Ripe Apples and Forum Flora

I found this while browsing for laptop wireless antenna at dslreports:

“You make me smile and frustrate me at the same time.

“I could be wrong, but I have you pegged as a young man who knows what he wants and isn’t about to let anyone get in his way. When I was your age, I was much the same.

“If you have a problem (and we all do) it is that you are so confident in your abilities that you fail to realize that every person’s efforts are built largely upon the efforts of people who came before them.

“Your problem, if you have one (and we all do), is that you think you can deviate from the learning process and jump straight into genius. You can’t do that. You have to have mentors, tutors, and teachers.

And a bit more:

“Well, while I have you, let me tell you about eavesdropping because that is what a keylogger is…

“I spent a good part of my life evesdropping, it was my job you see.

“It feels really powerful to know things about people that they don’t know you know, but in the end it can make you very sad.

“There are things which you REALLY don’t want to know. A President once said, “Gentlemen do not read each other’s mail.” In the context in which he said it, he was being naive. Gentlemen don’t, but nations do.

“Here is the best piece of advice I can give you, something that will help you the rest of your life, but you are going to think it is stupid. So just mark it down and think of it from time to time. My father used to say it to me after he got back from Viet-Nam (the second time).

“While the apple is on the tree it grows and becomes sweeter, when it decides it is ripe, it falls from the tree and begins to rot.” It took me a long time to figure that one out.