My Influences

Ray Katz
7 min readMay 23, 2024

Alan Laiken. Dan Roam. George Carlin. Gandhi. Martin Luther King. Cesar Chavez. CANVAS. Flow. Bertrand Russell. Kurt Vonnegut. James Thurber. Mark Twain. Frederick Douglass. Ted Sorensen. Charles Bukowski. Muhammad Ali. The Stoics. George Tooker. Randy Newman. Bill Evans. Miles Davis. Sapiens.

Discover and remind yourself what you want out of life BEFORE you start doing things.

I’ve been a bit stuck recently. Which is weird because I felt like I was pushing the envelope in every aspect of my life. I was doing more. But then things seemed to kind of crash.

Not in a big way. I’m already doing what I always do: pick myself up, brush myself off, and start all over again.

So, today, instead of promoting the Saners, and climate action and defending women’s rights and human rights in general, I’m going to think about my influences. About what inspired me and what continues to inspire me. I put a list at the top of this article, and I’ll go through each — briefly — sharing my thoughts. Perhaps you’ll find something here to inspire you.

Alan Laiken. He wrote a book, one that’s quite old now and possibly out of print. I gave away my copy, because I’ve internalized the lessons in it. The book is called How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life. It’s a very thin book that gives exercises to help you reflect on what’s important to you and help you to focus on taking action on what’s important to you. It’s the best way to get off the…

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Ray Katz

Internet pioneer. But I’m most interested in stabilizing the Earth’s climate and promoting our common humanity. WeAreSaners.org