There’s no wisdom without humility.
A large part of what the modern thinker does
Is trying derive wisdom from data.
So much data.
Your empathy is your humanity.
Try not to let your circumstances strip you of it.
The best to lead
Is the one who does not want to.
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Live your life like it matters
Even if it doesn’t.
Because the only thing that really matters is that you think it does;
That will be more than enough.
No compassionate act is wasted
(…no matter how small it is)
As it reminds you of your goodness,
And it feeds your soul.
In a free(er/ish) society, ideas go through something of a process of Darwinian selection. Ideas are ‘stress tested’ by free and open debate.
The process can be rough, but is necessary in order for bad ideas to be tested and weeded out (…at least in theory).
If ideas and dialogue are suppressed, this process can be interrupted. Unchallenged ideas may slip the net.
Like what happens when a powerful person is surrounded entirely by ‘yes men’, becoming increasingly disconnected from reality. Remember the allegory of the emperor with no clothes?
This is just one of the many reasons we should keep an eye on the state of free speech.