The world according to O. Bisogno Scotti
needull: Thanks for being the first to like this Timothy Leary quote.
Tim Leary was a one of the most brilliant of contemporary philosophers. He possessed the mind of a true revolutionary with amazing insight into American society that still rings true today. A man of great wisdom and perception. This is my favorite quote of his. I read it when I was 15 and it changed my life because I consciously acted upon it immediately. Truth is, ever since I can remember and much to the chagrin of my mother, I have always spoken to strangers.
““Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the “normal people” as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like “Have a nice day” and “Weather’s awful today, eh?”, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like “Tell me something that makes you cry” or “What do you think deja vu is for?”. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others…”
Some of the people I love most in life I met through “conversations with strangers”.
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Leary was important part of our psychological evolution. He actually changed society as we knew it. He believed in the concept of different worlds, fostering one that made life fun all the time. Sounds good to me!
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Sounds good to me too…
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