… 1755 Samuel Johnson, on being offered patronage for the dictionary he had already created, replied “Is not a Patron, my Lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help?” His dictionary defines a “patron” as “a wretch who supports with indolence and is paid with flatter…
…an estimated $1m annually to support his YouTube videos, which he then posts online free of charge. Writing in the 18th century, Edmund Burke described patronage as “the tribute that opulence owes to genius”. Today it is the spare change millennials pay podcasters.
…, develop new technologies, and even travel to outer space. As historian Yuval Noah Harari puts it, “Scientists generally agree that no theory is 100 percent correct. Thus, the real test of knowledge is not truth, but utility.”
…his post actually came to me during my morning writing session when I saw this quote by David Allen “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” Steven Johnson’s spark file is another excellent method of externalization.
Work and love like a craftsperson. The more you focus on and are fully engaged in the things and people that matter to you the better the quality of your work and relationships and the better the quality of your life.
But we are not reducible to those influences. Neither are we the roles we adopt; none of us is only a writer, a mother, a daughter, a musician. Only objects or deities (if they figure in your world view) are wholly one thing. God is God. A table is a table.
These individuals will never consciously give you a compliment. Imitation is one of the only ways that people who are hurting know how to show respect. Make no mistake, intimidation and imitation might be flattering, but they aren’t always friendly. More often than not, they are the precursor, or signal, that isolation and scapegoating are right around the corner.
…g changes they’d need to make to earn back support and trust, but they have not, and they will not. The trajectory of the Democratic party will not change at all. If you don’t like it, too bad, because Trumpy Trump Trump Trumpetty Trump Putin.