“a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless”
— James Baldwin
“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns, and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death – ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible to life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return. One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible, for the sake of those who are coming after us.”
— James Baldwin
“A pé e de coração leve
Eu enveredo pela estrada aberta,
Saudável, livre, o mundo à minha frente,
À minha frente o longo atalho pardo
Levando-me aonde eu queria.
Daqui em diante não peço mais boa-sorte,
Boa-sorte sou eu.”
– Walt Whitman
“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
“No one’s idea of a good time is to take a brutal assessment of their animating assumptions and to acknowledge that those may have contributed to their failure. (…) But what we learned from conversation with high achievers is that challenging our assumptions, objectives, at times even our goals, may sometimes push us further than we thought possible.”
“The banks’ failure of imagination is exposing them to disruptive entry by players specializing in customer management and user interface design.”
“Banks in Brazil were the first to take deposit and withdrawal transactions out of banking halls and into retail shops that exist in every village and neighborhood.”
Source: MIT Technology Review
24 horas/dia * 7 dias/semana = 168 horas/semana
Trabalho: 40-60 horas/semana
Dormir: 42-56 horas/semana
Saldo: mínimo de 52 e máximo de 86 horas/semana para usar como quiser, seja correr, comer, estudar, ler ou ver TV.
If you had a dial that could raise or lower your IQ by any amount, and you knew that for every point you went up, it would be harder and harder to make yourself happy, and for every point you went down it would make happiness easier to come by—and you could only adjust the dial once and the adjustment was permanent—what would you do?