Because we're small and the problems we worry about are bigger than ourselves. That’s why we cooperate. That's sufficient cause.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
"The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change... and the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real."— Philip K. Dick
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Teacher: "How can the rational animal, man, be happy being anything but reasonable?"
Student: "He cannot."
Teacher: "Am I happy in direct proportion to how reasonable I'm being?
Student: "You are."
Teacher: "So, to be happier I must strive to be more reasonable."
Teacher: "Then why do you persist in concerning yourself with what you cannot control?"
Student: "Because I am unhappy."
Friday, May 27, 2011
Friday, April 08, 2011
I'm impressed with the wave of democratic reforms sweeping across the middle east. The people are brave and passionate. They are plunging into uncertainty. They are fighting their oppressors. They are taking their freedom seriously. They are making history and living it. I'm all proud of humanity again!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Philosophy does not promise to secure anything external for man, otherwise it would be admitting something that lies beyond its proper subject-matter. For as the material of the carpenter is wood, and that of statuary bronze, so the subject-matter of the art of living is each person's own life.Epictetus
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Without consistency there would be no surprise.
The importance of consistency in how the mind works is too often undervalued. Consistency establishes pattern, which allows us the power of prediction. Without prediction there is no trust, and upon trust society was weaned from the family.
Friday, February 18, 2011
driving in a lonely bubble to and from work,
scratching around in a little cube all day,
looking out windows and over half walls.
about the abuse of chickens kept in tiny cages.
Most people don't feel much better off.
Most people wonder who will care about them,
and who will trouble themselves
about their little freedoms
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Friday, February 04, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Another quote from Seneca that I really liked:
Let us abandon those things that cannot be done or can only be done with difficulty, and let us pursue what lies close to us and mocks our hope, but let us realize that all of them are equally unimportant, different to look at externally but inside equally futile. And let us not envy those who stand on a higher station: what appeared as heights are precipices.