Matt Dorey

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The Knife That What?

Now that I’m using a theme that has it front and centre, you might notice my blog’s tag line a little more often. Given that I use my name as the name for the site, I thought that this little statement underneath should indicate my values. Not to mention that knowing what your values are is quite important when you are constantly being knocked back for jobs.

“I strive to be the light that shines, the heart that pumps, and the knife that cuts.”

You what?

This motto is meant to reflect my values and to be repeated at times of crisis or opportunity1. “The light that shines” refers to a desire to be positive, both in nature and in impact upon the world. “The heart that pumps” refers to a need to be authentic, whole-hearted, and sincere. While “the knife that cuts” might sound a bit weird at first, it indicates my wish that I be useful and effective. If it sounds a little “Game of Thrones”-esque, I admit that it may be inspired by this season’s little segment about swords2.

Here are five other tag lines that I’ve had on this blog:

  • Not Making Sense Since Forever. This is not so much a statement of values as a simple truth. It also has a nice cadence and looks good as an anti-advertising line. It’s definitely the slogan that I will go back to again and again.
  • Deus dá nozes a quem não tem dentes. This Portuguese phrase translates as “God gives nuts to those who have no teeth”. It is a wonderfully tortuous phrase to try to pronounce, particularly for an English speaker; when I say it, it sounds as though I am attempting to chew nuts while not having any teeth. Meanwhile, it is a pretty apt description of blogging, and some — notably the Portuguese — might say that it applies to life in general.
  • I celebrate our differences as a thing we have in common. I used this while I was travelling. It’s a phrase that reminds me (and my many millions of readers, pffft) that we live in a big world and that we are all so different that it makes more sense to try and enjoy our mutual sameness than to prickle one another with the ways in which we vary.
  • I still believe in love. Because I often need reminding that I do.
  • Lunch is more important than science3. Where I used to work, it certainly seemed to be. And in general I just mean to stress that sometimes it is better to break from drudgery and go have some lunch with friends.

  1. I now regard times of crisis and times of opportunity as pretty much the same thing.

  2. And also from more general thinking about what makes things generally useful. Like I said I came up with all this while reflecting on being knocked back for jobs.

  3. This is actually a re-work of Orson Welles’s quote: “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”

Hero image is “KNifes” by Nina Matthews. I cropped the original and applied a filter. Both the original image and the resulting image are subject to a generic creative commons license that requires attribution.

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