disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with everything here - just food for thought
FYI: I'll be splitting this channel up into subtopics soon.
"Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking"
"To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men! Machine men with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men!
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Let us use that power. Let us all unite!"
- Charlie Chaplin around the time of Hitler
"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts and the stupid ones are full of confidence"
- Charles Bukowski
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity"
- WB Yeats
aka. the Dunning Kruger effect
The world today is too complex. A series of micro-optimisations leads to macro-hell.
For a development of 350 houses in Staffordshire, a developer had to provide a statement of community involvement, a topographical survey, an archaeological report, an ecology appraisal, a newt survey, a bat survey, a barn owl survey, a geotechnical investigation to determine if the ground was contaminated, a landscape and visual impact assessment, a tree survey, a development framework plan, a transport statement, a design and access statement, a noise assessment, an air quality assessment, a flood risk assessment, a health impact assessment and an education impacts report. These are individually justifiable, yet collectively intolerable.
“In a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day, every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to indulge it, and every painter will be able to paint without starving, however excellent his pictures may be. Young writers will not be obliged to draw attention to themselves by sensational pot-boilers, with a view to acquiring the economic independence needed for monumental works, for which, when the time at last comes, they will have lost the taste and capacity. Men who, in their professional work, have become interested in some phase of economics or government, will be able to develop their ideas without the academic detachment that makes the work of university economists often seem lacking in reality. Medical men will have the time to learn about the progress of medicine, teachers will not be exasperatedly struggling to teach by routine methods things which they learnt in their youth, which may, in the interval, have been proved to be untrue.”
— Bertrand Russell, In Praise of Idleness
"Trying to paint social media as purely a bad thing is a bad take
Social media is a tool and can be life-changing if used correctly. Exercise discipline and be thoughtful about how you use it. Tame the beast, reap the rewards"
For something to have the potential to be extremely good for people it must also have the potential to be really bad - good cultures develop the wisdom to unlock the good without the bad but there probably needs to be a period of disillusionment to spur this evolution
"If I've learned anything it's that one person can change the world by giving people hope"
- Admiral William H. McRaven
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things"
- Leonardo Da Vinci