Importance of Details

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

– from Phil Jackson’s “Eleven Rings”

Find “Home” and Remember It

From Kendrick Lamar’s Momma:

I met a little boy that resembled my features
Nappy afro, gap in his smile […]
He looked at me and said, “Kendrick you do know my language
You just forgot because of what public schools had painted
Oh, I forgot, don’t kill my vibe, that’s right, you’re famous
I used to watch on Channel 5, TV was tapin’
But never mind you’re here right now don’t you mistake it
It’s just a new trip, take a glimpse at your family’s ancestor
Make a new list, of everything you thought was progress
And that was bullshit, I mean your life is full of turmoil

The ambiguous reference to “ancestor” could be referring to a historical home (Africa), a geographic home (where you grew up), or a mental home (back when things were simultaneously simpler and more complicated). The little boy could be Kendrick’s former self, or a kid just now growing up where Kendrick did, or a kid whose life trajectory branched off from Kendrick’s when K’s ancestors came to America.

In any case, provocative: find what home means to you (for all its good and bad), understand fully where you are at, where you came from, and where you should be headed. A piece of you lingers at every weigh station you spent time at.

A reminder to myself more than anything. Great album.

Self-Critique and the Critique of Others

Dangers of Self-Critique without Critique of Others:

– Delusion
– Overconfidence
– Fear
– Overwhelmed
– Incomplete reasoning

Dangers of Critique of Others without Self-Critique:

– Delusion
– Overconfidence
– Fear
– Overwhelmed
– Incomplete reasoning

Self-Critique + Critique of Others:

– Knowing when to listen to yourself
– Knowing when to listen to others
– Knowing that you are consciously incompetent
– Knowing that you are improving
– Knowing how and why you are improving
– Perspective
– Assumption testing
– Filling in incomplete reasoning
– Knowing what the devil’s advocate is
– Knowing what your biggest fan looks like