People always assume that love is about celebrating someone’s amazing qualities, I wrote. But true love is also about accepting someone’s flaws. In order to create a love that grew and adapted over the years, you had to commit to someone else’s flaws the same way you committed to their qualities.
Technology’s come a long way since then, but it still has its limits, and as we find ChatGPT’s, its sheen will dull. Rarely has anything digital proven to be an all-out replacement for the IRL. We can all use Google Earth to virtually travel anywhere in the world—but when we want to see the Colosseum, we still get on plane. We still scream “REPRESENTATIVE” on the phone with Walgreens to be connected to an actual person. We abandoned the Zoom birthday party as soon as we were safely able. Humanity wins every time.
Asking for advice is probably the easiest way to hotwire a human brain to empathize with and see themselves in you
There are many versions of the future that I can find acceptable, as long as I can remain committed to the things I make and the people I love. The years are short but the days are so long. I don’t need a grand unifying theory of anything if I just show up every morning.