thinking & remembrance

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” —Marcus Aurelius — via @MickFealty

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” —Mark Twain — via @holdengraber

“I’ve been plugging  A Guide to Crap Detection a lot because so many information sources are inadvertently or deliberately wrong or misleading.” @hrheingold

“In a democracy the people choose a leader in whom they trust. Then the chosen leader says, ‘Now shut up and obey me.’ People and party are then no longer free to interfere in his business.”Max Weber

Rethinking Remembrance: Why I’ll be wearing a black poppy this year — via @HarrysLastStand

“From the Civil War to Afghanistan it is now clear that little that is good has come from unthinking obedience to monarchs, generals or parliaments.

For me it is these lost rebels – and the ones who will step forward in the future – who deserve to be celebrated and held up. Because is it the mutineer, the objector, the resister and the barrack room lawyer – and not the placid minion – who really shapes history. It is for these real, lost heroes that I will wear a black poppy this year.”

“We must think of the city as a laboratory for citizen-led innovation.”Patrizia Di Monte

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