Saturday, October 18, 2008

Quotation of the Day

Appointments back to back, booked solid for the next three months, they look forward to their two week vacation in January during which they will likely be glued to their Blackberries or other such devices. What is the point? They will all be forgotten in fifty years anyway. Steve Balmer, Steven Cohen, and Larry Ellison will all be forgotten. I do not understand the legacy thing. Nearly everyone will be forgotten. Give up on leaving your mark. Throw the Blackberry away and enjoy life.

Andrew Lahde

[h/t to db0]


  1. Why the assumption that busy people who are "glued to their Blackberries" and desire to have an influence on the course of events aren't enjoying life? This kind of "smell the roses" shit, is really just a disingenuous way of saying "what I like to spend my time doing is cool; what you like to spend your time doing sucks". Frankly, I am surprised that you were fooled by this, Bum.

    (And just to nip this in the bud ahead of time: I'm not saying that Balmer, Cohen, and Ellison aren't assholes--nor that they are--but whether they are assholes or not has nothing to with their busy schedules, desire to leave a legacy, or gluedness to their Blackberries.)

  2. It simply because of how a human is. The only people who might enjoy this situation are workaholics which is considered a disorder.

    Most humans require friendship and a degree of relaxation to be happy. Because of their schedule and the demands of their job, both of these suffer and thus so does their life.

    Sure, one can imagine someone who somehow can achieve both these hyper-busy lives and maintain friendships and balance but the quote mentioned here explicitly excludes such amazing humans. It is about humans who put themselves in this position which they do not like, simply because of their hunt for legacy


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