Monday, July 25, 2016

Responsibilities....................


     In my youth, we had a small farm.  I am convinced that the time I spent there had much to do with my firm resolve never to farm again.  Work seemed to spring eternal, like the weeds that consumed so much of our time and efforts.  One of the messages constantly conveyed in those days was our obligation to take care of the land and to use it to produce food for ourselves and others.  If there was to be independence, self-sufficiency, or freedom, then we first had to understand, accept, and discharge our responsibilities.  The latter were the necessary (but not always sufficient) antecedents or precursors of the former.  The only guarantee was that if you did not discharge your responsibilities, there could be no independence, no self-sufficiency, and no freedom.

-Clarence Thomas, as excerpted from his 2016 Hillsdale College Commencement Address

Does anyone know..............................


.................................why 2,784 computers in Russia decided to visit this blog yesterday?   Just wondering.  Skewed the traffic statistics a bit.

This feels true.........................


"Our greatest weariness comes from work not done."
-Eric Hoffer

All of a sudden, this isn't.........................


................................as dated as it was two weeks ago.  Who knew?

Patience is the key.......................




"As previously reported on this website, the world is falling apart. It has done so before, however, so we should not be unduly alarmed."

-David Warren, as excerpted from here.  Do read it.

It is not the stimulus...............................


.............................................................it is the response that matters.



via

Yes, I am that old.......................



Some things never change........................


     Adams traveled up to Boston in the first days of September [1824].  His father had now reached the age of ninety.  "His sight is so dim that he can neither write nor read," Adams found.  Mentally, however, this remarkable old man was unimpaired.  "His memory yet remains strong, his judgment is sound, and his interest in conversation considerable."  John Adams continued to dictate letters, especially to his grandchildren.  The two men rode around the neighborhood, visiting the modest homes, across the street from one another, in which each had been born, a setting that evoked for both of them an eighteenth-century world purer and more noble that the one in which they now lived.

-James Traub,  John Quincy Adams:  Militant Spirit

Cultivate.........................


      The bottom line is that you are not your job.  I remember attending a leadership conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and walking into the bathroom, only to receive a profound teaching on this topic.  Written on the bathroom stall were the words, "This is your life and it is ending second by second."  Sure I thought, life is impermanent.
     Then I noticed that right below that scrawl were these words, "This is not your life.  This is a bathroom stall.  If you think this is your life you should be concerned."   Brilliant!  In the same way, your job is not your life.  If you thing your life is your job, you should be concerned.  Your life is what you make of it and what qualities you want to cultivate during your time here on earth.

-Lodro Rinzler,   The Buddha Walks Into The Office:  A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation

Renewal................................




I had always loved sunrise: was always renewed in spirit.  For all  my life I'd felt cheated if I'd slept through dawn.  The primeval winter solstice on bitter Salisbury Plain had raised my childhood's goose bumps long before I understood why;  and it had long seemed to me that dawn-worship was the most logical of primitive beliefs.

-Dick Francis,  Wild Horses

photo via

You gotta take care of that yourself...........



Yep...........................




via

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Things you should know......................


If you want to blame..........................


.............someone, it might as well be Woodrow Wilson:

"The thin-skinned, self-righteous college-professor president, who thought himself enlightened far beyond the citizenry, dismissed the Declaration of Independence’s inalienable rights as so much outmoded “nonsense,” and he rejected the Founders’ clunky constitutional machinery as obsolete."

-full story here

On drops and buckets......................


"Portion control via vessel size is a secret to success and happiness."

-Seth Godin, as excerpted from here

The paradox of tolerance....................




Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.

-Karl Popper, as excerpted from here

image via

Compared to what.........................................?


............................the importance of understanding perspective.

Alliances, science.....................


.............and maybe more than you want to know about lichens.

via

Sixty years ago..............................


Bill Haley & The Comets............................See You Later Alligator


On taking a break........................


9.  Take a break;  re-activate your higher brain where your best work is done

     Full on, sustained work is admirable.  However, the body being organic maintains this relentless pace by slowly switching to reptile brain.  Reptile brain is about survival.  It will get the job done until you literally drop.  But take a break and you keep higher brain in flow.  Higher brain is where the creative breakthroughs occur, so many of which are the amazing productivity breakthroughs.

-Nicholas Bate,  Paradoxical Productivity 35

Mostly too young to remember, but still.....


The Moonglows.............................................................Sincerely


When you got a heartache.............


