In-Between Thoughts 8.27.18

I found this IBT post that I never published! I thought I’d send it off into the blogosphere, just ‘cuz. Edited writing is a horrible thing to waste.

Well, Hurricane Lane was a nothingburger for Honolulu. Lane parked herself next to the poor Big Island and Maui and just dumped rain and blew wind at them throughout the warning period then died a swift death come Friday. I am so grateful we missed having any significant impacts on Oahu, and also relieved the period of anxious -waiting-while-being-cooped-up is over. It wasn’t exactly a relaxing weekend.

My friend encouraged me to look into the Enneagram personality assessment. She said it was very helpful and revealing. Even though she swore I’d be able to tell my type just by reading them, after glancing through them I still had no idea so I took a free version of the test and came out as a Type 5 – The Investigator. The Investigator marked by their motivation to learn as much as they can about their environment, as their way of feeling secure. That definitely resonates. I love learning because it’s fun, yes, but certainly part of my drive for learning is to safeguard myself against perceived or unperceived threats. Also, I’m terrified of being useless or helpless. I still haven’t read much about my type or the Enneagram in general to make it truly useful to me, but I just think personality taxonomies are interesting. Not the be-all-end-all of who we are, but often useful tools for self-understanding and for navigating the world and our relationships.

And now a new unattainable #goals is becoming a brilliant psychologist and coming up with a new personality taxonomy. If only I had ten lifetimes to do all I find fascinating…

Um, side note: the gym is a hot, humid mess right now. Having no a/c for four days because of #HurricaneLane makes for a very sticky, sopping lift session. #gross

I don’t know what the H is up with robocallers, but I get at least three a day. My number is on the Do Not Call list and has been for years so this is particularly infuriating. I guess it would be worse if I ever answered my phone but JOKE’S ON THE “IRS”. Phones are for texting, people.

This is so obvious, but right now it’s even more apparent that institutions are no fix for a lack of character and integrity in our populace. There are certainly unjust systems and we need to make our institutions as just as possible, but there will always be ways to subvert and exploit the leniencies in our systems. There is no substitution for having good leaders and good citizens, in part to shape the systems and in part to step in when those systems fail. We need to return a bit to virtue training and education. But we also need to fix the unjust situations that preclude or prevent the development of these character virtues. Also, wouldn’t it be nice if we had a system that rewarded character not power? Some day in some future, unattainable utopia…

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