“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool. So you have to be careful about that. After you've not fooled yourself, it's easy not to fool other scientists. You just have to be honest in a conventional way after that.”
Richard Feynman

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman

EXTRA Ordinary (Deepest Insights)


We have a habit of thinking that the deepest insights, the most mystical, and spiritual insights, are somehow less ordinary than most things – that they are extraordinary.

This is only the shallow refuge of the person who does not yet know what he is doing.

In fact, the opposite is true: the most mystical, most religious, most wonderful – these are not less ordinary than most things – they are more ordinary than most things.

It is because they are so ordinary, indeed, that they strike to the core.

… What makes them hard to find is … that they are so ordinary, so utterly basic in the ordinary breat and butter sense – that we never think of looking for them.

… You may wonder – if the rules are so simple to express – what is there that makes a builder great?

And indeed, there is an answer … it takes almost inhuman singleness of purpose to insist on them – not to let go of them.

Christopher Alexander – The Timeless Way of Building
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