Donald Rumsfeld: War and death

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“Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war. ”
Donald Rumsfeld


Cicero: Six mistakes of man

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  • The delusion that personal gain is made by crushing others.
  • The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  • Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
  • Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and studying.
  • Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

    – Cicero

  • Sigmund Freud: Excremental

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    The excremental is all too intimately and inseparably bound up with the sexual: the position of the genitals—inter urinas et faeces—remains the decisive and unchangeable factor. One might say here, varying a well-known saying of the great Napoleon: “Anatomy is destiny.”

    Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, Standard Edition, vol. 11, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1957). On the Universal Tendency to Debasement in the Sphere of Love, sect. 3 (1912).
    Napoleon had said, “Politics is destiny” (as reported by German poet Goethe in conversation with him in 1808).

    Geoff Crane: Assumptions

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    Image via WikipediaOne of the things I constantly grapple with are assumptions. When dealing with someone during negotiations, my tendency to assume my counterparty possesses a piece of knowledge that they may not sometimes gets me into trouble. I constantly have to remind myself not to assume that people know anything, and to use language like “were you aware” whenever I broach a new topic. Often, I will deliberately preface a sensitive conversation with a statement like, “while we’re talking we might catch one another on information that doesn’t jive with what we think we know…if that happens, let’s agree to stop and ask questions.” Dumping new information into a discussion, and then glossing over it is a sure-fire way to derail a negotiation. Although it may be tempting to plow into a conversation with someone, if you’re trying to achieve a specific end, always treat your the person you’re speaking with as if they’re hearing your information for the first time.

    Geoff Crane, PaperCut Edge.