My father’s two fundamental rules for computer programming were Optimize Later and Optimize Never; and this, like so much advice about programming, also goes for life.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
Just as there are ideas so mad that you must be clever to believe them, so there is behavior so weird that you must be clever to engage in it.
Local maxima are the root of all mediocrity.
Whoever can be made to believe absurdities can be made to commit atrocities, and everyone can be made to believe absurdities.
First you remain silent in the face of absurdities, then you utter them, and finally you believe them,
Hidden depths are only unrecorded thoughts, which have ceased to exist.
No social system can withstand a horde of vandals hell-bent on doing good.
Identity politics debase not politics but identity.
Ideology readily replaces identity: both hinge on what and whom to hate.
If you have become what you used to hate, you didn’t hate it all that much in the first place.