Looking at the other side


“No one will ever know the violence it took to become this gentle” Anonymous


This quote found me today, and I feel strangely relieved after reading it.

So, I'm not in a hurry, and I'm not worried. Because all good remains as long as I make the space for it.


“Nearly every example of faulty reasoning that has been published is accompanied by the phrase “of course” or its equivalent.” ― Donald Ervin Knuth

Of course that's the case.


A weak man gets destroyed by two things: money and fame. After those things he becames blind.

I don't remember who said it.

Similarly, this:

“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.”

G. Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain

Both true, I think.


“All human wisdom is contained in these two words — Wait and Hope” ― Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo


Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own. Bruce Lee

The beauty of these drops of wisdow is its cross-domain applicability :)

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“Simplicity is a great virtue, but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” ― Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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I do wonder, is it true?

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“We all would like to know more and, at the same time, to receive less information. In fact, the problem of a worker in today's knowledge industry is not the scarcity of information but its excess. The same holds for professionals: just think of a physician or an executive, constantly bombarded by information that is at best irrelevant. In order to learn anything, we need time. And to make time we must use information filters allowing us to ignore most of the information aimed at us. We must ignore much to learn a little.”

Mario Bunge

Philosophy in Crisis: The Need for Reconstruction, 2001, p. 20

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Violence no longer rests on the belief in its utility, but only on the fact of its having existed so long, and being organized by the ruling classes who profit by it, so that those who are under their authority cannot extricate themselves from it. The governments of our day — all of them, the most despotic and the liberal alike — have become… organizations of violence based on no principle but the grossest tyranny, and at the same time taking advantage of all the means invented by science for the peaceful collective social activity of free and equal men, used by them to enslave and oppress their fellows.

Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy lived during the time of the Russian Czars. Sadly, it seems he's writing about the current times.

Source: https://www.themarginalian.org/2022/09/07/leo-tolstoy-government/

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