#industrial #monster at work! #realitydecoration

“ONE of the biggest complaints in modern society is being overscheduled, overcommitted and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore.”
“My philosophy is to aim for “good enough.” Do not aim for perfection: the perfect is a mythical concept, not only illusive but an ever-changing, impossible to reach, mythological goal. Worst, what might be perfect for one person is unlikely to be for another. But “Good enough”? What is good enough for one will be good enough for many. Does this set the bar too low? No, you still have to set standards for the meaning of “good enough.””
“I started by explaining that you don’t want to ask people about what they would do. They simply don’t know. We are notoriously bad at predicting our future behavior.”
“The redeeming thing about exile is that when your “old world” has vanished you are suddenly given the chance to experience another. At the very moment when you lose everything, you gain something else: new eyes. Indeed, what you eventually get is not just a “new world,” but something philosophically more consequential: the insight that the world does not simply exist, but it is something you can dismantle and piece together again, something you can play with, construct, reconstruct and deconstruct. As an exile you learn that the world is a story that can be told in many different ways. Certainly you can find that in books, but there is no deeper knowledge than the one that comes mixed with blood and tears, the knowledge that comes from uprooting.”
“To tell someone not to be emotional is to tell them to be dead.”
— Jeanette Winterson  (via sorakeem)

(via sorakeem)

Come with me into the trees… #mini #r56 #cooperS #biggrin

“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.”
— Charles Eames (via thehipperelement)
“But that is Mother Nature’s cruel hoax. She doesn’t really care either way whether you are unhappy — she just wants you to want to pass on your genetic material. If you conflate intergenerational survival with well-being, that’s your problem, not nature’s. And matters are hardly helped by nature’s useful idiots in society, who propagate a popular piece of life-ruining advice: “If it feels good, do it.” Unless you share the same existential goals as protozoa, this is often flat-out wrong.”
“on your user interviews, you’ll want to avoid asking what they want. Asking people what they want will lead you to the wrong insights. You will not discover the root cause of a problem, but rather what they envision as their own ideal solution”