Seen in Washington Square Park
Joi Ito of MIT Media Lab:
Ito: There are nine or so principles to work in a world like this:
1. Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.
2. You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.
3. You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.
4. You want to focus on the system instead of objects.
5. You want to have good compasses not maps.
6. You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.
7. It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.
8. It’s the crowd instead of experts.
9. It’s a focus on learning instead of education.
We’re still working on it, but that is where our thinking is headed.
“All the possibilities of your human destiny are asleep in your soul. You are here to realize and honor these possibilities. When love comes in to your life, unrecognized dimensions of your destiny awaken and blossom and grow. Possibility is the secret heart of time.”
~John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Hear more from O’Donohue in The Inner Landscape of Beauty
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I feel so socially awkward…..and I have never been that way before, I am a social butterfly, but lately I have noticed that its hard for me to look people in the eye when I say hello and I feel like I cant maintain meaningful relationships with people and the relationships I have now I question whether or not they are genuine. I mean, if I can pretend to be nice to someone I completely dislike, then I sure many others posses this same ability. Is my personality truly likable? I dont really think so…I mean I feel like I have some great qualities such as my humor, my kindness, and my drive and creativity, but I feel that they are greatly outweighed by the bad, such as my jealousy, my spitefulness, and ingenuity. All of these qualities I picked up over the years of being made fun of while being the best friend of the most popular girls, so I got to see exactly what I was missing out on. I had to pretend that I was happy for them, but I always felt like I was more deserving of happiness. I learned how to make fun of myself, my situation, and everything around me to distract other people from how sad I actually was. If could keep them laughing they would never stop and actually look at me and my life. I guess I never really dealt with that and I have been carrying this sadness around and it is festering. I always feel like people don’t actually like me, because that was how it was from kindergarden until my senior year and I always feel scared to be who I really am because I don’t want people to make fun of me, I want them to think that I am well put together and I am not an insecure little girl anymore. But I am. It hasnt been until now that I have realized how this person never really went away, I just tried to dress her up. I think once I truly deal with where my sadness and insecurity is rooted then I wont feel as insecure anymore, I will be able to genuinely interact with people and I feel that I will attract other genuine people.
I think it’s time that we stop isolating ourselves from the world and start interacting with it to transform the world with his Grace.
—Recent thought. (via churchjanitor)
Live what you love, don’t be bored.
I love to write, as well as make things and share them. So that’s how I’m trying to live. How ‘bout you?
Lately, when I wake up in the morning my first thoughts are about how I am upset that I woke up, in a sense. I start thinking about all the burdens that come along with life, like heartache and the loss of loved ones and I wish I didnt have to go through any of it. It makes it hard to get out of bed because I feel like once I do, I will be moving toward these things. The only thing I can tell myself to get me to put me feet on the ground is, “well, I dont want to fail my pop quiz” or “I cant miss lecture or I’ll fail the test.” I dont know if it is because last week was pretty rough as far as exams go and I am anxious about the results, but I dont like starting off my days with these morbid thoughts. I want to wake up thinking thoughts that give life and make me feel worth it. I feel like I’m disappointing God by thinking these things, because he made me for a reason and to fulfill a purpose and its almost like I am not thankful. Hopefully things change….