a glimpse into cryptic thought of the reticence
09 Oct 2014 | physics
The Bible teaches us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go.
Look, if I wanted you to remember that God created everything, I’d probably tell you a story about it happening in seven days. Like, that doesn’t actually mean that it happened in seven days. It just means that I wanted you to remember that God created everything.
07 Jul 2014 | the stand
It is pleasant to watch from the land the great struggle of someone else in a sea rendered great by turbulent winds.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
But in 2014 context means basically nil, anyway. Every time I say something online, there’s a significant chance it will either be interpreted by committee on Twitter, or stumbled over by post-lobotomy brand managers.
I was a C student because I was (and am) a slacker and lacked the self-discipline to do better, not because it’s the smartest path to take. Performing better opens more doors.
Here’s the way life works. You suck it up, you do your work, you get your diploma, and that little piece of paper tells every other person who wanted to quit high school, that you can follow through and finish something.
Steel identifies what he calls two faulty beliefs: first, that life should be easy, and second, that our self-worth is dependent on our success.
20 Jun 2014 | lykke li
It’s good to embrace your shadow, but you can’t paint a lifelike picture using only shades of grey.
Somewhere along the line, I am learning that what gives my guy happiness is not necessarily the same as what gives me happiness.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
What is true freedom? To demand nothing from others, and to have nothing demanded from you. Her panties were red. This is not information you require.
The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am.
Tina Dickow, On The Run:
Everybody’s gotta end up somewhere
I’m just taking my time to get there
And it looks like freedom and it smells like fun
But it feels like being on the run
That’s your dream. Knowing what you want is half the battle. Most people go through their whole lives not knowing what they want. It’s easy to find if you know what you’re looking for.
Also, Anon works IT.
08 Apr 2014 | the king blues
Ezra Klein, How politics makes us stupid:
The problem, of course, is that these people are also affecting, and in some cases controlling, the levers of government. And this, Kahan says, is where identity-protective cognition gets dangerous. What’s sensible for individuals can be deadly for groups. “Although it is effectively costless for any individual to form a perception of climate-change risk that is wrong but culturally congenial, it is very harmful to collective welfare for individuals in aggregate to form beliefs this way,” Kahan writes. The ice caps don’t care if it’s rational for us to worry about our friendships. If the world keeps warming, they’re going to melt regardless of how good our individual reasons for doing nothing are.
Allison Browning, This is how:
This is how cities are built empires made. Things done and undone and
This is how it is to be done, how I do it.
This is how maybe we
There are rules; ways of dealing, mechanisms.
This is how you choose and don’t apologise.
This, is how order happens: in the making of beds, the sorting of laundry, the pulling of weeds, the doing of things, in busyness. In not thinking.
10 May 2013 | the state of harmony
24 Apr 2013 | freezepop
Songs can sound different depending on when and where you hear them—I can only appreciate the subtle craftsmanship of Katy Perry, for example, when I’m at home with my headphones on.
My requirements are simple: I want to listen to my music as it was intended to be heard with a minimum of fuss anywhere on the planet.
Star search: a non-profit group wants to send four people to Mars… forever
Meet the group hoping to ship you off to the red planet — return ticket not included