“I just want to tell you something before you leave. You are all going to junior high next year and then high school after, and then university or college years after that. Some of you will go to different schools. And even if you do go to the same schools, you will make new friends and some of you won’t be friends anymore. You may not think so right now, but it’s true. Sometimes people are going to do mean things to you and you will sometimes do mean things to others. You will have hard classes and you will have easy classes. You will like some of your teachers and others you won’t. But no matter where you go in life and no matter what you do, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how bad it seems, I want you to know one thing: It will pass. Believe me. You will get through it. I promise you. *pause* *pause* Good luck and have a great summer.”
– Mrs Ward, Grade 6 Teacher, Last day of school, June 1996
Kids, life always goes on.
We make all our choices based on the limited information we have at any one time, doing the best with what we have.
Rule 15: No single choice alone defines who you are.
Rule 16: Whenever possible, it is much more efficient to learn from others’ mistakes than to go through making your own.
Sina: Green eyes are that important to you?
Sina: What if I wore contacts?
Lisa: Nope. It’s not the same.
Sina: So you can’t be with me because I have brown eyes….
Lisa: Don’t be silly. If one of your parents had green eyes, and you didn’t, that’d be okay.
Sina: I really don’t think you’re appreciating how crazy this is.
Sina: I’m good to take the car skiing on Sunday.
Irena: Wow…you have the nicest dad in the world.
Sina: It’s really not a big deal.
Irena: If I asked my dad something like this, he would look at me as if I’m gone mad.
Sina: Well to be fair, people always think that no matter what you ask. *pause* But in all seriousness, I actually do have the nicest dad in the world.
Kids, you can cheat on a test, you can cheat at a game of cards, and you can cheat on your taxes, but don’t ever cheat on someone you love.
Cashier: That’s $1.94
Sina: Here you go. And can you tell me how much I have left on my gift card? I don’t even know what the original amount was.
Cashier: Sure just a sec……you ha—
Sina: WAIT don’t tell me!! Nevermind.
Cashier: You don’t want to know?
Sina: No I want it to be an adventure each time I use it.
Paul Krugman and I sound way too much alike.
Paul Krugman, 3 January 2012:
Look, economic policy matters. It matters for real people who suffer real consequences when we get it wrong… [M]y duty, as I see it, is to make my case as best I honestly can — not put on a decorous show of civilized discussion that pretends that there aren’t hired guns posing as analysts, and spares the feelings of people who are not in danger of losing their jobs or their health care.
This is not a game.
Sina Motamedi, 15 December 2011:
And the reason I become so passionate when I talk about this topic is because this stuff matters. It’s not just economics. It’s not just unemployment. It’s not just struggling families. It’s not just quality of life. It really really matters.
Depressed economies create societies where extreme non-tolerance thrives, violence against minorities is accepted, freedom and liberty are eroded, and fascist parties take power. Usually I’m told that I’m being sensational, but we are already seeing this. Look here, here, here, and here. It’s truly scary.