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Insightful Quote of the Day

Attempting to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth

I haven’t been able to find a source for this (heard it on a podcast), though I would at least partially beg to disagree.

The point is that you’re constantly changing and evolving, so any definition you come up with will eventually be inaccurate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be very self-aware and know how you have changed and thus know how to redefine yourself. I’m all too familiar with that, thanks to being a Scanner.

Reminds me of another Incubus lyric:

Picture the scene
Where whatever you thought would in the blink of an eye,
Manifest and become illustrated
You’d be sure man that every line drawn reflected a life that you loved
Not an existence that you hated
So, must we demonstrate that we can’t get it straight?
We’ve painted a picture, now we’re drowning in paint
Lets figure out what the hell it’s about
Before the picture we painted chews us up and spits us out

I don’t think it means what you think it means

Have you ever had one of those moments where you realized that you think about a particular word or concept in one very specific way, even though it has multiple meanings or possibilities?

Two examples come to mind for me.

The first is extinction. When I say extinction, what is the first thing you think of? Probably dinosaurs, right? Me too. But dinosaurs are certainly not the only species that have gone extinct (or are close to it), they are just the most popular, best known example. It occurred to me that we often think about dinosaurs and talk about the time when they lived and how they perished. Yet there doesn’t seem to be a lot of talk, or sufficient awareness of species that are almost extinct right now, or what we can even do to remedy this. So, while I stop to take a second to consider this, why don’t you as well.

The second is “technology”. Again, what is the first thing you think of? Probably your smart phone, your laptop, or maybe your car. But technically, “technology” is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry”. A hammer is technically “technology” (it is a rock attached to a stick that can be used to bash things). It’s considerably “low tech” at this point, but it’s still technology. So is a pencil. I lose perspective on this often because we have come so far with creating cool gadgets and devices. But don’t forget, if we got hit with an EMP, suddenly our smart phones and tablets and laptops would become glorified paperweights, and pencil and paper would be “high tech”.