no respect whatsoever for authority;
forget who said it and instead look what he starts with, where he ends
up, and ask yourself, "Is it reasonable?
The idea that no one really knew
run a government led to the idea that we should arrange a system by
ideas could be developed, tried out, and tossed out if necessary, with
more new ideas brought in - a trial and error system.
This method was a result of the fact that
science was already showing itself to be a successful venture at the
end of the eighteenth century.Even then it was clear to socially minded
people that the openness of possibilities was an opportunity, and that
doubt and discussion were essential to progress into the unknown. If we
want to solve a problem that we have never solved before, we must leave
the door to the unknown ajar."
We are at the very
beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we
grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the
future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can,
improve the solutions, and pass them on.
Richard P. Feynman
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We are at the very beginning of time
for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with
problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our
responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the
solutions, and pass them on.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
" - Richard P. Feynman
José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano, was the 40th
President of Uruguay and a former urban guerrilla
fighter with the Tupamaros who was imprisoned for 13 years.
Mujica won the 2009 presidential election
and has been described as "the world's 'humblest' president" due to his
austere lifestyle and his donation of around 90 percent of his $12,000
monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small
José Mujica's views on life, leadership,
consumerism, globalism and protest offer a baseline for
experiments to change the way we do things.
His thinking is mirrored by people in the past.
the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents—it was loaned
to you by your children." — Indian proverb
"Once I was in
Victoria, and I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank and
that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and
that by and by they got it back with interest.
We are Indians and we have no such
but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to
other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them with interest,
and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank." - Chief
Maquinna, Mowachaht (died circa 1795)
José Mujica's frugal living
potent weapon for making us richer, freer (we rid ourselves of debt
slavery) and more effective protest (see
protest in link) when we stop buying useless crap we do not need.
"As soon as politicians start climbing up the ladder, they suddenly
become kings. I don't know how it works, but what I do know is that
republics came to the world to make sure that no one is more than
"A president is a high-level official who is elected to carry out a
function. He is not a king, not a god. He is not the witch doctor of a
tribe who knows everything. He is a civil servant. I think the ideal
way of living is to live like the vast majority of people whom we
attempt to serve and represent."
On the pomp of the presidential office: "You need a palace,
red carpet, a lot of people behind you saying, 'Yes, sir.' I think all
of that is awful."
“The world will always need revolution. That doesn’t mean shooting and
violence. A revolution is when you change your thinking. Confucianism
and Christianity were both revolutionary.”
“We have sacrificed the old immaterial Gods, and now we are occupying
the temple of the Market-God. He organizes our economy, our politics,
our habits, our lives and even provides us with rates and credit cards
and gives us the appearance
“When you buy something, the instrument is money, but in reality you
are buying it with the hours of your life that you spent earning that
money. The greatest thing that you have is that you are alive.”
“I’m just sick of the way things are. We’re in an age in which we can’t
live without accepting the logic of the market… Contemporary politics
is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and
philosophy … What we have left is the automatization of doing what the
market tells us.”
“Are we governing globalization or is globalization governing us? Is it
possible to speak of solidarity and say that “we are all together” in
an economy based on ruthless competition? How far does our fraternity
“What some call the ecological crisis of the planet is a consequence of
the triumph of human ambition. This is our triumph as well as our
“My definition of poor are those who need too much. Because those who
need too much are never satisfied.”
“Consumerism could be the final stage in human
civilization, if we keep battering and attacking nature."
“We can’t live alone. For our lives to be possible, we
depend on society. It’s one thing to overturn a government or block the
streets. But it’s a different matter altogether to create and build a
society, one that needs organization, discipline, and long-term work.
confuse the two of them. I want to make it clear: I feel sympathetic
youthful energy, but I think it’s not going anywhere if it doesn’t
become more mature."
“Being reactionary is the pathology of the conservative. It is
backwards and comes from a dogmatic and closed mindset. The pathology
of the left is infantilism. It is the permanent confusion of an
illusion with reality.”
“There are those who believe that power is up above, and they
notice that it's actually in the hearts of the great masses.”
“There are people who say that you can't experiment... That
you to failure.”
“I don't know whether I like this planet or not. But I have to
"I'm not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs
to live. My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I'm the son of my
history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to
have a mattress."
"I have a way of life that I don't change just because I am a
president. I earn more than I need, even if it's not enough for others.
For me, it is no sacrifice, it's a duty."
“I am frugal, not poor. Frugal, with a light suitcase. I live
little, just what’s necessary, not too tied down to material things.
Why? So I can have more free time. To do what? What I like. Freedom is
having time to live."
"Abortion is old as the world. Gay marriage, please — it's
than the world. We had Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, please. To
say it's modern, come on, it's older than we are. It's an objective
reality that it exists. For us, not legalizing it would be to torture
"Worse than drugs is drug trafficking. Much worse. Drugs are a
and I don't think that there are good drugs or that marijuana is good.
Nor cigarettes. No addiction is good. I include alcohol. The only good
addiction is love. Forget everything else."
“All of the police measures we’ve undertaken
in the last 100 years against drug trafficking have multiplied crime.
Drugs have spread and violence has overrun society.”
"Be yourself and don't try to impose your criteria on the rest. I don't
expect others to live like me. I want to respect people's freedom, but
I defend my freedom. And that comes with the courage to say what you
think, even if sometimes others don't share those views.