Ever wonder where “balls to the wall” came from?
From the site:
“The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you’ve gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”
— The Writings of Chuang Tzu, 4th century B.C.
This reminds me of the two incredible books that daily affect the way i interact with people. Socrates Cafe by Christopher Phillips and Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman (no, not that Randy Newman).
Yes that second book is a religious book. Let’s pause for a second and consider how funny it is that he shares a name with a very popular singer (whose music i absolutely love) who is, generally, outspoken against faith.
Both these books were instrumental in my life because they taught me that seeking and asking the right question is far more important than finding and telling the right answer.
anyone who loves something life-giving and tends it — to garden, or to read, or to brew beer, or (even this is becoming lost) to take long walks — is, as Pasternak put it, keeping life alive, and passing it on.
For the reality is that we don’t have to wait till 1993, we have been in a teenage initiatory state for a while now, and it’ll go on for a long while more, far beyond anyone’s ability to predict or control, and the best that we can do is to try to endure its cacophony and decipher its purpose while we tend what we love.
This phenomenon, or complex of phenomena, multi- plied geometrically every year, it seemed, until now the dark-tinged craving-period we choose to call “ado- lescence” has literally become the cultural air we breathe. And while it’s true that most of these forms are now corporately controlled, they originated from the bottom up, they were spontaneously generated by young people — and the corporations that now control many of them are run by people of that first generation of these unleashed young. The result is that, under the guise of entertainment (music, movies, television), a sense of adolescent volatility is now enforced the way the image of “mature” rigidity once was.
And this is only one of the reasons that i love software and that i feel incredibly privileged to do something i enjoy daily and make a living off of it.