To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw […]
And still I urge you to struggle. Struggle for the memory of your ancestors. Struggle for wisdom. Struggle for the warmth of The Mecca. Struggle for your grandmother and grandfather, for your name. But do not struggle for the Dreamers. Hope for them. Pray for them, if you are so moved. But do not pin your struggle on their conversion. The Dreamers will have to learn to struggle themselves, to understand that the field for […]
I am an immortal soul tied to the body of a dying animal. Philip K. Dick, paraphrasing W.B. Yeats.
Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, Sinan Aral.
My niche perspective is this: in the Army, firearms are much more heavily regulated than in civil society. How can so many enthusiastic gun owners say that they hold the military as a model, and yet not accept the strict regulations that go with the military’s use of firearms? […] This is another facet of rights without responsibility, or privilege without duty. A note from an Army Officer and reader of The Atlantic.
This is code red. The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office. Thomas L. Friedman.
Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh. Al Swearengen. I’ve stopped believing I can dictate the terms of my opportunities. Alma Garret. On my third (or fourth?) watching of Deadwood. It really does get better each time.
Foreign affairs is like sex—if you loudly announce that you will always come first, you’re going to have trouble finding partners. John Oliver.
Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn’t go away. Philip K. Dick.
So I’m here today to make a promise: Every time someone brings up my family’s story, I’m going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities. Use your enemy’s attacks to raise awareness of a people’s struggle.
To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Let me beguile you just a little bit more about extended families. Let us talk about divorce, and that fact that one out of every three of us here has been or will be divorced. When we do it, we will very likely wrangle and wail and weep formlessly about money and sex, about treachery, about outgrowing one another, about how close love is to hate, and so on. Nobody ever gets anywhere near close […]
What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. Kurt Vonnegut.
The future will resent us in exact proportion to our failure to have attempted to meaningfully address those systemic problems that we will be known to have been quite aware of. William Gibson.
These are the preferences of the universe itself: verbs over nouns, actions over states, struggle over hope. Ta-Nehisi Coates.
It would not be easy, no—for in order to win such a battle, he would have to forbid himself the privilege of stopping, and whatever he did right he would have to repeat, as though he were already living in eternity. Tom Junod. This quote really nails something I’ve struggled with since starting a company. When you find something successful you have to keep repeating yourself even if you’d rather, out of vanity or boredom, […]
For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Viktor Frankl.
If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud. Nicholas Nassim Taleb.
In contrast to the Internet of now, the Internet of a decade back was better, smarter, more interesting and also it didn’t make you want to die all the time. Alex Balk.
Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate. Laurence D. Fink. P.S. Eric Posner disagrees: There is no reason to believe that CEOs are capable of determining the best […]