At the start of the Cold War, Henry Murray developed a personality profiling test to crack soviet spies with psychological warfare and select which US spies are ready to be sent out into the field. As part of Project MKUltra, he began experimenting on Harvard sophomores. He set one student as the control, after he proved to be a completely predictable conformist, and named him “Lawful”. Long story short, the latter half of the experiment involved having the student prepare an essay on his core beliefs as a person for a friendly debate. Instead, Murray had an aggressive interrogator come in and basically tear his beliefs to peaces, mocking everything he stood for, and systematically picking apart every line in the essay to see what it took to get him to react. But he didn’t, it just broke him, made him into a mess of a person and left him having to pull his whole life back together again. He graduated, but then turned in his degree only a couple years later, and moved to the woods where he lived for decades. In all that time, he kept writing his essay. And slowly, he became so sure of his beliefs, so convinced that they were right, that he thought that if the nation didn’t read it, we would be irreparably lost as a society. So, he set out the make sure that everyone heard what he had to say, and sure enough, Lawful’s “Industrial Society and its Future” has become one of the most well known essays written in the last century. In fact, you’ve probably read some of it. Although, you probably know it better as The Unabomber Manifesto.
This Saturday we had an early Thanksgiving party at my house. It was a blast! Thanks to Hyeon Mi who invited some of her friends over. Everyone brought over a ton of food and we had the biggest feast. It was great to have a group of people together for the holiday. Last year was lonely, but this year was great.
For the menu we had a rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, apple pie, apples + peanut butter from me. Hyeon Mi made a delicious salmon salad tangerines. One couple that came brought cream cheese slices of baguette with veggies on top(bruschette) , curry, ol wol nam ssam (a build your own egg roll, Vietnamese style) Gimbap (top 3 in Korea),It snacks, chocolate, bbebbero from another couple. Lots of great food I ate so much my stomach hurt even the next morning. After eating most of the food, we went out to a restaurant to get some Korean soup. The part lasted from 7pm-4am, we even played two games of Settlers of Catan, so much fun.
I then slept from ~4:30am-5pm. I have a ton of leftovers in true Thanksgiving style. It was tiring, but a really great time. I can’t wait to do it again. My room got really good reviews from all of her friends too, which made me feel happy.
Just got a package from my Mom. Thanks Mom! Grigri for climbing, lots of candy, Thanksgiving foods, and a thermometer so I started measuring temperatures. Going to convert to F.
Right now outside 42 – Doesn’t seem cold but everyday there is a 10+ km/h wind blowing, and the air is very dry.
My bathroom 53 – In the morning colder. The toilet seat is freezing, I won’t be surprised if we happen to have a super cold winter again and I see ice in my bathroom.
My room 59 – Very comfortable in sweatpants and sweatshirt. But a little too cold for sleeping and I think it gets colder as night wears on.
Being cheap with the heater again this year. Last year I was getting some insane bills for heating. This year I’m weather proofing my home some. Putting plastic and bubble wrap on the windows. Making things more airtight. It should help, but I am curious if the time and $20 invested will pay off in a single winter. Unlikely, but it is rewarding to have a home and make improvements and upgrades. I guess I understand why my mother takes leaf blowing and grass mowing so seriously. I bought a nice rug and some Christmas lights I hung on my ceiling so my place feels much more homey and comfortable. I hope everyone back home is having a warm winter too. Enjoy Thanksgiving together!