soil and health…

I prob­a­bly should have added a few choice pieces of writ­ing lift­ed off of Steve Solomon’s web­site (

Here are a few to whet your appetite.  I think you’ll real­ly dig this guy:

I have irrad­i­ca­ble propen­si­ties toward inde­pen­dence, the expres­sion of per­son­al sov­er­eign­ty and the exer­cise of liberty.

Great dying words: “I do not regret the jour­ney. We took risks; we knew we took them. Things have come out against us. There­fore we have no cause for com­plaint.” Cap­tain Scot­t’s jour­nal, writ­ten while freez­ing to death in the Antarctic.

Only the lead dog sees new scenery.

If one want­ed a way to eval­u­ate the worth of an indi­vid­ual, it could be done by mea­sur­ing how much uncer­tain­ty a per­son could tol­er­ate. Most peo­ple can’t tol­er­ate much uncer­tain­ty at all and will cre­ate things to be cer­tain about rather than stand with one foot on a banana peel and the oth­er firm­ly plant­ed in mid-air.

The apparen­cy is, that an “open-mind­ed” per­son gives every view­point unbi­ased con­sid­er­a­tion. But I’ve nev­er suc­ceed­ed at con­vinc­ing an “open-mind­ed” per­son of any­thing. Give me instead a per­son with firm opin­ions, any­time! I’d pre­fer encoun­ter­ing some­one with firm­ly held views that con­flict with my own. At least this per­son can make up their mind. Some­one who can “make” their mind, can change their mind. In actu­al­i­ty, open-mind­ed­ness is one of two phe­nom­e­na: either some­one with noth­ing at all between the ears, so that all thoughts mere­ly go in one ear­hole and out the oth­er, or, an “open mind­ed” per­son is one who gives the ideas and view­points of oth­ers no real­i­ty whatsoever.

Look at a man the way that he is, he only becomes worse. But look at him as if he were what he could be, and then he becomes what he should be.“Goethe.

All this is tak­en from:


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