Are you an artist or you wish you were? Here's what I wish I had read 30 years ago:
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” ― Ira Glass
George Carlin on the Occupy movement.
Howard Zinn on the 99% "One percent of the nation owns a third of the wealth. The rest of the wealth is distributed in such a way as to turn those in the 99 percent against one another: small property owners against the propertyless, black against white, native-born against foreign-born, intellectuals and professionals against the uneducated and unskilled. These groups have resented one another and warred against one another with such vehemence and violence as to obscure their common position as sharers of leftovers in a very wealthy country."
- Howard Zinn, excerpt from The People's History of the United States [He died before the Occupy movement was born, but he was there when it was conceived.]
I believe in simple solutions to complicated problems.
I believe in worker-owned businesses. I believe we ought to reward production and tax waste. I believe we could get rid of the income tax altogether and institute a carbon tax, if it was very high, would be transformative. Globally, the economy would localize and flourish with new businesses. Apprenticeships would come back into style. Scientists would eventually come up with a way to use solar energy, and the whole world will be fed.