Trump Country

In short, the metropolis has economic power but little political power. The American countryside has limited economic power but vast political power. It’s always been true, but this year’s electoral map shows the gap is wider than ever. There are many explanations for what happened on Election Day, but the simplest one is this: We now have a rural party and an urban party.

Trump Country

Shift – Part 1

– “Nissan’s obsession with overtaking Toyota had turned into bitterness as its goal receded farther and farther into the distance. Its obstinant pursuit of Toyota had played a major role in leading Nissan astray, as it became more concerned with imitating its chief rival than with developing its own personality.”

– “Your religion is a major part of your identity. I’ve always had a religious consciousness. I’ve never felt it as a constraint but rather as a way of life.”

– “If you find things complicated, it means you haven’t understood them. Simplicity is the basis of everything.”

– “I’ve always been someone who was different. I’ve never lived in a place where I could tel myself I was an integral part of the group like everyone else.”

– “I was a young manager in a young factory… Most of the workers were about my age. We had six hundred employees manufacturing giant tires for specialized heavy equipment. As for the management team, well, I was its youngest member, so that created a bit of disorder… In the beginning, this made for some discomfort, but everybody gets over that sort of thing when they see that you’re there to make things work.”

– “When you take charge of a factory, especially if you’re young, you have to establish bonds. You have to spend time with the entire management team in order to introduce yourself, make acquaintances, identify the main problems they’re working on, and understand the solutions they’ve come up with. So the first thing to do is to create a team.”

– “Could you study the situation and submit some suggestions? Francois Michelin always had a strategic approach to problems. You had to work within a certain number of broad parameters, boundaries set according to his personal convictions, but apart from that he left you totally free to come up with tactical proposals.”

– “He had a capacity for astonishment that is rather exceptional. He’d ask questions… He wasn’t playing a game; he really wanted to know. I’ve never met anyone else who’s been the head of a large corporation for such a long time who can still look at people and things with such new eyes. This quality of freshness, of openness, came from the deepest part of him. He’s an extremely sensitive man, which explains his respect for other people and their differences, and also explains his curiosity. But he’s also a man of enormous experience, accustomed to exercising responsibility. Never mistake his openness for naivety. ”




In one address to the National War College on December 19, 1952, Truman said: “You know, it’s easy for the Monday morning quarterback to say what the coach should have done, after the game is over. But when the decision is up before you—and on my desk I have a motto which says ‘The Buck Stops Here’—the decision has to be made.”

Ronald Reagan reportedly also kept a plaque on that same desk in the Oval Office, with the following inscription: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

In a time where short, under 140 character messages from presidential candidates shows their leadership brand, it’s refreshing to dial back 50 plus years to more virtuous sound bite values. 

^^The Blame Game


How backwards our thinking can be. It’s heartbreakingly bad enough that black lives are feared and subsequently extinguished. To compound it, we lull ourselves to complacency by failing to see the bigger picture. This month I happened to be reading two books that, for me, seem related. They cast the blindness of the last two days in a new light:
The fact is “that the commodification and suffering and forced labor of African Americans is what made the United States powerful and rich.” (Half Has Never Been Told)
In 1776 the South was a relative backwater.  But “by 1860, there were more millionaires (slaveholders all) living in the lower Mississippi Valley than anywhere else in the United States. In the same year, the nearly 4 million American slaves were worth some $3.5 billion, making them the largest single financial asset in the entire U.S. economy, worth more than all manufacturing and railroads combined.” (Battle Cry of Freedom)

“Enslaved African Americans built the modern United States, and indeed the entire modern world, in ways both obvious and hidden.” (Half Has Never Been Told)

Today thanks to Gabby, I learned that black veterans were effectively excluded from the GI Bill, which provided college education and mortgage financing after the devastation of WWII. Civil rights moment ended less than 50 years ago, and most of my friends and I are 30 … it was yesterday in historical terms. 

If we want to end this burst of violence, we have to go to the root cause. We need to own up to #whiteprivilege and actively look for opportunities to end it — to balance the scales. These things take time and daily effort.

