“Do not pursue what is illusory - property and position all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness it is after all, all the same the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.”—Alexander Solzhenitsyn
“When someone seeks, it is all too easy for his eyes to see nothing but the thing he seeks, so that he is unable to find anything or absorb anything because he is always thinking exclusively about what he seeks, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by that goal. Seeking means having a goal. But finding means being free, remaining accessible, having no goal.”—Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (via livewellovemuch)
“Humans for the most part don’t have a clue. They don’t want one or need one either, they’re happy…. they think they have a good bead on things. A person is smart… people are dumb panicky dangerous animals.”—Kevin Brown / Agent K
“…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”—Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey
“People say you can abuse Pot. You can abuse Cheeseburgers too. We’re not children. We’re adults and we are in control of our bodies for a limited period of time only, and we should experiment with it -”—Joe Rogan
No one is tracking you. The tracking is for you, and to make things better. If you think there is anyone out there that finds any single one of us interesting in any manner… well that’s delusional.
We’re irrelevant. No one is spying, listening, tracking, invading, peering, stalking, or violating our privacy…. because we’re too insignificant to matter in any way. They are violating *someone’s* privacy, but it’s probably someone quite interesting who’s privacy needs violating. Trust me, it’s just not you.
Privacy? We need to get over ourselves. Our government is about to shut down *most* offices, but they have time to care about your droll searches?
What I like is that the consumer model has ultimately flipped.
You can’t take a terrible product and lie about it, because the online groundswell will out you… illogical & authoritarian mentality will start to erode in the 21st century. Ferociously. I think everything from the edifice of the Roman Catholic church to closed corporate environments like Apple (even if they are making the best designed and most beautiful products) are in big trouble.
The other part of that flip which lends voice to consumers is that marketers don’t have a clue what to do. I think it’s sort of funny, but it’s also really weird. The idea of controlling a message or brand is sort of silly… most hotel websites pop up *after* yelp, or tripadvisor. How can you control your image if everyone else does it?
Well that’s the point… *YOU DO NOT CONTROL ANYTHING*. There’s no image to control… it’s just ethical business. It’s just running yourself and organizing your culture so that you are doing things right, you are open to change, you listen to the guests, etc. You can’t bullshit about a crappy business anymore, you just have to be a good business and hope people realize that.
I love it.
This is the single biggest shift in communication in.. human history? Maybe since the printing press? I don’t know, but it’s sort of all sorts of epic.
“I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”—J.B.S. Haldane
“Theories have four stages of acceptance. i) this is worthless nonsense; ii) this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view, iii) this is true, but quite unimportant; iv) I always said so.”—J.B.S. Haldane
“Capitalism did not arise because capitalists stole the land or the workmen’s tools, but because it was more efficient than feudalism. It will perish because it is not merely less efificent than socialism, but actually self-destructive.”—J.B.S. Haldane, I Believe