- Stand still and look dumb, said Hedy Lamarr and changed the world
To sell something unnecessary, you must first buy something unnecessary. And what’s needed is sugar. The theory of defeating your opponent with a shot to the knee to yourself. How badly do you want to win? God gave the assignment to love your neighbor, but how to define your neighbor was not specified. What defines intimacy, blood? Culture? Common political views? The same eating habits? The side that shoots or the side that runs away? As it turns out, to identify one’s neighbor, one must first identify one’s enemy. After all, if there is no enemy, everyone is a neighbor. Is it necessary to love everyone? And what is love anyway? As it turns out, people understand crisis, war, hatred, mystical threat better than they understand love. One cannot always love oneself, and to love the person on the other side seems pointless. Most remain so mentally in a cave, where if everyone looks like you, celebrates victory like you, is afraid like you, then it is safe. And if someone who does it all differently shows up, it’s already a danger. The sillier and poorer people are, the more vividly they support war, because it gives them a sense of life, of the big event, of being a part of something great. That’s not mysticism. This is life.
- You can close the borders, but you can’t forbid to think, answered the girl with the blank poster, standing in the main square of the massacre
What do snow white, ecstasy, piano and wi fi have in common? A woman who had a habit of speaking of herself in the third person. Hedy Lamarr. A woman who wanted to be remembered for more than just her naked ass in a scandalous movie and glamorous image. She succeeded. These days, it’s hard to surprise society with the multifaceted success of women. Although? But it is important to remember how it all began, how beautiful not only in appearance, but also in mind women have made a huge contribution to our lives. In 1942 Hedy, together with George Antheil, patented the “frequency hopping” technology, which was appreciated much later and formed the basis of the “communication with an expanded spectrum”, from telephones to wi fi. In 1997 Hedy was officially awarded for her invention, and in 2014 she was inducted into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame. What did the piano have to do with it? The challenge was to figure out how to control and change the trajectory of the torpedo, because the enemy could intercept the target by radio. The piano was the key. 88 keys and 88 radio frequencies merged together. If you’re not familiar with notes or have narrow musical taste and only use one key, one frequency, it’s easy to get caught by the tail. If you’re talented enough and able to perceive your unique melody, then every next key, note, and frequency you use will be a surprise to the listener. So the amazing Hedy Lamarr has given us not only the image for Snow White, the first ogre on the screen and a streetcar driver named Fedor, but also the technology that allows me to write and distribute my thoughts and you to read them. So playing four hands created not only beautiful music, but also a brilliant idea. That’s how we got the example of the woman who had everything.
- I’m not afraid of death, why should I be afraid of life? asked a grandmother at a subway station where the trains had stopped running
There was a paragraph in history at school that we read and thought, how on earth can you remember that? Why so many events? And now we live in such a paragraph. We are passengers on a downhill train and right in front of our eyes the picture is changing so fast that we don’t have time to realize more than half of it and draw any conclusions. To swim not with the current, not against it, but in the direction you want to go. To be the coolest crisis manager of your life. Not to panic at the news that everything is over, but to sit down and calmly make a plan for how exactly you can move forward or around which corner it is quieter to wait it out and be quiet. Trying to do the deed is also action. Instead of continuing to bang your head against the wall, it is better to sit down in front of it and turn to your neural connections, for it is impossible that so many neural connections have not found a way out of the situation. Pause the activity to jump higher. From someone who hates patience, that certainly sounds hypocritical, but I have no other advice. I’m sitting here myself right now, waiting. For what? For a chance to be heard and get what the world owes me.
- It was funny, like everything else in my life, Robert said, taping the windows shut with scotch and finishing his red wine
Truth, like a wild animal, is too strong to stay in a cage. Veronica Roth’s The Insurgent.