David Foster Wallace:
There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.
Those of us involved in communicating ideas need to re-think the Internet. Many of the people that desperately need to know, don't even know that they don't know.
It's a culture. Call it the algorithmic culture. To get it, you need to be part of it, you need to come out of it. Otherwise, you spend the rest of your life dancing to the tune of other people's code.
If this is the information age, what are we so well-informed about?
Instead of letting the Internet solve the easy problems, it's time we got it to solve the important ones.
Being an intellectual begins with thinking your way outside of your assumptions and the system that enforces them. But students who get into elite schools are precisely the ones who have best learned to work within the system, so it's almost impossible for them to see outside it, to see that it's even there.
I need idle time in equal proportion to planned time; leaving time for the unplanned, and making sure there's enough time for a bit of nothing. It's this space that makes the planned more worthwhile.
"Natural ideas", which account for the big leaps forward and often appear to come from nowhere, actually come from nature, solitude, and meditation. They're less concerned with how the world is, and more with how the world could and should be.
Internet culture is a culture of nowness. As we learn more about now, we know less about then.
I like English history. I have volumes of it, but I never read anything but the first volume. Even at that, I only read the first three or four chapters. My purpose is to read Volume Zero, which has not been written.
Despite our wondrous technologies and scientific advances, we are nurturing a culture of diffusion, fragmentation, and detachment. In this new world, something crucial is missing -- attention.
Alain de Botton:
The need to diet, which we know so well in relation to food, and which runs so contrary to our natural impulse, is something we now have to relearn in relation to knowledge, people and ideas. We require periods of fast in the life of our minds no less than in that of our bodies.
Maybe we need some time ... because everything is amazing right now, and nobody's happy ...