Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Seven Blunders of the World December 4, 2010

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Location: Thode Library balcony cubicle (McMaster University)

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

There are many things that we as people have found to be wrong with our society. Non-violence activist and freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi, came up with a comprehensive list of these things called “Seven Blunders of the World”. What he came up with follows.

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship with sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

I think those seven mistakes cover just about ever situation which we as a society find unfair. What do you think? Would you add anything to that list? Have you seen yourself affected by any of these blunders?

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂

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The World As I See It – Albert Einstein November 16, 2010

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An excerpt from the essay “The World As I See It” by Albert Einstein.

“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and still receiving…”

A condensed version of the rest of this essay can be found here: An Essay By Einstein

 

A Wolf Fight November 10, 2010

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Location: 1280 booth

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing? While surfing the web, I came across this great story.

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life…

He said to them “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil – he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority and ego.

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and insider every other person too.”

They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf do you feed?

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂

 

Conversation – William Shakespeare November 8, 2010

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Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
– William Shakespeare
 

Impressions – Dalai Lama October 25, 2010

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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

– Dalai Lama

 

Insignificant October 23, 2010

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Location: University of Waterloo Tim Horton’s

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope that this note serves as a little pick me up during your day.

I have a question for you. Have you ever thought about the world and our lives as segments of time? I mean have you ever noticed how insignificant our time on Earth is? The Earth is something like 4.5 billion years old. Of that, about 1 billion years have had multicellular life with humans only appearing in the last 200,000 years. The average human life span in Canada is 80.2 years. By any measure that’s nothing in comparison to Earth’s 4.5 billion years. Even if we compare how long humans have been on Earth to say fish (505 million years) or even birds (208 million years) we make up such an insignificant amount of time. So if we’re only around for an insignificant fraction of the world’s history, do our lives even matter?

Well here’s the thing, in the small amount of time humans have been on Earth, they’ve completely changed it. So who’s to say that you can’t be part of that change? Who’s to say that you don’t have the drive to make your life significant in some way. We all have the same opportunity to leave some sort of impact. Will your life be significant? I sure hope so. I hope I can make mine significant too.

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper 🙂

 

Entertaining a Notion – Lemony Snicket September 29, 2010

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“Entertaining a notion, like entertaining a baby cousin or entertaining a pack of hyenas, is a dangerous thing to refuse to do. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion – which is just a fancy way of saying that you refuse to think about a certain idea – you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some blood-thirsty animals, or some parents who are upset to find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because nobody knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself.”

– Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid