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if we have character, rules seem restrictive, an affront to our sense of agency and our pride in working out our own lives.
Ideologies are substitutes for true knowledge, and ideologues are always dangerous when they come to power, because a simple-minded I-know-it-all approach is no match for the complexity of existence.
each individual has ultimate responsibility to bear; that if one wants to live a full life, one first sets one’s own house in order; and only then can one sensibly aim to take on bigger responsibilities.
This means that dominance hierarchies have been an essentially permanent feature of the environment to which all complex life has adapted.
Mark Twain once said, “It’s not what we don’t know that gets us in trouble. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
“In my kingdom,” as the Red Queen tells Alice in Wonderland, “you have to run as fast as you can just to stay in the same place.” No one standing still can triumph, no matter how well constituted.
People are better at filling and properly administering prescription medication to their pets than to themselves.
“He whose life has a why can bear almost any how.”
it is not easy to distinguish between someone truly wanting and needing help and someone who is merely exploiting a willing helper.
Make friends with people who want the best for you.