Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Thursday, 2018.03.22
Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly
different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have
assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient
work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is

But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to
do so is not merely difficult, but impossible. It is easier to deal with a
footpad than it is with the leech who wants "just a few minutes of your time,
please - this won't take long." Time is your total capital, and the minutes of
your life are painfully few. If you allow yourself to fall into the vice of
agreeing to such requests, they quickly snowball to the point where these
parasites will use up 100 percent of your time - and squawk for more!

So learn to say No - and be rude about it when necessary.

Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work,
and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will nibble away your
life and leave none of it for you.

(This rule does not mean that you must not do a favor for a friend, or even for
a stranger. But let the choice be yours. Don't do it because it is "expected" of

		Robert Heinlein, "Time Enough For Love"


Urban Scare Crow – The Fine Print

I’ve written previously about my urban scare crow. It has served me well for close to 3 years now. A recent rash of arrogant, smug, self-rightous doooooo-gooders of various sorts have seen fit to interpret the scare crow’s message, shall we way, rather liberally. “I’m not really a solicitor. I’m here for an important cause.” Well, it had better be to tell me my house is on fire, the locus are coming or you’re bleeding to death.

Turns out, their important cause is to tell me what heinous damage I’m doing to the planet animals my soul what ever gross nominalization they have printed on their clipboard and how money and/or a signature can heal my evil ways. This has prompted an addendum to the urban scare crow:

Urban Scare Crow - The Fine Print

Lucky for the clinically thick I lack the time to chase after my 50 bucks. But hey, at least I know of one hobby to pursue in retirement.