Samir’s Selection 05/14/2013 (p.m.)

  • BRYANT: It was a person. It was a small person. Like, there’s no doubt in my mind that that was not an adult…

    BRYANT: … I felt numb because this is – this was the reality of war…: good guys can die, bad guys can die, and innocents can die as well.

    BRYANT: …  one of the weird things about the whole drone community is that you don’t talk about anything that you’ve done. You just don’t. So I just shut up and didn’t talk to anyone about how I was feeling or how I was doing.

    tags: drone war killing crime warcrime responsibility ethics morality psychology

  • It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence…

    What she had mistakenly assumed was her personality – driven, cranky, anxious and sad – turned out to be a deformative effect of her environment…

    Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day…

    It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, without getting the hell out of it again… 

    Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration – it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done…

    “The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.” – Arthur C. Clarke

     I did make a conscious decision, a long time ago, to choose time over money, since I’ve always understood that the best investment of my limited time on earth was to spend it with people I love.

    tags: busy culture time idleness priority ArthurCClarke quote

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