I read a book a long time ago called the Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson. At the time I probably smoked more dope than I should have and spent too much time inhaling (as Barak sez, it was the whole point). But to this day there was a passage that gripped me. One of the characters spent the first couple of minutes analyzing folks he met then when he figured out what type of person that character was, he would hand that character one of two cards.
- The first said "There is no friend anywhere."
- The second said, "There is no enemy anywhere."
You have an impact in this world. But unless you can clearly identify what are the threats and what actions are available to you, you will not survive.
Calm down folks. Take a big breath, grab a beer, sit on the front porch, and think.
What are the facts? Again and again and again what are the facts?
Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the "unguessable verdict of history"—what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future, facts are your single clue. Get the facts!
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long