I do think I’m good at what I do and I’m not afraid to say so and own that. And that’s actually really rare. I think a lot of people have never encountered a relatively youngish woman who is sure of herself, fairly fearless, and likes herself just as a human being. And that can be really terrifying for middle-aged men that have some kind of artistic dream they never fulfilled ‘cause it’s like I’m taking up this space in the culture that they think they should be occupying. And it’s also terrifying for people of any gender, of any age who aren’t really sure of themselves, aren’t really fearless, and don’t really know what they want out of life or don’t particularly like themselves.

So that’s who doesn’t like me.

—Emily Gould (on episode 30 of The Arcade)

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To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the human condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it’s based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from its fragility.

philosopher Martha Nussbaum in conversation with Bill Moyers (published in: Bill Moyers: A World of Ideas)

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