Attention Always Filled

“Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed. He’s making sure your imagination withers. Until it’s as useful as your appendix. He’s making sure your attention is always filled. And this being fed, it’s worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what’s in your mind. With everyone’s imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.”  – Chuck Palahniuk

That’s Who I Am

“I developed a self esteem out of a couple of hard things. I knew I was a good father. I knew I was a good partner. I was good to those two people in my life. When we think about lying to people or not being good to people, we think about the harm we do to them. But we don’t think of the harm we do to ourselves. With telling ourselves who we are. If you lie to people repeatedly, you can find it hard to trust yourself. That’s who I am. I’m a liar. That’s what I do. This becomes crucial when it becomes time to make promises to yourself.” – Ta-Nahisi Coates on WTF Pod

What you stand for

“Slavery, the Holocaust, the Movement for Civil Rights…this moment is but another in a chain of opportunities to choose what you stand for.” – LeVar Burton

It’s part of the landscape

“Fear is one of the ingredients of being a human being. I want all of the ingredients in my life. I want to be a complete and whole person. That means….sometimes being really afraid. That’s ok. It’s part of the landscape.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Don’t miss a step

“I don’t give a fuck what anybody thinks. When you’re a race horse, right. The reason why they put blinders on these things is because when you look at the horse on the left or the horse on the right, you’re going to miss a step. That’s why those horses have fucking blinders on. And that’s what people should have. When you’re running after something, you should not look left or right. What does this person think. What does that person think. No. Go.”  – Jimmy Iovine, quoted from The Defiant Ones


“I’m always amazed at my commitment and preoccupation, obsession, with little bullshit aggravations. I know what is going on. I know why my brain does it. It’s sort of like the opposite of spirituality but seeks to serve the same ends. When things are terrifying and out of your control, which is most things, why not get completely preoccupied for a few hours with a scuff on your new boots and obsess about what an asshole you are for not paying more attention to walking and what you do with your feet? Then, over time wrestle that attack on self and events that are natural and out of your control into some kind of acceptance. Boots get scuffed. They’re boots. Stupid.” – Marc Maron