Today’s Best

The essence of our “best” is not whether it can be somehow improved upon at a later time. Today’s “best” will produce tomorrow’s “better still” which will expose shortcomings of yesterday’s “best.” Our “best” is only our “best” as long as we cannot improve upon it until tomorrow. That is, the essence of our “best” is not whether it can be somehow improved upon at a later time. Our best is cognizable by our inability to improve upon it today‌. —‍Self

When Right ≠ Legal

There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break a law. —‍Edward Snowden

Sharing Happiness

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. —‍Buddha

Pipe Dream Foundations

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. —‍Henry David Thoreau

Maintaining Liberty

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. —‍Thomas Paine (1795)

Perpetual Goal Setting

Never quit. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit. —‍Paul “Bear” Bryant

Personal Growth

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. —‍Abraham Maslow

One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. —‍Abraham Maslow

Going Big

Go big or go home, but make sure you don’t bet the farm or the cow. -Self

Go big or go home, but be judicious in going all-in so that there will still be a farm and a cow waiting if going home becomes necessary. -Self

Go big or go home, but make sure you don’t bet the farm or the cow so that there is still a home option. —‍Self

Focus and Belief

I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won. I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do. —‍Mohammed Ali

What Money Buys

Money doesn’t buy happiness; it buys entertainment and sometimes, diversion, either of which is preferable to mindfulness of unhappiness. —‍Self

Homily Paradox

If we’re supposed to make lemonade when life brings us lemons, when life brings us plums, should we make prune juice? —‍Self

The Process of Victory

If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. —‍Paul “Bear” Bryant

Originality and Coincidence

Everything I write is completely original, and any thoughts attributable to another person are entirely coincidental — unless you believe in collective unconsciousness, in which case it is just another expression of the same original thought — unless you subscribe to the notion that everything that is written has already been written before, in which case you have to ask, is the dog chasing its tail or is the tail taunting the dog. —‍Self

Social Accountability

We are accountable not for what we are taught but for what we learn. (In other words, we are not accountable for being taught bigotry or racism or sexism or xenophobia, but we are accountable for learning those behaviors.) —‍Self

Horse’s Tail

Sometimes I’m the head, sometimes the tail. But even the tail leads when the horse finds it necessary to back up. —‍Self

Horse and Water

I led the horse to water. I made the horse drink. The horse drowned in the process. I beat the dead horse until its flesh fully macerated and its bones completely pulverized. The currents carried away the horse. The horse is no longer my problem. —‍Self

Disputation

The person who cannot refute a disagreeable position holds an indefensible position, lacks pathos, or lacks acumen. —‍Self

Opaque Communication

I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I’ve said. —‍Alan Greenspan

I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. —‍Alan Greenspan

Blind Sight

So, you mock my blindness? Let me tell you this. You with your precious eyes, you’re blind to the corruption of your life, to the house you live in, those you live with—who are your parents? Do you know? All unknowing you are the scourge of your own flesh and blood… —‍Sophocles, Oedipus Rex, ±ln 409.

Contentment Is Good

Even so, I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat well, drink a good glass of wine, and enjoy their work. —‍Ecclesiastes 5:18

Discovering Truth

[T]ruth is best discovered by powerful statements on both sides of the question. —‍Lord John Scott Eldon (1751-1838) quoting Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

MacGyver

Some people can MacGyver any problem. Other people somehow will MacFucker every problem. —‍Self