Don’t Panic

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In the series, DON’T PANIC (always upper-case) is a phrase written on the cover of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The novel explains that this was partly because the device “looked insanely complicated” to operate, and partly to keep intergalactic travelers from panicking. It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words “Don’t Panic” in large, friendly letters on the cover.

Arthur C. Clarke said Douglas Adams’ use of “don’t panic” was perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity.

— Wikipedia on Phrases from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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2010.10.13 Wednesday ACHK

年年齡 3.2

這段改篇自 2010 年 4 月 1 日的對話。

20 歲到 40 歲那段時間,就會好像 10 歲到 20 歲的那一段,過得那麼快;40 歲到 80 歲那段時間,又會好像 20 歲到 40 歲的那一段,過得那麼快。

(CN:我明白。那真的是很有趣。)

而生物學的原因是,人年紀越大,內在生理時鐘就越慢,導致新陳代謝和心跳等,沒有之前那麼快。相對比較之下,外在世界的運轉,就好像越來越快。

而重點是,「年紀變大」這個劇情,你是不能阻止的。要避免自己因為「年紀變大」而不開心的話,最好的方法,不是「直接解決」,而是「把問題 transcend 掉」,令到原本的問題不再重要。

(CN:如何把「年紀問題」 transcend 掉?)

— Me@2010.10.13

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