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The Two Meanings of "Social Contract"

There seems to be two very different ways that the phrase "social contract" is used.

The first is an unspoken conduct agreement between two people. If you hire a great guitar player to teach you guitar lessons once a week, are you allowed to cancel? Is your instructor? How much notice? Is it okay if he's drunk or halfway-preoccupied during your lesson?

How much formality is there? If you don't do the recommended lesson from last time, how disappointed will your instructor be?

How prepared must you both be?

This is a social contract that's actually a social contract. Sure, there's edge cases - even if it's expected that both of you are always at the lesson on-time, prepared, and ready to go immediately, there's still an exemption if you have a family emergency or serious illness or whatever.

Journaling: You're Doing It Wrong (and how to get practical, real-life results from your journal-writing)

On Linus Rylander

There's a long list of benefits that go along with keeping a journal, but I think most people go about it all wrong.

But hey, wait a minute, I thought only silly people wrote in journals?

If you ain't doing it, you're the silly one, silly.

So first of all, why the heck would you want to journal?

Here's my top reason: the externalization of thoughts and experiences

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