Van Morrison.....................................Ain't Nothing You Can Do



thanks craig

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Launch the search party................


"We are unknown, we knowers, ourselves to ourselves:  this has its own good reason.  We have never searched for ourselves - how should it then come to pass, that we should ever find ourselves?  Rightly has it been said:  'Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.'  Our treasure is there, where stands the hives of our knowledge.  It is to those hives that we are always striving; as born creatures of flight, and as the honey-gatherers of the spirit, we care really in our hearts only for one thing - to bring something 'home to the hive!'"

-Friedrich Nietzsche, as excerpted from here

Aged like a fine wine.....................


Dave Mason.......live, and long, version of Look At You Look At Me


Opening paragraphs........................


     I'm often credited with the motto, "Only the paranoid survive."  I have no idea when I first said this, but the fact remains that, when it comes to business, I believe in the value of paranoia.  Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction.  The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.  I believe that the prime responsibility of a manager is to guard constantly against other people's attacks and to inculcate this guardian attitude in the people under his or her management.

-Andrew S. Grove,  Only The Paranoid Survive:  How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company and Career

Like the man said........................


..............................just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they are not out to get you.

First things first...................


When you first wake up in the morning, it might be helpful to reflect on your intentions for that day.   This is not the massive "What am I going to make of myself?" question.  It can be much simpler.  You could say, I aspire to be a bit kinder than yesterday or My intention is to be a bit more patient when I get frustrated with my coworkers.  Take a moment to reflect on what it is you want to make of your day, even before you get out of bed.

-Lodro Rinzler,  The Buddha Walks Into The Office:  A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation

Equal opportunity.................................


......................................................................................debunking.

Bill Murray.......................


.....................................................................Just one more proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  Story here

thanks craig

You just gotta love left-fielders............





via

Betting this won't end well...................



.....................................................................Reform for relief.

Interesting sentences...................


"The logic of solidarity in marginality requires oppression, and solidarity in marginality is necessary in order to sustain liberal power."

-as culled from here

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Without doing any deep thinking............


.....................................................................I am calling this true:

"Worse, it is government intervention, not laissez faire, that has done most to increase inequality and to entrench wealth and privilege."

-Matt Ridley, as excerpted from here.   As they say, read the whole thing.

Sort of creepy...........................


So, at 10:30 this evening I was scrolling through the Instapundit site when an Amazon ad for these two books showed up.  You may note (by scrolling down) that I posted, on this blog, the first two paragraphs from At The Existentialist Café at 7:16 this evening, and also posted the opening paragraph from Silva's new book yesterday.  While I admire their technical ability to monitor all things happening in the Intertunnel, why are they showing me ads for books that I already have?  Just wondering.

Good questions.............................


........................................................................and great questions.

Opening paragraphs.........................


     It is sometimes said that existentialism is more of a mood than a philosophy, and that it can be traced back to anguished novelists of the nineteenth century, and beyond that to Blaise Pascal, who was terrified by the silence of infinite spaces, and beyond that to the soul-searching St. Augustine, and beyond that to the Old Testament's weary Ecclesiastes and to Job, the man who dared to question the game God was playing with him and was intimidated into submission.  To anyone, in short, who has ever felt disgruntled, rebellious, or alienated about anything.
     But one can go the other way, and narrow the birth of modern existentialism down to a moment near the turn of 1932-3, when three young philosophers were sitting in the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue du Montparnasse in Paris, catching up on gossip and drinking the house speciality, apricot cocktails.

-Sarah Bakewell,  At The Existentialist Café:  Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

Mass movement.......................................




Billy Sunday,  1915 crayon and ink drawing by George Bellows

I'm trying................................




"One of the greatest attributes of leadership is effective communication, and learning what to say comes only when we have learned how to listen.  The art of listening is an opportunity to add to our knowledge and to increase our value.  The process of speaking, on the other hand, is the act of putting on display all - or the little - that we have learned.  We must first master the art of listening before our spoken words will have any great value to others."

-Jim Rohn,  The Five Major Pieces To The Life Puzzle

This day in 1969....................


.........................................we were glued to the television.

 


All in the name of science........................


Here is somethig............................


.....................................I'll bet you didn't know:

On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong, another American born and raised in western Ohio, stepped onto the moon, he carried with him, in tribute to the Wright Brothers, a small swatch of the muslin from a wing of their 1903 Flyer.

-David McCullough,  The Wright Brothers