“The way human beings speak is so heartbreaking to me—we never sound the way we want to sound. We’re always stopping ourselves in mid–sentence because we’re so terrified of saying the wrong thing. Speaking is a kind of misery. And I guess I comfort myself by finding the rhythms and accidental poetry in everyone’s inadequate attempts to articulate their thoughts. We’re all sort of quietly suffering as we go about our days, trying and failing to communicate to other people what we want and what we believe.”
"[I]n the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship…is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. … Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out."
"Loving them, I cannot hide the truth from them: each step in knowledge leads them to the truth. And the truth is death." - Leo Tolstoy, Only Faith Can Give Truth
“Which is greater, to speak or to be spoken to? To be the parishioner or the preacher, the pupil or the teacher? I mean, we have to understand that words are the often tools that separate us from the fools.”
Design as a personal, ideological, or political action is important and useful; design as an industry is not. Why train students to be part of an industry? Why not train them to be active parts of the world?
we are no longer in the age of gaining information, we are in the age of connecting knowledge.
“Roots do not passively grow down, but move and observe. A root navigates, knows what’s up and down, observes gravity and localizes moisture and chemicals…plants are a lot more intelligent than everybody thought.”