Saturday, February 15, 2020
. . . recognize a sadly persistent fact: the concepts contained in words like "freedom," "justice," "democracy" are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.
-James Baldwin, from his essay The Crusade of Indignation as found in The Price Of The Ticket: Collected Nonfiction: 1948-1985
Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will either lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family. I don't worry about maintaining the quality of of my life, because every day I work on improving it. I constantly strive to learn and to make new and more powerful distinctions about ways to add value to other people's lives. This gives me a sense of certainty that I can always learn, that I can always expand, that I can always grow.
-Anthony Robbins, Awaken The Giant Within
This freedom to doubt is an important matter in the sciences and, I believe, in other fields. It was born of a struggle. It was a struggle to be permitted to doubt, to be unsure. And I do not want us to forget the importance of the struggle and, by default, to let the thing fall away. I feel a responsibility as a scientist who knows the great value of a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, and the progress made possible by such a philosophy, progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought. I feel a responsibility to proclaim the value of this freedom and to teach that doubt is not to be feared, but that it is to be welcomed as the possibility of a new potential for human beings. If you know that you are not sure, you have a chance to improve the situation. I want to demand this freedom for future generations.
-Richard P. Feynman, The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist
Monday, February 10, 2020
. . . cooperation begins with conversation: asking intelligent and open-ended questions; listening; respecting others' opinions; and understanding people's real concerns, as well as what opportunities they're most excited about and what strengths they have to contribute.
-Dan Sullivan/Catherine Nomura: The Laws of Lifetime Growth: Always Make Your Future Bigger Than Your Past
All scientific knowledge is uncertain. This experience with doubt and uncertainty is important. I believe that it is of very great value, and one that extends beyond the sciences. I believe that to solve any problem that has never been solved before, you have to leave the door to the unknown open. You have to permit the possibility that you do not have it exactly right. Otherwise, if you have made up your mind already, you might not solve it.
-Richard P. Feynman, The Meaning Of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist