“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
— Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time
I love this quote because Douglas Adams writes mainly in a sarcastic, agreeable, and ironic theme. In one section, he summarizes how lucky we are to be in existence while at the same time acknowledging how simple we are and that we can normalize anything. I think of this quote whenever I’m ready to start an argument over frivolous topics that have no substantial value as a reminder that maybe I don’t need to feel strongly about this topic right now. And again, as a reminder to celebrate small little accomplishments.