A couple of times a year I make myself a tape to play in the car, a tape full of all the new songs I’ve loved over the previous few months, and every time I finish one I can’t believe that there’ll be another. Yet there always is, and I can’t wait for the next one; you only need a few hundred more things like that, and you’ve got a life worth living.
I’m having a nice time with Nick Hornby’s Songbook at the moment.
What is essential in him is that he should have a real thirst for such knowledge—a thirst which will make him restless till satisfied; the thirst that will make him blind to the world and its enjoyments. He should be, in short, fired with or desire for emancipation. To such a one, there is nothing dearer than the accomplishment of this object. A true lover will risk his very life to gain union with his beloved like Tulasîdâs. A true lover will see everywhere, in every direction, in every tree and leaf, in every blade of grass his own beloved. The whole of the world, with all its beauties, is a dreary waste in his eyes, without his beloved. And he will court death, fall into the mouth of a gaping grave, for the sake of his beloved. The student whose heart burns with such intense desire for union with Paraṃâtmâ, is sure to find a teacher, and through him he will surely find Him It is a tried experience that Paraṃâtmâ will try to meet you half way, with the degree of intensity with which you will go to meet Him. Even He Himself will become your guide, direct you on to the road to success, or put you on the track to find a teacher, or lead him to you.
Summing up, “learning is personal” refers to my strong belief that we should all be personally responsible for what we know (and what we don’t); “knowledge is social” refers to my strong belief that all of that knowledge should be shared and improved through conversation, and especially in writing (e.g. on blogs); “truth is an adventure” refers to my strong belief that ultimately the process of learning and dialog is worthwhile in itself.
Revisiting this mantra lately » Learning is Personal, Knowledge is Social, Truth is an Adventure
The tragic truth is that it is all too easy to express empathy when we’re in comfortable situations and can opine about personal sacrifice without actually making any. And it isn’t hard to praise the power of reason when we’re not experiencing a moment of fevered temptation. Character building enterprises are hard work: learning about our failings can be painful; virtue often gets strengthened through trying experiences. If bookish environments aren’t integrated with this taxing personal path, moral improvement remains a fantasy disguised by beautiful lip service.
Keep On Tweeting, There’s No Techno-Fix For Incivility Or Injustice - Forbes
Pretty nice except for the damn bird.

Pretty nice except for the damn bird.

(Source: wardnate, via oofcat-deactivated20140205)

Just as we do not feel the health of our whole body, but only the small spot where the shoe pinches, so we do not think of all our affairs that are going on perfectly well, but only of some insignificant trifle that annoys us.
Schopenhauer, “On the Suffering of the World”

Drago is skinny, with a beard that doesn’t fully connect to his mustache, and a rumpled coolness. Ask him his favorite book and he’ll grin and say, “I play Grand Theft Auto V.” He wears a plaid shirt, with a long chain for his medallions of a dragon and of St. George. Jack Daniel’s neat is his drink, when somebody else is buying. He’s the grandson of the best-looking whore in the blue-collar town of Belo Horizonte.

His life story mirrors that of his generation, cycling through alienation, anger and hope.

From a pretty good long read on the protests in Brazil leading up to the World Cup:

Generation June

via @erikmal 

Although he turned every discussion into the verbal equivalent of a fight, and appeared to become almost uncontrollable with rage, and would tremble with anger, there is no doubt that he found a deep satisfaction in it all. He was always keen for us to meet again for more.

Bryan Magee on being friends with Karl Popper

From Confessions of a Philosopher

Kurtz's "horror" monologue kind of expresses my fascination with Ford's crisis management style.

"And then I realized… like I was shot… like I was shot with a diamond…  a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God, the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure…. Without judgement. Without judgement. Because it’s judgement that defeats us."

Technology, in contrast to the adaptation of the individual to the medium, is the adaptation of the medium to the individual.

José Ortega y Gasset, “Man the Technician”

Stumbled on this in an old notebook — part of my back-to-basics thinking about the meaning of technology. Of course, Ortega wasn’t around for Apple, Amazon.com, or Facebook.