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30 October 2011

Optimism with a grain of salt

My favorite movie is Le Notti di Cabiria; I’ve recommended it to others; some have seen the movie as pessimistic, depressing and sad; I see it as a great hope for life / humanity / purpose of life.

The Stockdale Paradox is, in my opinion, on the same side with me.

Explained, by Jim COLLINS, the paradox goes like this (details):

You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties.
AND at the same time…
You must confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

This is, in my opinion, the essence of pretty much everything; a hear-tearing paradox leading to hope.

PS, 2018.08.03: I’ve first heard this quote at a training with Cătălin Zaharia.

Everybody’s the same

Quote by Penelope TRUNK:

We spend our lives finding differences between people to choose teachers, band mates and spouses, so our perception of peoples’ differences is exaggerated… And then Gilbert gets to grapes: “If you spend seven years studying the differences between grapes, no two will look the same to you, but really a grape is a grape.”

I like it a lot; by putting things into perspective, “a human is a human”; we’re all, pretty much, the same; OK, there are differences, but, in some perspective, not that big.

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