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Have a powerful reason — when things get difficult, “because it sounds nice” or “to look good” aren’t going to cut it. Start tiny, with a simple but unbreakable promise to yourself to do one small thing every single day. Watch your urges, and learn not to act on childish whims. Listen to your self-rationalizations, and don’t believe their lying ways. Enjoy the habit, or you won’t stay with it longer than a week’s worth…

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue If I can dream of a better land Where all my brothers walk hand in hand Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true Oh why There must be peace and understanding sometime Strong winds of promise that will blow away All the doubt and fear If I can dream of a warmer…

I keep feeling the urge to make this point on various networks, so I’m just going to write it here and link to it. Before capitalism we explored the world, developed philosophy, had central heating and plumbing, invented mathematics, worked out the circumference of the world, evolved democracy, started medical practises, had universal education and healthcare, developed infrastructure, culture, advanced agriculture, mining, metallurgy, international trade… and … well this list could go on and on.…

Our solar system is very big. Voyager has taken some thirty five years to reach the edge of it, travelling at 10.5 mi/s. It’s now between solar systems, and will take 10000 years to reach the next one. In our galaxy there 200 billion solar systems. But ours is just one galaxy in a much larger universe. In the whole Universe there are the hundred billion galaxies. It’s Carl Sagan’s birthday. If you’ve not watched…