The Gray Man Directive

From the always interesting Ribbonfarm, a post about a corner of survivalist society that could start leaking into mainstream culture as a backlash to the oversharing inclusiveness of social media culture: (Don’t) Be the Gray man:

According to, a “gray man” is “an individual who possesses the skills, ability and intent to blend into any situation or surrounding without standing out, concealing his or her true skills, ability, and intent from others.” The term “gray man” is currently used by survivalists who believe that dressing and acting “gray” will improve their chances if shit hits the fan (SHTF).

The gray man prefers to carry his weapons and supplies in a dorky messenger bag like the Vertex EDC Satchel, designed to “blend into everyday life” while still holding ballistic inserts and allowing for rapid firearm draws.

Just as affecting a folksy down-to-earthness helps people like George Bush and Warren Buffet retain power and goodwill, affecting a dorky harmlessness while keeping one’s assets hidden will be a powerful strategy for the 21st century.

The author goes on to address Gray Man mentality in people with strong political views, how it could influence the fashion industry, and how it’s different from Normcore.

The Doctor may be the greatest Gray of all time.

More Skepticism, Please

We need skeptics. We need more skepticism. Less rash judgements and hot takes and fewer biases confirmed.

No more magical thinking. Less woo-woo.

Less Fake News and less referring to news that we don’t like as Fake News.

We need news networks that don’t trade in conspiracy to sell ads.

We need institutions to be held in check, but we need them to be held in check responsibly.

We need evidence-based governing and we need to hold our political parties to higher standards than winning at all cost.

We need truths that are also facts. We need whistleblowers that respect that the role of whistleblowing is larger than any one whistleblower.

We need self-help products that don’t make claims about “toxins.” We need movie stars that don’t want us to put coffee in strange places, and we need them to understand that vaccines are important.

We need headlines that don’t mimic the conversation style of 17-year-olds.

We need to ground ourselves in reality. Come back from the edges. Build politics of coalitions, not of isolation, exclusivity, or exclusion.

We need skepticism.

We need optimism.

We can and should have both.