A pretty girl, 2

Women are directly fitted for acting as the nurses and teachers of our early childhood by the fact that they are themselves childish, frivolous and short-sighted; in a word, they are big children all their life long–a kind of intermediate stage between the child and the full-grown man, who is man in the strict sense of the word. See how a girl will fondle a child for days together, dance with it and sing to it; and then think what a man, with the best will in the world, could do if he were put in her place.

— Of Women

— Arthur Schopenhauer

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When the elderly Schopenhauer sat for a sculpture portrait by the Prussian sculptor Elisabet Ney in 1859, he was much impressed by the young woman’s wit and independence, as well as by her skill as a visual artist. After his time with Ney, he told Richard Wagner’s friend Malwida von Meysenbug, “I have not yet spoken my last word about women. I believe that if a woman succeeds in withdrawing from the mass, or rather raising herself above the mass, she grows ceaselessly and more than a man.

— Wikipedia on Arthur Schopenhauer

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Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist — a master — and that is what Auguste Rodin was — can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is… and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…. and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…. no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired — but it does to them. Look at her! (UC)

— Robert A. Heinlein

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2018.10.27 Saturday ACHK

Dog 3

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“But there are homeless dogs everywhere,” the old man replied. “So your efforts don’t really make a difference.”

The little boy looked at the dog and stroked him. “But for this little dog, it makes all the difference in the world.”

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2018.03.16 Friday ACHK

Charlie Brown

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Charlie Brown: I thought being in love was supposed to make you happy…

Peppermint Patty: Where’d you get that idea?

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2018.03.02 Friday ACHK

天空堤壩 5

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友情方面,你可以選擇,只要對方的優點;
愛情方面,你不可以選擇,不要對方的缺點。

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友情方面,你可以選擇,只要對方最好的優點;
愛情方面,你不可以選擇,不要對方最差的缺點。

— Me@2010.06.01

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2010.06.03 Thursday (c) ACHK

Passion Test

The Top Idea in Your Mind, 6 | 事業愛情觀 6

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To check whether a project is your true love, ask yourself:

Am I willing to spend INFINITE time on it?

— Me@2015-07-05 04:26:24 PM

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Do you want it to be one of your lifelong projects?

Are you willing to follow it up for your whole life?

— Me@2015-07-12 11:00:11 AM

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2015.07.12 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

The greatest gift

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The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you are giving someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you will never get back.

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2015.04.26 Sunday ACHK

玄悟慧能(審美篇)

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 18 日的對話。

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其實,「審美」並不是,完全沒有客觀標準的。

其中一個客觀標準,就是「黃金分割」(黃金比例)。

This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

詳情請參閱 BBC 的紀錄片《The Human Face》。

但是,你又可以追問,為什麼人腦會傾向感覺到,「黃金分割」就是美?

— Me@2015.04.23

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2015.04.26 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Intellectual

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.

— Aldous Huxley

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2015.02.18 Wednesday ACHK

形上情人

天人之才

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

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我在自己的筆記中寫過,「Find a Metaphysical Lover」(尋找形上的情人)。後來,我發現在李生的著作中,也有類似的想法。他著作中其中一句的大概是,「愛情應該始於外在條件,成於形上。」

那就證明了「英雄所見略同」。又或者,可能是當年我閱讀過,李生的那一句,自始埋藏在我的潛意識之中。後來回想起,就以為該意念是我自己原創領悟的。

不過,那其實又沒有什麼分別,亦沒有必要分別,除非那是需要申請專利的科技發明。意念創意本來就不容易,很明確地劃分,哪是由誰,最先想出來的。

(安:無錯。即使你那一句背後的意念,真的是來自李生的意念,你的寫法卻截然不同。

又例如,我最近抽了一點維根斯坦(Ludwig Wittgenstein)的引言金句來讀,開始明白他的部分句子。但是,我明白,是因為我直接明白,還是你曾經也發表過,一些類似的意念給我呢?

如果實情真的是,你之前講過類似的思想給我,那它們是你原創的,還是其實你也是,受過維根斯坦的影響,才能領悟到呢?)

所以,大部分情況下,追究一個意念從何而來,是相當無謂的。或者說,追問究竟「你才華橫溢」,是因為你本身勁(厲害),還是你的老師勁,未必有什麼大意義。真正重要的是,那些才華思想意念,用處大不大。

— Me@2014.09.07

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2014.09.07 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

二百萬 2.2

夢幻組合 1.2 C

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

發現「質量守恆定律」的,是一位化學家,名叫拉瓦節(Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier)。他的正識是一位稅務官。因為高薪厚職,他的充足的金錢,去購買很多高級準確的化學儀器,以作化學研究之用。他的其中一個科學功績是,透過他的一些實驗,印證了「質量守恆定律」。

拉瓦節的太太 Marie-Anne Pierette Paulze,同時是他的助手 —— 為拉瓦節把文章翻譯成外語,從而把拉瓦節的化學研究成果,發揚光大。

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拉瓦節夫婦的合作,正正是我上次所講,「機械人比喻」的一個例子:

另一個方法是,嘗試找一個程度比你低,但可以成為你人生夢幻拍檔的人。正如一些機械人卡通的劇情:有時有一隻大機械人不懂飛。但是有一隻小機械人可以變成一對翼,和大機械人合體。他們整體就可以飛起來。

大機械戰鬥力再高,本身也不懂飛。小機械人戰鬥力不足,飛來也沒有什麼用。但是,兩機合體就變成了夢幻組合。

拉瓦節太太的化學造詣,不及丈夫;而拉瓦節的文字功力,亦不及太太。但是,他們卻是夢幻組合,合力發表了,很多改變歷史的作品。

— Me@2014.08.27

2014.08.29 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Empathy

themodelplumber 25 days ago

I used to live near the Tojimbo cliffs and have been thinking about the place (and what happens there) on and off since my first visit. I also really liked this NYT article, about a retired cop who made it his mission to stop suicide attempts at the cliffs. 222 lives had been saved as of late 2009.

scott_s 25 days ago

“Mr. Shige says his approach to stopping suicides is quite simple: when he finds a likely person, he walks up and gently begins a conversation. The person, usually a man, quickly breaks down in tears, happy to find someone to listen to his problems.”

Genuine empathy can be both powerful and shocking.

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bradleysmith 25 days ago

[Unexpected] empathy is always particularly moving, especially for the hopeless. It’s a STRONG pattern interrupt to a negative view of the world around you, and really makes people question themselves.

— Hacker News

2014.08.26 Tuesday ACHK

二百萬 2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

我覺得,「談戀愛」主要是令到兩個人快樂。但是,「認真工作」卻可以令到無數人快樂。例如,我的工作是學術、教學、寫作等。任何一樣我只要認真經營,都可以大大改善,很多人的一生。

但是,那不代表「談戀愛」和「認真工作」不可共存,因為,還有一個可能性,就是我的戀愛對象,和我有共同的人生目標,都想改善這個世界。那樣,我和她就可以互為助手。

如果沒有共同或相近的人生目標,拍拖(談戀愛)的過程中,就很可能會充滿,很多無意義的活動和劇情。那就大大浪費了我,很多原本可以用來,轉捩其他人的時間。(「轉捩」在此作動詞用。)

相反,如果可以互為助手,那就相當於二人合力,去創造一個嶄新的世界。共同創作,可能是拍拖過程的,最美滿版本。

— Me@2014.08.24

2014.08.25 Monday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK