Tuesday, January 18, 2022

no duty to be fast..............

 The aim of human polity is human happiness...There is no obligation on us to be richer, or busier, or more efficient, or more productive, or more progressive, or in any way worldlier or wealthier, if it does not make us happier. Mankind has as much right to scrap its machinery and live on the land, if he really likes it better, as any man has to sell his old bicycle and go for a walk, if he likes that better. It is obvious that the walk will be slower; but he has no duty to be fast.

-Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Outline of Sanity

consider...........................

 Whenever you are invited to a meeting, consider whether it is an opportunity or a trap.

-Michael Wade, #348 from here

Checking in ........................

 .......................with Carlos Castaneda:

      For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it

Fifty years ago......................


The Hollies..............Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress

 

Seven Accelerants of Growth........................

 .......................from Tanmay Vora:

5.  Step back to grow. Growth often involves taking a step back. In our careers, sometimes the best way to move forward is to step back or sideways from our current path. When you step back, you can slingshot forward.

Old friends..................

      Renias stops and turns to me, "Come, buti, it's your turn now," he says.

     He brings me to the front of the line and offers me the trail.  My job now will be to follow, and as we are close, Renias and Alex will look over the top of me into the brush ahead so that we don't come upon the lions without seeing them.  At the head of the trail, I feel the natural pressure of being thrown the ball in front of people I admire.

     Suddenly, I feel an old friend who has walked with me for years arise.  Each of us has these friends, mine is called self-doubt.  I have learned rather than to resist him, to invite him in, welcoming him as a teacher of humility.  Together we continue.  The first track, and then the next first track.

-Boyd Varty, The Lion Tracker's Guide To Life


Don't remember reading this...............


 

Curate..........................

 1. Curate your information diet to be rich and diverse. Follow people who think differently than you. Read old books. Remember that what you put into your mind today is the raw material you have to work with tomorrow.

-Shane Parrish, more lessons here

Monday, January 17, 2022

Making the music....................Part One


Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys...........God Only Knows

Making the music.....................Part Two


Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys...........God Only Knows

 

Danger.........................

I know that one of the great dangers of my life would be to live without danger.  In our encounters with the edges, we come to know ourselves more deeply.  Neurosis is a substitute for real suffering.  Fearfulness is the most common state in a life that asks for no real courage.

-Boyd Varty,  The Lion Tracker's Guide To Life 

Choices..............................

 


















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Sounds like pessimism talking................

 Optimism is a helluva drug. People believe things that aren’t true, are only loosely true, true but improbable, or true but lacking important context. To do otherwise hurts too much. They tell themselves stories, find statistics, and surround themselves with incentives to make their beliefs seem as real as possible.

They’ve done it forever. They’ll do it forever.

-culled from here

Fifty years ago.................................

Emerson, Lake & Palmer..................From The Beginning

inseparable...........................

Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long.  Mistakes are life's way of teaching you.  Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals.  No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth.  Shake off your blunders.  How will you know your limits without an occasional failure?  Never quit.  Your turn will come. 

-Og Mandino

penetrate.........................

 We must practice living deeply, loving, and acting with charity if we wish to truly honor Jesus.  The way is Jesus Himself and not just some idea of him.  A true teaching is not static.  It is not mere words but the reality of life.  Many who have neither the way nor the life try to impose on others what they believe to be the way.  But those are only words that have no connection with real life or a real way.  When we understand and practice deeply the life and teachings of Buddha or the life and teachings of Jesus, we penetrate the door and enter the abode of the living Buddha and the living Christ, and life eternal presents itself to us.

-Thich Nhat Hahn, Living Buddha, Living Christ

King...........................

 You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word “tension.” I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.

-Martin Luther King, Jr., as excerpted from his 1963 Letter From Birmingham Jail

Ohio tuna...............................

 .......................................Really.  Protein-rich too.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Fifty years ago......................

From the musical Godspell.....................Day by Day

Extremely short stories.........................

