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May 16 2014

c3o
10:47
We associate maturity with a sober acceptance of a great many things that we should refuse to accept.

Why is there still so much suffering all around? Why do some have so much and others so little? Why are most jobs mindless? Why can’t there be more security and leisure? Why do anxiety and fear persist almost everywhere? Aren’t we destroying the planet for no particular reason or reward? Couldn’t we start again in some new way?

We are made to understand – in a variety of subtle ways – that these aren’t serious questions (growing up means being made very aware of the dangers of being idealistic or even worse ‘naive’); these are the sorts of questions that fourteen-year-olds write poems about or argue with their parents over.

Depart from the agenda and with bewildering speed, one ends up in territory deemed ‘radical’ and therefore, ridiculous – even if most of what we now take for granted (a minimum wage, child protection, environmental legislation) started off by seeming entirely radical, if not insane, to ‘sensible’ opinion.

[These questions are] at this point in our history too significant to be stumblingly raised only in private in the middle of the night or else shouted in a hoarse voice from a megaphone seconds before a police charge.
How economic news keeps us dumb and stops us changing the world | Philosophers' Mail
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October 09 2012

c3o
13:13
Earth is a busy planet. Following its daily quibbles and hickups does not make sense if you want to contribute to their solution.
But ignoring the large scale trends and deeply entrenched issues humanity faces is not wise either. Try to find patterns and trends. Try to find the reasons why things happened the way they did. Could they have gone completely differently? How? How could you have influenced a different, more desirable development. Asking and answering these questions will make you a citizen of the world.
Andres
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June 25 2012

c3o
02:40
The things to do are: the things that need doing, that you see need to be done, and that no one else seems to see need to be done.
Buckminster Fuller
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July 22 2010

c3o
19:47
Someone who does you an injury hurts you twice: first by the injury itself, and second by taking up your time afterward thinking about it. If you learn to ignore injuries you can at least avoid the second half. I've found I can to some extent avoid thinking about nasty things people have done to me by telling myself: this doesn't deserve space in my head.
Paul Graham: The Top Idea in Your Mind
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c3o
19:45
Be careful what you let become critical to you. ... Take a shower. What topic do your thoughts keep returning to? If it's not what you want to be thinking about, you may want to change something.
Paul Graham: The Top Idea in Your Mind
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June 16 2010

c3o
10:20
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Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset
Could this be one of the most important concepts to teach to children?
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December 04 2009

13:46

Standardsituationen der Technologiekritik - Kathrin Passig

"[Wir] müssen wir uns immer wieder der mühsamen Aufgabe des Verlernens stellen"
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October 04 2009

20:13

Liquid Democracy – Piratenwiki

"Jeder Teilnehmer kann zu jedem Zeitpunkt für sich selbst entscheiden, wo auf dem Kontinuum zwischen repräsentativer und direkter Demokratie er sich aufhalten möchte"

April 25 2009

c3o
13:39
I'm not a capitalist, I am a creativist. I want to make money so that I can create things. Suddenly all these people have come along who want to create things so they can make money.
— Eddie Izzard via Are you a capitalist or a creativist?
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April 16 2009

c3o
14:46
Technologically we now have [six billion billionaires] on Spaceship Earth who are entirely unaware of their good fortune.  Unbeknownst to [us our] legacy is being held in probate by general ignorance, fear, selfishness, and a myriad of paralyzing professional, licensing, zoning, building laws and the like, as bureaucratically maintained by the incumbent power structures.
Buckminster Fuller: Critical Path
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February 16 2009

c3o
22:07
Tätigkeiten, die mir liegen, sind keine Arbeit. Ich habe kein gutes Wort dafür, es ist einfach das, was ich tue. Ich rolle stets mit den Augen, wenn mir z.B. Leute unterstellen, ich würde noch “arbeiten”, nur weil ich nachts in einer Bar sitze und an langen Texten, Source Code oder was auch immer tippe. “Nein”, sage ich dann immer, “ich mach doch nur…” und verstumme dann meist, weil es ja eh keiner verstehen würde.
Tim Pritlove, Das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen
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February 08 2009

c3o
05:37
You can have a fruitful discussion about a topic only if it doesn't engage the identities of any of the participants. ...
The best plan is to let as few things into your identity as possible. ... The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you.
Paul Graham: Keep Your Identity Small
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January 30 2009

c3o
18:38
What matters is not the perception, nor the fashion, not who's up and who's down, but what someone has done and if they meant it. What matters is that you want to see and make and do, on as grand a scale as you want, regardless of what the tiny voices of tiny people say.

Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. ... It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.
Dave Eggers
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c3o
17:47
The more time I spend working I find it harder to criticize other peoples work. No critic, no matter how brilliant, can ever measure up to her worst subject, because the world should belong to those who try, even when they fail.
Quel Solaar
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January 15 2009

c3o
16:38
...people bore me not because they don’t share my interests but because they’re barely interested at all.

I’m so hungry for passion, for intense and unreasonable interests, for people with dreams, for people to wonder and marvel with, you know?

Any dimwit can be bitter, it’s the easiest thing to do, human nature ... marveling, being hopeful, is the exception, it’s what takes effort and imagination and daring.
elzr
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November 26 2008

c3o
22:32
[Since the atoms of our brains are constantly being replaced,] what we are is patterns. We have a built-in desire to extend the patterns for as long as possible, but at the same time we don't want to preserve the patterns in a fixed state, or we would never learn or grow.

Simultaneously, we are part of larger patterns which — like the atoms in our brains — we enter into, subtly alter, then leave. [O]ur influence on the larger patterns is the most enduring thing we can have.
jcl @ Hacker News re: purpose of life
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November 25 2008

c3o
20:13
Politics, always a crippled, lagging indicator of social change, will be the last entrenched oligopoly to be squashed like a bug on the windshield of history.
The Libertarian Moment – Reason Magazine

August 31 2008

c3o
00:26
I’d rather be me, right now, right here, than any other human —emperor, king, sultan, noble, philosopher, artist, scientist, genius,...— from any time before, any place. We have been humans for some 15 thousands years and there’s no time past I’d rather be at.

I don’t mean this as some outburst of excitement, it’s just a calm realization that dawned on me a while ago, out of the blue—a surprising measure of the reality of progress, the splendor of the present, the promise of the future.
elzr: I'd rather

August 28 2008

c3o
00:54
What is true is already so.
Owning up to it doesn't make it worse.
Not being open about it doesn't make it go away.
And because it's true, it is what is there to be interacted with.
Anything untrue isn't there to be lived.
People can stand what is true,
for they are already enduring it.
— Eugene Gendlin via Overcoming Bias
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July 24 2008

c3o
18:40
Rebellion is almost as stupid as obedience. In either case you let yourself be defined by what they tell you to do.
Paul Graham
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