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Secular Stewardship, Staying Organized, & Content Curation

Resource: Jane Goodall on Science, Spirituality, and Our Highest Responsibility as Human Beings


Teleology isn’t a necessary condition for awe. Even if our world isn’t the product of intelligent design, it is still just as powerful in its ability to enchant us.

Belief in a creator isn’t a sufficient condition for an attitude that respects the earth. If our faith doesn’t inspire us to reverence nature and take care of the earth, can that faith truly be said to fulfill its purpose? It’s not good enough to say “it’s in God’s hands.” We must take the world into our own hands.


Maria Popova on the accidental nature of our existence as a gift:

“Perhaps rather than disheartening, the awareness that we are, indeed, a cosmic accident is the most powerful gift we have.”

Jane Goodall on the marvel of intelligent life without intelligent design:

“Even if there was no God, even if human beings had no soul, it would still be true that evolution had created a remarkable animal — the human animal — during its millions of years of labor. So very like our closest biological relatives, the chimpanzees, yet so different. For our study of the chimpanzees had helped to pinpoint not only the similarities between them and us, but also those ways in which we are most different. Admittedly, we are not the only beings with personalities, reasoning powers, altruism, and emotions like joy and sorrow; nor are we the only beings capable of mental as well as physical suffering. But our intellect has grown mighty in complexity since the first true men branched off from the ape-man stock some two million years ago. And we, and only we, have developed a sophisticated spoken language. For the first time in evolution, a species evolved that was able to teach its young about objects and events not present, to pass on wisdom gleaned from the successes — and the mistakes — of the past, to make plans for the distant future, to discuss ideas so that they could grow, sometimes out of all recognition, through the combined wisdom of the group.”

Jane Goodall on how non-belief may better equip us for being good stewards of the planet:

“With language we can ask, as can no other living beings, those questions about who we are and why we are here. And this highly developed intellect means, surely, that we have a responsibility toward the other life-forms of our planet whose continued existence is threatened by the thoughtless behavior of our own human species — quite regardless of whether or not we believe in God. Indeed, those who acknowledge no God, but are convinced that we are in this world as an evolutionary accident, may be more active in environmental responsibility — for if there is no God, then, obviously, it is entirely up to us to put things right. On the other hand, I have encountered a number of people with a strong faith in God who shrug off their own human responsibilities, believing that everything is safely “in God’s hands.” I was brought up to believe that “God helps those who help themselves.” We should all take responsibility, all play our part in helping to clean up and heal the planet that, in so many ways, we have desecrated.”

Resource: Getting Things Done by David Allen


Lots of people fear that a personal or romantic relationship will get too mechanical if an organizational system like GTD is used to capture, clarify, and maintain agreements, but it’s the exact opposite. It allows you to approach the mechanical/business aspects of a relationship in a way that doesn’t pollute the more recreational/personal side of things. It’s a great way of drawing healthy boundaries.

Organization doesn’t guarantee you’re moving in the right direction, but it ensures your efficient progress along the paths you choose.

When you get organized, your entire organization/company will improve with you. There is no aspect of your life that fails to benefit from your improved self-management.

You can’t renegotiate agreements you don’t remember.


Open loops slow you down:

“Having to bail water in a leaky boat undermines your ability to direct it and move it forward. ”

The unorganized person is the weak link in an organization:

“When change is required, there must be trust that the initiatives for that change will be dealt with appropriately. Any intact system will ultimately be only as good as its weakest link, and often that Achilles’ heel is a key person’s dulled responsiveness to communications in the system. ”

Mechanical procedures can make relationships more personal:

“People often grimace when I tell them that my wife and I put things in each other’s in-trays, even when we’re sitting within a few feet of each other; to them it seems cold and mechanical. Aside from being an act of politeness intended to avoid interrupting the other’s work in progress, the practice actually fosters more warmth and freedom between us, because mechanical things are being handled in the system instead of tying up our attention on the relationship. ”

Rely on capturing, not remembering:

“Remember, you can’t renegotiate an agreement with yourself that you can’t remember you made. And you certainly can’t renegotiate agreements with others that you and they have lost track of. ”

On organization and efficiency:

“When groups of people collectively adopt the 100 percent capture standard, they have a tight ship to sail. It doesn’t mean they’re sailing in the right direction, or even that they’re on the right ship; it just means that the one they’re on, in the direction it’s going, is sailing with the most efficient energy it can. ”

Resource: How-To Manage The Mass Of Information WE Encounter Each Day? (bad formatting)


Curating isn’t the same as sharing.

To curate, you not only need to consume quality content, but you need to remix it with your own personality/insights.

As a curator, you create value for your communities of learning by becoming a table of contents for topics of interest.

Content curation is a way of taking ownership of what you learn.


5 Steps of Content Curation: 1) Choose a relevant topic 2) Find quality sources of content 3) Organize — review and filter out the garbage from the gems 4) Create a new piece of content with added value and brand personality 5) Publish and promote via your preferred channels.

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“Content Curation gives me the freedom to OWN my learning,”

“Curation could also save people of same interests a lot of time and provides them with valuable content which could get used to link back to them in written articles, blogs, web sites and social media sites.”

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