Let’s turn this anger into a renewed mindset by realizing that we have a long way to go, together, and that the young people of today can become the leaders who create the change the world needs.

As business leaders, we need to look extra closely at the resumes with names that don’t sound like the rest of our team.

As educators, we take more time with kids whose parents are making ends meet and may have no time to help with homework.

As lenders, we need to go the extra mile to help clients who might be the first in their family to access capital. Etc.

What do you do, and what can you change?


Treat Meetings Like Improv Sessions

And so the first thing she said to me when we were starting Oxygen Media is to learn how to say yes. Listen to people’s ideas almost like an improv session, and play with the ideas. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to do the idea. It just means you’re going to listen to the idea and work on the idea.

^^Lisa Gersh of Goop

Self control is an input for competency 

“People ask high self-control people to do more for perfectly logical reasons—because they think that those who successfully demonstrate high (vs. low) self-control will perform better and accomplish more. So it is a reasonable thing to do, from the perspective of the partner, the manager, the coworker,” says Christy Zhou Koval, a Ph.D student at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and lead author of the study.“But for the actor, it can feel like a burden. Why should you do more work for the same reward, while your less capable coworker coasts along with lower expectations and work?”

A separate experiment found that participants not only assigned more tasks to the go-getters—but underestimated how much work it would take to get the job done. “What looks easy from the outside may not feel that easy on the inside,” says Gráinne Fitzsimons, one of the co-authors of the study.

“In the workplace, managers should be careful to give the highest quality work and best opportunities to the most capable employees, and give the lower quality but time consuming work to less capable employees,” says Koval. “If someone is doing more than his fair share, compensate him for it. If not, he may ultimately leave and seek recognition elsewhere. Similarly, in our personal relationships, we should recognize that just because our high-ability partners can do something for us, doesn’t mean that we should let them. And if they do help us, we should recognize it and thank them for it.”

^^The Downside of Being Competent

“Not sleeping enough, even for one night, has negative impacts on your neuroendocrine system that cause you to feel hungrier and eat more as hunger hormones become altered—increasing ghrelin and decreasing leptin.76 Restricting sleep to as little as 5 hours nightly reduces insulin sensitivity, sets off systemic inflammation, and puts you at increased risk of mortality by all causes.”


Those who were sleep deprived experienced body weight set point adaptations that shifted them toward a state mimicking caloric deprivation: increased hunger and a relative decrease in fat oxidation. In fact, those who slept 8.5 hours burned twice as much fat as the 5.5-hour group. And over a year, the 8.5-hour group lost an average of 10 more pounds than the 5.5-hour group and preserved twice as much lean body mass.

^^The Gut Balance Revolution

Two words: Natarajan Chandrasekaran

On value for the customer:

At TCS, our focus is on staying close to our customers, understanding their business challenges, helping to address them and making the investments needed to remain relevant to our customers…

On managing through the cycle:

Conventional wisdom says that companies loosen the reins and decentralize decision-making in good times to pursue growth, often at the risk of building up some inefficiencies in the system. When times turn bad, they tend to do the opposite — centralize and take tighter control on operations to optimize profits. …

On what comes next for management and strategy:

In a world where the default is digital and everything is real-time, it is important to have a flat structure with no artificial hierarchies and where the people are empowered. That’s the only way we can have faster decision-making and faster response times. We have to create an idea-sharing network, as opposed to hierarchies. We have to push the right data to the right people across the organization.


The whole idea is to kill workflows – which are an anachronism. Work should not flow; work should just get done. Workflows were created at a time when the data to make decisions was not available with one person. As a file skipped from desk to desk it got populated and then the “manager” made the decision. Digitization only removed the paper but kept the workflows. But, with real-time data, any person who sees data can make decisions. So workflows are no longer needed. What is needed is a way to communicate these decisions to the whole organization and have processes to mitigate responses as required. It’s a journey we have started on.


One thing is now clear: A digital strategy is not about building mobile apps or using the cloud. It is about building new business models. It’s about changing the whole way of working, the way you understand and interact with your customers as well as the products and services you offer.

