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quote of the day

It is often counted it a deficiency in our politics that voters rely on personal impressions when they choose a President. Maybe we do cut too much slack for the candidate we would, as the saying goes, like to have a beer with. On the other hand, if we perceive that a candidate would happily confiscate our beer and jail us for violating the Open Container Law, it would just be common sense to deny him our support. [From ” BUT I’M AMERICA’S MAYOR!” “AND WE SALUTE YOU FOR IT. DON’T…]

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links for 2008-01-30

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aphorism of the day

Eschew Hobbies, Cultivate Disciplines

[From The Darkling Thrush]

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this scares me

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.

[From Quote Details: Carl Jung: Nothing has a stronger… – The Quotations Page]

So this tells me that the things I want to do that I’m not doing are going to make more of an impression on my kids than the things I am doing. That’s very troubling to ponder, as there is a lot of undone work/unlived life to learn from.

The thing of it is, I’m more likely to do it for them than for myself, whatever it is. And I think I subconsciously know that Getting On With It is what they need to see. I know that seeing mistakes being made is a great way to learn that mistakes are OK, as long as you learn from them (and no, the lesson is not “never try anything”). What I consider a mistake isn’t always something they see as one, so that’s either their more open minds or low standards.