“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
via Ryan Holiday
“I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.”
-Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s The Mystery of the Blue Train
More than you wanted to know about our pernicious little pests.
“… stinkbugs, indoors, seem inordinately graceless and impossibly dumb. But, as we all now know, being graceless and dumb is no obstacle to being powerful and horrifying.”
Plato was a famous early curmudgeon when it came to the dangers of externalizing memory. In the dialogue Plato wrote between Socrates and the aristocrat Phaedrus, Socrates tells a story about the god Theuth discovering “the use of letters.” The Egyptian king Thamus says to Theuth:
This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.
Tonight. Day 22 of The Focus Course by @shawnblanc and a blood orange old fashioned. I’ve been a fan of any old old fashioned since @patrickrhone wrote a little letter about them for Read & Trust back in the day.