^^Knowledge @ Wharton

Note: I ran the 8K of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon in 2014


David Autor, an economist at M.I.T., wasn’t so sure. He said that the rock-star model makes sense only for people with “unique talents, which most people do not have.” Talented coders are like heart surgeons: “I’d rather have one really good heart surgery than three mediocre ones. This is what an economist would call indivisibility.”

^^The Programmer’s Price

Touching base

The late Harvard psychology professor Richard Hackman noted that it takes only 10 conversations for every person on a team of five to touch base with everyone else, but that number rises to 78 for a team of 13. Thus to optimize your group’s performance, don’t assemble too many players.

^^HBR: Getting virtual teams right

Diversity: the elephant and the mouse

Imagine a room, containing an elephant and a mouse.

“The elephant knows almost nothing about the mouse, while the mouse survives by knowing everything about the other. Herein lies the dynamic between the dominant and nondominant groups in the workplace. Nondominant groups develop certain skill sets, including vigilance, attentiveness, and adaptability. In business, for example, Microsoft is an elephant and Mozilla is a mouse.”

As an American woman living in the Netherlands, I’ve found the “mouse concept” to be a perfect model. The dominant group has advantages built into the system. They can make jokes that everyone will get. They can speak fully fluidly in their native tongue to each other. They know the polite moments to interject and when to let things slide. They share more hobbies, common experiences, and family dynamics. This brings together analysts and board members, etc.

“The institution had all sorts of rules and behavior and people who had networks. How do you figure out who these people are and what their tasks and rules of behavior are? Who talks to whom? Who are they? You have to figure all that out. You have to develop the skill to watch. Which is not what people recruit leaders for. They don’t say this person is a good watcher…I had to watch them as much as they watched me. They had the knowledge. I had to figure it out.”

By the way, the smaller the room, the more the mouse has to take care. Scarce resources heighten competition. Watching is not enough. You must also predict.

For me to thrive in an environment where everything has changed and the social rules are different, I have to learn fast. Vigilance, attentiveness, and adaptability. See, if you’re a mouse, you can’t succeed by pretending to be an elephant. If you’re a woman, you cannot become a man (well, perhaps you can, but work with me). Blacks cannot becomes whites, etc.

Sure, you have the choice to flip industries / continents / etc. The mouse could decide to leave the elephant’s room for the butterfly tank. But what if you are actually so passionate about your field that you don’t want to quit? It’s easy being a finance guy — do finance guys ever think about how much passion a girl must have in order to go against her “programming” (pink doll sets and being told we aren’t good at math)?

This concept goes far beyond education. Education helps of course, but being a “good watcher” will teach you things that they’d never dare to put in textbooks.

‘A white man with a PhD may know little about a black man’s life,’ says megachurch Bishop T. D. Jakes. ‘But a black man with a GED knows almost everything about how white men live.’

But there is a positive spin:

Imagine that the elephant occasionally likes to play poker with the mouse. How well do you think the elephant reads the mouse? Not well, I can assure you.

And lastly, an explanation for the famed “women’s intuition.” Once again we find that intuition is not a trait: rather, experience (pattern recognition) and observational abilities could be the explanation.

I have always been intrigued by where the concept of women’s intuition comes from, and whether there is evidence to support this notion. President Robinson noted that women are often more likely to observe, have better listening skills, include others not normally included, have more emotional intelligence, be less hierarchical, and develop more intuitive observations. However, she also told me that she felt that while traditionally these were considered female traits, she believes they are traits acquired by most groups or individuals who have been out of power historically.

^^The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity while Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work

In war, strategy is especially high stakes

“Haziness about ends and means, about what to do and how to do it, is a mark of strategic ineptitude; in war it gets people killed.”

“There are three enormous tasks that strategic leaders have to get right,” Petraeus said one day in Baghdad. “The first is to get the big ideas right. The second is to communicate the big ideas throughout the organization. The third is ensure proper execution of the big ideas.”

“In ’03, we confused entry with victory,” he said. “What we have to do now is not confuse departure with defeat.”

“Andrew Krepinevich’s law of the conservation of enemies: Never make more than you need to have at any one time.”

