„It's so quiet this high up, the feeling you get is that you're one of those space monkeys. You do the little job you're trained to do. Pull a lever. Push a button. You don't understand any of it, and then you just die.“
Source: Fight Club
Source: Fight Club
— Greg Bear American writer best known for science fiction 1951
Source: Short fiction, Hardfought (1983), p. 69
— Ward Cunningham American computer programmer who developed the first wiki 1949
Working the Program
— Brunello Cucinelli Italian entrepreneur and philanthropist 1953
Source: The new world of Brunello Cucinelli https://www.morningfuture.com/en/article/2018/05/02/beauty-hope-brunello-cucinelli-work-future-digital/276/ Morning Future, 2 May 2018
Variant: I think it's easy to mistake understanding for empathy - we want empathy so badly. Maybe learning to make that distinction is part of growing up. It's hard and ugly to know somebody can understand you without even liking you.
— Shunryu Suzuki Japanese Buddhist missionary 1904 - 1971
Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha lecture at the Zen Mountain Center (17 August 1971) http://suzukiroshi.sfzc.org/archives/index.cgi/710817V.html
Context: Communication is — start by understanding — your own understanding about people. Even though you want them to understand you, you know, it is — unless you understand people, it is almost impossible. Don't you think so? Only when you understand people, they may understand you. So even though you do not say anything, if you understand people there is some communication.
— Bruce Schneier American computer scientist 1963
preface to 2015 edition of Secrets and Lies
Context: A few years ago I heard a quotation, and I am going to modify it here: If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.
— Lu Xun Chinese novelist and essayist 1881 - 1936
"The Epigrams of Lusin"
— Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
Source: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
— C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942
The Camelot Project interview (1996)
Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.
— Bradley Joseph Composer, pianist, keyboardist, arranger, producer, recording artist 1965
Showcase article: [Polta, Anne, Continuing Journey: Bradley Joseph sustains music career with songwriting, recording, West Central Tribune, 2007-02-08, http://www.newspaperprints.com/index.cfm?page=search_results&paper=West%20Central%20Tribune&selectedDate=2007-02-08&start=16&perpage=5, 2007-02-18]
— Joe Strummer British musician, singer, actor and songwriter 1952 - 2002
— Ghalib Urdu-Persian poet 1797 - 1869
— Steven Novella American neurologist, skepticist 1964
SGU, Podcast #170, October 22nd, 2008 http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/170
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, Podcast, 2000s