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There is that unattributable ditty:
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Attributed to Lao Tzu, at least. Or Benjamin Franklin.

@craigmaloney

@EdS Is that descriptive or prescriptive?

Because under our reality of surveillance capitalism, your words do become your (predicted) actions, which get averaged as (inferred) habits, aggregated into a model of your character - and increasingly used to direct you to a set destiny.

@craigmaloney

I'm sure it's meant to be advice for a well-lived life. We are not finished things, we are works in progress, and we changed by what happens and what we do. By paying more attention to how we spend our time, we may, perhaps, improve the times that we spend in future.

@temporal @craigmaloney

@EdS @craigmaloney
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be." — Kurt Vonnegut.

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