“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones”

–John Cage

          December 22nd, 2016

From Rebecca Solnit in this article:

“Naïve cynics shoot down possibilities, including the possibility of exploring the full complexity of any situation. They take aim at the less cynical, so that cynicism becomes a defensive posture and an avoidance of dissent. They recruit through brutality. If you set purity and perfection as your goals, you have an almost foolproof system according to which everything will necessarily fall short. But expecting perfection is naïve; failing to perceive value by using an impossible standard of measure is even more so. Cynics are often disappointed idealists and upholders of unrealistic standards. They are uncomfortable with victories, because victories are almost always temporary, incomplete, and compromised — but also because the openness of hope is dangerous, and in war, self-defense comes first. Naïve cynicism is absolutist; its practitioners assume that anything you don’t deplore you wholeheartedly endorse. But denouncing anything less than perfection as morally compromising means pursuing aggrandizement of the self, not engagement with a place or system or community, as the highest priority.”

          November 27th, 2016

“My personal experience has not been that traveling around the country is broadening or relaxing, or that radical changes in place and context have a salutary effect, but rather that intranational tourism is radically constricting, and humbling in the hardest way–hostile to my fantasy of being a true individual, of living somehow outside and above it all.” –David Foster Wallace

          January 23rd, 2016

“I have a Masters in history, a Masters in anthropology, and a PhD in education.”
“What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?”
“My personality.”

From Humans of New York

          January 21st, 2016

“Sick of it whatever it’s called, sick of the names.
I dedicate every pore to what’s here”

          December 18th, 2015

“It is a little embarrassing that, after forty-five years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other.” –Aldous Huxley

          December 6th, 2015

“What are you looking for in these lands of dependent transformation? The Buddha-Dharma is just so much waste paper to wipe off privy filth. The Buddha is a phantom body, the ancestors just old monks. The true Buddha has no figure, the true Dharma no form. All you are doing is devising models and patterns out of phantoms.” –Lin Chi, Zen Master from 9th Century China

          October 29th, 2015

“Bernie Sanders should tell the millions of voters watching the ‘debates’ that local socialism is as American as apple pie, going back to the 18th Century, by mentioning post offices, public highways, public drinking water systems, public libraries, public schools, public universities, and public electric companies as examples.” –Ralph Nader

More here

          October 19th, 2015

“…the last few years of the postmodern era have seemed a bit like the way you feel when you’re in high school and your parents go on a trip, and you throw a party…. For a while it’s great, free and freeing, parental authority gone and overthrown…. but the sense I get of my generation of writers and intellectuals or whatever is that it’s 3:00 a.m. and the couch has several burn-holes and somebody’s thrown up in the umbrella stand and we’re wishing the revel would end. The postmodern founders’ patricidal work was great, but patricide produces orphans, and no amount of revelry can make up for the fact that writers my age have been literary orphans throughout our formative years. We’re kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we’re uneasy about the fact that we wish they’d come back…. Is there something about authorities and limits we actually need? And then the uneasiest feeling of all, as we start gradually realizing that parents in fact aren’t ever coming back — which means we’re going to have to be the parents.”
     –David Foster Wallace

          July 21st, 2015

This quaker old guy is cool! Parker Palmer. Watch him talk.

He said “we are often whiplashed by an arrogant overestimation of ourselves and a servile underestimation of ourselves.”

          July 6th, 2015