South Korean-born essayist


All my writings in this blog is in public domain.

Favorite quotes
‘With malice toward none, with charity for all’ -Abraham Lincoln
‘No one could deserve to suffer’ -Derek Parfit
‘May all that have life be delivered from suffering’ -Unknown
‘Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.’ -Article 1, Paragraph 1, the Basic Law (the Constitution) for the Federal Republic of Germany
(German original: ‘Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar. Sie zu achten und zu schützen ist Verpflichtung aller staatlichen Gewalt.’)
‘Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected.’ -Article 1 – Human dignity, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Favorite Speeches (with no particular order, if you watch all five videos, it will be 1h 40m long)
Animal Rights: Tom Regan, 1989
Carnism, Veganism: Melanie Joy, 2015
Children’s Rights, Education: Malala Yousafzai, 2013
Suffering-focused Ethics: Jonathan Leighton, 2015
Freedom, Liberty: Ronald Reagan, 1964

Favorite Songs
WILLIAMS With Malice Toward None (from Lincoln) – “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band
Cinema in Concert – 08 – John Williams – Hymn to the Fallen

Favorite Books

Effective Altruism: Doing Good Better (William MacAskill) The Most Good You Can Do (Peter Singer)

Cognitive Science: Blank Slate (Steven Pinker) Free Will (Sam Harris) Smarter (Dan Hurley)

Philosophy: Straw Dogs (John Gray) Life, Death and Meaning (David Benatar, ed.) The Human Predicament (Benatar) Against Moral Responsibility (Bruce Waller) The State in the Third Millennium (Prince Hans-Adam II) Reasons and Persons (Derek Parfit) Better Never to Have Been (Benatar) Debating Procreation (Benatar, et al.)

Animal Ethics: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows (Melanie Joy) Eternal Treblinka (Charles Patterson) Animal Liberation (Singer)

Singularity: The Singularity Is Near (Ray Kurzweil) Superintelligence (Nick Bostrom) Engines of Creation (K. Eric Drexler)

Poverty: Out of Poverty (Paul Polak) The Business Solution to Poverty (Polak) 100 under $100 (Betsy Teutsch)

Other: One Person Acted and Everything Changed (Deborah Rohan et al.) 2 Billion under 20 (Stacey Ferreira et al.)