Generate or Degenerate?

To generate: to beget, to give birth, to produce, to make, to create. Similar to the word “generous” or “genus” (family, genetics, etc). Generative philosophers include Nassim Taleb, Nietzsche. Generative entrepreneurs include Jay Z, Kanye West, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel.

Degenerate: to suck out and kill life. To energy vampire. Typical degenerate philosophers and thinkers include Karl Marx, Spinoza, and (most) notable philosophers.

Thus when it comes to you or others ask yourself:

Is this person a generate (someone who promotes and encourages life and growth) or a degenerate (someone who wants to see all life die and perish?)


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