Esquire’s What I’ve Learned

19th February 2014

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I’ve always looked forward to Esquire’s What I’ve Learned interviews. Once a year, they come out with an issue that has several of them. The best parts from this year’s:

Keith Olbermann

“Your anger will cool into hardened passionate insight if you wait a day. Most of the things that make me angry, I try to let them sit. The heat that remains will be sufficient. The stuff that evaporates is the stuff that would have simply offended or made it histrionic.”

“Don’t assume that anybody above you actually knows what they’re doing. And if you find somebody who does, stick to them like glue. Because the further you go into our career, the more you will discover to your absolute horror that you are the adult.”

Glenn Greenwald

“Ultimately the reason privacy is so vital is it’s the realm in which we can do all the things that are valuable as human beings. It’s the place that uniquely enables us to explore limits, to test boundaries, to engage in novel and creative ways of thinking and being. Only if we feel free of the kind of judgmental eyes of others are we able to try different things out, to experiment, to evolve, to free ourselves of mores that are imposed on us or conventional orthodoxies about how we’re supposed to behave and think. And that, ultimately, is what is most valuable about being human: to be able to create new ways of thinking and being.”

“Surveillance breeds conformity.”

“There are different ways that kids who are gay take on the rejection and alienation they feel. The way I dealt with it was to say, You know what? You’re imposing judgments on me and condemnations, but I don’t accept them. I’m going to instead turn the light on you and see what your flaws are and impose the same judgmental standards on you.”

“If you’re gonna challenge people in power, you have to be ready to be attacked in effective ways. That’s the nature of power…”

Tina Louise

“You’ve got to get yourself in the proper state of mind to be useful to the universe.”

If you liked this post, I did another What I’ve Learned recap in 2010.