Confessions
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St. Augustine - his folly as a young man, stealing pears from his neighbour's tree, getting involved with Manichaeanism

Naomi Klein - her past as mall-besotted, consumerist teen (vs no-logo); her pride in her frequent-flier status (vs this-changes-everything)

Tech people - never-get-high-on-your-own-supply

The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.

Jeff Hammerbacher [(data-best-minds-click-ads)]

Oil executives - plastic recycling is a sham

Health insurance executives - propagandising against Canada's single-payer healthcare system

POTTER: You know, I was believing my own PR for a long time. I rose up through the ranks. I had a good job. I was leading corporate communications at Cigna when I left. I was able to kind of compartmentalize as well, too, but also keep myself removed from the problems that so many people in this country are facing when it comes to getting care that they need and can afford. But on the other hand, if I hadn't done that, I wouldn't know what I know. And I've been one of the very few people who has some insider information to share with the public and with policymakers. I've testified before Congress many times and written lots of columns and done lots of media work to try to help people understand our system better and how it compares and contrasts to other systems around the world.

Cathy O'Neil - wmd has on the About page of her blog:

She hopes to someday have a better answer to the question, “what can a non-academic mathematician do that makes the world a better place?”

Dr. Gabor Maté - hungry-ghosts talking about his addiction to classical music CD's and work

As non-confrontational way of opening minds

I've found confessions a very powerful genre in changing my mind about things I was previously agnostic or ignorant about (just not Augustine & christianity tho). In confessing their own acts and talking frankly about their own realisations and struggles, these authors create the "safe space" needed for us to examine our own lives and similarities in a highly compassionate manner, without the often counter-productive lectures or blame games that op-eds or think pieces tend to devolve into. (Is this an AA tactic? TK)

Bibliography

Klein, Naomi. No Logo. ↩︎ 1

this-changes-everything Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. ↩︎ 1

never-get-high-on-your-own-supply Hern, Alex. 2018. “`never Get High on Your Own Supply': Why Social Media Bosses Don't Use Social Media”. The Guardian. [link] ↩︎ 1

wmd O'Neil, Cathy. Weapons of Math Destruction. ↩︎ 1

hungry-ghosts Maté, Gabor. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. ↩︎ 1