The bumper sticker “If you want peace, work for justice.” displays such an impoverished concept of peace. As if the purpose of most violence weren’t precisely to impose or prolong injustice! As if a Pax Romana, social order via the threat of extreme violence, were actually any kind of peace. (In those days of Caesar Augustus, “approximately one in every three persons in Rome and Italy was a slave“.) As if MAD preparations for genocide were peace, because no one’s pushed the button yet.
Tacitus, as Calgacus, sure it got it right when he wrote “They make a desert, and call it peace.“
According to Blayney Colmore
We were required to take part in a training by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. To this day, I carry in my wallet the handout they gave us. Burned into my memory is their teaching about real revolutionary change, the toughest standard I have encountered before or since:
When confronted by someone who opposes your view, picture where in your solution to the problem your opponent fits. If there is no place for him, it is not a revolution, not greater justice, but merely replacing his tyranny with yours.
According to Amanda Jones Hoyle in “Confirmed: Raleigh’s Cherokee buys into controversial nuclear tech device“
Executives at Cherokee Investment Partners in Raleigh have confirmed that its affiliate company, Industrial Heat LLC, has acquired the intellectual property and licensing rights to a nuclear device from Italy that some say could one day replace [...] fossil fuels.
Based on another article from last year (in Chinese) there’s a good chance that much of the industrial development of this device will take place in Baoding, China, where it could help reduce the demand for coal.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
According to Clayborne Carson, as interviewed in “Clayborne Carson: King’s Chronicler”
He always put the immediate issue into greater context. In all of his great speeches, what he does is say we’re here, engaged in this immediate struggle, but the broader struggle is global and historical. The movement for human rights is taking place on a global level. And it has deep historical roots. It’s been going on since the time of slavery and after the passage of civil rights legislation, and if he were alive today he would say it’s still going on. That’s why he was an inspiring, visionary figure. He understood the larger context.
What I try to emphasize in my work is how deeply rooted his ideas were and how radical they were. Look at love letters he wrote to Coretta in 1952, which I quote in the book. If those letters had been revealed in the late ’50s — where he’s talking about his anti-capitalism orientation — he probably would have been seriously damaged as a leader. That’s why Coretta kept the letters hidden — rumored to be under her bed — almost to the end of her life. She realized how politically damaging they could be to him.
According to Noriyuki Miura, et al. in “A scalable 3D heterogeneous multi-core processor with inductive-coupling thruchip interface”
It communicates through inductive coupling between coils in the stacked chips. TCI is a low-cost wireless version of a through-silicon via (TSV). It can provide competitive performance to TSV while maintaining its cost at close to the same level as wire bonding. Because the interface coils are drawn using existing IC interconnections, we can use a standard CMOS process (without any RF options) for fabrication. Unlike TSV, no additional wafer process steps are required, resulting in low cost. In addition, TCI is covered under the passivation layer of the chip. No electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection devices are needed, resulting in small channel loading. We can achieve an over-Gbit/s data transfer rate with < 10 mW power dissipation. Parallel data bits can be multiplexed into a single coil and burst-transferred.
According to Edwin Bliss
Amount of time spent on a project is not what counts: it’s the amount of uninterrupted time.
One of the most prolific of modern novelists was […] Georges Simeon. [His] method was to cut himself off completely from the outside world while working on a book: no phone calls, no visitors, no newspaper, no mail; living, as he said, ‘like a monk’. After about eleven days of total immersion in his writing he would emerge with another best-selling novel.
Few of us would carry concentration to that extreme – but what if we did, who knows what we might accomplish.
Stephen B. Jenkins wrote an excellent article (with a boring title) called “Concerning Interruptions” on the huge cost of interruptions to the productivity of computer programmers and gave practical advice on how to reduce that cost. (Strongly recommended read.)
For the historical context, a good source is Christine Rosen’s “The Myth of Multitasking“.
On longer time scales, when you must drop something for a while, it’s important, before doing so, to leave behind enough context for yourself to swap it back in. Write down some organized notes about where you were, what still needed to be done, etc. Keeping a log can be a big help, too, but it’s not a substitute for a high-level summary before suspending the task.
(For programming in particular, when you consider that you will need to revisit most computer code someday in the future, this is also a selfish reason to build a legacy of great comments and documentation.)
A good mental model for suspending a task is to leave behind the sort of information that you would need to hand it off to another person to finish.
Pretend that you are handing off the task to another person and you will be going away on a long vacation and unavailable to answer further questions, because when you come back to the task you will effectively be that other person.
Swapping in a new context is very expensive. Saving your state well when you suspend is actually much, much cheaper overall, assuming that you’ll need to come back to the task eventually.
This is one reason it’s important to write your to-do list at the end of the working day, instead of waiting until the start of the next working day.
According to Susan de la Vergne in “We’re Terrible Listeners — And Here’s Why“
In technology, when we find a problem with a product, we pursue its root cause. What’s really making this happen? Then we fix the root cause. We know we could just tinker with things so the symptoms stop appearing, but without getting at what’s really wrong, it’s only a matter of time before the problem shows up again.
Same thing applies here. When we’re trying to listen, we could count to seven before speaking or remind ourselves not to interrupt, but those are just symptoms. Becoming a better listener requires taking a deeper dive into the problem. We need to get at the root cause.
Why don’t we listen well? The person we’re listening to isn’t important. Change that perspective, and you fix the problem.
According to Kare Anderson in “What Captures Your Attention Controls Your Life“
A few years ago, DisneyWorld executives were wondering what most captured the attention of toddlers and infants at their theme park and hotels in Orlando, Florida. So they hired me and a cultural anthropologist to observe them as they passed by all the costumed cast members, animated creatures, twirling rides, sweet-smelling snacks, and colorful toys. But after a couple of hours of close observation, we realized that what most captured the young children’s attention wasn’t Disney-conjured magic. Instead it was their parents’ cell phones, especially when the parents were using them.
Those kids clearly understood what held their parents’ attention — and they wanted it too. Cell phones were enticing action centers of their world as they observed it. When parents were using their phones, they were not paying complete attention to their children.
Giving undivided attention is the first and most basic ingredient in any relationship. It is impossible to communicate, much less bond, with someone who can’t or won’t focus on you. At the same time, we often fail to realize how what we focus on comes to control our thoughts, our actions, and indeed, our very lives.
Don’t confuse what your priorities should be with what your priorities are.
Your priorities are objectively measurable by how many resources you invest in them, such as, money, effort, attention, thought, creativity, planning, concentration, pain, care and time.
Changing your priorities means reallocating your resources.
Self-discipline is congruence between your priorities and your deepest needs.
Of course, we all know how hard it can be to invest short-term pain for long-term gain. As I write here
A key to happiness is doing what you don’t enjoy. (That is, doing cheerfully and promptly what must be done but is not pleasant.)
But don’t underestimate the challenge of achieving awareness of your deepest needs.