Outliers

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Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

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Don’t just be yourself. Be all of your selves.

 Joss Whedon

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Happiness is low overhead and no debt.

Lynda  Barry

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I never expect to see politicians tell the people: “Quit buying. Quit using all that electrical stuff. Quit traveling all over the world. Quit driving. Just eat, be happy you are breathing and work to grow your mind and soul and let’s see if we can come to understand this ruined world around us and how to heal it — or at least do less damage. Let us change our entire idea about what constitutes governance, and work and happiness.” That’s what it will take.

Joe Bagaent, One Party Has No Heart, The Other No Spine

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It may be my bias, or my imagination, or my distaste for toil, but from here America looks like one big workhouse, “under God, indivisible, with time off to shit, shower and shop.” A country whose citizens have been reduced to “human assets” of a vast and relentless economic machine, moving human parts oiled by commodities and kept in motion by the edict, “produce or die.” Where employment and a job dominates all other aspects of life, and the loss of which spells the loss of everything.

Joe Bageant, The Iron Cheer of Empire

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Every new generation of parents, and every new batch of fresh and eager teachers, hears or reads about some “new theory” or “new findings” from psychology that, at long last, will make schools more fun and improve learning. But none of it has worked. And none of it will until people face the truth: Children hate school because in school they are not free. Joyful learning requires freedom.

Peter Gray, Freedom to Learn

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When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school,
it’s a wonder I can think at all.

Paul Simon, Kodachrome

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Even when I was young it seemed to me that most classroom material could be presented and assimilated in four, maybe five, years… I’ve since come to understand the reason school lasts thirteen years. It takes that long to sufficiently break a child’s will. It is not easy to disconnect children’s wills, to disconnect them from their own experiences of the world in preparation for the lives of painful employment they will have to endure. Less time wouldn’t do it, and in fact, those who are especially slow go to college. For the exceedingly obstinate child there is graduate school.

Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words

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We want soil, caravans and trees, smallholdings, vegetable patches,
arts and crafts. And beer and books. That’s all.

Tom Hodgkinson, The Freedom Manifesto

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Most learning requires no teaching.

Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society

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No other culture in history has ever put food under lock and key, and putting it there is the cornerstone of our economy, for if the food wasn’t under lock and key, who would work?

Daniel Quinn, Beyond Civilization

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The good thing about everything being so fucked up is that no matter where you look, there is great work to be done.

Derrick Jensen, Endgame

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People say you have to travel to see the world. Sometimes I think that if you just stay in one place and keep your eyes open, you’re going to see just about all that you can handle.

Auggie Wren, “Smoke” (1995)

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A sober examination of the manorial system of the eleventh to fifteenth centuries would suggest that the supposed illiterate, bonded peasants had more freedom, more riches and were more self-sufficient than the average wage slave of today.

Tom Hodgkinson, The Freedom Manifesto

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Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.

Calvin, Calvin & Hobbes

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