Q & Q: March 25, 2019

I don’t know why, but this one, out of all the things that I have ever read, really sticks with me.

Here is the quote:

We live in strange times. We also live in strange places: each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universes are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own. Being able to glance out into this bewildering complexity of infinite recursion and say things like, “Oh, hi, Ed! Nice tan. How’s Carol?” involves a great deal of filtering skill for which all conscious entities have eventually to develop a capacity in order to protect themselves from the contemplation of the chaos through which they seethe and tumble. So cut your kid a break, Okay?

– Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams.

Thinking about that quote, how does it impact your own interactions?  Does it have any relevance on things outside of personal interaction?

P.S.  If you haven’t read the 5th book of the Trilogy, I would recommend it, especially the audiobook read by the author.  It’s easily my favorite in the series.


  1. This is a good reminder that our perception of reality really is personal but connected, which I think is essential to be able to serve our colleagues across the district well.

  2. I love it. It’s good to have some mind-shattering perspective brought to you with such levity. Douglas Adams seems to have a knack for that…

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