Those who would transform a nation or the world cannot do so by breeding and captaining discontent or by demonstrating the reasonableness and desirability of the intended changes or by coercing people into a new way of life. They must know how to kindle and fan an extravagant hope.
A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.
Respondiendo a la pregunta “¿qué tips de tu profesión podrías darnos?” Un usuario de Quora responde:
Today, I was trying to fix something on my wife’s computer and told her some variant of “don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched”. At which she accused me of not thinking positively.
I was forced to explain to her that the computer would do what it does regardless of whether we take a positive attitude or not.
As we are increasingly faced with a world eaten by software, the skill that everyone is going to have to learn from programmers is to recognise what machines are: implacably logical, impervious to emotional appeal. They will not be brow-beaten. They will not sympathize with your suffering. They are indifferent as to whether you are happy or sad, optimist or pessimist.
In the useful terminology of the philosopher Daniel Dennett, we will all need to take more of a “design stance” and less of an “intentional stance” towards many of the institutions we deal with. Hence, “knowing how to remain calm and move forward in the face of the mechanical” is the skill I suggest that people need to learn from my trade of software developer.
When people try to think of ways to ease global poverty, they seldom mention migration. They tend to instead think of things like microcredit. There is nothing wrong with microcredit (the lending of small sums of money to poor entrepreneurs). It has lifted many people out of poverty, which is why Mohammed Yunus, whose Grameen Bank pioneered this approach in Bangladesh, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. Yet, as Mr. Pritchett points out, the average gain from a lifetime of microcredit in Bangladesh is about the same as the gain from eight weeks working in the United States. After doing a quick calculation of the total benefit that Grameen Bank confers on its clients, he asks, mischievously: "If I get 3,000 Bangladeshi workers into the US, do I get the Nobel Peace Prize?"
Robert Guest, Borderless Economics, 2011
I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.
Vía Anxious no more