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Joined September 2016

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Experiencing the selflessness, timelessness, effortlessness, and richness of nonordinary states of consciousness can accelerate learning, facilitate healing, and provide measurable impact in our lives and work. But we have to revise our tactics and upend convention to make the most of those advantages.

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Mastery | Robert Greene

There are 2 kinds of failure. The 1st comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid...This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The 2nd kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.

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Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

Suet624 Truly. 2y
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In our finest hours...the soul of the country manifests itself in an inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists; to look out rather than to turn inward; to accept rather than to reject. In so doing, America has grown ever stronger, confident that the choice of light over dark is the means by which we pursue progress.

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Gilead (Revised) | Marilynne Robinson

It's not a man's working hours that is important, it is how he spends his leisure time.

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Botox lessens depression because it prevents us from making sad faces. But it also dampens our connection to those around us because we feel empathy by mimicking each other‘s facial expressions. With Botox, mimicry becomes impossible, so we feel almost nothing at all.

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America sucks at information warfare...This isn‘t necessarily a bad thing. Democracies are marketplaces of ideas. We stand for freedom, liberty, human rights, and peaceful protest, so stopping one thing, like the violent views of terrorists or nefarious Russian influence of homegrown Americans, gets tricky. American values..are their greatest strength when shared and promoted—and a major vulnerability in the eyes of those who seek to exploit them.

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The hecklers weren‘t hacking people‘s computers; they were hacking their minds, in two ways. (1) they sought to change a target audience‘s perception on issues, nudging audiences toward preferred foreign policy positions and influencing experts, politicians, and media personalities toward a pro-Assad or pro-Russia stance....(2) hecklers sought to batter adversaries off social media platforms through either endless harassment or compromise.

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The likelihood of getting cancer depends in large part on how often a person experiences injury or certain types of injury. This is just math. More injury means more cell division and, simply, more opportunity for dangerous mutation to occur.

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In 2000, Microsoft Canada reported that the average human had an attention span of twelve seconds; by 2013 that number had fallen to eight seconds. (According to Microsoft, a goldfish, by comparison, has an average attention span of nine seconds.)

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So by my lights, the number one rule for salespeople is to show customers that you genuinely like them. There‘s a wise adage that fits this logic well: people don‘t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

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Those who cheat for you will cheat against you.

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We can never forget that the political system we have today was designed by our own elected representatives—the people we voted into office. This system was corrupted over time, and most of us did not even notice.

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REDISTRICTING HAS BECOME A PROCESS WHEREBY POLITICIANS CHOOSE THEIR VOTERS INSTEAD OF VOTERS CHOOSING THEIR POLITICIANS.

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IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT MUCH OF WHAT CONSTITUTES TODAY'S POLITICAL SYSTEM HAS NO BASIS IN THE CONSTITUTION.

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RATHER THAN WORKING TO BRING CITIZENS TOGETHER TO FURTHER THE PUBLIC INTEREST, EACH PARTY DEMONIZES THE OTHER PARTY‘S SUPPORTERS AND THEIR VIEWS.

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The structure of the politics industry has created unhealthy competition that fails to advance the public interest.

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THE POLITICS INDUSTRY IS DIFFERENT FROM VIRTUALLY ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES IN THE ECONOMY BECAUSE THE PARTICIPANTS, THEMSELVES, CONTROL THE RULES OF COMPETITION.

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Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand

There is no such thing as a lousy job - only lousy men who don‘t care to do it.

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Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand

Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.

aperi I was always intimated by Ayn Rand's books 2y
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Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand

Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.

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Perhaps one reason why people – especially neo-Marxists – are coy about the precise comparisons they are making is that the comparisons they would cite (Venezuela, Cuba, Russia) would reveal the deeper underbelly of their ideology and the true reasons for the negative accounting of the West. But most often the question ‘Compared to what?‘ will elicit only the fact that the utopia with which our society is being compared has not yet come about.

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I don‘t exercise to get fit or be healthier; I do it to enjoy being alive.

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Whether this moment is happy or not depends on you. It`s you who makes the moment happy, not the moment that makes you happy. With mindfulness, concentration, and insight, any moment can become a happy moment.

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A Severe Mercy | Sheldon Vanauken

It is, I think, that we are all so alone in what lies deepest in our souls, so unable to find the words, and perhaps the courage to speak with unlocked hearts, that we don't know at all that it is the same with others.

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Disagreement is not oppression. Argument is not assault. Words – even provocative or repugnant ones – are not violence. The answer to speech we do not like is more speech.

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Read things you're sure will disagree with your current thinking. If you're a die-hard anti-animal person, read Meat. If you're a die-hard global warming advocate, read Glenn Beck. If you're a Rush Limbaugh fan, read James W. Loewen's Lies My Teachers Told Me. It'll do your mind good and get your heart rate up.

HannaPolkadots 👏👏👏 2y
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Breathing in, I see all my ancestors in me: my mineral ancestors, plant ancestors, mammal ancestors, and human ancestors. My ancestors are always present, alive in every cell of my body, and I play a part in their immortality.

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Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Profound and funny 💚😅 Thanks for sharing. 2y
annahenke Love this book 2y
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You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This of course would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.

