1. “Some would ask, how could a perfect God create a universe filled with so much that is evil. They have missed a greater conundrum: why would a perfect God create a universe at all?”

Sister Miriam Godwinson – “But for the Grace of God”, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri. Because he was bored? would be a snarky but ineffective reply; why/how the ¤%#$ would an all-powerful being be bored – isn’t that like a contradiction in terms? ‘Well, someone had to do it…’ doesn’t really work either.

2. “Ancient people came up with some amazing ideas, like how to make fire, tools, and languages. Those ideas have stuck around, and become integrated in our daily lives to the point where they barely seem like knowledge anymore. The great thing is that we don’t have to read ancient cave writings to be reminded that fire can keep us warm; we simply haven’t forgotten. That’s why more people agree that fire can heat your home than on how the universe began.”


3. “The only people we call ‘normal’ are people we don’t really know.”

Kelly Oxford. Kind of like a social version of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

I was somewhat preoccupied with what constituted normality in my childhood because I didn’t consider myself part of it, because of my diabetes; for instance normal children were allowed to eat a birthday cake with chocolate.* ‘Normal’ was something other people were, but probably not all other people, so I often asked my parents what was ‘normal’ in other areas and my parents didn’t really seem to know the answer, or they just didn’t answer – I figured it was because the concept wasn’t well-defined. I’m pretty sure it isn’t.

4. “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch.

5. “In these several schools let there be dwellings for teachers, who shall be brought from foreign parts by pay, and let them teach those who attend the schools the art of war and the art of music, and the children shall come not only if their parents please, but if they do not please; there shall be compulsive education, as the saying is, of all and sundry, as far this is possible; and the pupils shall be regarded as belonging to the state rather than to their parents.”

Plato, The Laws.

6. “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”

Elizabeth Taylor.

7. “He has fought a good fight and has had to face every difficulty except popularity.”

Oscar Wilde.

*{It turned out to be a rather long note, which is why I put it here. Anyway…} That was before intensive insulinotherapy. Until I started that treatment regime in secondary school, I basically took insulin and then decided how much to eat based on that – after I started on II I’ve now been able to, at least to a much greater degree, decide how hungry I am and then take insulin to match the food intake, instead of the other way around. Type 1 diabetics who are not on intensive insulinotherapy or something equivalent (pump, ect.) have a much more limited decision-making range when it comes to what and when to eat – they can’t do like normal people who just eat when they’re hungry. Physical exercise poses similar problems, I could never have run the marathon if I’d been on conventional insulinotherapy. People on CI take relatively slow-working insulin, often of a type that’s programmed to peak at specific points during the day, corresponding to standard meal times. Miss a meal and you’ll end up hypoglycemic, whether you were hungry or not (though that problem of lack of appetite is less of a problem than the problem that would arise if no food is available at the time where the insulin level peaks – a diabetic about to go into shock feels like he’s about to die of hunger, because that’s what (/s)he is). On CI, if you adjust a dose in the morning because you need to go for a run in an hour, it’ll have consequenses for your bloodsugar at dinner 12 hours later. I got on II pretty much because it was no longer possible for me to live anything resembling a normal life on the CI treatment regimen; I was quite physically active at that time, and there was simply no way to tweak the doses so that I didn’t end up in the hospital regularly. II is a much more common treatment regime in developed countries like Denmark than it is in poor countries.


November 22, 2010 - Posted by | Diabetes, Quotes/aphorisms

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