Nothing is wasted

There is nothing lost or wasted in this life. What is real always was and cannot be destroyed.

― Bhagavadgita Mahabharata

The Utility of Lies

Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used.

Brooks, Max (2006-09-12). World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (p. 163). Crown. Kindle Edition.

Catastrophe is beyond belief

Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.

Brooks, Max (2006-09-12). World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (p. 29). Crown. Kindle Edition.

Commando vs Zombie Horde

When confronted with the undead, it is easy to believe in the super-commando strategy: Load up with the heaviest, most powerful weapons possible and go out to “kick ass.” This is not only foolish — it is suicidal.

If someone says to you, “Hey, let’s just get going and deal with whatever’s out there,” hand him a pistol with one bullet and tell him that it’s an easier way of committing suicide.

Bertrand Russell's Prayer

O God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I have a soul.

-- Bertrand Russell

Gods And Moral Superiority

The ability to make a universe does not presuppose moral superiority...

We [could be] in the hands of infinite power and infinite sadism.

Niven, Larry; Pournelle, Jerry (2010-04-01). Inferno (p. 107). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.

On Adulthood

I think you don’t grow up until you stop worrying about other people’s purposes or lack of them and find the purposes you believe in for yourself.

On being wise and making mistakes

The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them.

Nonsensical Intuition: Occam's Nemesis

“It’s an old science-class story,” said Olhado. “People who wanted to invent sewing machines kept failing because they always tried to imitate the motions of hand-sewing, pushing the needle through the fabric and drawing the thread along behind through the eye at the back end of the needle. It seemed obvious. Until somebody first thought of putting the eye in the nose of the needle and using two threads instead of just one. A completely unnatural, indirect approach that when it comes right down to it, I still don’t understand.”

Gods as Good Parents

Somebody who wants to teach you how to know everything that they know and do everything that they do—what he was really describing was parents, not gods.

So what Wiggin was describing wasn’t parents, really. He was describing good parents. He wasn’t telling her what the gods were, he was telling her what goodness was. To want other people to grow. To want other people to have all the good things that you have. And to spare them the bad things if you can. That was goodness.

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