a glimpse into cryptic thought of the reticence
People call her an “inspiration” because she exists in the world? That makes her sad for them.
They acquire meaning that is completely divorced from the reality of who they are and what they believe and instead become symbols for what the observer thinks is significant.
Unfortunately, confidence through encouragement does not automatically equate to capability.
The court of public opinion is an alternate system of justice. It’s very different from the traditional court system: This court is based on reputation, revenge, public shaming, and the whims of the crowd. Having a good story is more important than having the law on your side. Being a sympathetic underdog is more important than being fair. Facts matter, but there are no standards of accuracy. The speed of the Internet exacerbates this; a good story spreads faster than a bunch of facts.
No lawyer? No witnesses? What sort of due process is this?
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.
Being kind is fundamentally about taking responsibility for your impact on the people around you. It requires you be mindful of their feelings and considerate of the way your presence affects them.
But the feature everyone is going to go crazy with — and the feature you probably most want to use — is Glass’ ability to take photos and video with a “you are there” view.
Lucy, Paul; Black Mirror:
Well, I think it’s an interesting choice, going Grainless. It’s a brave choice.
Back in 2005, we were dealing with hackers who were still doing it for notoriety-you know, people who were working out of their basement. I think that’s really quite amazing when you look at what else was going on in 2005. It stands out even more than it did before.
You should always look to hire the best person for the job. And that may not always mean the person with the most letters after his name.
I’m not a press hound. There are serious personal safety issues to consider.
He who has knowledge spares his words.
The truth is I was done. I accomplished far more there than I expected. And I had no dreams of greater power and glory, if such a thing were available to me. When I looked inside myself, I didn’t see ambition or even drive to continue. I’m not sure how that happened. Maybe I was just tired.
But there are times when suddenly you realize you’re nearer the end than the beginning. And you wonder, you ask yourself, what the sum total of your life represents. What difference your being there at any time made to anything.
It’s like when they realized it was gonna be too expensive to actually build cyborgs and robots. I mean, the costs of that were impossible. They decided to just let humans turn themselves into robots. That’s what’s going on right now. They’re billions of us just laying around, not really doing anything. We don’t cost anything. We’re even pretty good at self-maintenance and reproducing constantly. And as it turns out, we’re already biologically programmed for our little cyborg upgrades.
Antonius Block, Death; The Seventh Seal:
I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me. But He remains silent.
After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
I know I’m quiet. And I know I should speak more. But if you knew the things that were in my head most of the time you’d know what it really meant.
That’s just your style. Other people have different styles. But this is yours. You like to take your time and be sure.