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‘Everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance’

“Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance,” said Kurt Vonnegut.

Everybody’s wants to start something, but rarely do they want to maintain it.

The problem in growing at no costs is that it obviates purpose and integrity. Instead of leading by example, the race to the bottom unearths the highest greed. Few win, more lose.

That’s the lesson of Facebook, the so-called ‘behavior modification empire.

The social network cut corners on data collection to make another buck. No Facebook: We will not answer any more questions “to help people get to know us.” Just replace the word “people” with the attention merchants.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal was the nudge Facebook needed to become more accountable. Seizing the data of others and building on top of it contorts the machinery of morality. 

The selfish reason to be ethical is that it attracts the other ethical people in the network.

Naval Ravikant

So now Facebook is all about the privacy game because it’s good for business. But just wait until Instagram becomes the victim of data exploitation.

Sometimes the genie of innovation requires that the master purveyor gets slapped again and again until it gets it right.

The seesaw tilts back to the morals of vision over avarice, eventually.

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‘There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil’

"There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia." -- Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens Of Titan #books #amreading

There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.

Kurt VonnegutThe Sirens Of Titan

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The Popularity Bias

You are whatever you pretend to be.


Popular people are more attractive. Popular things are more appealing. What’s popular grows in popularity by default through the network effect.

High school is a popularity contest. This game extends into the adult world. The App Store ranks apps by the number of downloads. Once anything (apps, books, music, garden hoses) reaches the charts or the Best Sellers list, it can stay there for weeks.

If you want to be popular, you have to market yourself and talk louder than others. Trump isn’t the best candidate; he just speaks louder and makes his opponents look stupid. Starbucks makes mediocre coffee. But Starbucks is synonymous with coffee like soda is to Coke. Advertising helps cement the popularity of both Trump and Starbuck brands.

You are whatever you pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

People confuse popularity with quality. They’re duped by a large number of Instagram followers and likes, which are often fake.

It’s stupid people that are making stupid people famous.

Everyone wants to be the next big thing, but no one does anything disruptive enough to stand out. Conformity leads to short-term success. Meanwhile, the misfits bask in anonymity, often producing innovative and timeless work.

“true believers challenging the status quo never complain, they just go on their merry way, sowing their seeds, waiting for the world to catch up with them.”

Bob Lefsetz

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Bill Watterson on creating Calvin & Hobbes

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The last great newspaper comic” 

“Quite honestly I tried to forget that there was an audience. I wanted to keep the strip feeling small and intimate as I did it, so my goal was just to make my wife laugh. After that, I’d put it out, and the public can take it or leave it.”

—Bill Watterson created Calvin & Hobbes for him and his wife. To echo Kurt Vonnegut, “write to please just one person.”

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It doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you begin

It doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you begin.

Life is a sine wave.

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It all works out in the end, at least in creative writing.

As Sonny says:

“Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.”

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Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

Kurt Vonnegut
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Kurt Vonnegut: ‘Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories.’

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“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

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