“I think the single biggest problem that exists with schooling is that it ends up convincing most people that they’re mediocre, and then the talented people get regrouped and are forced to compete with each other, and then most of them get convinced that they’re mediocre as well, and you sort of rinse and repeat until people’s dreams and aspirations are badly beaten out of them.”—
Peter Thiel, Stanford B.A. Philosophy, Stanford Law School J.D.
(This is interesting because I thought Peter Thiel believed in the opposite. I’ve heard Peter Thiel speak, and, for someone trained at law school, he’s not at all clear with his arguments.)
“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this.”—Stacey Jean Speer (via endangerment)
“I think a person needs to learn from childhood to find himself alone. It means to not be bored when you’re by yourself, because a person who finds himself bored when alone –as it seems to me– is in danger.”—Andrei Tarkovsky - A Poet in the Cinema (via armix)
Skipping ahead of people in line, even when invited to do so, is better referred to as “being an asshole.” And obliviousness to your own privilege is no excuse. If you’re absorbed in your phone and not really sure if you’re rightfully next in line, it’s your job to look around and say, “I’m sorry, were you here before me?”
When you are an affluent-seeming white man and you ask for things that don’t belong to you, sometimes you’re not really asking. It’s sort like Bill Clinton asking Monica Lewinsky to have sex with him. There’s a context behind the asking.
When you ask a serviceperson for something that doesn’t belong to you, there is often a subtext of, “If I complain to your manager, you know your manager is going to listen to me. Just look at me, and look at you.”