There is a French saying popular with revolutionaries: On s’engage et puis on voit. “One jumps into the fray and then figures it out.”
Ask yourself, “Who is making more noise, me or the babies on the flight?”
“When faced with people’s bad behavior, turn around and ask when you have acted like that.”
I’ll tell you the decision that changed my life: It’s the one where I decided I would stop working for free. Not for you, not for anyone.
There has never been a better time to be a writer. The idea that any person could write and publish as much as they want is a totally new and unparalleled scenario in the history of publishing.
To most people, philosophy is some confusing academic enterprise that’s of little practical use. When they want to make their lives better, they don’t turn to the ancients, they look to self-help gurus and how-to manuals.
The other day my wife suggested we get in the pool. I was in for about three minutes before I started getting antsy. What are we going to swim laps or something, I asked?
When I think about my own education and any success I might have, it’s because I followed that line of thinking, knowingly and unknowingly.
“You ought to be preparing yourself…to hear truths, which no inflexibility will be able to withstand,” James Madison once wrote to Thomas Jefferson.
Yet here we are–apparently all the cool productive people are doing it.