A.D. 2020

I’m sorry [Insert something miserable here] happened.  Now let’s get on with our miserable lives.

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Fear not

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.  Only I will remain.

Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Dune

Death

Why should I fear death?
If I am, then death is not.
If Death is, then I am not.
Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?
Long time men lay oppressed with slavish fear.
Religious tyranny did domineer.
At length the mighty one of Greece
Began to assent the liberty of man.

Epicurus

Ran across this quote during a series of episodes of Hidden Brain on NPR, 2019-05-06, 2019-09-23, and 2019-10-08 about religion, life, death and dying.

Panic

There is no reason for panic, because there is never a solution in panic.  Progress is boing to result only from bold decisions that are made by cool heads.

LBJ following the Sputnik launch, 1957

Respect

10 THINGS THAT TAKE
0
TALENT, BUT WILL GET YOU
100%
RESPECT

  1. BEING ON TIME
  2. WORK ETHIC
  3. EFFORT
  4. BODY LANGUAGE
  5. ENERGY
  6. ATTITUDE
  7. PASSION
  8. BEING COACHABLE
  9. DOING EXTRA
  10. BEING PREPARED
Seen on Pinterest on 2019-07-27, shared by Tyler Brown

Thinking

If I want you to know what I am thinking my mouth would be moving. Unknown

Chekhov

In “The Seagull” he wrote, “After… a glass of vodka you are no longer Peter Sorin, but Peter Sorin plus somebody else,” a Jeopardy! clue on 2019-01-04 reminded me of the quote from Edward Rowland Sill, “First the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.”  Chekhov must have read Sill’s, An Adage from the Orient, because he didn’t write the Seagull (1895) until after Sill died in 1887.