Scrappy Moms Against The World Brain Sometimes Stand Alone

“It’s a few days before Mother’s Day, and I find myself alienated from the two people I have the closest biological connection with – my mother and my young adult child. My husband is about to cross a border that I cannot cross to see our child, a college student, who issued an ultimatum to me over winter break that I had to forsake my research, or I would be cut out of their life. I would do many things for my child, but that I could not do. What a terrible role model I’d be had I affirmed the legitimacy of conditional love – that a person would only be worthy of affection if they abandoned their calling, their purpose…Whether I chose this path, or it chose me is moot at this point. I’ve been walking these seven years through a storied landscape that landed me on the doorstep of the unimaginable….I will continue to do this work as one mom among many in a spirited and spiritual engagement facing off against artificial intelligence. I do it for my child, and all the children. I know they cannot consent to existing as a hologram in some cyberneticist’s evolutionary algorithm. I just pray someday my family will have the strength to step in this story, look around, and understand why I took this stand for natural life.”

(A valuable essay by Alison McDowell, whose work has been very helpful to me in understanding systems/frameworks driving our world)

Scrappy Moms Against The World Brain Sometimes Stand Alone – Wrench in the Gears

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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