Serious Issues Matter, Whether or Not You Care

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Douglas Giles, PhD
3 min readJun 21, 2024

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Note: Despite this story being inspired by and fulfilling Medium CEO Tony Stubblebine’s call for a better Internet in https://blog.medium.com/be-part-of-a-better-internet-5c4aa58ec826, the gatekeeper’s rejected it for a Boost almost instantly after it was nominated. The Curation Team must not have read his article or believe in his message. Regardless, I still believe in Medium’s mission. https://dgilesphilosopher.medium.com/why-im-on-medium-4658e303e0e6

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There was a person. We will call him “Josef.” He was a businessman. By all accounts, he was a shrewd and successful businessman. He focused his time and energy on building his business, optimizing his storefront and his marketing. He read up on business tactics and listened to successful people.

Josef wasn’t interested in what was going on in his country. He focused only on his business, and what free time he allowed himself he played games with his male friends. He wasn’t a bro, he was quiet and focused. He didn’t read or listen to anything other than that directly related to his business or his leisure pursuits.

One of Josef’s customers was a professor at the local university. “A storm is coming,” the professor told Josef. Josef just nodded every time the professor would talk about serious issues— Josef had read you…

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Douglas Giles, PhD

Philosopher by trade & temperament, professor for 21 years, bringing philosophy out of its ivory tower and into everyday life. https://linktr.ee/dgilesphd