Saturday, September 9, 2017
"Do not spend your resources surrounding yourself with comfort and things – surround yourself with opportunity and purpose."
-Steven Novella, as he concludes this blog post
Thursday, September 7, 2017
The U. S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that millennials are the largest age group in the workforce and will comprise approximately 75% of the workforce by 2030.
The millennial mindset differs from their predecessors in several ways. First, today's millennials place a greater value on a company's culture and demand creative environments to support them in their personal and professional growth. Second, they are more entrepreneurial in spirit and constantly seek new opportunities for growth.
-Adam Robinson, as culled from here
Sure hope that last sentence is true.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
“Philosophers get attention only when they appear to be doing something sinister--corrupting the youth, undermining the foundations of civilization, sneering at all we hold dear. The rest of the time everybody assumes that they are hard at work somewhere down in the sub-basement, keeping those foundations in good repair. Nobody much cares what brand of intellectual duct tape is being used.”
Recently stumbled across Rorty's Achieving Our Country. I am willing to admit that I don't get out much and had not heard of Rorty. A quick check of Rorty's Goodreads quotes makes me think I will not be acquiring his books. Still, it doesn't hurt to read what's on the other guy's mind.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
In the aftermath of Alexander the Great, the world was changing:
The vibrancy of the cultural exchange as Europe and Asia collided was astonishing. Statues of the Buddha started to appear only after the cult of Apollo became established in the Gundhara valley and western India. Buddhists felt threatened by the success of new religious practices and began to create their own visual images. Indeed, there is a correlation not only in the date of the earliest statues of the Buddha, but also in their appearance and design: it seems that it was Apollo that provided the template, such was the impact of Greek influences. Hitherto, Buddhists had actively refrained from visual representations; competition now forced them to react, to borrow and to innovate.
-Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads: A New History Of The World
“To seek 'causes' of poverty in this way is to enter an intellectual dead end because poverty has no causes. Only prosperity has causes.”
-Jane Jacobs, The Death And Life Of Great American Cities
Last week, the Congress of the United States, this time under Republicans - not that you can tell the difference - passed a health care bill that no one had read, was not scored by the Congressional Budget Office, and was debated for a grand total of three hours. This is what you get when you live in a society that is increasingly government-centric. I was going to bring you the Senate immigration bill from 2008, but it's too heavy - 1,197 pages. It has to be big because the senators know everything.
They know for example -it's in the bill - that the proper 2016 hourly wage of an immigrant animal sorter is $8.94, 20 cents more than the proper wage, according to the United States Senate, of an immigrant nursery worker. They don't need markets to tell them - they just know these things. The immigration bill, by the way, said that Nevada is a border state. If you believe your lying eyes, it tells you that the southern tip of Nevada is 164 miles north of the border. But, because Harry Reid of the great state of Nevada was the majority leader, and he wanted Nevada to be eligible for some of the 20 billion more dollars in border pork, they just declared it a border state.
The danger is that the more we interfere with the voluntary, spontaneous order of a free society, and a free world order, the more we consign ourselves to slow growth. And the more we consign ourselves to slow growth, the more we consign ourselves to serious consequences.
- George Will, as culled from this July, 2017 speech
Monday, September 4, 2017
.................(although I might have swapped "partly" for "mostly")
"for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts"
-as liberated from this post at David Kanigan's wondrous blog