Respect don’t revere.
Putting anyone on a pedestal is dangerous. It implies they’re better than everyone else; but they’re not.
We’re all stepping-stones for the next generation.
We live in an age with daunting problems.
We need the best ideas; we need them now; we need them to spread fast.
The common good is a meme that was overwhelmed by intellectual property.
Social Evolution: Copy, transform, and combine.
It’s who we are, it’s how we live, and of course, it’s how we create. Our new ideas evolve from the old ones.
But our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity, instead ideas are regarded as property: as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries.
When people try and predict the future, they basically take the most visible form of progress they’ve seen in their own lifetime and they sort of extrapolate.
But what actually happens with progress is that the next big thing often comes from a place you’re not expecting at all.