Recommended reading

💻 Have you ever felt stuck? Seth Godin explains why it’s reasonable that we feel that way sometimes. His suggestion for how to get unstuck is unreasonable, however. Read Being stuck is reasonable

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💻 We treat each other better now than at any time in history. Our better nature is better than it used to be. So says N. S. Palmer, who reminds us that it is still our daily choice to treat each other well that matters. Read What’s Your Choice?

📷 Must read: Josh Solomon‘s review of the Nikon EM. It’s part personal essay, part SLR history, part experience report with this camera. So well done. Read Trying to Care About Film Photography with a Nikon EM

📷 Kurt Munger sure finds the strange cameras to review. This time, it’s a camera you can take diving. Read Minolta Weathermatic 35DL Review


6 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Re-consider Godin but with a different perspective on “unreasonable.”

    You (metaphorical “you”) are the temporal summation of every choice you’ve made over your conscious existance. And unless you consciously aimed for the unreasonable, every single one of those choices was the reasonable choice at the moment of decision . If you find the present circumstances satisfying then it’s been a good ride. So far.

    But if you don’t find it satisfying, then your idea of “reasonable” is not a good program to yield satisfaction. Break the mold and do something “unreasonable.” It doesn’t have to be unethical/illegal/harmful/sinful.

    Awhile back I walked away from a career valued by my community, with an excellent and highly stable paycheck, daily ego rubs that I was doing good, and a sense of spiritual place. What everybody “wants,” but I lacked a sense of satisfaction. Changing lanes was by no means a “reasonable” choice. But I wasn’t satisfied, and changing lanes opened up a whole bunch of new exit ramps to explore, and it’s been a very satisfying ride so far.

    I think that’s what Godin’s getting at.

    Thanks for the reading suggestions. As always, I enjoy the tips for my Saturday morning reading.

    • I follow your thinking and it resonates.

      One place I might challenge you a little is on human rationality. I’m not sure we’re as rational as we make ourselves out to be. I think rather we are highly emotional beings and make most of our choices that way. When we apply rational thought, it is to justify the emotional decision we want to make.

  2. We don’t disagree. Thinking humans strive for rationality, I think it’s our divine imperative. But two complications: 1. One can only be rational with facts and reality, observed and known. But the fact collection is often incomplete and therefore perceptions are usually inaccurate and can be fluid. 2. Humans to varying degrees neglect the responsibility of rational thought (emotion is so much easier, hence the social triumph of the electronic/entertainment world in my opinion). The result of these complications gives rise to the need for the mechanism called rationalization, employed to allow a perception of rationality.

  3. Hi, Jim —

    Thanks for the mention this morning!

    I wondered why I had not seen any traffic from your post, since they usually generate quite a bit. Then I noticed that your post has no link to mine.

    Not complaining, but … :-)



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