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    Default 'What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?'

    An interesting question. For me it was 'read', mom repeated it often. I'll leave other comments on topic until I see replies.

    Note: This was prompted by TLS, a magazine I subscribed to long ago in paper format, now on the web.

    A few replies from magazine:

    "What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

    ‘Never put anything in writing’ (from my dad)" Geoff Dyer

    "Those things you really want to silence are precisely those you should interrogate." Yuri Herrera

    “Never underestimate the other person’s insecurity”. Adam Gopnik

    "In life: Be kind." Anna Burns

    "When I crossed over from academic to popular writing, a university press editor advised me not to make the common professor’s mistake of talking down to readers, as if they were semi-literate chicken pluckers. Think of them, she said, as if they are as smart as you are, but happen not to know something that you know." Steven Pinker

    https://www.the-tls.co.uk/article-se...nty-questions/
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    "Never vote for a Democrat."

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    I had thought of going to America to do my Ph.D., but a friend who'd been there told me I'd be mad, unless I was very rich or amazingly healthy. When, years later, the NHS saved my life with out my having to sell my house or become a burden on my relations I knew how totally right he was.

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    Only two so far?


    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Soul View Post
    "Never vote for a Democrat."
    I cannot imagine a child being told not to vote for someone? Isn't that just a contemporary repartee.


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    I had thought of going to America to do my Ph.D., but a friend who'd been there told me I'd be mad, unless I was very rich or amazingly healthy. When, years later, the NHS saved my life with out my having to sell my house or become a burden on my relations I knew how totally right he was.
    What is your Ph.D in? That advice came later in life, is there anything early that made you who you are?


    We are a large family and often we discuss early influences and how some remember something another does not, even though we were both there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    I cannot imagine a child being told not to vote for someone?
    Not for some one; against a freedom-hating political philosophy.

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    Never trust a liberal Democrat politician to act in the best interest of the country.

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    It’s better to be happy than right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Only two so far?




    I cannot imagine a child being told not to vote for someone? Isn't that just a contemporary repartee.




    What is your Ph.D in? That advice came later in life, is there anything early that made you who you are?


    We are a large family and often we discuss early influences and how some remember something another does not, even though we were both there.
    It's about the late work of an important novelist. The advice didn't come late in life. I took it at the time (I was twenty-three, I think), but it's huge truth only became evident when I got ill a lot later and heard about what would have happened to me in America. My parents were extremely different and always said extremely different things, but I was once strongly advised by an MP not to go in the Forces. I did, and the MP was right! Once you've cut grass with scissors you know what militarism is worth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Soul View Post
    You are an uneducated ward of the state.
    Eh?

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    We need more replies.

    When I hear someone mention politics, it baffles me. When i grew up in the fifties and even the sixties, politics wasn't right or left, conservative v liberal, or even republican v democrat. An interesting question for all respondents is why that happened, and by whom, and for what reason. I'll leave my well reasoned assumptions aside for now.


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    I read this one, but I practice it

    Maya Angelou: ""When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."






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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    An interesting question. For me it was 'read', mom repeated it often. I'll leave other comments on topic until I see replies.

    Note: This was prompted by TLS, a magazine I subscribed to long ago in paper format, now on the web.

    A few replies from magazine:

    "What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

    ‘Never put anything in writing’ (from my dad)" Geoff Dyer

    "Those things you really want to silence are precisely those you should interrogate." Yuri Herrera

    “Never underestimate the other person’s insecurity”. Adam Gopnik

    "In life: Be kind." Anna Burns

    "When I crossed over from academic to popular writing, a university press editor advised me not to make the common professor’s mistake of talking down to readers, as if they were semi-literate chicken pluckers. Think of them, she said, as if they are as smart as you are, but happen not to know something that you know." Steven Pinker

    https://www.the-tls.co.uk/article-se...nty-questions/
    I do not remember my parents every explicitly offering me sage words of advice.
    I believe their style was more about setting a good example.

    From my Mother I learned material possessions and money mean almost nothing -- that self-awareness, introspection, wisdom, boundless curiosity, and pursuit of knowledge are what comprise the life well-lived.

    From my Papa I believe I was exposed to a healthy dose of self-control, mental discipline, self-respect, perspective, serenity, and equanimity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    We need more replies.

    When I hear someone mention politics, it baffles me. When i grew up in the fifties and even the sixties, politics wasn't right or left, conservative v liberal, or even republican v democrat. An interesting question for all respondents is why that happened, and by whom, and for what reason.
    McCarthy.

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    Yes, McCarthyism was a significant historical event and the domino theory of falling nations led America into many hopeless ventures. Some still have this idea that America can remake the world in its image. But I grew up in those times, even enlisting during Nam, but politically I was neutral as were my parents and the people I knew. Everyone eschewed labels that divide, unlike today. I will comment on this later.


    More replies required.


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