All Rats Must Swim

In the 1950s, a Johns Hopkins professor named Curt Richter conducted an experiment on the power of hope: He would place rats into small pools and force them to tread water.
This experiment demonstrated the willingness for a creature to survive based on the fact that it could maintain hope.
What we can infer from this experiment beyond what was explicitly stated in the findings is how hope can be used as a tool by those in power who are capable of inspiring hope among their constituents without ever actually allowing for salvation.

Just keep swimming.

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The Heat Death of Ambition

“The medieval period had its gallant knights, marvelous castles, and pious devotion to the glory of God. The age of antiquity had its everlasting cultural mythologies and epics, its grand structures like the Parthenon and the Colosseum of Rome still standing, and its magnificent continent spanning empires. No one will look back fondly on our disgraceful era in history, for what is to be remembered? Mass psychosis of the human mind? Exporting sodomy across the globe? Infinite porn at our fingertips? Burger King? The leaders of our era are a refutation of virtue, meritocracy, and common sense. The people of their charge are a mirror image of the waste they dump into the oceans. And our gods of pleasure have no shortage of devotees. It seems some truly unholy force animates this era, keeping it stumbling along, well out of nature’s way of correcting things.”

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