Archive for the ‘random interest’ Category


by wil — Aug 24, 2011

The inhabitant of the United States attaches himself to the goods of this world as if he were assured of not dying, and he rushes so precipitately to grasp those that pass within his reach that one would say he fears at each instant he will cease to live before he has enjoyed them. He grasps them all but without clutching them, and he soon allows them to escape from his hands so as to run after new enjoyments.Alexis de Tocqueville, c. 1835, in An End to Suffering

American consumerism: 175 years and still going strong.


by wil — Aug 23, 2011

[Sub-atomic particles] form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.Werner Heisenberg, in An End to Suffering


by wil — Aug 16, 2011

In Life, the challenge is not so much to figure out how best to play the game; the challenge is to figure out what game you’re playing.Kwame Anthony Appiah, in Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together

Solitude ≠ Loneliness

by wil — Aug 16, 2011

Loneliness is failed solitude. To experience solitude you must be able to summon yourself by yourself; otherwise, you will only know how to be lonely.Sherry Turkle, Alone Together