While I don’t share her enthusiasm for a certain morning cable talk show (though I did enjoy this bit of hilarity very much) I really like Peggy‘s Friday blog entries – Things I Learned This Week. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. I have no problem in blatantly ripping off her idea.
What I learned this week:
Procrastination caused by fear… I thought I was done with that, but I’m not. I still must say to myself:
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain
Markus Zusak said – Failure has been my best friend as a writer. It tests you, to see if you have what it takes to see it through.
With proper hydration, the most brutal heat can be dealt with.
Too much habanera sauce – while not a good thing in all respects – will clear out your sinuses very quickly.
From a Blog Entry – Global Weirding Coming At Us All, by Walter Russell Mead (read the whole thing)
Except for some entrepreneurs, mavericks and renegades, our technocratic elites are mostly a bunch of rule followers and incrementalists. They got where they are by scoring well on tests, manipulating the platitudes of conventional wisdom a little better than the next guy and by pleasing their supervisors.
This is almost exactly the wrong way to raise leaders for tumultuous times. … We are producing legions of promotion-hungry bureaucrats and narrow specialists with no knowledge of or interest in the tumult and chaos that inevitably rises up in times like ours. We then place them in large, bureaucratically run institutions and expect them to deal creatively with the unexpected, the revolutionary and the totally new.
I can not say it better.
Kingfish is better fried than grilled.