Quotes

“There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.”

Here’s a counterintuitive gem from one of those ancient Greeks. Euripides called it.

“There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.”

Euripides

Yeah, making a mistake feels terrible. But these are your best chances for change and end up defining who you are. So when you make a mistake, own it and accept the opportunity to rethink yourself. ✌️

History · The World

When sh*t got real in Tenochtitlan, aka Mexico City

Nobody tells a great story like Throughline. This podcast gives new twists on old stories, from ancient collapses of civilization to modern controversies. Every story is a slice of history told with a tight narrative and professional production, including deft use of sound effects. This is not some dude blabbing about history.

In their episode about Tenochtitlan, they dive deep into the brutal Spanish conquest of Mexico. They start out describing ancient Aztect capital of Tenochtitlan (aka Mexico City) as an immense ancient metropolis, one of the largest cities in the world at the time (and now). It is full of towering temples, canals, schools, and a Venice-like network of waterways for transport and irrigation and composting. This is a city that smells sweet.

The Aztecs are advanced and powerful, but they can be pretty brutal conquerers themselves and have made plenty of their own local enemies.

Then the Spanish show up. βš”οΈ It’s a fascinating and pretty terrifying story.

πŸ‘‰ Tenochtitlan: A Retelling of The Conquest

Quotes

“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”

You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

Timothy Leary

I love this perspective. Being flexible in light of new information is a key to growth and is likely to lead to a more interesting and fulfilling life.

I’m changing my mind about Timothy Leary. To me, he’s no longer just a hallucinogenic drug weirdo any more, but a pretty smart guy. πŸ˜† Staying’ young, folks.

Quotes

“All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.”

Fear makes people do stupid and crazy things.

Years ago, I vowed not to make any decisions driven by fear.

It’s not easy to do. But I’ve applied that idea most of the time (hey, I’m not perfect πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ). And when I didn’t, I regretted it.

When you do kind and loving things, good things happen — not immediately and not 100% of the time, but overall they send you (and those around you) to good places.

Okay, Eleanor Farjeon said it better. πŸ‘‡πŸ˜›

All the ill that is in us comes from fear, and all the good from love.

Eleanor Farjeon

See also: β€œLife can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

The World

Trams, cable cars, ferries, and bikes – making transportation cleaner (and more fun)

Since I first discovered the care-free movement years ago, I’ve always been a sucker for ways to get around besides those same old gas-guzzling, traffic-jamming cars.

It just seems like walking, biking, and taking a ride on something are more fun than cars. Mass transit makes the world more beautiful and is better for the planet.

Here’s a great overview of how cities across the world are finding better, electric options for moving lots of people around.