^^The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq

“President Obama’s speech to the nation on Wednesday night delivered a simple, clear, and forceful message: “Don’t blame me. The top foreign-policy priority of the president’s first term was to end the U.S. commitment in Iraq as rapidly and completely as possible, with minimal regard for what followed. That policy was successfully implemented. Now we face the policy’s consequences: the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). So today we have a new priority: back to Iraq, back to war. To the untutored, that might seem like a pretty dismal outcome. No matter how bad things look, though, it’s always possible to make them worse. A war now against ISIS will do just that.”

^^The Atlantic: Obama’s Emotional Reaction to ISIS

Power attracts pathological personalities

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.”


Small minded management

“Small souls who seek power over others first destroy the faith those others might have in themselves.”


How disappointing when those in leadership positions try to elevate themselves by tearing down those around them. Instead, everyone moves down together. This kind of negativity and immaturity is a “communicable disease”.

Of course this is the opposite of leadership. What a sharp contrast! Great leaders inspire people to do more than they had ever dreamed of doing. I have been lucky to know more than a handful of such people. Without these leaders, I’d certainly not have progressed this far. This is why it’s such a pleasure to converse with executives.

Thanks to Uncle Dan for recommending the Dune series. I hardly ever read fiction, but Dune was a pleasure. It’s already been 3-4 years since I last read these books, but the quotes stay fresh.

Be forgiving of those people trapped in circumstances

“This is the second lesson of Blink: understanding the true nature of instinctive decision making requires us to be forgiving of those people trapped in circumstances where good judgment is imperiled.”


“In a series of experiments, the researchers found that pressing financial concerns had an immediate impact on the ability of low-income individuals to perform on common cognitive and logic tests. On average, a person preoccupied with money problems exhibited a drop in cognitive function similar to a 13-point dip in IQ.

Poverty and all its related concerns require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life, according to research based at Princeton University. As a result, people of limited means are more likely to make mistakes and bad decisions that may be amplified by — and perpetuate — their financial woes.”

^^Science Daily: Poor Concentration

Perspectives on poverty, uncertainty, and inequality

“I am not, for all my frustration, opposed to capitalism. Most westerners, poor ones included, aren’t. We like the idea that anyone can succeed. What I am opposed to is the sort of capitalism that sucks the life out of a whole bunch of the citizenry and then demands that they do better with whatever they have left. If we could just agree that poor people are doing the necessary grunt work and that there is dignity in that too, we’d be able to make it less onerous.”

^^Poor People Don’t Plan Long Term: We’ll Just Get Our Hearts Broken

“In a climate of continuing high unemployment, however, people like Ms. Guidry are less microentrepreneurs than microearners. They often work seven-day weeks, trying to assemble a living wage from a series of one-off gigs. They have little recourse … “People are doing this in the midst of wage stagnation and income inequality, and they have to do these things to survive.””

^^In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty

“It’s not surprising that relatively-wealthy techies like me have created apps and services which make relatively-wealthy techies’ lives a little better, instead of solving the real and hard problems faced by poor people.”

^^Meet the New Serfs, Save as the Old Serfs

“We work all of our lives for these highly refined goals and in the end, what do we find? We find that many of the things to which we have dedicated our lives came from petty decisions. They can be traced to desires for personal comfort or convenience and had nothing at all to do with our high ideals. What really was at stake was some worldly working agreement that satisfied the needs of those who could make the decisions.”


Real boats rock

“Show me a completely smooth operation and I’ll show you someone who’s covering mistakes. Real boats rock.”


“But oh, the perils of leadership in a species so anxious to be told what to do. How little they knew of what they created by their demands. Leaders made mistakes. And those mistakes, amplified by the numbers who followed without questioning, moved inevitably toward great disasters.”


Every man is my superior

Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.

^^How to Win Friends and Influence People

The essence of language

“‘This marvellous invention of composing out of twenty-five or thirty sounds that infinite variety of expressions which, whilst having in themselves no likeness to what is in our mind, allow us to disclose to others its whole secret, and to make known to those who cannot penetrate it all that we imagine, and all the various stirrings of our soul’. This was how, in 1660, the renowned grammarians of the Port-Royal abbey near Versailles distilled the essence of language, and no one since has celebrated more eloquently the magnitude of its achievement.”

