# The Country of the Blind

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Major themes

H. G. Wells addresses the following themes in “The Country of the Blind”:

* An isolated community will generally overcome any disability like blindness after a few generations.
* Having adapted to cope with such disabilities, an isolated community will believe that its modified behaviour is normal.
* An isolated community will tend to be closed-minded and xenophobic, and will persecute and (if necessary) maim anyone who is different and/or non-conformist.
* The maxim, “In the Country of the Blind the One-Eyed Man is King”, from Desiderius Erasmus, is not necessarily always true.
* The story may be seen as an allegory of society’s treatment of those with ability or intellect beyond the understanding of the many. The fear of the ‘barbarian’ or at least unenlightened masses is a recurrent theme in Wells’s writing.

— Wikipedia on The Country of the Blind

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2011.03.11 Friday ACHK

# Inception 10

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The film cuts to the end credits from a shot of the top wobbling ambiguously, inviting speculation about whether the final sequence was reality or another dream. Nolan confirmed that the ambiguity was deliberate, saying “I’ve been asked the question more times than I’ve ever been asked any other question about any other film I’ve made… What’s funny to me is that people really do expect me to answer it.” The film’s script concludes with “Behind him, on the table, the spinning top is STILL SPINNING. And we — FADE OUT”

However, Christopher Nolan also said, “I put that cut there at the end, imposing an ambiguity from outside the film. That always felt the right ending to me — it always felt like the appropriate ‘kick’ to me… The real point of the scene — and this is what I tell people — is that Cobb isn’t looking at the top. He’s looking at his kids. He’s left it behind. That’s the emotional significance of the thing.”

— Wikipedia on Inception (film)

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2011.01.13 Thursday ACHK

# Reassurance

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It’s natural to seek reassurance. Most of us want to believe that the choices we make will work out, that everything will be okay.

… But everything is never okay.

Finding the bravery to shun faux reassurance is a critical step in producing important change. Once you free yourself from the need for perfect acceptance, it’s a lot easier to launch work that matters.

— Seth Godin

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2010.11.27 Saturday ACHK

# Politics

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Politics is a way to capitalize on human stupidity.

— Me@2010.10.05

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2010.10.06 Wednesday $copyright ACHK$

# 愚善

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— Me@2010.09.27

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2010.09.29 Wednesday $copyright ACHK$

# Professor

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Fry: Hey, professor. What are you teaching this semester?

Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Same thing I teach every semester. The Mathematics of Quantum Neutrino Fields. I made up the title so that no student would dare take it.

Fry: Mathematics of wonton burrito meals. I’ll be there!

Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Please, Fry. I don’t know how to teach. I’m a professor.

— “Futurama” Mars University (1999)

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2010.09.28 Tuesday $ACHK$

# The Sixth Sense

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Malcolm: While you’re awake? (Cole nods)
Malcolm: Dead people like, in graves? In coffins?
Cole: Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead.
Malcolm: How often do you see them?
Cole: ALL THE TIME.

— The Sixth Sense

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Cole: I see dumb people.
Malcolm: While you’re awake? (Cole nods)
Malcolm: Dumb people like, in graves? In coffins?
Cole: Walking around like regular people. They don’t see each other. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dumb.
Malcolm: How often do you see them?
Cole: ALL THE TIME.

— Me@2010.09.15

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2010.09.16 Thursday ACHK

# More to fear

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The more you fear, the more you have to fear.

— Me@2009.10.06

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2010.09.15 Wednesday $copyright ACHK$

# Pascal 2

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* Man is so made that if he is told often enough that he is a fool he believes it.

— Blaise Pascal

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2010.09.13 Monday $ACHK$

# 地球 3

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— Me@2010.07.26

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2010.08.26 Thursday $copyright ACHK$

# Bureaucracy 2

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The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

* Eugene McCarthy, quoted in Time magazine, 12 February 1979

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2010.08.25 Wednesday ACHK

# 傷逝 7

— Wikipedia on 2010 Manila hostage crisis

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— Me@2010.08.24

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2010.08.24 Tuesday $\copyright ACHK$

# Responsibility

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When you’re old and eminent, what will you miss about being young and obscure? What people seem to miss most is the lack of responsibilities.

Responsibility is an occupational disease of eminence. In principle you could avoid it, just as in principle you could avoid getting fat as you get old, but few do. I sometimes suspect that responsibility is a trap and that the most virtuous route would be to shirk it, but regardless it’s certainly constraining.

— Paul Graham

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2010.08.17 Tuesday $ACHK$

# Inception 8

Christopher Nolan 3

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Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.

— Inception (film)

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— Me@2010.08.01

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Christopher Nolan 玩 recursion（自我指涉），比 Charlie Kaufman，還要高一個層次。

— Me@2010.08.01

— Me@2010.08.05

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2010.08.16 Monday $copyright ACHK$

# 奇幻逆緣

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For man, the older, the better;

For woman, the older, the worse.

— Me@2010.08.11

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2010.08.12 Thursday $copyright ACHK$