MIND: Collaborate

Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege.

I want to live in a world where all women have access to education, and all women can earn PhD’s, if they so desire.

Privilege does not have to be negative, but we have to share our resources and take direction about how to use our privilege in ways that empower those who lack it.

Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism // Bell Hooks

MIND: Unplugged

The education system is not designed to turn out thoughtful individualists, it is there to get us to work. When we come home exhausted from the inanities of our jobs we can relax in front of the inanities of the TV screen. This pattern, punctuated by birth, death and marriage and a new car, is offered to us as real life.

Children who are born into a tired world as batteries of new energy are plugged into the system as soon as possible and gradually drained away … Those who have kept their spirit find it hard to nourish it and between the ages of twenty and thirty, many are successfully emptied of all resistance.

I do not think it an exaggeration to say that most of the energy of most of the people is being diverted into a system which destroys them

Money is no antidote. If the imaginative life is to be renewed it needs its own coin.

Imagination and Reality // Jeannette Winterson

MIND: Expectations

The glass ceiling of happiness is held in place by two stout pillars, one psychological, the other biological. On the psychological level, happiness depends on expectations rather than objective conditions. We don’t become satisfied by leading a peaceful and prosperous existence. Rather, we become satisfied when reality matches our expectations.

The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon. Dramatic improvements in conditions, as humankind has experienced in recent decades, translate into greater expectations rather than greater contentment. If we don’t do something about this, our future achievements too might leave us as dissatisfied as ever.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow // Yuval Noah Harari

MIND: Autopilot

“I remember saying things, but I have no idea what was said.
It was generally a friendly conversation.”

Associated Press reporter Jack Sullivan, attempting to recount a 3 A.M. exchange we had at a dinner party and inadvertently describing the past ten years of my life.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto // Chuck Klosterman

MIND: Conformity

Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.

We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that musty old cheese that we are. We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war.

We meet at the post office, and at the sociable, and at the fireside every night; we live thick and are in each other’s way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.

Walden // Henry David Thoreau