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In Defense of Affinity

Noah Gibbs left a very smart comment on "The First Question" --

This is a brilliant comment; Noah is as insightful as always.

I might pick a small bone with, "A lot of (most) people's drive and motivation come from loving what they do" -- is this true? This implies that most people have towards-based goals, things they want. Whereas I would guess that most people are more motivated in general in their life by avoiding pain and removing discomfort? See, EX, loss aversion.

But that's a nitpick, and a very small nitpick, because that's a very insightful comment which I'mv very grateful for. In particular, not factoring your own emotional needs into "what is true?" is a disastrously bad idea.

Mom Life 1: Backseat Driver

On Waiting for My Owl

Last night, I went somewhere with the kids. We were on a back country road, which I have driven on for about ten years now. Country roads have lots of intersections that are seldom busy. You get a little too used to it sometimes...

After going through one of these deserted intersections, Noah says, "mom, did you stop?"

I say, "yes..." (Obviously, because he had to ask means I probably didn't stop as well as I should have.)

There's a short pause, and then he continues, "Next time you should stop longer."

Accepting criticism for my driving is hard enough from my mom and my husband, but my 4 year old?! Nonetheless, I swallow my pride and say, "ok".

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