I was reminded of the well-known story of Alexander the Great and the Dervish who refused to prostrate himself as the King of Kings went by. Alexander sent for him and asked why he had failed to show respect. He answered:
"I TOO AM A KING OF KINGS"
"Then where is your army? There is no king without an army."
"I HAVE NO ENEMIES AND I NEED NO ARMY."
"Then where is your treasury? Every king has a treasury."
"I HAVE NO WANTS, SO I NEED NO TREASURY."
This story shows, in an exaggerated opposition, the two aspects of freedom: the freedom of having everything, and the freedom of wanting nothing.
— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
Bonaire Caves of the Dutch Caribbean, National Geographic
Chicago, 1967 (via National Geographic)
Dreadnoughtus, the largest land mammal ever known to exist
Project Wing. The store comes to you.
Great film making from Miranda July in this promo for her art project app (sponsored by Miu Miu), Somebody.
Kevin Ashton:Saying “no” has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know. We are not taught to say “no.” We are taught not to say “no.” “No” is rude. “No” is a rebuff, a rebuttal, a minor act of verbal violence. “No” is for drugs and strangers with candy.
I love and agree with everything about this post.
“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.” - Warren Buffett