Author Archives: David Smith

About David Smith

One of the guys named Smith who was once a consultant. This is not his first rodeo. Or his second or third.

Heaven and Hell

“A belligerent samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. The monk replied with scorn, ‘You’re nothing but a lout — I can’t waste my time with the likes … Continue reading

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Time Travel

This morning’s email of bargain e-books included one by Robert Silverberg–Hawksbill Station. The story line seems to be (it was written in the late ’60s) in the 21st century, USA has become a tyranny and dangerous political prisoners are transported … Continue reading

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Climb the Tree

“Chew on one thinker – writer, activist, role model – you really love. Study everything there is to know about that thinker. Then find three people the thinker loved and find out everything about them. Repeat this as many times … Continue reading

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Rulers

“To summarise: it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarise the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should … Continue reading

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Uninformed Criticism

When I first prepared this particular talk… I realized that my usual approach is usually critical. That is, a lot of the things that I do, that most people do, are because they hate something somebody else has done, or … Continue reading

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Something’s more interesting than this

“And now, that’s always true. “Whatever you’re doing. “No matter who you’re with. “Something, somewhere, is more interesting than this. “And it’s in your pocket.

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Absolute Faith and its Consequences

Looking back at the worst times, it always seems that they were times in which there were people who believed with absolute faith and absolute dogmatism in something. And they were so serious in this matter that they insisted that … Continue reading

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Choosing to be a Citizen

Citizens aren’t profit-seeking agents who are simply constrained by rules. Citizens behave even if there isn’t a rule about it. Citizens aren’t craven partisans, voting for party over fact. Citizens do the right thing because they can, even if the … Continue reading

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A Michael Moment

“Every great second act has a midpoint. In this instant something happens that ratchets our entire story to a higher level. The stakes go up, way up. “Characters whom we thought we understood must suddenly be viewed in an entirely … Continue reading

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Immediacy

“One of the most useful bits of advice I ever got, came from the writer Anne Herbert who said that whenever she got an invitation to do something months away or even a week away, she asked herself whether she … Continue reading

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