is that this looks like a suspiciously massive variety of local weather facilities. Governor’s Island, the entire Brooklyn waterfront… Additionally, this imaginative and prescient of the long run appears fully divorced from what’s taking place on the market proper now. The town’s not in an incredible place. The opposite day I boarded a rush-hour subway. On my line a typical prepare consists of, I imagine, ten automobiles. Of these, six have been occupied by what in Newspeak are at the moment known as “unhoused people,” and have been in any other case devoid of passengers as generally the occupants had clearly been utilizing them to alleviate themselves, because it naturally follows that the unhoused are additionally un-bathroomed. So mainly 60% of a rush-hour subway prepare was a rolling flophouse. Most platforms outdoors of what urbanists name the “CBD” have been additionally inhabited by numerous numbers of the undomiciled, and arriving at my vacation spot station I held my breath because it was crammed with the cloying stench of the unhoused, de-toileted, un-showered and non-deodorized one that was at the moment occupying it.

This isn’t me making enjoyable of the homeless and even proposing or criticizing any options; I’m merely making the purpose that we have now a nasty behavior of cloaking disagreeable truths in new language, and that now can be time to get up and scent the human shit. Provided that you actually stroll round together with your eyes closed and pinching your nostril (or I suppose you get pushed round in a city-owned SUV like many officers are) would you suppose that futuristic Gattaca-like services on tiny islands needs to be a precedence now–until the thought is that after all that is executed there shall be 5 million inexperienced jobs and all of the folks pissing and shitting on subway trains will discover themselves gainfully employed in fixing the world’s power issues and averting the horrible specter of local weather change without end:

In fact, the subway isn’t all unhealthy, and due to the migrant disaster it’s by no means been simpler to purchase sweet from a baby throughout your commute, so there may be that:

I suppose the local weather middle will no less than distract folks from the migrant camp at Floyd Bennett Discipline.

And sure, all these items–“local weather,” homelessness, migrants–is politically charged, however let’s have a look at it agnostically. This metropolis is a roiling, seething, dynamic, thrilling, infuriating, ugly, and exquisite pit of commerce. There are all the time folks desperate to declare it lifeless, me included, however everybody from the latest school graduate from a cushty suburban house to households who trek 1000’s of miles by rainforests comes right here for the alternatives it sill gives. In that sense I suppose it kind of doesn’t matter what town spends its cash on, as a result of there are all the time greater than sufficient folks to take that cash, and never solely will they construct no matter ridiculous extravagance town has provide you with this week (like a shiny “local weather middle” on an island, or one other shiny one on the waterfront), however they’ll additionally construct one thing for themselves with the cash they earn. I doubt something helpful will come out of a local weather middle itself, however I additionally perceive that you simply don’t see the stupidity of burning an ox for Zeus once you have a look at historical ruins; as a substitute you marvel on the ingenuity of the ancients, and the style through which these constructions embody the fantastic thing about human aspiration. Equally, perhaps somebody will marvel at these local weather facilities, even when their solely actual sensible objective is in shifting cash round, and even when the most important “development sector” in inexperienced jobs is delivering meals to folks on e-bikes.

I do suppose there’s a hazard in not calling issues what they’re, whether or not it’s making sleeping in your individual filth sound like a way of life alternative, or of all the time attributing climate and incompetence to a “local weather emergency.” I particularly suppose once we say we have to get folks out of automobiles or construct a motorcycle lane for “the local weather” as a substitute of for all of the precise causes to get folks out of automobiles or construct bike lanes, we do bikes and the individuals who journey them a disservice.

However largely I’m comfortable it’s the weekend and that I can go for a journey.

I really like you,

–Tan Tenovo


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