The magic world of numbers is much better than the real world of ours. In the former, the sum of two irrationals is sometimes rational. For example:
0.01001000100001... + 0.10110111011110... = 0.11111111111111... = 1/9
Unfortunately, that does not work with irrational people.
"Man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays," German poet Schiller wrote. Had he been a man in the fullest sense of the word, he would have played with his name and change it to Spieler (meaning player in German).
There was another German-speaker who was not afraid to play with his name and change it from Alois Schicklgruber to Alois Hitler. You guessed right, I am talking about Adolf Hitler's father. Had Alois chosen to play with himself rather than with Klara Poelzl, he would have done a great service to Humanity. Therefore, my dear Schillers and Phil Knights, just playing is not enough, it greatly matters what you play and who you play with.
Type-1 people say that the world moves forward (evolution). Type-2 people say it goes to the left (to the fastest lane). Type-3 people say it goes down (to hell). Type-4 people say it goes back in time (to barbarism).
The world does not go anywhere, people do. They rush in all directions and think the world obediently follows their lead.
All happy families are alike ... No, I am not Leo Tolstoy, let me write about something else.
All healthy people are alike, but all sick people are sick in their own way. You can not find equally sick people. Treated by different combinations of drugs two similar patients, i.e. patients with similar sicknesses, are moving on diverging roads. This is due to their inability to realize that the drugs they take interact not only with them but also with each other. If you take a lot of different medications, you might get cured of something, but you will definitely get something else.
How many drugs are on the market? There are different answers on the net, averaging around 12000. Sounds reasonable, as there are about 12000 diseases in ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization)*. Combinatorics says that the number of different interactions between 12,000 drugs is 2^12000 (a number with 3613 digits, which is greater than the number of atoms in the visible universe). If you believe that there exists some supernatural being able to study all these drug interactions (and find that all of them are health-improving), then you definitely need medication.
Now we know why every sick person is sick in their own way (they use different combinations of drugs to reach unique complaints). And why are the healthy people alike? Because they do not take any medications.
* this is a translation of an old text of mine, now we have ICD-11
Some people simplify their lives by producing candles at home instead of working somewhere (and for someone) else. Other people simplify their lives by buying home-made candles instead of making them themselves. Buy as many candles as you want dears, but please understand that your homes and lives would be simpler without any candles.
"Stupidity spreads at the speed of light," Nicolás Gómez Dávila wrote. I don't know what he meant, but immediately find several examples confirming his claim (light pollution and television signals).
... can take you on their different wings to the same endpoint. This is what Economics Nobelist Thomas Schelling wrote:
How satisfactorily each individual adapts to his social environment is not he same thing as how satisfactory the social environment thus formed is.
Jidu Krishnamurti needed fewer words to say it:
Being well adapted to a sick society is not a sign of good health.
They say we are imperfect copies of the Almighty. I am sure it is so. Imagine how awful the world would be if we were the templates.
By dividing people into races (based of skin color and other criteria) we foolishly ignore people's genetic and chemical identity. We make the opposite mistake when (based on geographical, historical and linguistic criteria) we unite all (intellectually, economically and culturally) diverse individuals into nations.
In 1948, due to the air/light pollution in London, the iconic Royal Observatory in Greenwich was moved to Sussex. 36 years later Sussex was so polluted that the observatory had to be relocated to the Canary Islands.
Instead of observing the mess we are creating now, we are observing what God created billions of years ago.
WATSON: Why do all states spend tons of money on police, armies, and science?
HOLMES: Elementary, my dear Watson, politicians' only way to keep the "muscles" and the "brains" out of politics is to buy them expensive toys and pay them to play with those toys.
Natural intelligence is a strange bird. It may mock Artificial Intelligence for the latter's inability to make (audio) distinctions between ENCOURAGE EUTHANASIA and ENCOURAGE YOUTH IN ASIA and yet not understand that saying ENCOURAGE YOUTH IN ASIA demonstrates its own inability to make (visual and cultural) distinctions between the youth of Isfahan and the youth of Magadan.
They will try to convince you that the Secret of Life is to see that the glass is half full, not half empty. There may be some truth there, but it is not the whole truth.
What you see in the glass depends on what you do. For the drinker the glass is half empty, for the pourer it is half full. Here is the Secret of Life:
The lives of those who pour are fuller than the lives of those who only drink. If you only drink, what you see doesn't matter - at the end the glass is empty.
How can you govern a nation which has 246 different types of cheese? This famous witticism was produced by the even more famous Charles de Gaulle. He was smart enough to distinguish between the 246 types of cheese, but not smart enough to distinguish between the 50 million French, whom he thought of as one nation.
Let me try a witticism of my own: Sometimes even generals overgeneralize.
Every boss prefers the employees emphasizing that they accept the boss's point of view, over the employees emphasizing that every boss prefers the employees emphasizing that they accept the boss's point of view.
... A is twin of B, B is twin of C, but A is not twin of C. What is the name of this universe?
Writer Anne Lamott claimed that with the sword of truth one can not only cut, but also point. It sounds great, but one thing is missing. I'll tell you what it is:
If you use the sword of truth for cutting, you can either cut or not cut. At any given moment, if one of those is the right thing to do, the other one is not. When you use the sword to point, there are many more opportunities to point incorrectly. This is probably one of the things the sages had in mind when they said that the pen is mightier (and more dangerous) than the sword.
According to UNESCO, 23 April is the World Book and Copyright Day. This sounds like Humanism and Pedophilia Day. Or like Moron and Oxymoron Day. To cut a long story short, although the elements of those pairs may seem related there is little common between them.
When somebody asked the famous mathematician John Forbes Nash how he came up with the idea that aliens communicate with him, Nash answered that this idea had come to him from the place his other ideas come from. He was intelligent enough to eventually get the Nobel prize in Economics, but not intelligent enough to realize that unlike his other ideas he could not prove this one.
Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one ... outsources to Asia.
Това, за което не може да се говори ... се аутсорсва в Азия.
... it is not important how much you have, but what you do with it.
Happiness is multiplied by division. Patricie Holečková
Better two lovers of fifty than one of a hundred. Hervé Le Tellier
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