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+title="Philosophy"
+author="Stick"
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+> We see more and farther than our predecessors, not because we have keener
+> vision or greater height, but because we are lifted and borne aloft on their
+> gigantic stature.
+>
+> <cite>[Bernard's Aphorism](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_on_the_shoulders_of_giants)
+
+I am blessed and privileged to live in an era and a nation where my material
+needs are so well supplied and my access to information is boundless.
+However, I am not a great writer; I 'scribble' in this public journal without
+much hope of ever being read and without real need of readers.
+This philosophy is a collection of ideas from some of the giants on whose
+shoulders I stand; I attempt to stitch them together into something coherent.
+
+> Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
+>
+> <cite>[Philippians 2:12 (NASB)](https://biblehub.com/philippians/2-12.htm)</cite>
+
+I am saved by grace alone, through faith alone; it is not because of my work
+that I am loved and forgiven, but only because of Christ.
+Yet a great tension of the Christian life is that both these things are true:
+first that *we can do nothing* ([John 15:5](https://biblehub.com/john/15-5.htm)),
+and also that *God expects us to work for His glory*
+([Ephesians 2:10](https://biblehub.com/ephesians/2-10.htm)).
+If nothing else, I am meant to stand as tall as possible so that others may
+stand on my shoulders and see even farther.
+
+> If I had to put the recipe for genius into one sentence, that might be it: to
+> have a disinterested obsession with something that matters.
+> 
+> <cite>[Paul Graham](http://paulgraham.com/genius.html)</cite>
+
+There is no way to make a real difference if what you are doing doesn't matter.
+There is no way to make a real difference if you are not earnest and dedicated.
+There is no way to make a real difference if the goal is personal gain.
+
+> Change is the point.
+>
+> <cite>[Seth Godin](https://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2015/09/03/index.html)</cite>
+
+If I am the same man I was yesterday, today is a waste.
+If those around me are the same people they were yesterday, today is a waste.
+Every day, move forward.
+Change is the point.
+
+> Continually fix small broken things.
+>
+> <cite>[Michael Lopp](http://randsinrepose.com/archives/five-leadership-hacks/)</cite>
+
+I'm not a terrifically imaginative person.
+I don't generally create huge breakthroughs all in one stroke.
+What I can do is find all the broken things.
+My responsibility is to fix them.
+There is almost no lower bound on the size of the problems to fix.
+There is almost no upper bound on the number.
+
+> Progress, not perfection.
+>
+> <cite>COL Bradley C. Hilton</cite>
+
+It's not about perfection.
+It's about moving forward.
+
+> Slow, steady progress to infinity.
+>
+> <cite>LTC Bernard S. Champoux</cite>
+
+Day in and day out, move forward.
+If each of us moves forward a little bit, over and over, eventually we will get
+to infinity... right?
+
+> To infinity... and beyond!
+>
+> <cite>[Buzz Lightyear](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzz_Lightyear)</cite>
+
+Why stop at the things we know are possible?
+All things are possible
+([Matthew 19:26](https://biblehub.com/matthew/19-26.htm)).
+
+---
+
+In all of the above, it's tempting for me to focus on technology moving me (and
+others) forward.
+However, as much as I like technology, people are more interesting and more
+important.
+Technology cannot exist for its own sake; it must exist for people.
+
+> The tech is the easy part.  The tech will always be the easy part.
+>
+> <cite>[Charity.wtf](https://charity.wtf/2019/11/23/questionable-advice-after-being-a-manager-can-i-be-happy-as-a-cog/a)</cite>