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Hodgepodge of other people’s brilliance

I mentioned in a previous post that I have a habit of making notes on my phone when I hear something that I want to remember for later: a book recommendation, a quote, a website, etc.

But until recently, I didn’t credit the quotes in my notes because I foolishly believed that I would remember to check the note as soon as I got home and would therefore remember what podcast I was listening to.

For your Friday, a collection of quotes that I made a note about without citation. They’re probably from one of the podcasts I’ve quoted properly, but I can’t say for sure. Some of them are over a year old…

(And now I can delete all those notes.)

“Civilization is a race between education and catastrophe.”

“Shake your life Etch-a-Sketch”

“There is no danger that we will fail to experience hardships.”

“Some will. Some won’t. Somewhere, someone’s waiting.”

Because me instead of why me”

“I probably had a little bit more ambition and motivation than I could back up.”

“Consumption inequality went up much less than income inequality” (leading to massive amounts of consumer debt)

“The only way to get better is to leave ‘fine’ behind.”

“Drinking from the fire hose is a really bad way to get hydration.”

“Are you going to race to the top or race to the bottom? The problem with the race to the bottom is that you might win. Or even worse, come in second.” (pretty sure this is Seth Godin)

“This is America, where you’re one paycheck away from living in a tent town.”

“The opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression.”

“The real difference between humans and animals is not on the individual level. It’s on the collective level. Humans control the planet because they are the only animals that can cooperate both flexibly and in very large numbers.”

“You want to be comfortable with what you can do, not feel bad about what you’re not doing.”

“Substitute nuance for novelty.”

“The goal of trauma is to make the echo of it quieter.”

“Some things in life cannot be fixed; they can only be carried.”

Posted in just a quote, mindset, podcasts, thoughtfulness

Podcast quote: evidence vs. belief

A quote from Seth Godin via his podcast Akimbo. It stands on its own. (This quote is actually from the Q&A at the end of the linked episode. Emphases are his.)

Where it’s starting to get tricky, in the last hundred years, is that the scientific method, the engineers’ approach to the world, the thought of testing, measuring, understanding processes means that many of the arguments that people make sound like arguments that are based on that engineers’ approach.

But while it may sound that way, that’s not really what’s being said. That what is really being said is, ‘This is something I believe. This is part of my identity. This is who I have chosen to be culturally, and I’m going to dress it up in the uniform of the scientific method.’

This drives engineers and actual scientists crazy, because when they’re doing their job properly, the scientific method forces them to change their mind in the face of a better argument.

But of course, as we’ve all experienced, people who are coming from a place of belief cannot change their mind in the face of a better argument because that’s why it’s called ‘belief.’ That belief withstands a better argument and we get pleasure out of believing it.

Posted in just a quote, socializing, thoughtfulness

Quote: use your powers for good

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” — Fred Rogers

I love this. It reminds me that not only do I impact people who are on my radar (Climbing Daddy, The Kid, friends, colleagues, students), but also people who might not be on my radar (cashiers, students not in my classes, people around me in public spaces). And also people who aren’t so much on my radar, but I’m on theirs (some acquaintances, perhaps).

I wrote about the “strangers” side of this before, but I always enjoy a reminder. And also a reminder that I don’t want to be the drain on someone else’s day, if it’s avoidable (while still maintaining boundaries). Be the light. Still working on it.