I found a first edition in good shape of The Silent World by Captain J.Y. Cousteau. Amazing book.
When I was younger, after reading this, my only goal was to work on the Calypso, I had a model that I had made, I had diagrams, I had even designed my own sub., probably would have drowned me, but it was beautiful to look at.
I read this book several times, over and over, looking at the pictures again and again. The life this depicted was exactly the life that I thought we all should live, exploring new things, learning and inventing, and the life that Cousteau created is so amazing that if it was read as fiction, it would be unbelievable.
He found a way to enter a world that had always been feared and was unknowable.
Cousteau literally discovered a new world, and he did whatever he could to get there. The man created scuba diving while there was a war around him.
This book has reminded me of what it was like to think about a world that was limitless and self created, and this thought helped me to understand going forward what I really want to write about, and that is people who's lives broke the mold and who saw the world in their own personal way, and how their views, what they considered important and a daily priority helped to shape their reality and the world around them.
I made plans to design my own sub, and I still own the book on the Calypso, with the diagram of the inside of the ship.
I still admire the way he can wear a red beanie.
What we focus on is what we become.
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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