“While envy is deeply uncomfortable, squaring up to the emotion is an indispensable requirement of a decent life. It is a call to action that should be heeded, for it contains garbled messages sent by confused but important parts of our personalities about what we should be doing with the rest of our lives. Without regular envious attacks, we couldn’t possibly know what we wanted to be. Instead of trying to repress our envy, we should hence make every effort to study it. Each person we envy possesses a piece of the jigsaw puzzle depicting our possible future. There is a portrait of a ‘true self’ waiting to be assembled out of the envious hints we receive when we flick through a magazine, turn the pages of a newspaper or hear updates on the radio about the career moves of old schoolmates. We should calmly ask one essential and redemptive question of all those we envy: ‘What could I learn about here?’”— Alain De Boton
“But me I’m a single cell
On a serpent’s tongue
There is muddy field
Where a garden was
And I’m glad you got away
But I’m still stuck out here
My clothes are soaking wet
From your brother’s tears”—Poison Oak is a hell of a song.
As for credentials, here are some of the things I’ve named:
Svpply (snobby social shopping) Varsity Bookmarking (link-based interview magazine) 10,000 (TBA athletic apparel) General Projects (design studio) Work Of (maker community and store) Mined (TBA digital marketplace) Lookwork (visual RSS for professionals) Lunch League (foodie clothing line) Embrella Group (design consultancy)
I loved this post. It got me thinking about all the projects I’ve named/co-named.