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When you grow up
you tend to get told
the world is the way it is
and you’re life is just
to live your life inside the world.
Try not to bash into the walls too much.
Try to have a nice family,
save a little money.
That’s a very limited life.
Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact:
Everything around you that you call life
was made up by people that were no smarter than you
and you can change it,
you can influence it,
you can build your own things
that other people can use.
Once you learn that,
you’ll never be the same again.
– Steve Jobs
This reminds me of an old Sufi proverb,
that the first barrier to anything
is not imagining it can be done
once you imagine it can be done
you can never return to a time when
you didn’t imagine it could be done
this is why the first barrier
is also called the last
Had the sad / unfortunate experience to watch someone crash & burn recently. To protect the privacy & feelings of innocent 3rd parties, I’m obscuring all the details, though I will say while the person in question did some things wrong, they also did some things right & deserve credit for that.
The key points:
- Your sins will find you out. This is especially true in the Internet age.
- It’s never the crime, it’s always the cover-up.
- That being said, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.
- If you make a record of something, you are giving tacit approval to share it with the world.
- If you make a digital record, sharing with the world is compulsory.
- Do nothing you aren’t willing to share with the world.
- Handles create a false sense of security.
- Nothing is ever as it seems.
- If you can’t answer a personal question with “Yeah, so?” you are doing something wrong.
“The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgment or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.” – Henry David Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”
“The problem with sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, etc., remarks and ‘jokes’ is not that they’re offensive, but that by relying for their meaning on harmful cultural narratives about privileged and marginalized groups they reinforce those narratives, and the stronger those narratives are, the stronger the implicit biases with which people are indoctrinated are. That’s real harm, not just ‘offense.’” — Scott Madin, “I Don’t Care If You’re Offended”
Had a lotta stuff I wanted to upload over the last week but
I was abducted by leprechauns the best-laid schemes o’mice and men gang aft agely.
So while waiting for the other posts to be readied, try visiting the ever insightful Tony Isabella’s new blog.
Or if you’re of a more musical bent, watch first this video…
(Minor NSFW at
the beginning of
“The first thing to remember is that there are two kinds of problems in this world. You might be unfortunate enough to have both kinds at once but you should never forget that there are two kinds — the ones that can be largely solved by One Phone Call and the ones that can’t. ‘I don’t have a job’ can be solved with One Phone Call. Someone calls up and hires you…
“The other kind of problem is the kind that can’t be solved by One Phone Call. Being very ill would probably be the most obvious example but it can also be a relationship problem that isn’t going to get better and we can all imagine plenty of other situations…
“People keep plunging themselves into depression and despair because they mistake the first kind of problem for the second kind. Neither is fun and I’m not suggesting the second kind is necessarily hopeless. I know plenty of folks who’ve recovered from pretty severe disasters. I just think it’s valuable to distinguish between them and to not overdramatize the former into the latter.” — Mark Evanier
Search for the guilty
Punish the innocent
Praise & reward the non-participants