Mar 23, 2014

When you were a kid and wanted to do something your parents or teachers didn’t like, you may have heard the question, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?”

The idea is that it’s not good to do something stupid, even if everyone else does it. The logic is think for yourself instead of following the crowd.

It’s not bad advice, even if it’s sometimes used to exert control more than to support independent thinking.

Then, you grow up and suddenly the tables are turned. People start expecting you to behave exactly as they do. If you don’t conform to their expectations, some of them get confused or even irritated.

It’s almost as if they are asking: “Hey, everyone else is jumping off the bridge. Why aren’t you?”

Chris Guillebeau
Dec 2, 2012
People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.
Nick Hornby
Sep 10, 2012
Sometimes people say that you shouldn’t worry about anything. But this seems overly optimistic.
There are many things worth worrying about. The challenge, however, is to worry about the right things.
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3x5/unnecessary-traffic-lights/
Aug 25, 2012
A vontade de se preparar precisa ser maior que a vontade de vencer.
Bob Knight (via rafaelweiblen)
Aug 8, 2012
I know

I know

Aug 8, 2012
yep

yep

Aug 8, 2012
Compromise is the highway to mediocrity.
Aug 7, 2012
You can be so bad at so many things… and as long as you stay focused on how you’re providing value to your users and customers, and you have something that is unique and valuable… you get through all that stuff.
Mark Zuckerberg
Aug 7, 2012
Assim poderíamos assegurar que as frustrações, os corações despedaçados, o ódio por quem não nos ligou e os arrependimentos por oportunidades perdidas fossem continuamente acariciados e aliviados por imagens de galáxias como a Messier 101, uma estrutura espiral localizada perto do canto esquerdo inferior da constelação Ursa Maior, a vinte e três milhões de anos-luz, majestosamente ignorante de tudo o que somos e confortavelmente imune a tudo o que nos oprime.
Alain de Botton
Jul 26, 2012

“But the Solar System!” I protested.

His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know next to nothing. Upon my quoting Thomas Carlyle, he inquired in the naivest way who he might be and what he had done. My surprise reached a climax, however, when I found incidentally that he was ignorant of the Copernican Theory and of the composition of the Solar System. That any civilized human being in this nineteenth century should not be aware that the earth travelled round the sun appeared to be to me such an extraordinary fact that I could hardly realize it.

“You appear to be astonished,” he said, smiling at my expression of surprise. “Now that I do know it I shall do my best to forget it.”

“To forget it!”

“You see,” he explained, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”

“But the Solar System!” I protested.

“What the deuce is it to me?” he interrupted impatiently; “you say that we go round the sun. If we went round the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or to my work.”

Jun 27, 2012
It is possible to create better cities. It is possible to provide what people have sought in the suburbs in much higher-density environments: not only good schools, which can exist anywhere, but also green spaces and safe streets where children can ride their bicycles. This is easy to accomplish in growing cities that will occupy large tracts of green fields over the next few decades, but it is possible everywhere.
Enrique Peñalosa
Jun 27, 2012
Creating a city that is very friendly to cars conflicts with maintaining an environment that is friendly to people. The 20th century will be remembered as an unfortunate one for urban history, as we created habitats far more conducive to the movement of motor vehicles than to human well-being.
Enrique Peñalosa
Jun 20, 2012
As religiões compreendem isso: sabem que a existência de uma platéia ajuda a sustentar a bondade.
Alain de Botton
Jun 17, 2012
y si al final lo que hay que vivir, lo que hay que soñar, hay que vivirlo
Jun 17, 2012
a rabel can never find peace
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