How psychology fills the gap from the disenchantment of the world | Aeon Essays

How psychology fills the gap from the disenchantment of the world | Aeon Essays

Seth Godin’s Newsletter

* Technical generations [ ]

“What’s a fax machine?”

There are people working today who don’t know.

In the 1980s, I produced a book about VCR tapes and video stores that’s so obsolete, you can’t even find a used copy any more.

Technical generations keep getting shorter–A hard drive from ten years ago is probably not going to work with your new laptop.

Contrast this with us. Human generations have been chronicled for thousands of years. We know who begat who.

Lee De Forest, father of radio, was raised by people who voted for Abraham Lincoln, but he died when Bruce Springsteen was twelve years old. That’s not many handshakes from “The Battle Hymn” to “Blinded by the Light”… During that same period of time, we invented and moved on from radio, live TV, nationwide magazines, color TV, cable TV, Compuserve, Yahoo, GeoCities, The Globe, MySpace and 10,000 other steps.

I’ve lived exactly half my adult life in the 20th century and the other half in the 21st. The cycles keep getting faster, but not the human generations. This means that we’re either bringing a bit of insight and wisdom to the changes, or allowing ourselves to be whipsawed, brainwashed or blindsided by all the change.

Up to us.

Best Quotes of the Week

Henry David Thoreau“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”

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William Makepeace Thackeray“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”

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Paul Valery“At times I think and at times I am.”

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Clare Boothe Luce“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”

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Marcus Tullius Cicero“To live is to think.”

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Walt Kelly“Every burden is a blessing.”

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Education is like the bitter medicine for a healthier mind.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. (Aristotle)
Those who love you will come back to you even if you let them go.
If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were. (Richard Bach)

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is the start of Deaf History Month? Deaf History Month runs from March 13 (commemorating the 1988 victory of the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet University) to April 15 (commemorating the 1817 founding of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut).


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.”

— Helen Keller

Did you know…

… that today is National Pi Day? Today we celebrate Pi, a number that never ends… or at least no one has found the end yet. It’s usually rounded off to 3.14. Today is also the birthday of physicist Albert Einstein. Celebrate today by reciting pi as much as you can – or by eating a pie! 😉


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Math is fun. It teaches you life and death information like when you’re cold, you should go to a corner since it’s 90 degrees there.”

— Author Unknown