I will argue with you, if you would like.
" But let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. If you suddenly become some psychopathic, cold, calculating, ruthless, uberman to try to cope with your new-found discovery,you've missed the point" - +Thomas Lechner
I believe you missed the point. I don't want to make assumptions about your demographic, so I will come from only my point of view.
Hipsters, as described in this article, do exist. There are lots of them. Disenfranchised middle 20's to 30 year olds. My twin brother suffered this, (identical), as do all my friends from High School and many people I went to college with.
So, back to you missing the point: He said that they should "do" something. Anything. Not become cold, not become calculating, not become some uberman (good word btw), but "do something". There are examples: be a good mom, learn to play guitar, ball room dance, anything. The implied point of the article is that doing something, anything, will put you down the path of "doing" and it is this path that these people missed.+Thomas Lechner
A quick attack to your post, just to get it out of the way:
"The author appears to have the vocabulary of a high school dropout (what's with dropping the "f" bomb every other thought), "
- High school dropout vocabulary is an effect of his experience being a professional writer. Average reading age for NYT readers is somewhere around low high school to high middle school. His audience isn't the NYT. F-bombs everywhere is a moot point. Who cares, he is communicating effectively.
(He is making a living writing full time. Unless you are a full time writer and you make more money than him I would assume his writing style is better than yours and any critique you have should, by evidence of effect, be ignored.) - It was weak arguing on your point, but the rest of you article made up for it.+Thomas Lechner
"Kindness, love, and affability are not signs of weakness, nor are they useless baggage. Life is not just about utility;"
Life is just about utility. Love, kindness etc.. are luxuries. You don't have time for them if you die of starvation. I know my argument here is weak, love and family do help make beating starvation easier.
The article, however, makes the point better than I do: Love, kindness, etc.. are all very well and good. Just not good enough and they are definitely not measurable by outsiders most especially when you don't "do something" to prove how kind you are; talk is cheap.+Thomas Lechner
" Life would be intolerable if everyone assumed the philosophy of this author. He may think that he has found wisdom, but his insight is useless as long as he continues to make himself the center and purpose of everything."
Refer to my first argument: Missing the point.
It seems like to me you agree with the points the article is making but are angry with how bold he was in stating things.