It never really works this way in real life, either; anyone who thinks they’re not selling out is seriously deluding themselves.
- The Man: Do you ever wish you would die?
- Old Man: No. It's foolish to ask for luxuries in times like these.
- --from "The Road"
If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” —Lilla Watson
that wars will never start,
and time will heal our hearts.
Every man will have a friend,
that right will always win,
and love will never end.” —“Grown-up Christmas List”, lyrics by Linda Thompson-Jenner
from “Invaders from Mars” http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/12/invaders-from-mars.html — Charlie Stross commenting on corporations
There are two anecdotes from residency that sort of reinforced my nihilistic tendencies and made me decide not to worry too much about the future: (1) not as many people really want to be cardiothoracic surgeons these days http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2007-02-13-cardiac-jobs-usat_x.htm — meaning that if I ever need life-saving chest-cracking surgery in the future because of trauma or really bad coronary artery disease, there won’t be anyone to do it, and (2) they haven’t come out with any new antibiotics targeting highly-resistant Gram negative bacilli since 1996 — it’s only a matter of time before they’re resistant to everything we’ve got, and then we’re truly screwed http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/settings/lab/lab_imipenem.html — yeah, cheerful, I know.
Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” —Matthew 6:16, New Revised Standard Version
I’m giving it a try. It’s pretty slow-going, I have to admit.