Peter Thiel, answering the question “What is one thing you believe to be true that most do not?”
Travis Kalanick, on how he started Uber
In her first published poem, Beyonce says:
Utopias, they don’t much interest me.
I always mess things up a bit.
It’s chaos, in part, that helps us see.
Interesting, particularly for someone who’s been called a role-model for President Obama’s daughters…by the President himself.
The origins of perfection lie in imperfection. Success arises from failure. The solution lies in the problem.
Reality is so twisted. Fantastic.
Jim Toole, Owner of Capitol Hill Books
That happens to be my goal: to flip current culture into lasting value.
And anything of lasting value, through the requirements of existence, must change the course of history.
But mustn’t one know history in order to make it?
Jean de la Bruyère, 1688
Will Durant, The Lessons of History (1968), originally from The Age of Louis XIV (1963)
In The Information Diet, Clay Johnson mentions an instance of social anxiety about new technology:
Electricity came with a set of critics, too: the electric light could inform miscreants that women and children were home. The lightbulb was a recipe for total social chaos.
This doesn’t strike me as an unreasonable opinion.
Perhaps we should be less anxious about technology. I’m not very excited about drones and wearable technology, but who knows…maybe they won’t be as bad as we think.
Nassim Taleb, Antifragile