End of The Modern Survival Guide Vol. 1

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About two years ago I started a project called the Modern Survival Guide, which was intended to be a series of essays on things I think people ought to know about living in the modern world. It was a project that I’m not ashamed to say I picked up out of frustration.

There’s just so much going on these days, and so many people who I thought desperately needed something like this. I was frustrated with the number of brutally ignorant people who make it to adulthood, and wanted to write something that might help the more open-minded of them.

Two years later, and I’ve realized that I was one of those people. Because of course I was. We all are.

I had to do a frankly enormous amount of research for some of these articles. I had to relearn things I thought I already knew. I had to have some serious conversations with myself about my attitudes on subjects I thought were all wrapped up. I also had to come to grips with the sheer volume of stuff that I don’t yet feel comfortable writing about, because I haven’t experienced it or simply don’t know enough about it. That was a large list.

It was humbling, if you can believe it given that I’ve done my best to come across as a know-it-all for this entire series.

And with all that, I’ve barely scratched the surface, so I’ve decided to call a short break. Not a permanent break; I still have a notepad on my phone where I write down article ideas pretty much every week. But I am going to bring this first iteration of the Modern Survival Guide to a close and call it Volume One.

Oh yes, there will be a Volume Two. Like I said, the sheer volume of stuff that is still out there is immense, and I anticipate that some of it will probably make more sense when I’m older.

But in the meantime, I’m going to start new projects, work on my editing, try to get this behemoth published, and look around for all the other things that people might need to know.

Thank you to everyone who read (and continue to read!) this, and especially thank you to those who left comments, even when those comments were contrary to everything I wanted to convey, because hey… at least you were interested enough to leave a note.

With all that being said, here are a collection of the last tidbits of things that I think need to be said repeatedly to better enable survival in the modern world:

  • You are never going to know everything. That’s not the point of being “informed.” The point is to know how you know, and to make sure that what you know is good information.

And finally, when in doubt, be excellent to one another. Thanks Keanu. You had the wisdom all along. Most of the time we’re all that we’ve got, life is short and painful, and there’s no point to making it worse for other people without a really good reason. If you can’t be anything else, be kind.

Good luck to you all. We’re probably going to need it.

-Allen

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