Liberal Arts Blog — “The Greatest Life Hacks in the World (for Now)”, David Brooks (NYT)
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Today’s Topic: “The Greatest Life Hacks in the World (for Now)”, David Brooks (NYT)
David Brooks is an extraordinarily prolific centrist commentator on politics and culture. He is a regular columnist at the New York Times. Although a Republican, he supported Clinton in 2016 and Biden in 2020. He recently had a column with a selection of “life hacks” from another journalist, Kevin Kelly, plus a few more from various sources. I found some them so good, I decided to share them with you. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
GETTING CHEATED, APOLOGIES, NOT YOUR FAULT
1. “Getting cheated occasionally is a small price to pay for trusting the best in everyone, because when you trust the best in others, they will treat you the best.”
2. “It’s not an apology if it comes with an excuse.”
3. “Just because it’s not your fault doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility.”
WHAT THEY THINK OF YOU, SEEING A MOUSE, WRITING STUFF DOWN
1. “Ignore what they are thinking of you, because they are not thinking of you.”
2. “If you think you saw a mouse, you did and if there is one, there are many.”
3. “The biggest lie we tell ourselves is, “I don’t need to write this down because I will remember it.”
CARRYING IT ALL, MAKING THE CALL, FURTIVE
1. “If you are not sure you can carry it all, take two trips.”
2. “Always make the call. If you’re disturbed or confused by something somebody did, always pick up the phone.”
3. “Never be furtive. If you’re doing something you don’t want others to find out about, it’s probably wrong.”
NB: “You can always tell someone to go to hell tomorrow.”
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