TITLE: Sentences of the Day AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: July 24, 2015 2:07 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Three sentences stood out from the pages of my morning reading. The first two form an interesting dual around power and responsibility. The Power to Name Things
Among the many privileges of the center, for example, is the power to name things, one of the greatest powers of all.
Costica Bradatan writes this in Change Comes From the Margins, a piece on social change. We programmers know quite well the power of good names, and thus the privilege we have in being able to create them and the responsibility we have to do that well. The Avoidance of Power as Irresponsibility
Everyone's sure that speech acts and cultural work have power but no one wants to use power in a sustained way to create and make, because to have power persistently, in even a small measure, is to surrender the ability to shine a virtuous light on one's own perfected exclusion from power.
This sentence comes from the heart of Timothy Burke's All Grasshoppers, No Ants, his piece on one of the conditions he thinks ails our society as a whole. Burke's essay is almost an elaboration of Teddy Roosevelt's well-known dismissal of critics, but with an insightful expression of how and why rootless critics damage society as a whole. Our Impotence in the Face of Depression
Our theories about mental health are often little better than Phlogiston and Ether for the mind.
Quinn Norton gives us this sentence in Descent, a personally-revealing piece about her ongoing struggle with depression. Like many of you, I have watched friends and loved ones fight this battle, which demonstrates all too readily the huge personal costs of civilization's being in such an early stage of understanding this disease, its causes, and its effective treatment. -----