Quote by Albert Camus
There lay certitude; there, in the daily round. All the rest hung on mere threads and trivial contingencies; you couldn't waste your time on it. The thing was to do your job as it should be done.
This quote highlights the importance of focusing on what truly matters and not getting caught up in insignificant details or uncertainties. The "certitude" referred to here is found in the daily routine and the commitment to fulfilling one's responsibilities to the best of their ability. It suggests that instead of wasting time on trivial matters or being preoccupied with unpredictable outcomes, one should prioritize and dedicate themselves to doing their job well. The quote promotes a practical and efficient approach to life, emphasizing the value of diligence and commitment.
Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws--but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted--when we tolerate what we know to be wrong--when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened--when we fail to speak up and speak out--we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.
The Inside-Out approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness means to start first with self; even more fundamentally, to start with the most inside part of self -- with your paradigms, your character, and your motives. The inside-out approach says that private victories precede public victories, that making and keeping promises to ourselves recedes making and keeping promises to others. It says it is futile to put personality ahead of character, to try to improve relationships with others before improving ourselves.