Thursday, March 22, 2018

Quote of the Day

You don't have to get angry or bitter at the people who don't believe in your dream; you just have to surprise them with a massive success story. Have you forgotten that you were born to win?

- Edmond Mbiaka

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Max

Mr. Mischievous is 12 today :-)

Quote of the Day

Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.

- Dean Koontz, False Memory

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What I've Been Reading

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time by Simon Garfield.

Fascinating roller coaster ride on the perception of time.
But with railways, a new time consciousness affected all who traveled: the concept of 'punctuality' was born anew.

Quote of the Day

Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.

- Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart: Inspirational Thoughts for Living Your Best Life

Monday, March 19, 2018

Quote of the Day

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.

- George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

Sunday, March 18, 2018

What I've Been Reading

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson.

The book has nothing provocative and I agree with most of the book - take responsibility, be humble  and so on. He could have made the wordings little explicit (esp., while drawing analogies from religion and it might be confused for actual religious preaching); but I might be wrong since I haven't watched his lectures. Either way, Jordan has written a beautiful book - A much needed voice in the world of political correctness has become part of colloquial language.

It is our responsibility to see what s before our eyes, courageously, and learn from it, even it is seems horrible - even if horror of seeing it damages our consciousness, and half-blinds us. The act of seeing is particularly important when it challenges what we know and what we rely on, upsetting and destabilizing us. It is the act of seeing that informs the individual and updates the state. It was for this reason the Nietzsche said that a man's worth was determined by how much truth he could tolerate. You are by no means only what you already know. You are also all that which you could know, if you only would. Thus, you should never sacrifice what you could be for what you are. You should never give up the better that resides within for the security you already have - and certainly not when you have already caught a glimpse, an undeniable glimpse, of something beyond.


Something supersedes thinking, despite its truly awesome power. When existence reveals itself as existentially intolerable, thinking collapses in on itself. In such situations - in the depths - it's noticing, not thinking, that does the trick. Perhaps you might start by noticing this: when you love someone, it's not despite their limitations. It's because of their limitations. Of course, its complicated.


What shall i do with my infants death? Hold my other loved ones and heal their pain. It is necessary to be strong in the face of death, because death is intrinsic to life. It is for this reason that I tell my students: aim to be the person at your father's funeral that everyone, in their grief and misery, can rely on. There's a worthy and noble ambition: strength in face of adversity. That is very different from the wish for a life free of trouble.

What shall I do in the next dire moment? Focus my attention on the next move. The flood is always coming. The apocalypse is always upon us. That's why the story of Noah is archetypal. Things fall apart - we stressed that in the discussion surrounding Rule 10 (Be precise in your speech) - and the center cannot hold. When everything has become chaotic and uncertain, all that remain to guide you might be the character you constructed, previously, by aiming up and concentrating on the moment at hand. If you have failed in that, you will fail in the moment of crisis, and then God help you.

Quote of the Day

The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone.

- John Locke

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wisdom Of The Week

If your private life conflicts with your intellectual opinion, it cancels your intellectual ideas, not your private life.


If your private actions do not generalize, then you cannot have general ideas.


Courage is the only virtue you cannot fake.


Sticking up for truth when its unpopular is far more of a virtue, because it costs you something - your reputation. If you are a journalist and act in way that risks ostracism, you are virtuous. Some people only express their opinion as part of mob shaming, when it is safe to do so, and, in the bargain, think that they are displaying virtue. This is not virtue but vice, a mixture of bullying and cowardice.

- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Quote of the Day

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

- Immanuel Kant