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Mom taught me not to look away from the worst but to believe that we can all do better. She never wavered in her conviction that books are the most powerful tool in the human arsenal, that reading all kinds of books, in whatever format you choose - electronic (even though that wasn't for her) or printed, or audio - is the grandest entertainment, and also is how you take part in human conversation.

JanuarieTimewalker13 It‘s so true...it is the greatest entertainment! 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I really enjoyed that book a few years ago 💚 2y
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Mom had always taught all of us to examine decisions by reversibility--that is, to hedge our bets. When you couldn't decide between two things, she suggested you choose the one that allowed you to change course if necessary. Not the road less traveled but the road with the exit ramp.

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Of course you could do more - you can always do more, and you should do more - but still, the important things is to do what you can, whenever you can. You just do your best, and that's all you can do. Too many people use the excuse that they don't think they can do enough, so they decide they don't have to to do anything. There's never a good excuse for not doing anything - even if it's just to sign something, or send a small contribution...

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We all owe everyone for everything that happens in our lives. But it's not owing like a debt to one person...Our whole lives can change in an instant--so each person that keeps that from happening, no matter how small a role they play, is also responsible for all of it. Just by giving friendship and love, you keep the people around you from giving up--and each expression of friendship or love may be the one that makes all the difference.

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One of the many things I love about bound books is their sheer physicality. Electronic books live out of sight and out of mind. But printed books have body, presence. ... I often seek electronic books, but they never come after me. They may make me feel, but I can't feel them. They are all soul with no flesh, no texture, and no weight.

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More energy is needed to rise a millimetre above a neutron star's surface than to break completely free of Earth's gravity. A pen dropped from a height of one metre would impact with the energy of a ton of TNT...A projectile would need to attain half the speed of light to escape its gravity; conversely, anything that fell freely onto a neutron star from a great height would impact at more than half the speed of light.

Bklover It‘s hard to wrap your head around stuff like this. Amazing! 2y
GoneFishing @Bklover I agree — it‘s mind boggling. 2y
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Just sitting quietly, doing nothing at all, your brain churns through more information in thirty seconds than the Hubble Space Telescope has processed in thirty years. A morsel of cortex one cubic millimeter in size—about the size of a grain of sand—could hold two thousand terabytes of information, enough to store all the movies ever made, trailers included, or about 1.2 billion copies of this book.

Bklover Wow. Incredible! 2y
GoneFishing @Bklover speaking of our incredible brains, you may be interested in checking out some of the memorization feats in Moonwalking with Einstein. 2y
Bklover I‘ll check it out. Thanks! 2y
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The Sun contains about 1,000 times more mass than Jupiter. If it were cold, gravity would squeeze it a million times denser than an ordinary solid: it would be a 'white dwarf' about the size of the Earth but 330,000 times more massive. But the Sun's core actually has a temperature of fifteen million degrees-thousands of time hotter than its glowing surface, and the pressure of this immensely hot gas 'puffs up' the Sun and holds it in equilibrium.

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Vulnerability doesn‘t come after trust—it precedes it. Leaping into the unknown, when done alongside others, causes the solid ground of trust to materialize beneath our feet.

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Her Privates, We | Frederic Manning

Death, of course, like chastity, admits of no degree; a man is dead or not dead, and a man is just as dead by one means as by another; but it is infinitely more horrible and revolting to see a man shattered and eviscerated, than to see him shot. And one sees such things; and one suffers vicariously, with the inalienable sympathy of man for man. One forgets quickly. The mind is averted as well as the eyes.

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Her Privates, We | Frederic Manning

He neither knew where he was, nor whither he was going, he could have no plan because he could foresee nothing, everything happening was inevitable and unexpected, he was an act in a whole chain of acts; and, though his movements had to conform to those of others, spontaneously, as part of some infinitely flexible plan, which he could not comprehend very clearly even in regard to its immediate object, he could rely on no one but himself.

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When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend.

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It is forgetting, not remembering, that is the essence of what makes us human. To make sense of the world, we must filter it. "To think," Borges writes, "is to forget.

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Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it. You can exercise daily and eat healthily and live a long life, while experiencing a short one... That's why it's so important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic locales, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.

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Candide | Voltaire

I should like to know which is worse: to be ravished a hundred times by pirates, and have a buttock cut off, and run the gauntlet of the Bulgarians, and be flogged and hanged in an auto-da-fe, and be dissected, and have to row in a galley -- in short, to undergo all the miseries we have each of us suffered -- or simply to sit here and do nothing?'
That is a hard question,' said Candide.

phantomx Candide! It has been such a long time since I read this book. Still cracks me up. 2y
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More and more of us feel like emergency-room physicians, permanently on call, required to heal ourselves but unable to find the prescription for all the clutter on our desk.

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Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love anymore. It‘s hate.

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Stealing a man's wife, that's nothing, but stealing his car, that‘s larceny.

Leftcoastzen Such a great old book. 2y
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Optimism. One of the most important qualities of a good leader is optimism, a pragmatic enthusiasm for what can be achieved. Even in the face of difficult choices and less than ideal outcomes, an optimistic leader does not yield to pessimism. Simply put, people are not motivated or energized by pessimists.

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Our painful experiences aren‘t a liability—they‘re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength.