Thanks CSA. I’m going to check it out as soon as I’m done here.
One of the reasons I like these guys so much is they remind me of my dad. He was genuinely nuts, brilliant, hilariously funny and from the same area and the same era.
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris
Non impediti ratione cogitatonis
"And I will tell you about my defining moment. I was driving – I lived in Cambridge at the time – I was driving from Cambridge to my job in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and I was driving in a little MG. It weighed about 50 pounds and on Route 128 I was cut off by a semi and I almost, as they say, bought the farm. And as I continued my drive, I said to myself, if I had in fact bought the farm out there on Route 128, how ticked off would I be that I spent all my life – that I can remember at least – going to this job, living a life of quiet desperation. So, I pulled into the parking lot, walked into my boss’s office and I quit, on the spot…
I became a bum. I spent two years sitting in Harvard Square drinking coffee. I invented the concept of the do-it-yourself auto repair shop and I met my lovely wife. None of which would have happened if I had been using my left brain.
My second great defining moment came also showing the power of the mantra, unencumbered by the thought process. I was having an argument with my lovely wife one day. I mean how can you argue with such a wonderful person. Well, left brain people do that because all they can think of is: this is an argument. This person is over here and I am over here and I am going to use every ounce of logic and skill that I have so that I can win this argument, and my wife says to me, do you want to be right or do you want to be happy? Holy shit, says I! [LAUGHTER] I wanted to be happy. So now I have reached nirvana and my brother and I can help you to reach it. If you want to repeat after me, unencumbered by the thought process. Say it." unencumbered by the thought process unencumbered by the thought process unencumbered by the thought process unencumbered by the thought process unencumbered by the thought process unencumbered by the thought process Non impediti ratione cogitatonis Non impediti ratione cogitatonis Non impediti ratione cogitatonis
Finally, summarizing all their best advice to the new grads they agreed, “others among you may have charted a course or had one charted for you that you know is wrong. And you may feel some creative energy coursing through your body. Don’t ignore it. If you feel the urge to create and discover and do something that will bring you fulfillment and happiness, do it now while you’re young. You will never have more energy or enthusiasm, hair, or brain cells than you have today.”
TOM and RAY June 4, 1999 MIT commencement address
or On Achieving Nirvanna