Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force.
Must maintain in uniform motion as much as possible; ideally never at rest or accelerated motion for long enough for it to become a prolonged situation. This also stops external forces from being overly compelling.
On human consciousness
Tom Stoppard: Could you relate cultural evolution and biological evolution for me? You write about cultural evolution and genetic evolution as being equal partners in the process, but culture doesn’t bypass the physics and chemistry of the brain. The brain is the station where every railway line passes through.
There’s an exchange in the play where there’s a young woman who believes X and a man who believes Y, and the man asks her why she’s afraid to make her own values instead of wanting them underwritten by a “supreme being”, and she says to him something like, “What is the difference between a supreme being and being programmed by your biology?” He replies: “Freedom. I can override the programming.” And she says: “Who can? Who is the you outside your brain? Where?” And I still do not understand how you escape that loop.
Everything that happens to you… is merely a tale for the time being. That’s just how your life was meant to be; you knew this long ago.
Why did you expect otherwise?
One day, just one day, it may all make sense. In reality, I surrender now. Give me a step-by-step manual on how to live life properly, and I will suck it up. However mundane, unsatisfying, disappointing… I’ll take it, I promise. For all the wrong steps I’ve taken, it’d be at least a feeble reassurance to know there actually is a way out.