I dare you to not get happy watching this new video from Matt:
The Pyongyang ones really got to me.
If you haven’t watched his first one from 2008, it’s just as great:
Why do you care what other people think?
Why do you try to fit in?
Why does it matter how many friends you have on Facebook?
The greatest tragedy is a life spent worrying about the forced thoughts of the irresolute, or trying so hard to conform to the dogmas of a group that you lose your identity. You are the result of 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution. That’s enough. Don’t waste it on trivialities. Chasing recognition by groups of people who do not recognize this is utterly meaningless, and unbecoming of something so rare.
Concern yourself only with living a meaningful life. In doing so, you will meet a few people of like mind. A select few who think it more important to improve the lives of others, and to make the world a better place, than to worry about pathetic social customs. People with empathy, wisdom and courage; people who enjoy intellectual discourse, who care more about extending the frontier than their Twitter follower count.
They will be few and far apart, but together you will change the world.
Szczupider, who had been a volunteer at the center, told me: “Her presence, and loss, was palpable, and resonated throughout the group. The management at Sanaga-Yong opted to let Dorothy’s chimpanzee family witness her burial, so that perhaps they would understand, in their own capacity, that Dorothy would not return. Some chimps displayed aggression while others barked in frustration. But perhaps the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence. If one knows chimpanzees, then one knows that [they] are not [usually] silent creatures.”