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Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things by Laurence Gonzales
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“But what is the way forward? I know what it isn't. It's not, as we once believed, plenty to eat and a home with all the modern conveniences. It's not a 2,000-mile-long wall to keep Mexicans out or more accurate weapons to kill them. It's not a better low-fat meal or a faster computer speed. It's not a deodorant, a car, a soft drink, a skin cream. The way forward is found on a path through the wilderness of the head and heart---reason and emotion. Thinking, knowing, understanding.”
Laurence Gonzales, Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
“Bureaucracies force us to practice nonsense. And if you rehearse nonsense, you may one day find yourself the victim of it.”
Laurence Gonzales, Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
“With the illusion that we have dominion over the earth we conclude we have nothing to fear.”
Laurence Gonzales, Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
“I cast myself across the land in search of enlightenment, and here is what I found: that matter and energy are one continuous flow. Nothing remains except the process. And that matter is so full of energy that it sometimes has to get right up and dance. And when it does, we call it life.”
Laurence Gonzales, Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things
“How, I wondered, can we wake up for this amazing journey that is so quickly ended? How can we experience the live performance of our own lives? To be in the moment is the ultimate act of redemption. To live with an unquenchable curiosity that sweeps away our mental models and makes everything new is the ultimate triumph we can experience as humans before inexorable forces pull us apart. And it also seems to offer the hope that we might grow up and out of our ape ancestry and into a state where we can live truly examined lives. A truly examined life would be one that gives a gift to the future. It would create the possibility, if not the certainty, that my grandchildren and yours might live as well as we have lived.”
Laurence Gonzales, Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things