Good People and Wicked Problems – Breaking Smart

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Good People and Wicked Problems – Breaking Smart

Good People and Wicked Problems

When effectiveness gets unmoored from morality, it is better to be weird than good

Venkatesh RaoMay 20172

I had an aha! moment recently that helped me figure out what it means to exit the culture wars. Not a high-minded martyr flounce that only looks like an exit, while keeping you as entangled as ever, or a checked-out retreat that cedes stakes and agency for sanity, but an actual exit, where the conflict becomes incapable of co-opting your presence or agency within it. A vaccine of sorts.

The key is to appreciate what happens when good people meet wicked problems, and what to do about your own desire to be good.

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Good People and Wicked Problems – Breaking Smart