Paul Graham on “moral fashion”

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This is a pretty nifty article that compares clothing fashion to moral fashion. Paul Graham is quite the writer. He’s also got cool stuff on programming (like on how LISP helps you [Beat the Averages]: ), if you’re into that sort of thing.

> Excerpt:
Have you ever seen an old photo of yourself and been embarrassed at the way you looked? Did we actually dress like that? We did. And we had no idea how silly we looked. It’s the nature of fashion to be invisible, in the same way the movement of the earth is invisible to all of us riding on it.

> What scares me is that there are moral fashions too. They’re just as arbitrary, and just as invisible to most people. But they’re much more dangerous. Fashion is mistaken for good design; moral fashion is mistaken for good. Dressing oddly gets you laughed at. Violating moral fashions can get you fired, ostracized, imprisoned, or even killed.

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