Reality: Which do you prefer to hear?

The truth or nice things?

If you prefer to hear the truth, be prepared to hear things not nice.

If you prefer to hear nice things, be prepared to hear lies.

The problem is, most people are unrealistic. They want it both ways and so they suffer.


Phenomenon: Pride and prejudice

It is possible to define people into two categories – pride and prejudice.

Moderate pride is good. It drives you to overcome obstacles.
Extreme pride is bad. It makes you insecure and selfish.

Moderate prejudice is good. It gives you clear moral judgement between good and evil.
Extreme prejudice is bad. It makes you hurt others and become evil.

Education: Be a humble show-off teenager

I think educators are confused about humility and being proud of yourself.
It’s actually not wrong to be a teenage show-off if you are also humble.

You show off because you are proud of yourself, not because you want to make other people look bad. And you are also humble to learn from and be proud of other people’s accomplishment.

The true spirit of humility is knowing that there are still many things you don’t know about.
The manifestation of humility is confidence and willingness to learn.

Phenomenon: Trouble in society

People who are starving -desperate – you must feed them or there will be trouble.

People who are full – bored – they will also create trouble.
The way is not to keep them lean and slightly hungry.
The way is to nourish their starving mind with meaning and purpose.

Education: Knowing the name of something

One kid says to me, “See that bird? What kind of bird is that?”

I said, “I haven’t the slightest idea what kind of a bird it is.”

He says, “It’s a brown-throated thrush. Your father doesn’t teach you anything.”

But it was the opposite. He had already taught me: “See that bird?” he says. “It’s a Spencer’s warbler.” (I knew he didn’t know the real name.) “Well, in Italian, it’s a Ciutto Lapittida. In Portuguese, it’s a Bom da Peida. In Chinese, it’s a Chung-long-tah, and in Japanese, it’s a Katano Tekeda. You can know the name of that bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird. You’ll only know about humans in different places, and what they call the bird. So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts.” (I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.)

– by Richard Feynman