Optimism is a political act.

Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.

Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City

A Child’s Curiosity

“It soon became clear to me that children are by nature and from birth very curious about the world around them, and very energetic, resourceful, and competent in exploring it, finding out about it, and mastering.

In short, much more eager to learn, and much better at learning, than most adults.

Babies are not blobs, but true scientists.

Why not then make schools into places in which children would be allowed, encouraged, and (if and when they asked) helped to explore and make sense of the world around them (in time and space) in ways that most interested them?”

John Holt, from the introduction to his book, Teach Your Own, (New York: Dell, 1981).

The secret fear that keeps you up at night is…

  1. An uprising of octopi.
  2. Octopi forming a coalition of the willing at the bottom of the ocean.
  3. Going on Jeopardy but the other two contestants are octopi.
  4. Number 3 but Alex Trebek is also an Octopus
  5. Locking eyes with an Octopus at an aquarium, and in that single moment you know you will help it escape at great personal cost to you and the ones you love.

By Nora Taylor at ManRepeller.