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Man is not what he thinks he is. He is what he hides.
— Andre Malraux
The power of focus is also the power to shut things out. Instead of saying that scarcity “focuses,” we could just as easily say that scarcity causes us to tunnel: to focus single-mindedly on managing the scarcity at hand.
— Scarcity - Sendhil Mullainathan & Eldar Shafir

Santa Monica Bay July 21, 2014


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Honey, whatever you think about all the time, that is what you worship.
— Maria Bamford’s mom
There is an experiencing self, who lives in the present and knows the present, is capable of re-living the past, but basically it has only the present. It’s the experiencing self that the doctor approaches —you know, when the doctor asks, ”Does it hurt now when I touch you here?” And then there is a remembering self, and the remembering self is the one that keeps score, and maintains the story of our life,and it’s the one that the doctor approaches in asking the question, ”How have you been feeling lately?” or “How was your trip to Albania?” or something like that.Those are two very different entities, the experiencing self and the remembering self, and getting confused between them is part of the mess about the notion of happiness.
— Daniel Kahneman
Nothing in life is as important as you think it is when you’re thinking about it.
— Daniel Kahneman

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir – review

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

— Albert Einstein
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