It is no great difficulty to see why the life of diverse hedonism is unsatisfactory even on its own terms. Boredom, its ultimate enemy, is unavoidable…A life devoted to the collection of enjoyable or ‘interesting’ experiences is an empty life. It is not a life of spirit, but one in which spirit disappears in the multitude of diversions….When we think of it, we all know that those who are in a position to sample life’s sweet diversions are no better off in any fundamental way than those who are not. We know that those who have thrown themselves into lives of self-indulgence are often racked with emptiness, loneliness, self-hatred, nostalgia, and yet are unwilling to change. Knowing all this, however, we would be reluctant ourselves to pass up the opportunity for such a life. Why is this so? Because we convince ourselves that we would be judicious in our use of pleasure. We would practice restraint….The life of superficial diversions has great attraction, as does the pastry table for the child. In the latter case it is, we know, because the child is not serious about his eating habits. So it is, also, with us….To throw oneself into indulgence is to say, ‘All I am is a potential for pleasure. The more pleasure that exists, the greater I am.’ No one can believe this in earnest, of course, and this is why such a life must rest upon self-deception. (John Douglas Mullen, Kierkegaard’s Philosophy, New York: New American Library, 1981, p. 100-1.)
“the realization that each passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”
Once you’ve ruined your reputation, you can live quite freely.
There is only one path forward: exploit opportunity.
If you keep on talking, you will end up saying what you didn’t intend to say.
What can I possibly do with my life that would make me worthy of all the good fortune I’ve had? I have no illusions about changing the world, but what about my community?
People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.
The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.
Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.
Condense fact from the vapour of nuance.
…that’s basically what all dystopian stories are. “What if all the horrible stuff was also done to white people?
I have a goddess of a wife who sweats ambition and empathy and a daughter who reminds me too much of what i used to be, full of love and joy, kissing every person she meets because everyone is good and will do her no harm.