Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
"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
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
..............................just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that they are not out to get you.
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
.....................................................................Reform for relief.
"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
.....................................................................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.
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.
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
"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
.....................................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
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
.................................Mark Perry points to the "five question quiz", the National Financial Capability test. It's probably picky to point out there are actually six questions. I assume most faithful readers of this blog will go 6 for 6 too.
Eric, Steve, and friends...................Can't Find My Way Back Home
It was Toulouse that would prove to be Hannah Weinberg's undoing. That night she telephoned Alain Lambert, a contact at the Interior Ministry, and told him that this time something would have to be done. Alain promised a swift response. It would be bold, he promised Hannah, boldness being the default response of a fonctionnaire when in reality he planned to do nothing at all. The following morning the minister himself paid a visit to the site of the attack and issued a vague call for "dialogue and healing." To the parents of the three victims he offered only regrets. "We will do better," he said before returning hastily to Paris. "We must."
-Daniel Silva, The Black Widow
In my limited reading experience, rare is the author (the only exception that comes to mind being Patrick O'Brian) who can carry his hero through sixteen books and have the sixteenth be the best yet. This is a really good very good stay up all night book.