Tuesday, October 25, 2016
“This mean humorless philosophy which says everybody should agree on absolutely everything is not good.” He continued, “When the word moderation becomes a dirty word we have some soul searching to do.”
-George H. W. Bush, as culled from here
Monday, October 24, 2016
I asked professors who teach the meaning of life to tell me what
And I went to famous executives who boss the work of thousands
They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though I was
trying to fool with them.
And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along the
And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with their women
and children and a keg of beer and an accordion.
-Carl Sandburg, Happiness
The next half year would be the most tedious in Bobby's twenty year public life, working for the blandest of ex-presidents. Herbert Hoover is best remembered for two violations of the public good: He ushered in a Great Depression that he seemed incapable of ending, and he rigorously enforced Prohibition at a troubled time when Americans thirsted for a stiff drink. But Presidents Truman and Eisenhower recognized that the mining engineer turned politician knew more than anybody else about efficiency, and they enlisted him to run a blue-ribbon panel aimed at making the government more productive. It was for that noble purpose - in the form of the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government - that Bobby signed up in the summer of 1953.
-Larry Tye, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
.....................but there are those who believe one of the main drivers for the development of language in us humans was the ability for name calling:
Luther had already called Henry "a pig, a dolt, and a liar." Henry has already replied the Luther was "an ape, a drunkard, and a lousy little friar." Gentlemen did not then confine themselves to logical arguments. Defenders of the faith felt no constraints upon their pens or their tongues in face of opposing argument. And as these ever more acrimonious verbal conflagrations were joined, bonfires of Luther's writings, as well as of Wyclif's increasingly archaic translations, were being lit across the land.
-Thomas Cahill, Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World. The setting is circa 1523. Luther being Martin Luther. Henry being Henry VIII, then King of England. Wyclif being John Wycliffe, who translated parts of the bible into vernacular English in the late 1300's.
Carver paced the control room, watching over the front forty. The towers were spread out before him in perfect neat rows. They hummed quietly and efficiently and even with all he knew, Carver had to marvel at what technology had wrought. So much in so little space. Not a stream but a swift and torrid river of data flowing by him every day. Growing in front of him in tall steel stalks. All he needed to do was to reach in, to look and to choose. It was like panning for gold.
But it was easier.
He checked the overhead temperature gauges. All was perfect in the server room. He lowered his eyes to the screens on the workstations in front of him. His three engineers worked in concert on the current project. A attempted breach thwarted by Carver's skill and readiness. Now the reckoning.
-Michael Connelly, The Scarecrow
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
.....................of our society, until you stop to remember that this whole "retirement" concept is a fairly recent one.
"U.S. is poised for a financial retirement crisis. The math is inescapable: We have failed individually and collectively to save enough money for our golden years. This will be a huge issue during the next few decades."
-Barry Ritholtz, as culled from here
To blend, without coercion, the individual good and the common good is the essence of citizenship in a free country."
-Dwight David Eisenhower
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
-John F. Kennedy
"Just goes to show that so much of our county is trained to stay desperate and nearly indentured to our financial system. Having a modicum of savings and investment knowledge is an act of rebellion."
Thursday, October 20, 2016
“There are some principles that cannot be compromised. Either we shall have a society based upon ordered liberty and the initiative of the individual, or we shall have a planned society that means dictation no matter what you call it or who does it. There is no half-way ground. They cannot be mixed.”
9. Silence is an awesome teacher. Journal your way to helpful insights and solutions. (Because there’s some questions even Google cannot answer!)
-From Not Salmon's list of 11 simple ways to add to daily happiness
............................this is pretty good:
My best advice to you is this: learn, grow, be flexible, and be willing to work in ways that you never imagined. The clock will not be turned back on technology, which is the main factor affecting employment. You must be your own defender, because the factors affecting employment are bigger than that which governments can control. Finally, as an aside, don’t trust the politicians (from any party) who say they will improve your economic prospects. Aside from reducing what the government does, they haven’t succeeded in the past; they will not succeed in the present.
-David Merkel, as excerpted from here
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”
-Isaac Asimov, as culled from here