There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.

– Desmond Tutu

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The author Tim Urban, who’s written one of my favourite internet essays of all time (his no-nonsense take on The Fermi Paradox), tweeted yesterday:

A common cliché is that the world is a battle between love and hate. It’s true, but not quite the right point. The world is a battle between clarity and delusion. Where there’s clarity, love is obvious and hate makes no sense. Before you read this tweet and think, “Totally – if only everyone could have as much clarity as I do!” remember that the clarity/delusion battle is our collective mental illness and no one is immune. Best way to help clarity win in the world is to get better in your own head.

We often think that getting clarity on a specific topic/issue just requires taking in more information, more facts. But gaining clarity mostly requires challenging and undoing existing mental models, which is much harder. Because of the way we were brought up and how we experienced the world around us thus far, we’re all in our own state of delusion: we make external realities fit into internal perception buckets.

I like the idea of there being a delusion-to-clarity path. It sets a new baseline by acknowledging that not ignorance (we miss information) but delusion (we use faulty judgment) prevents us from gaining clarity. As mentioned in last week’s issue, the difficult, never-ending work of ‘untangling’ our minds is one of the most important and kindest things we can do – to ourselves and to others. – Kai

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