There is a simple rule: practice a kind of generous selfishness. Give a book to a friend, but don’t lend it, because you will never get it back.
On Saturday, I discovered an anthropology text book from the 1980s that centered on the formation of groups in various cultures. As I was leafing through the pages, the way I often do, I waited for some aspect of the book to catch my attention as I read passages, chapter titles, and photograph captions. That’s when I stumbled upon this photograph (pictured) of a large extended family from rural Kentucky.
John Keating | Dead Poet’s Society | 1989
I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
See, the world looks very different from up here. You don’t believe me? Come see for yourselves. Come on. Come on! Just when you think you know something, you have to look at it in another way. Even though it may seem silly, or wrong, you must try.
Now, when you read, don’t just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think. Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.
Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! Don’t just walk off the edge like lemons, look around you. There ya go! Yes!
Dare to strike out and find new ground!
Scientific American Reader: Fearful Memories Passed Down to Descendants.