There’s no better time than now to have a moral and civic backbone, to have a moral and civic true north—this is a tremendous opportunity for you to be heroic. Morally-upstanding. Helpful. Almost boy scout-like. Presidential. Altruistic.
You must never lower yourself to be a person you don’t like.
Not a trustafarian? We’ll get stronger climbing up than riding in the ski lift.
This video covers it all, for me. As a poor child, with a valiant hard-working much-loving single momma, I wish I’d seen this many years ago.
I’ve still never traveled. I never skiied, as a boy, because we couldn’t afford it and couldn’t afford an injury. But I got good grades ’cause my mom cared enough about my education to transfer me not once, not twice, but three times to schools with teachers worthy her cherished son. She taught me I was intelligent, and to expect much of myself.
So I argued with teachers when I got an A-, and more often than not, nerd that I was, I proved myself right. I went to a good school, one of the best for journalism in the US, and I worked the whole while. I got out of college and worked. Nowadays, with twitter and facebook and blogging, my intended career path—writing for a living—is almost too easy.
This is an entrepreneurial age. A whole generation, empowered by laptops—what Steve Jobs called a bicycle for the mind—is able to walk out the door and leave the cubicles behind, and leave the sitcom-watching get-fat and settle life along with it.
Monastic obsession, as Henry Rollins puts it, above. Find what you love. Follow your bliss…with an almost monastic focus.
“Something I have found to be true, and see reinforced all the time as I get older. People need only two things in their lives to be happy: love and work. The love must be true and the work must provide achievable challenge. But if you have those two things, you are a rich person indeed.” ~ Pliskie.
PS: elephant turns ten in June.
> Another of my favorite videos ever, along a similar theme.
> Another bonus, via Henry Rollins:
Henry Rollins – Young Person Video notes:
This video is not meant to promote any particular political view. All material is cited below.
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Henry Rollins’ Letter to a Young American – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbnFJVgBcw0
Henry Rollins’ Letter to a Young American (Part 2) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdHAtvlpeRs&feature=plcp
Apparat – Sweet Unrest
Time Lapse School – Test – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKpylHCcD2A
Or Yarok – Road Safety Commercial. Empty School. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhLDdkR6PT4
Snow Falling at Night 1080P HD Kodak Zi8 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7TMlfBHCK0
Fraud Bernie Madoff Pushed by Photographer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jESY1YReUrQ
London Riots Motorcycle Jacked – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttdGHwrF8GI
Savage beating, robbery caught on tape – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rEl8fpMVEI&feature=plcp
LONDON RIOTS: Horrific scenes the media didn’t show last night! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed0QJJL9sYQ&feature=related
HDR Time Lapse – Sunset Over Train Tracks – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45BYfiCPkBw
Running on Empty – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OouOM3ChmIY
Nice long cirrus clouds passing timelapse HD V08896 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udzp3ZDbCww
GOD HATES FAGS!!! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEQuW2v6U2o
AP Top Stories – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkCvgcbU3Ik&feature=plcp
Norway Killer Tells Court He’d Do It Again – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp5wJZeTBfI&feature=plcp
The Early Show – Teen bullying victim dead in apparent suicide – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SePNW5nlC4M&feature=plcp
Security an Issue As Somalia Aid Ramps Up – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrmC6gFiSCc&feature=relmfu
Muslim Woman Beaten to Death in Possible Hate Crime (California) – She Died on March 24th 2012 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrnMYg62boM
Vancouver Riots – Man Attempting to Stop Looters Gets Beaten – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dcgcdWVBI
Massive Dust Storm July 18, 2011…. 2 angles – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPxmnTwNHIw
Time lapse Dandelion flower to seed head – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ_QqtXoyQw
HD Autumn Scene – Clouds Passing Over a Golden Mountain – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZqbS8W9wc0
Arn (7 years 9 months) practising cello – May 2010 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Za9-cV6IU
Ballet Pointe Shoe Practice – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uegAeHlG22w
Columbus State Community College Autumn Graduation 2010 HD Version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUMR5Iy7sgo
Security checks anger Arizona Latinos – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwqVopgJgRw
beautiful nature scenery 2 (1080p HD) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtZ4uvaeK68
Muhammad Ali training for his rematch against Joe Frazier – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_rt2iM9NSI
Albert Einstein (01) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-1Z2wi2uSA
Salvador Dali – Mike Wallace interview 1958 – Part 1/2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhyHlKHIeZY
Frank Lloyd Wright – War and Religion – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ZHOnmZ7T0
Franklin Roosevelt – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJyCAkKUOWE
Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking -Season 1 Full – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GcmbFb8afQ
Carl Sagan 1981 Saturn Interview Part 1/2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEYJoTSnolY
Waiting for “Superman” – http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Superman-Geoffrey-Canada/dp/B003Q6D28C
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“You’ll find in your life that sometimes your great ambitions will be momentarily stymied, thwarted, marginalized by those who were perhaps luckier; come from money; had more doors opened; where college was a given, not a student loan; it was something that dad paid for; where an ease and confidence in life was almost a birthright. Where for you, it was a very hard climb. … That happens all the time.
Just because you come from nothing, you must not let that be something that holds you back.”
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