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April 06, 2014

"The Collected Wisdom of Bill Murray"

Samples:

Acting

Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the time away, and any trouble you get into through being well known. It's not for the acting, that's for sure.

Failure

I made a lot of mistakes and realized I had to let them go. Don't think about your errors or failures, otherwise you'll never do a thing. 

Bonus: "50 Greatest 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches of All Time".

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Eric Falkenstein

When he got the studios to produce Summerset Maugham's 'The Razor's Edge' in 1984 in order to also play on Ghostbusters, it highlights he's a pretty thoughtful fellow. It's an interesting hypothesis, and one should address it at some point in one's journey.

Maugham anticipated the beat culture, the glorification of finding one's 'authentic self' via a renunciation of material rewards, and rather, an inner happiness one gets from getting high and listening to music. He was born of the British gentry and so could take status for granted because back then one's class, especially in Britain, was not merely a function of one's wealth. The Razor's Edge suggests a man without means or connections in America could simply enjoy his transcendent being without material success. To think that you can achieve bliss by being a monk doing manual labor your whole life is just as dumb as thinking that you can achieve greater glory just getting high everyday and listening to music.

A desire for status and achievement is a deep part of our needs. It makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, because that way people are incented to interact and try to be helpful to others, create things others want. Surely, a desire for status and approval can go too far like any desire, but to presume you could be a content toll-booth operator is naive.

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