Happiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

Happiness is a Side Effect of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA

Happiness is a Side Effect of Meaning | Proudly Made in the USA



Not much chance completely cut loose from purpose
He was a young man riding a bus through North Carolina on the way to somewhere
And it began to snow

And the bus stopped at a little café in the hills
And the passengers entered
And he sat at the counter with the others
And he ordered the food arrived
And the meal was particularly good
And the coffee

The waitress was unlike the women he had known
She was unaffected and there was a natural humor which came from her
And the fry cook said crazy things
And the dishwasher in back laughed a good clean pleasant laugh

And the young man watched the snow through the window
And he wanted to stay in that café forever
The curious feeling swam through him that everything was beautiful there
And it would always stay beautiful there

And then the bus driver told the passengers that it was time to board
And the young man thought I'll just stay here
I'll just stay here
And then he rose and he followed the others into the bus
He found his seat and looked at the café through the window
And then the bus moved off down a curve downward out of the hills

And the young man looked straight forward
And he heard the other passengers speaking of other things
Or they were reading or trying to sleep
And they hadn't noticed the magic
And the young man put his head to one side
Closed his eyes and pretended to sleep

There was nothing else to do
Just to listen to the sound of the engine
And the sound of the tires
In the snow
The laughing heart
Your life is your life
Don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission
Be on the watch
There are ways out
There is light somewhere
It may not be much light but it beats the darkness
But it beats the darkness
Be on the watch
The gods will offer you chances
Know them
Take them
You can’t beat death but you can beat death in life
Sometimes, and the more often you learn to do it
The more light there will be
Your life is your life
Know it while you have it
You are marvellous
The gods wait to delight in you
That's the beauty
You wonder
What to make of it
I've thought about this for years and years and years and
I don't know why there should be an invisible syntactical intelligence
Giving language lessons in hyperspace
That certainly, consistently seems to be what is happening
I've thought a lot about language
As a result of that
First of all, it is the most remarkable thing we do
Chomsky shows
The deep structure of language is under genetic control
But that's like the assembly language level
Local expressions of language are epigenetic

It seems to me that language
Is some kind of enterprise of human beings
That is not
It seems to me that language
Is some kind of enterprise of human beings
That is not
I only desire the approval of a relatively small number of people who I respect
If they said to me, “I think you're totally wrong on this, Douglas.”, then I'd listen
But when it's people who don't want me to do well, then of course I don't listen to them
It's one of the tools we all have to hone in our lives, to work out who wants us to do well
Who wishes us well, and to listen to them, even if they're critical of us, and they will be at times
And to separate out those people from the people who just, of course they don't want you to do well
They hate you, they hate everything about you, and whatever
But I don't have much sympathy with public figures who say, I can't say what I think, I can't speak up, and all this sort of thing
If you're not going to now, when are you going to?
If you're not going to in this life, what life are you expecting to come where you'll do it
Good evening
I wanted to give you an update on the current situation in Afghanistan
As you know, we were set to leave Afghanistan this month and as we began the final drawdown
I made some critical errors
Namely, I underestimated the strength of the Taliban
And I overestimated the strength and capability of the friendly Afghani forces
This was my fault
And due to my mistake, the Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan
There are reports now that ISIS and Al Qaeda are working alongside them
Unfortunately, there are tens of thousands of Americans on the ground there
As well as friends and allies of America on the ground
These people, Americans and our allies are all stranded