You only live once. So don't be an idiot.
Born and raised in New York City, Nick studies philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, specializing in Mathematical Logic and in the crossroads of free will, determinism, and personhood. His particular interests are: Logic, Philosophy, Motorsports, Kurt Vonnegut, Bertrand Russell, 20th Century American Literature, The Automotive Industry, and Debate.
"YOLO" stands for You Only Live Once. You do, in fact, only live once. It's still a startlingly stupid thing to say.
The reasoning behind this saying is precisely backwards. It was popularized in a hip-hop song by Drake, and has since become the viral de facto motto for anyone who wants to justify moronic behavior.
Consider the Bond film, You Only Live Twice. Fleming titled his book that because James Bond does take risks, does enter into danger, does act as though there are no consequences. Bond, in other words, acts as though it isn't the case that you only live once. He does things that you shouldn't do if you only live once.
So why do dumb teenagers everywhere think it's a good thing to yell when they do something reckless? Probably mostly just because they are dumb teenagers.
This isn't just grumpiness. The fact that we only live once is a good reason to make good use of our time, to weigh the consequences of what we do, to make the most of it. It seems like a good reason to be careful, not careless.
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- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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