INSPIRATIONAL: To thine own self be true

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

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But, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), you can NOT know yourself.

At different points in time, you are a different person.

At different  levels (i.e, id, ego and superego), you are a different person.

And, depending upon how you define yourself visa vi dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom), you are different person.

So, with all deference to Señor Aristotle, and he must have been a high IQ guy, “knowing yourself” is unknowable.


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FUN: Basement in my future?


There’s something wistful about a basement. I only remember two or three. In NYC apartment, they were disgusting. In my Grand Aunt’s country home, there was a store room of canned and jarred food. In my Air Force days, the Mom of the girl one of my friend’s was dating, was pantry store house of all array of things — neat, clean, and uber organized. Maybe I’ll have one when I eventually move to NH?

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INTERESTING: Blunders? Not so sure about that characterization

Oops! The 5 greatest scientific blunders
By Clara Moskowitz
Published May 18, 2013

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Overconfidence, under confidence, and blind spots.

All human failings.

Not sure if “blunders” is the right word.

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TECHNOLOGY: Computers … …

Here’s a great quote to inspire you to write:

“To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.” – Paul Ehrlich

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As a corollary of this, I came up with the idea of “negative progress”! I can screw up more in a wasted effort than any profess that I can make on a good day. 

seems so obvious to me, other than the concept of checkpoints, where one can fall back to a previously know good state, that one can actually “destroy” progress.

Given enough time, I am sure I can come up with examples, but who cares?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Understanding one’s role

October 22, 2012

Reader Says We Don’t Do Enough

Posted by Karen De Coster on October 22, 2012 02:21 PM

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I received an email from an LRC reader today. This type of theme is not too common, but I occasionally get these letters. It reads as follows:

The Word of God teaches me it’s foolish and useless to tell a cold and hungry person to go forth, be filled and warm, unless I give them the necessary food and clothing. Same theory applies here.

Most LRC contributors do an outstanding job of relaying another in an endless series of stories about everyday Amerikans getting their butts kicked, but I never notice anyone on LRC actually doing anything at all to HELP these victims of abuse.

The burning question in MY mind is “why not?”

Here is my response to the reader:

You wrote:

“I never notice anyone on LRC actually doing anything at all to HELP these victims of abuse.”

Really? Do you follow us around all day, and watch what we do? Do you have special powers to do this? How do I get those powers?

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I too have had a good life. For whatever reason, fortune, luck, good decisions / bad decisions — much of what I have I credit to my sainted wife who put up with my silliness.

This really annoys me.

I give away as much as I consume.’

If for no other reason than the theif who steals heaven with his last minute repentance. I rely on the workers int he vinyard who come in at 3PM, yet earn the full wage.

As I sit here, I have no idea what is in front of me, It’s more about allowing people to stand on my shoulders, as low as they are, to learn form what I have “learned”.

We all stand on the shoulders of those who have preceded us?

Wish it was more simple than that. Us old folks have the problem of lead, follow, or at least get out of the way. :-(