^^The Unfolding of Language

Gift shops

Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.

^^Slaughterhouse Five

“Trifles, trifles are what matter! Why, it’s just such trifles that always ruin everything….”

^^Crime and Punishment

Knowledge workers

Pretty clearly, although business is paying for knowledge workers, it isn’t getting much back. And if you look at the way we manage knowledge workers, the reason is obvious: we don’t know how.

One of the few things we do know is that for any knowledge worker, even for the file clerk, there are two laws. The first one is that knowledge evaporates unless it’s used and augmented. Skill goes to sleep, it becomes rusty, but it can be restored and refurbished very quickly. That’s not true of knowledge. If knowledge isn’t challenged to grow, it disappears fast. It’s infinitely more perishable than any other resource we have ever had. The second law is that the only motivation for knowledge is achievement. Anybody who has ever had a great success is motivated from then on. It’s a taste one never loses. So we do know a little about how to make knowledge productive.

^^McKinsey Quarterly from 1967

On excellence and experience

“Most of us would be embarrassed to add up the total hours we’ve spent on our jobs and then compare that number with the hours we’ve given to other priorities that we claim are more important, like our families; the figures would show that work is our real priority. Yet after all those hours and all those years, most people are just okay at what they do.”

^^Talent is Overrated

“Andy Hargadon, a business school professor at University of California–Davis, has noted that many people who think they have 20 years of experience really don’t—they just have one year of experience repeated 20 times.”

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

The heart and mind

For individuals’ behavior to change, you’ve got to influence not only their environment but their hearts and minds. The problem is this: Often the heart and mind disagree. Fervently.

^^Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

We could regulate ourselves if we chose

“We could regulate ourselves if we chose to think about it,” Whybrow says. “But it does not appear that is what we are going to do.”

^^Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

The core of the average lizard

In academic papers and a popular book, American Mania, Whybrow argues, in effect, that human beings are neurologically ill-designed to be modern Americans. The human brain evolved over hundreds of thousands of years in an environment defined by scarcity. It was not designed, at least originally, for an environment of extreme abundance. “Human beings are wandering around with brains that are fabulously limited,” he says cheerfully. “We’ve got the core of the average lizard.”

^^Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

It is a wonder anyone experimented long enough

The fresh-picked fruit of the olive tree is so hard and bitter, so unappealing, that it is a wonder anyone experimented long enough to find a way to make it edible.

^^Salt: A World History

United to God

Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever? Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die?

^^Mere Christianity

We can’t picture 150 lives

Proportions can influence our thoughts more than simple numbers. When Paul Slovic asked groups of students to indicate, on a scale from 0 to 20, to what degree they would support the purchase of airport safety equipment, he found they expressed much stronger support when told that the equipment could be expected to save 98 percent of 150 lives than when they were told it would save 150 lives. Even saving “85 percent of 150 lives” garnered more support than saving 150 lives. The explanation lies in the lack of feeling we have for the number 150. It’s vaguely good, because it represents people’s lives, but it’s abstract. We can’t picture 150 lives and so we don’t feel 150 lives. We can feel proportions, however.

^^The Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain

The euro is coming too early

Literature and experience indicate that it is highly unlikely that formalising a single currency area in itself will affect progress towards achieving the features of the optimal currency area…
Having failed in theory, and then in practice, this was starting to resemble a political project dressed up as an economic one. The single currency was going to have to be sold to a sceptical public…
On 9 February 1998, 155 German economists published an open letter called: ‘The euro is coming too early.’

^^Greece’s ‘Odious’ Debt: The Looting of the Hellenic Republic by the Euro, the Political Elite and the Investment Community (Anthem Finance)

Problem of induction

There is always a range of possible outcomes, and the fact that one of them happens to be similar to what has gone before does not make it more likely. Yet the lure of forecasting on the basis of extrapolation remains almost irresistible. The ability to borrow vast sums of money and purchase temporary, positive economic data makes this tendency extremely dangerous.

