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Saturday, July 25, 2009
Everything that can be invented has been invented.
- Charles H. Duell (Commissioner, US Patent Office, in 1899) [attributed]
Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
- Harry Warner (of Warner Bros), 1927
640K ought to be enough for anybody.
- Bill Gates, 1981 [attributed]
For some of us, the world appears to provide only a fixed quantity of each resource - a limited amount of food, of money, of love, of success, of appreciation. In this world-view, each of us is in competition with each other human being for these limited resources. The way to gain more is to beat out others, to be the fastest, sharpest, hardest working - to get to the goal first and grasp the money, the stuff, the "best" romantic partner, the promotion, before anyone else. In this view, life has winners and losers, and one should strive to be a winner.
For others, life is unlimited. Their world expands with the generosity, compassion, inventiveness, and service that they contribute. In this world-view, money that is spent or given away returns multiplied. The more love that is given, the more love returns. The more a helping hand is given, the more hands are strengthened and empowered to help. In this view, we can help each other to all be winners. We can all have food, and jobs, and love, and happiness.
How do You View the World?
Further reading: Eleanor Roosevelt quote: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The Paradox Of Living In The Moment - How To Be Happy Today And Prepare For Tomorrow
Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step - large and small - with courage and intent - jlh
Martin Luther King, Jr. - Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.