Polar Logic

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/PolarLogic.mp3“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” Although Longfellow’s pronouncement has superficial plausibility, it’s merely an example of polar logic. One pole is what you feel capable of doing and the other is what you have already done. The judgment reduces to […]

Excellence Is a Habbit

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/ExcellenceIsAHabbit.mp3“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle The idea that excellence is a product of […]

New Kid In Town

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/NewKidInTown.mp3Hello and welcome to Audio Tidbits. I am the newest member of the podcasting team and am excited to have this opportunity to talk with you today. As the new guy on the team, it’s not easy to know exactly how to behave and what to share with you as my first chance at podcasting. […]

The Very Dickens To Change

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/habbits.mp3Samuel Johnson told us that the chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken; and John Dryden added that ill habits gather by unseen degrees — As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. The truth of it is that Arnold Bennett got it right […]

Did That Help?

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/DidThatHelp.mp3“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” — Edward Everett Hale A similar sentiment was expressed by William Penn “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there […]

Never a Good Excuse for Bad Manners

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/NeverAGoodExcuseForBadManners.mp3“It may be years before anyone knows if what you are doing is right. But if what you are doing is nice, it will be immediately evident.” — P.J. O’Rourke The idea seems to be that good manners can and often do cover up the proverbial multitude of sins. As Arthur Schopenhauer put it, “Politeness […]

The Match Game

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/TheMatchGame.mp3Here’s how to play the Match Game. Hold the match, ready to strike. Whether you burn that bridge is now in your control. “Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” — Jonathan Kozol In the realm of life’s little lessons, this seems axiomatic. The problem is that many of the battles that […]

You Can’t Just Stay On The Fence

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/YouCantJustStayOnTheFence.mp3“When your intelligence don’t tell you something ain’t right, your conscience gives you a tap on the shoulder and says ‘Hold on.’ If it don’t, you’re a snake.” As one might expect, Carl Jung expressed Presley’s folk wisdom in somewhat more formal language; but the idea is the same, “Through pride we are ever deceiving […]

Covering Up Mistakes

https://media.blubrry.com/audiotidbitspodcast/p/garycrow.net/audio/CoveringUpMistakes.mp3“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional, and are the portals of discovery.” — James Joyce This certainly puts a different twist on the concept. The only requirement is that one is “A man of genius.” If so, you don’t make mistakes, you merely commit errors, on purpose. Try that one […]