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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

The things that matter are the things that last

Steering something in the right direction early on will prevent things going as wrong in the future.

Research into solving long-term problems will turn out to (later) solve more-short term problems than merely thinking about short-term problems now.


If it won't matter in 100 years when everyone now is dead, then, don't worry about it so much...

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Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige's wall there was this one: "Matters of great concern should be treated lightly." Master Ittei commented, "Matters of small concern should be treated seriously." Among one's affairs there should not be more than two or three matters of what one could call great concern. If these are deliberated upon during ordinary times, they can be understood. Thinking about things previously and then handling them lightly when the time comes is what this is all about. To face an event and solve it lightly is difficult if you are not resolved beforehand, and there will always be uncertainty in hitting your mark. However, if the foundation is laid previously, you can think of the saying, "Matters of great concern should be treated lightly," as your own basis for action.

From the Hagakure.

Personally I think Master Ittei's comment requires some consideration too.

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