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A retrospective report

We take a retrospective report, this time with the prospect old various viewpoints. When we look back at our own history, it only makes sense now and never then. We can only see as the neurons emit. The future prohibits knowledge Gathering experience increases one’s attentiveness toward ambient hints. Age is hypnotic, it compels us […]

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Technology spreads unreality

The reason we’re so comfortable around friends is because we can strip away the plastic and can be ourselves, zits and all. The problem with social media is that while it allows for the perfected self, it also undermines reality. Juxtaposing our screen lives and raw selves can make us feel fraudulent. Technology spreads unreality. […]

The effect of expectation

The placebo creates a ceremony of expectation. It builds off novelty and reinvigorates confidence in the possibility of recovery. We all fall victim to the soft mental implantation of a placebo, the oldest medicine in the world. One simple belief kickstarts a chemical revolution. But in reality, the answer just needed to be poked from dormancy. […]

The sorcery of screens

The internet never ends. Mountains of content are piling up as we speak. The hook is neither in our control or that of technology. We pull the lever, the slot machine spits out a variable reward. It’s impossible to disentangle ourselves from the mindlessness of a ludic loop. With more data, the machine grows smarter […]

Assume everything and nothing

We suffer from a surfeit of choice. Stuck in indecision, we end up doing nothing at all. Perhaps intertia is the best solution in these dizzying times. Instead of forcing the issue, we let nature take its course. But more often than not, life doesn’t move unless we do. It begs for action and a […]

Blinded by closeness

You can’t make anything in the forest stand still. It is in constant flux, whether that’s in seasons, wildfires, or in the territory marking of a killer bear. Nature is fickle. It calls for preparedness and a broad scope. “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” One must not only have a plan in […]

How to avoid the comparison bubble

It’s easy to get caught up in the comparison bubble. You always want what we don’t have. You are incorrectly taught to copy, just as you’re erroneously taught to think in absolutes. Celebrate what makes you unique You should do what makes you unique. You should feel free to steal ideas from other people and […]

Book guilt

On average, how many times do you actually finish the book you’re reading? Artist and journalist James Bridle encourages us to be honest with ourselves on answering that question. Here’s what he says: I don’t read like I used to—although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I rarely finish books. I’ve always had a habit […]

The pointlessness of constant self-grading

Five-star ratings Gallup polls Followers and social media ‘clout’ We obsess with gauging the temperature of our present reputation. The numbers are public, ticking up or down like stock prices. The internet is the grandest stage of them all where we endeavor to present our best self. We strive to prove our self-worth, using likes and follows […]

Beware the algorithms

Six hundred red years ago, there was no such thing as personal identity. Only when people owned mirrors did they start seeing themselves as individuals. One hundred years ago, all fighter pilot seats were the same size until there became unnecessary deaths. The US Air Force adapted and customized its seating options. The mass markets ushered in by […]

‘Water is itself the obstacle to water’

Leonardo da Vinci obsessed with water more than any of his multidisciplinary interests: architecture, science, painting, and sculpture. For Leonardo da Vinci, the current represented that perfect chaos that separated air from water. In his Book on Waters, he wrote: Nothing shares a surface with something and something shares a surface with nothingness. And the […]

The froth is coming off

With the right instructions, the unfamiliar becomes manageable. We follow the recipe with the hope that the convoluted reality seeps away into the froth. Yet, had we followed our instincts we may not have gotten stuck in the first place. If we don’t take Google Maps with a grain of salt, we will find ourselves […]

Picasso: Art as a form of diary

Art is where our mind’s eye merges with reality to create a theater inside our head, resulting in the form of a diary. This was especially true for Pablo Picasso. Picasso was perhaps best known for his practice of public journaling via painting. “My work is my diary. I have painted my autobiography,” he said. […]

‘To be or not to be. That’s not really a question’

“To be or not to be. That’s not really a question,” quipped film director Jean-Luc Godard back to Shakespeare’s most famous line. To be is rather a false start. We think that success breeds confidence, but it’s actually the little lessons along the way that build up our future. Struggle makes us human Similarly, it […]

The gateway to light is the eye

A short-term realist, a long-term optimist. Can one hedge against fear and doubt while simultaneously pushing for a better and brighter future? Most of us struggle in bear markets, when confidence ebbs into despair. We can only permit pertinacity. What keeps one going is the light at the end of the tunnel, connecting the slightest […]