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Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Union names: Objections and replies

Last month I proposed a new solution to the problem of choosing family names: When you’re starting a family, you and your partners construct and adopt an entirely new middle name, a ‘union name‘ symbolizing your shared life and shared values. If you have children, this union name then becomes their surname. Many people voiced …

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In defense of actually doing stuff

Most good people are kind in an ordinary way, when the intensity of human suffering in the world today calls for┬áheroic┬ákindness. I’ve seen ordinary kindness criticized as “pretending to try”. We go through the motions of humanism, but without significantly inconveniencing ourselves, without straying from our established habits, without violating societal expectations. It’s not that …

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