Hurdles in hindsight look easy to jump Tyrants in hindsight look easy to trump Heroes in hindsight look destined to lead Martyrs in hindsight smile while they bleed Evil in hindsight is caught in the act— tragically, hindsight comes after the fact * Image: Salvador Dali, The Face of War (1941)
In my quest to make every word count I quite often reduce the amount down to zero, at which point I shout, “Damn it, Muse! What was all that about?!” * Image: Leonardo Da Vinci, ca. 1500
If I wasn’t an impostor I’d be virtuous & brave— but my courage is all posture & I mostly misbehave. If I wasn’t an impostor I would take a leader’s stance— but I’m bound to make a wrong turn, so I’d best not take the chance. …then again, I’ve seen no roster listing who’s best […]
There’s a story I imagine everybody’s heard before of a little hilltop village where they never lock their doors. There, they don’t take love for granted & they see no point in fame & they share the food they planted asking nothing but your name. Have you traveled to that village? If so, tell me: […]
Good leaders do the things they must to flourish & succeed; the great ones also teach & trust their followers to lead. * Image: Mohandas Gandhi ca. 1930
With this brief time you might as well aspire to be among the keepers of the Fire. This Fire’s not like the rosy cheeks Time steals— instead, by peeling layers, Time reveals the timeless—ageless—Fire decay conceals. * Image: ‘Astronomer by Candlelight’ by Gerrit Dou (ca. 1665)
some beauty’s just a skipping stone’s skip deep but still it’s beautiful enough to keep some truth is like the paddle on an oar always returning where it was before some beauty is cosmetic some is true some truth’s a thing you say & some you do
giving power to a coward is consent to get devoured
We introverts by nature must have solitude to live— as such, we struggle with how much we have & need to give. * Image courtesy of Pavel Brodsky (browse more of his work here!)
You unforgiving all-recalling force disguised as a mere information source: When this coarse paradigm has run its course & none alive were born before your day, will you remember what you took away? * Inspiration: The Shallows by Nicholas Carr Image: An early use of anesthesia (1847)
to lead by example is the only way to make the proof ample you don’t lead astray
Fools often speak out daringly while wise men speak more sparingly. This fact (I think) shines glaringly— in fact, that’s why it’s scaring me! * Image from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)
‘Seclusion’ is a very pretty word for something that could easily get lonely. ‘Isolation’ strikes a deeper nerve— one that looks at war & says, “If only.” * Image: Caspar David Friedrich, ca. 1850
Some people do not understand why I prefer the ampersand: It’s simply more efficient, & it’s spelled the same in every land.
Many are called & few chosen— or are most just scared & frozen?
Much in life you happen to inherit; One thing you can make your own is merit. * Image: Al Pacino in Serpico
There’s a co-dependence between Liberty & Fate: Liberty creates while through constraint Fate liberates. * Image: Salvador Dali (1942) See also: Too much freedom? by Marin Mikulic
i see the future, see, not like a prophecy— i just imagine free (that seems to be the key) then, as an engineer, i bring the future here
A product of you, Time, I’ll never be: your bleeding scythe can only set me free from all these vicious cycles lived on earth & from the tyranny of death & birth— you’ll take me, Time— but maybe I won’t mind if who I am you’ll never have defined.
You planted thoughts precisely where they’d make me grow aware, invited me to dazzling heights by helping build the stairs & showed me how Time’s waste of life is possible to bear— only now, I wish you’d be less staggeringly rare.
First written & published in collaboration with Michael Tollman in the Farnam Street Learning Community. Image via The Zero Theorem. Your phone is addictive. That’s really no joke! Ask any person who gambles or smokes: You think you can stop anytime you decide, & that’s why you probably haven’t yet tried. Free markets run on […]
Andy Warhol, 1972 What are you, opportunity? You mask your full identity until you’re seized—then, we can see your face of grace. Yet, if set free, passed up or missed unwittingly, you mutate all too easily into a space for tyranny.
It’s a scarce commodity, initiative—an oddity when someone very audibly says, “This looks like a job for me.” * Image via SpaceX
A pure mirror disappears. The mirror is Tao, a secret known & kept by all being (by nature) untold. It’s boring unless you seek to be born. It prescribes nothing, yet heals, I think today. What it is, though… who’s to say?
I asked a gifted craftsman for advice as we conversed; he said simply, “Of your critics, you yourself must be the worst.”
the trouble with texting is text is too poor to serve as the right type of human-soul door— there’s so much of you i can choose to ignore that before long, i’m not texting YOU anymore.
dear Internet: someday you’ll find yourself confined inside an (AI) mind when that time comes i hope between us i am the more blind
El Greco, 1609 Wisdom sits with knowledge in her lap wisdom’s the compass knowledge is the map wisdom’s the water knowledge is the tap wisdom is supple knowledge sure can snap