Carl Sagan, Soothsayer

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, 1995

Told a False Story

“Everyone listening to this will know someone who works really hard, at a job they hate, to buy a load of shit they don’t need, that they display on social media to get people to go “OMG so jealous”, and then they feel a peculiar emptiness, because they’ve done what they’re meant to do. They’ve worked really hard, they’ve bought the shit they see in adverts, they’ve displayed it on social media, but they feel terrible. So what happens? … They work even harder, they buy even more shit that they display even more aggressively on social media. We’re in these cycles – we’ve been told a false story about what it is to be human, we’ve been told a false story about what it is to be happy.”

Johann Hari on the Making Sense Podcast #142

“This nonsense of earning a living.”

“We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

Buckminster Fuller, New York Magazine, 1970, (emphasis mine)

If There Is Such A Thing

“You might say, well, what’s the right way of being in the world? – if there is such a thing – and it’s not acting in accordance to a set of rules. It’s attempting continuously to transcend the flawed thing that you currently are. And what’s interesting about that is that the meaning of life is found in that pursuit.”

Jordan Peterson, The Joe Rogan Podcast, Episode #1139

On Fatherhood

“I think the most important thing for a father these days is to just show that’s possible to do what you love and be really good at it. And then come home with tenderness and affection for them – missing them – and give them everything you’ve got when you get home and then start it all again the next day.

Figure out what it is that makes you happy, work hard, forget about the rest, come home, and be a good man, be a fucking man, and go to sleep and wake up early and do it again.”

J.T. Van Zandt

So much to unpack here, but some marks to strive for.

The Instructions

“In this world there are those who listen to the flow of currents within themselves, and there are those who quiet those currents so that they can more easily hear the directions being shouted at them from the loudspeakers at each corner of the prison-yard fence.This has always been an important divider of people – where they get their instructions from. Who they listen to. What they accept as reality and what they reject.”

Mark Driver, Just Another Empire

Future Goggles

“The next medium, whatever it is—it may be the extension of consciousness—will include television as its content, not as its environment, and will transform television into an art form. A computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce mass library organization, retrieve the individual’s encyclopedic function and flip into a private line to speedily tailored data of a saleable kind.”

Marshall McLuhan, 30 years prior to the invention of the World Wide Web. (Emphasis, mine) Source: wikipedia