Quotes for regenerators

Quotes are like lanterns on a hillside – guiding lights that remind me that this is a journey that millions of humans are already on.

It’s a mixed bag, and the arrangement is somewhat random – but I’m tired of marking them then forgetting where I read them.

On humans…

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”

Variously attributed to Einstein and Mark Twain

On systems…

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

 – Richard Buckminster Fuller

On language…

“…the truly unique feature of our language is … the ability to transmit information about things that do not exist at all. As far as we know, only Sapiens can talk about entire kinds of entities that they have never seen, touched or smelled.”

Yuval Noah Harari, SAPIENS

On regeneration…

Inequality… is not an economic necessity: it is a design failure.

Raworth, Kate. Doughnut Economics

“If I tell you what you ‘should’ do, you should RUN. Do what lights you up! Do what turns you on!”

Paul Hawken, founder of Project Drawdown

The IPCC has 2.5 billion data points behind the last assessment – the fifth assessment. It is the most astounding problem statement that humanity has ever created…Extraordinary!

But you don’t solve a problem by repeating the problem over and over again to each other. You solve a problem by looking at the possibilities that are inherent in that problem. That’s what Drawdown is about.

Paul Hawken, University of Queensland 2018

Importance of images…

Half of the nerve fibres in our brains are linked to our vision and, when our eyes are open, vision accounts for two-thirds of the electrical activity in the brain. It takes just 150 milliseconds for the brain to recognise an image and a mere 100 milliseconds more to attach a meaning to it.

Raworth, Kate. Doughnut Economics (p. 11)