Category Archives: TOTD

Imposter Syndrome

“It’s rampant.

“The big reason is that we’re all impostors. You’re not imagining that you’re an impostor, it’s likely that you are one.

“Everyone who is doing important work is working on something that might not work. And it’s extremely likely that they’re also not the very best qualified person on the planet to be doing that work.

“How could it be any other way? The odds that a pure meritocracy chose you and you alone to inhabit your spot on the ladder is worthy of Dunning-Kruger status. You’ve been getting lucky breaks for a long time. We all have.

“Yes, you’re an imposter. So am I and so is everyone else. Superman still lives on Krypton and the rest of us are just doing our best.

“Isn’t doing your best all you can do? Dropping the narrative of the impostor isn’t arrogant, it’s merely a useful way to get your work done without giving into Resistance.

“Time spent fretting about our status as impostors is time away from dancing with our fear, from leading and from doing work that matters.” — Seth Godin

But first…

“One of the most dreaded transitions in any essay is, “but first we have to understand …”. No. Actually, we don’t. As Richard Feynman said, your theory is probably sound if you can explain it to your dear old Mom in a couple of sentences of plain words. Said differently, unless you’re the Notre-Dame Cathedral, external props are not a good look. But this is just nitpicking by a guy in the cheap seats.” — Ol’ Remus

Society is Dissolving

“Cultures spring from religions; ultimately the vital force which maintains any culture is its philosophy, its attitude toward the universe; the decay of a religion involves the decay of the culture corresponding to it—we see that most clearly in the breakdown of Christendom today. The bad work begun at the Reformation is bearing its final fruit in the dissolution of our ancestral doctrines—the very structure of our society is dissolving.” — Hilaire Belloc: The Great Heresies, Chap. III

Tails

“If you call a tail a leg, how many legs would a dog have?
Four, because, even if you call it a leg, it’s still a tail.” — Abraham Lincoln

Why?

‘Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others ; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?’ — George Orwell – 1984 O’Brien to Winston

Atheist for a Day

“Often even fully catechized Christians act from unbelief. For the man who succumbs to a terrible temptation is playing atheist for the day. He might think himself Christian on other days, when there are no significant temptations. But he is fooling himself. For God IS watching.” — David Warren