Monthly Archives: December 2016

Today’s Quote, 22 December 2016

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” 

– Soren Kierkegaard

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Trump, Tyranny and True Evil

… when we were brought face to face with tyranny—with a kind of tyranny that surpassed the boldest imagination of the most powerful thinkers of the past—our political science failed to recognize it.

—Leo Strauss, On Tyranny

The fearful cries against President Donald J. Trump on the grounds that he is a tyrant in the making would have more credibility if a yuuge swath of Western media and political elites had not spent much of the last century missing, ignoring or excusing the worst tyranny in human history.

This Christmas Eve, celebrate the 25th anniversary of its defeat.

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How to Change the World

I saw someone save his own life today.

Some things happen slowly, but conversion can be fast. That moment when someone’s entire frame of mind changes and they can’t continue to act as they did before.

When someone walks into the office and you’re not sure if it’s their twin.

The formal word for it is metanoia.

If people are stuck in the wrong mindset, these moments are how they save their lives, all at once.

And when they save themselves, they create more space to save others too.

If you can change people’s minds, you can change the world.

We don’t think enough about how that happens. We forget it’s even possible.

But it’s real. I saw it today.

Here’s Scott Adams on the art of persuasion. Self-recommending.

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Robots are Stealing our Eyeballs

First they came for our jobs, now the bots have started to hijack our reading. 

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Today’s Quote, 21 December 2016

“It is not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It is because we dare not venture that things are difficult.”


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Word of the Day: Enargia

Enargia (noun)

A vivid, lively description that paints a picture of something or someone in words.

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Word of the day: Exorbitate


To deviate from a usual course or route.

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Today’s Quote, 20 December 2016

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” 

–Albert Einstein

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Word of the Day: Exoteric


Liable to be understood by the general public. Knowledge based on common sense and external, shared reality rather than inner experience or secret teachings.

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Today’s Quote, 19 December 2016

The common problem, yours, mine, every one’s
Is–not to fancy what were fair in life
Provided it could be,–but, finding first
What may be, then find how to make it fair
Up to our means: a very different thing!

— Robert Browning, Bishop Blougram’s Apology

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December 19, 2016 · 12:00 pm