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  • J. shared from a Personal Document
    Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities: The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.
    Note: Kottke is reflecting and gives a quote:
  • J. shared from a Personal Document
    “An expert is a person who has found out by his own painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.” –Niels Bohr
  • J. shared from The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    The urge to heroism is natural, and to admit it honest. For everyone to admit it would probably release such pent-up force as to be devastating to societies as they now are. The fact is that this is what society is and always has been: a symbolic action system, a structure of statuses and roles, customs and rules for behavior, designed to serve as a vehicle for earthly heroism.
    Note: wow speechless
  • J. shared from The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    In times such as ours there is a great pressure to come up with concepts that help men understand their dilemma; there is an urge toward vital ideas, toward a simplification of needless intellectual complexity. Sometimes this makes for big lies that resolve tensions and make it easy for action to move forward with just the rationalizations that people need. But it also makes for the slow disengagement of truths that help men get a grip on what is happening to them, that tell them where the problems really are.
    Note: Dumbing down ideas.
  • J. shared from The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    The problem is to find the truth underneath the exaggeration, to cut away the excess elaboration or distortion and include that truth where it fits.
    Note: Point 1
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