 The night before the D-Day Invasion, Franklin Roosevelt asked his wife Eleanor how she felt about not knowing what would happen next.

“To be nearly sixty years old and still rebel at uncertainty is ridiculous isn’t it?” she said.

-Morgan Housel, this being one of the 18 vignettes in this post

I'm fixing dinner tonight...........................

 
















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One of the most interesting...................

 ...........paragraphs I've read this month:

     Impressment arose in part because the age of exploration created a demand for labor at sea that could not be met through normal financial incentives.  But it also arose because of changes on land.  The shift from late feudalism to early agrarian capitalism, the great disruption that would fuel the growth of the metropolitan centers in the coming centuries, had disgorged a whole class of society—small, commons-based cottage laborers—and turned them into itinerant free agents.  By the late 1500s, the explosion of vagabonds made them public enemy number one, triggering one of the first true moral panics of the post-Gutenberg era.  Everywhere there were wanderers, whole families lost in the changing economic landscape.  Serfs once grounded in a coherent, if oppressive, feudal system found themselves flotsam on the twisting stream of early capitalism.  To everyone sitting on the banks above that stream, the change must have seemed something like the modern fantasies of zombie invasions:  you wake up one day and realize that the streets are filled with people who not only lack homes, but also suffer from some other, more existential form of homelessness—not even knowing what kind of home they should be seeking.

-Steven Johnson, Enemy of All Mankind:  A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt

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

      The sudden rearmament that followed Napoleon's escape from Elba had done little to thin the ranks of unemployed sea-officers by the early spring of 1815.  A man-of-war stripped, dismantled and laid up cannot be manned, equipped and made ready for sea in a matter of weeks; and the best vantage-points in Gibraltar were now crowded with gentlemen on half-pay who with others had gathered to watch the long-expected arrival of Commodore Aubrey's squadron from Madeira, a squadron that would do something to refurnish the great bare stretch of water inside the mole - an extraordinary nakedness emphasized by the presence of a few hulks, the Royal Sovereign wearing the flag of the Commander-in-Chief, and a couple of lonely seventy-fours: no stream of liberty-boats plying to and fro, almost no appearance of true wartime life.

-Patrick O'Brian,  The Hundred Days

really meant it........................

 Down by the lake rosy reflections of celestial vapor appeared, and I said "God, I love you" and looked up to the sky and really meant it.  "I have fallen in love with you God.  Take care of us all, one way or another."

-Jack Kerouac,  The Dharma Bums

Correction..............................

       He was emerged from his struggles with a large sympathy for the machinery of the universe.  With his new eyes, he could see that the secret and open blows which were being dealt about the world with such heavenly lavishness were in truth blessings.  It was a deity laying about him with the bludgeon of correction.

-Stephen Crane,  The Red Badge of Courage

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Fifty years ago.............................

The Allman Brothers Band.....................................Blue Sky


Don't fly, mister bluebird
I'm just walkin' down the road
Early morning sunshine
Tell me all I need to know

You're my blue sky, you're my sunny day
Lord, you know it makes me high
When you turn your love my way
Turn your love my way, yeah

distant shock waves...................

      To do justice to that story—particularly on the pre-history side of the hourglass—the chains of cause and effect have to run at different scales.  Some events have short-term causes, like that exploding cannon or the direct hit on the mainmast.  But other causes roll in more slowly, like those that ultimately brought so much treasure aboard the Mughal ship, or the ones that ultimately incentivized a small band of human beings to deliberately become pirates.  A full account of the events demands that you break out of the boundaries of period histories and traditional biographies.  You have to jump around in time to get the facts right.  Linear chronology makes for good popular storytelling, but it doesn't always capture the deep causes that drive history.  Some causes are proximate, in the moment.  Some are echoes of distant shock waves, still reverberating a hundred—or a thousand—years later.

-Steven Johnson,  Enemy Of All Mankind:  A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt