“We are going to die. And that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could’ve been here in my place, but who in fact will never see the light of day, outnumber the sand grains of the Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include poets greater than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds, it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.”
“The aim of argument, or of a discussion, should not be victory, but progress.”
“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears.”
I was reading this book not too long ago. One thing I found interesting about it is that it said without the brain, there is no body. It got me thinking this is why sometimes leaders of various groups and movements are targeted and killed, often before their time, exactly because of this, since the brain can’t live without the body.
“It is more important to click with people than to click with the shutter.”
Currently, there are many things I feel like I need to do for a successful life in the future, but I’m afraid if I chase them I won’t be able to spend as much time with the people I love or in doing the things I love. I’m afraid this happens a lot however. I think of my sister and her husband. They work long hours to maintain their big fancy house for the future and when they have time off, they spend most of that time sleeping and not interacting much with each other in that big fancy house! It makes me worry about their relationship and wonder why they even have that big fancy house in the first place! This phenomenon isn’t restricted to them either. It is said Americans are working longer hours. So, people are spending more hours working, to hopefully build up or get or maintain certain things in the future, but as a result, they don’t have a lot of time to spend with their family and other loved ones, time to spend in the present with them. So, sometimes in life, people that work for the future often isolate people in the present!
“If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.”