Greece’s ‘Odious’ Debt: The Looting of the Hellenic Republic by the Euro, the Political Elite and the Investment Community (Anthem Finance)

Relentless focus

You don’t change the world by first taking a nap.

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t


She believed that the effectiveness of flattery might have an inverted U-shaped relationship, with flattery being increasingly effective up to some point but beyond that becoming ineffective as the flatterer became seen as insincere and a “suck up.” As she told me, there might be a point at which flattery became ineffective, but she couldn’t find it in her data.

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

More likely to marry

For instance, people are more likely to marry others whose first or last names resemble their own and, in experiments, are more attracted to people whose arbitrary experimental code numbers were similar to the participants’ actual birthdays.

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

Preserve self esteem

And ironically, one of the best ways for people to preserve their self-esteem is to either preemptively surrender or do other things that put obstacles in their own way.

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

Something other than the official rules

At bottom, he says, the Germans were blind to the possibility that the Americans were playing the game by something other than the official rules. The Germans took the rules at their face value: they looked into the history of triple-A-rated bonds and accepted the official story that triple-A-rated bonds were completely risk-free.

^^Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Managers primarily interested in power

The managers primarily interested in power, were the most effective, not only in achieving positions of influence inside companies but also in accomplishing their jobs.

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

The female presence

Men not only trade more often than women but do so from a false faith in their own financial judgment. Single men traded less sensibly than married men, and married men traded less sensibly than single women: the less the female presence, the less rational the approach to trading in the markets.

^^Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Intelligence is overrated

Intelligence is often overrated as an attribute that will help people obtain power. That’s because intelligence seldom accounts for much more than 20 percent of the variation in work performance in any event, and the relationship between performance and attaining power is equally weak.

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t


I know of almost no powerful people who do not have boundless energy. [Research suggests] that there is a practice or training effect in developing energy.

^^Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t

The ones who achieve

The ones who achieve do so by experiencing and conquering obstacles, … even from their childhood days. These are the ones who were never denied their right to face some struggle, some adversity. Others were, in reality, cheated.

^^The Millionaire Next Door

It takes courage

It takes considerable courage to work in an environment in which one is compensated according to one’s performance.

^^The Millionaire Next Door

Self-control of social man

The lifelong self-control of social man, the virtues which are half hypocrisy or the hypocrisy which is half a virtue…

^^Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book One)

You cannot see things

He knew nothing yet well enough to see it: you cannot see things till you know roughly what they are

^^Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book One)


They learn to associate topsy-turvydom with well-being; in fact, they’re only truly happy when they’re standing on their heads.

^^Brave New World

Liking what you’ve got to do

“And that,” put in the Director sententiously, “that is the secret of happiness and virtue—liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their un-escapable social destiny.”

^^Brave New World


There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol.

^^Brave New World

Happiness looks squalid in comparison

Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.

^^Brave New World

Independence was not made for man

“We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters. We are God’s property. Is it not our happiness thus to view the matter? Is it any happiness or any comfort, to consider that we are our own? It may be thought so by the young and prosperous. These may think it a great thing to have everything, as they suppose, their own way—to depend on no one—to have to think of nothing out of sight, to be without the irksomeness of continual acknowledgment, continual prayer, continual reference of what they do to the will of another. But as time goes on, they, as all men, will find that independence was not made for man—that it is an unnatural state—will do for a while, but will not carry us on safely to the end.”

^^Brave New World quoting John Henry Cardinal Newman

We make them hate solitude

“But people never are alone now,” said Mustapha Mond. “We make them hate solitude; and we arrange their lives so that it’s almost impossible for them ever to have it.”

^^Brave New World

You’d have a reason

“If you allowed yourselves to think of God, you wouldn’t allow yourselves to be degraded by pleasant vices. You’d have a reason for bearing things patiently, for doing things with courage. I’ve seen it with the Indians.”
“l’m sure you have,” said Mustapha Mond. “But then we aren’t Indians. There isn’t any need for a civilized man to bear anything that’s seriously unpleasant.”

^^Brave New World

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