Read no history—nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
Any plan conceived in moderation, must fail when circumstances are set in extremes
If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.
Carl Sagan, Cosmos (1980)
Today, local economies are being destroyed by the ‘pluralistic,’ displaced, global economy, which has no respect for what works in a locality. The global economy is built on the principle that one place can be exploited, even destroyed, for the sake of another place.
- Wendell Berry (via cookingwithaaconscience)
I am a champion of globalization and also a lifelong fan of Wendell Berry, one of e most important living American writers and poets, and the voice for those of us who care deeply about the sense of place in our lives. As usual, Berry illuminates a core contradiction in my life. Which is, in my view, what all great writers do.
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.
Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.
I woke up thinking a very pleasant thought. There is lots left in the world to read.
Immigration is, on the whole, good for economies; and right now, rich countries can do with all the economic help they can get. Rather than sending immigrants home, with their skills, energy, ideas and willingness to work, governments should be encouraging them to come. If they don’t, governments elsewhere will.
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
”Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
This quote from Henry Ford came to my mind this week in view of Steve Jobs’ stepping down as Apple CEO (again). I am quite certain that had he not been ousted/fired the first time, he never would have created the success he did the second time.