Equality in the land of 2.0?

Just some crazy thoughts for a Sunday afternoon

Call me an idealist. I’d like to think that we can do whatever we set our minds to.

My favorite anecdote is the one of a many walking down the beach picking up starfish that had flooded the beach after high tides. There were millions of starfish that were seemingly doomed, but he just kept walking, picking up starfish one by one and throwing them back in the water. A man stopped him and asked him why he was wasting his time. There was no way he could save all of those starfish; he couldn’t possibly make a difference.

The man bent down

picked up a starfish

and threw it in

“Made a difference to that one”, he said.

Bernard Werber said, “Quand une âme se lève, tout le monde se lève.” [Whe one soul lifts itself higher, the entire world rises]

12 responses to “Equality in the land of 2.0?

  1. My quirk- chinese food i just cant stop eating… I eat past the point where my stomach says, “ouch I told you I was full 15 mins ago.”

  2. Great anecdote, and even better quote. I’ve read almost all of Werber’s books!

    Since I came across Jenny Holzer’s Truisms, I always say “a positive attitude means all the difference in the world”.

    ‘Grats about Paris by the way, I’m sure you’ll love it here!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Max, and I wasn’t familiar with Jenny Holzer, I’ll have to check her out!
      And thanks, I’m excited about Paris 🙂 Pittsburgh has been great but it’s time for a change of scenery

  3. My quirks would fill a commnet section from here to Paducah (and that’s far). Ah, human diversity.

    I guess on that comes to mind on this glorious spring day is a real “dirty” one — I am landscaping junkie. I probably should have been a landscape architect. I love getting my hands dirty and planting just the right plants in just the right spot. And when there is nothing to do in my yard, I go hlep a neighbor.

    So this really has nothing to do with business, but that’s refreshing too, right?

    By the way, I liked your video so much I showed it in my class today! : )

    • 😀 thanks! And good quirk – so I guess someone that wants to work with you should be ready to help prune some shrubs!
      And it is refreshing, but who we are in our personal lives reflects how we are in our professional careers. For example, it’s very telling that you immediately think to go help your neighbor, something that is definitely reflected in how you work 😉
      Always great to see you Mark

  4. I love bacon on my maple bars and drink my Coke at room temperature. I’m addicted to BBC Comedy. Some days, I wear a tiara for no reason other than I want to. I have a love affair with the 40’s. At any given time, I’m reading 5 to 6 books.

    I’m about as randomly quirky as they come. I’ve learned to love my quirks and to appreciate the quirks of those around me. Quirks make us human, add context to our personalities. In this digital world, quirks are what draw me to the people I follow, listen to and watch. I suspect my quirks are why people follow, listen or watch me – or why they don’t . . . and that’s okay, too 🙂

    And, I believe you’re right. When I incorporated all of who I am into my everyday personality instead of hiding the quirky parts, client relationships blossomed! Excellent truth you unearthed there 🙂

    Thanks for the post and congrats on the nod from someone you admire!

    • GREAT quirks, and some I can identify with (diet dr.pepper is the only soda I’ll drink at room temperature) 😉
      And thanks so much for stopping by

  5. Sorry it took me a while to respond, but I definitely had to think about this…The one thing I really like doing is listening to music. I really love hip hop, but music of any sort is great…the world would suck if music did not exist.

    Dr. Pepper? YUCK! Your obsession with artificial cinnamon is weird, but it’s also cool. LOL

  6. Quirks? Well, what we do is “normal” to ourselves. So it’s a question: what do other people comment on about us that seems to make us unique? OK, now about me…

    Think that this all came from my parents having thought it was a good idea to give a five year old a snake as her first pet. Of course, they did it because my brother was passionate about snakes and could help me take care of the curiosity that was as long as I was tall. This was 1959, at a time for me when kids my age would usually transfer a belief in family values to society. Instead, here were all these people with SERIOUS misconceptions about the nature of my favorite pet! So, I became a skeptic of the values (and misconceptions) of society at that tender age. Am happy to report I’ve been thinking for myself ever since – and this (along with many other adventures) is what makes me “unashamedly myself.”
    The result? I am a happily multi-talented antinomy. I have a great deal of compassion for how much of a challenge it is to embrace continual learning.

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