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Life & Philosophy

Searching for context

  • You can skim the book, but the ending won’t make sense.
  • You can skip practice, but you’ll be unprepared for the game.
  • You can listen, but it won’t make sense until you write it down.

Context is life’s black box and compass. It records a history of time and place so you can map out successes, failures, where to go and what to do next.

There’s a story behind everything.

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Culture Tech

Faulty attention

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We cultivate boredom the same way we incubate attention, that is, we latch on to things until we no longer see them. They camouflage into our awareness.

The internet user runs into the cornucopia of visuals on Instagram. Liking becomes desultory, numb to the perpetual sting of dopamine. Are we not entertained?

We are sloppy internet users

But we are also creatures of habit, where behaviors online and off are one of the same. In reality, we visit the same people, talk to the same friends, and share similar viewpoints. Yet, simplicity is often in the sophistication of an opposing view.

Challenges make us reconsider our everyday perceptions. We don’t need to keep refreshing into a ludic loop of variable results. Instead, we need to expect completely different answers. Such novelty is how we stay curious, albeit sane.

gif via Katy Wang


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Arts Life & Philosophy Poetry Psychology

Have an exaggerated sense of curiosity

We’re all fake artists, winging it to chase our dreams while simultaneously masking our vulnerabilities.

It isn’t a thorny question of attribution. We all steal ideas from each other and recast them as our own.

But having an exaggerated sense of curiosity pays off. The cash value of policing thoughts means that we can better sew the past, present, and the future altogether.

We are one, in mind and spirit. The only drawback is fabricating the best self that meets the lofty ambitions of others.

Nothing is fake if the desire is real. All we can do is float into the canvass of our dreams.

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Quotes Travel

Deceiving GPS 📍

“The map is not the territory.”

Alfred Korzybski
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Quotes

‘I have already lost touch with a couple of the people I used to be’

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“I have already lost touch with a couple of the people I used to be.”

— [easyazon_link keywords=”Joan Didion” locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]Joan Didion[/easyazon_link]

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Books

‘One’s eyes are what one is, one’s mouth is what one becomes.’

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One’s eyes are what one is, one’s mouth is what one becomes.

That and the stomach.

— [easyazon_link identifier=”1517388740″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga[/easyazon_link]