The improvement of our way of life is more important than the spreading of it,” Colonel Lindbergh told his countrymen. “If we make it satisfactory enough, it will spread automatically. If we do not, no strength of arms can permanently impose it.”
From Robbie Fulks
When an invention is ready six guys will come along and invent it at the same time.
Introducing the song “I like being left alone” , and describing it as sort of a libertarian anthem -
Think of it as Ron Paul Sartre
also from the song:
I like water
I like air
I like space, but not to share
Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth.
Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.
I think the second line is the more telling. I remember Tyler Cowen (I think) describe raising children as the proper determination of what activities will be character building and which will be needless suffering.
I want to live in a world where it’s easier to do good.
From Utah Phillips
In matters where we have no personal interest – Canadian logging say – then we will usually reflexively follow the adage “if a little won’t do a little, then a lot won’t do a lot” if some venture or initiative fails. IE we reinforce success.
However, on matters where we do have a personal favorable interest, then that goes out the window and we reflexively start to think that things just “did not go far enough” and more resources are needed and we start believing in Green Lantern Theory and the Care Bear Stare.
“Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation”
I just finished A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and the unstated theme of all science is that the theory is strong but the evidence is weak. We are here to understand, but nothing is here to be understood.