Know thyself (Greek: γνώθι σεαυτόν or gnothi sauton)

Know Then Thyself

by Alexander Pope
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan
The proper study of mankind is man.
Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,
A being darkly wise, and rudely great:
With too much knowledge for the sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or beast;
In doubt his mind and body to prefer;
Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err;
Alike in ignorance, his reason such,
Whether he thinks too little, or too much;
Chaos of thought and passion, all confus'd;
Still by himself, abus'd or disabus'd;
Created half to rise and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all,
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl'd;
The glory, jest and riddle of the world.

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Everything in moderation


The 80/20 rule

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. -Wikipedia
(cf The long tail)
Also that it takes 80% of the effort to complete the last 20% of the task.

The Pareto Principle is an illustration of a "power law" relationship
An example power-law graph, being used to demonstrate ranking of popularity. To the right is the long tail, and to the left are the few that dominate (also known as the 80-20 rule).
An example power-law graph, being used to demonstrate ranking of popularity. To the right is the long tail, and to the left are the few that dominate (also known as the 80-20 rule).





Apollo's injuctions:

know thyself

The smallest room
- Genealogy
- self reliance
- self monitoring
- self care

everything in moderation

Domestic Management
- entropy is the enemy
- habits
- maintenance, repair and replacement
    1. planned obscelescence