I was cleaning up, going through old papers, when I found this email that had been sent to me:
You can get in a lot of trouble saying simple (true) things in such a way as they cannot be misunderstood. Shame on you. I thought people with graduate degrees all knew better than to be clear, concise, and to the point.
Any data set can be tortured until it confesses.
He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
Thomas Paine, The Forester’s Letters, Letter III—’To Cato’, Pennsylvania Journal (24 April 1776).
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
“The curse of every ancient civilization was that its men in the end became unable to fight. Materialism, luxury, safety, even sometimes an almost modern sentimentality, weakened the fibre of each civilized race in turn; each became in the end a nation of pacifists, and then each was trodden under foot by some ruder people that had kept the virile fighting power the lack of which makes all other virtues useless and sometimes even harmful.”
— President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (can’t find a specific attribution)
Reminds me of this prior Phriday Filosophy.
Just posted this as a comment on an article on LinkedIn, but – and OK, ego here – I think it’s noteworthy enough to post (and will add to my list of quotations I’ve coined):
Life is about helping people; if you aren’t elevating & aiding others, you’re diminishing yourself.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a brick when it stops working.”
– Arthur C Clarke, while kicking his computer. *
(As Abraham Lincoln said, “94% of quotations on the internet are made up.”)*
For all the tech-philia that’s around, with job ads now declaring searches for “digital natives” (i.e., an ageism code word), I admit there are times when I muse that we could clear out an awful lot of that bigotry if we got a cyber attack taking down the power grid for a couple of weeks.
Lights Out! The Chaos When Our Grid Goes Down | Bill Whittle. A short video about different threats to the electric grid.
Could You Survive? A fictional depiction of what might happen in the UK if the grid went down from a cyberattack.
Could You Survive 2? And one if a cyberattack took down the grid in the US.
Could You Survive 3? Understand the EMP threat. One nuclear bomb – ONE! – detonated at 100-120 miles above the US could send us back to the 18th century.
* Thanks Elm!
“When all men think alike, no one thinks very much.”
— Walter Lippmann
“If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?”
– Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
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