"Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did."
— Robin Williams (as Dr. Sean Maguire to Will Hunting)
But there are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained. There is the pleasure of being challenged; the pleasure of feeling one’s range and capacities expanding; the pleasure of entering into an unfamiliar world, and being led into empathy with a consciousness very different from one’s own; the pleasure of knowing what others have already thought it worth knowing, and entering a larger conversation.
I’m not so starry-eyed as to think that day will ever come, at least not in my lifetime. I suspect that humanity will always have to contend with prejudice in one form or another. But that doesn’t give us license to stop struggling against it. It is exactly the reason we must press on and continue to do better, to demand better, to show that it’s possible.
The effort is its own reward.
A beautiful argument in defence of diversity. While it concerns science-fiction, the author’s points surely speak to our reality as well.
"One can never have enough socks." - Albus Dumbledore #tgif #socks #wingtips #brogue #workwear (at Made By Lauren Jasmine)
Singapore - The Social Laboratory
Excellent longread by Shane Harris on protection of national security & engineering a more harmonious society via mass surveillance and big data.
Singapore was the perfect home for a centrally controlled, complex technological system designed to maintain national order. […] “In Singapore, people generally feel that if you’re not a criminal or an opponent of the government, you don’t have anything to worry about.”
Nothing is ever certain, but I have a #goodfeeling about this, and all good feelings deserve a #toast. #thechinaclub #tgif (at The China Club)
Here’s how LKY’s ‘I will get up’ speech will sound like when written by other authors like Tolkien →
Too. Damn. Funny.
I made a minor statement in another post, and I got a reply that struck me as rather odd—both in its content and its somewhat aggressive tone.