Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wise Words for Wednesday, 2/14/2018 : John Perry Barlow

Photo credit: Bob Minkin
Chances are, if you are reading this, you already know John Perry Barlow passed a week ago today. 
May we find comfort in the memories and remain grateful for the gifts he shared with us during his time on earth. 
"...Barlow 'knew that new technology could create and empower evil as much as it could create and empower good. He made a conscious decision to move toward the latter.' His 25-point code urges us to do the same."

For today's wise words, we offer his 25 principles of adult behavior: 

1. Be patient. No matter what.
2. Don’t badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn’t say to him.
3. Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4. Expand your sense of the possible.
5. Don’t trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6. Expect no more of anyone than you can deliver yourself.
7. Tolerate ambiguity.
8. Laugh at yourself frequently.
9. Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10. Never forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11. Give up blood sports.
12. Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don’t risk it frivolously.
13. Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14. Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15. Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16. Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17. Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18. Admit your errors freely and soon.
19. Become less suspicious of joy.
20. Understand humility.
21. Remember that love forgives everything.
22. Foster dignity.
23. Live memorably.
24. Love yourself.
25. Endure.


1 comment:

  1. "Seek to define your mission and pursue that." Pretty sure my mission is communication in some way...