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There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong
Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy
'If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.'
Seneca

When you actually talk to people in depth about what they want in life, it’s not possible to approximate a useful truth from it. You blur it, you build categories, you can pretend the pieces join.

But when you read the source data, the world stops for a while. The experience is gazing at the world through a hundred different lenses, peering into hopes and fears, closely held, tightly expressed, beautifully composed in many cases, and slowly dawns the insight.

We have no idea where we are going or what is going on.

Life is simple. Are you happy? Yes? Keep going. No? Change something.
Unknown.
Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Virgil Thomson
Everybody says “Wake Up!”
But what nobody tells you is that once you wake up, you stop dreaming.
Being intelligent is like having a knife. If you train every day in using the knife, you will be invincible. If you think that just having a knife will make you win any battle you fight, then you will fail.
inspiration is for amateurs…the rest of us just show up and get to work.
Chuck Close
Solutions to many of the world’s most difficult social problems don’t need to be invented, they need only to be found, funded, and scaled.
Judith Rodin
Never argue against logic with emotion, or against emotion using logic.