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dimanche, décembre 12, 2010

Quick hits : Desmond Tutu, Kilishi, Nuhu Ribadu against corruption in Nigeria, fall of the email

  • Archibishop Desmond Tutu while retiring from public life, reflects on Good and Evil (Time Magazine
"Do you worry about leaving a vacuum? (Laughs). It would be so arrogant to think: "Oh, I am really indispensable. I am the cat's whiskers. You are never going to ever have another like me!" Oh gee! That's awful! Some people get the opportunity of the limelight, but when you think of something like Darfur, the people who really do the rough work and get into the trenches, those are the real stars. You stand out in the crowd only because you have these many, many carrying you on their shoulders." 

  • The decline and Fall of the Email (Cringely)

- Posted while peregrenating away from Sanaga with my iPad

mercredi, décembre 01, 2010

Desiderata of Max Erhmann

Max Ehrmann Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.