I enjoy historical quotes. The most recent one I’ve enjoyed is the prominent passage, Horatius by Thomas Babington Macaulay, which is highlighted by the movie Oblivion.
Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods?”
Horatius by Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859)
I found it interesting that supposedly, Horatius by Thomas Babington Macaulay, was published in 1842. This would have been the year after Macaulay finished a posting as the Secretary of War for the British empire, 1842. Horatius by Thomas Babington Macaulay, was published beforehand but is now available in the book, Lays of Ancient Rome (free).
Throughout my time working on the Chief of Naval Operations staff, I have sought out ways to improve my writing. There is a Plain English document floating around, via email. One fast tracked individual saw my printed copy and forwarded me the link to the thoughts by Rear Admiral John Kirby on writing.
I must confess, the daily chaos of my job leaves my writing lacking. The frequency and the quality of my writing has dwindled on my site. More recently, the amount of time spent at work has increased. Hopefully, this trend rights itself.
Admiral John Kirby’s comments are brilliant, concise, and easy to receive.
“Any emotionally significant question that alters a person’s mood will have the same effect. WYSIATI (What you see is all there is). The present state of mind looms very large when people evaluate their happiness.” – Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
During my Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University, Baruch Fischhoff turned me onto Thinking Fast and Slow. As Head of the Decision Sciences Major at CMU he knew what he was doing! Toying with another novice pawn of life. Thinking Fast and Slow has expanded my mind and changed how I think about making decisions and what I think about how others make theirs.
I started this book quite a while ago. Just as I was started Thinking Fast and Slow, I began at a new position which significantly reduced my pleasurable reading hours. This morning I finally decided to power through the rest of this book, during a more productive than average, Sunday morning. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, this isn’t it. If you are looking to challenge everything you know, your mannerisms of thinking, and how System 1 and System 2 factor into your life, pick up Thinking Fast and Slow. You won’t regret it! I think I’ll give my brain a “one book” break, then tackle Nudge!
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