Alain de Botton:
“We don’t go around saying, ‘I had a great day today. The high point was staring out of the window.’ But maybe, in a better society, this is exactly what people would quietly say to one another.”
Hard Rock Cafe had the practice down to a science, ever since its founders realized that by playing loud, fast music, patrons talked less, consumed more and left quickly.
Humans have complex needs, he writes. “We need to talk, to be understood, to have a cohesive sense of self, to have insight, to be loved, to feel safe, to satisfy biological appetites, to resolve inner conflicts, to be accepted, to overcome adversity, to have purpose, to find meaning and to accept our own mortality.”
It was an interview with Gregg Krech, author of “Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese art of self-reflection“.
Krech suggested a practice of self-reflection through three questions.
First: what have I received from others?
Second: what did I give to others?
Third: what trouble or inconvenience did I cause others?
You can’t force young people into literature. They need to be led by pleasure and wonder.
verlyn klinkenborg writes in the prologue of Several Short Sentences About Writing:
A couple of cautions before you begin. This book isn’t meant to replace the received wisdom. “Received” means untested, untried, repeated out of habit. Everything in this book is meant to be tested all over again, by you. You decide what works for you. This is perhaps the most important thing I have to say.
when asked if there was a buzzword she never want to hear again, tracee ellis ross said:
Diversity training. What is actually needed is anti-racism training.
I need very little from individuals, but I am greedy for the world.