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From Peace to Prosperity

Too many people, too many ideas, too much attention. That’s the big city.

Few people, few ideas, few distractions. That’s the woods.

We’re all living in a big city mentality today. We fear falling behind on the latest celebrity gossip, breaking news, and TV show banter on Facebook and Twitter.

The noise can be so overwhelming that we either keep up and contribute to the feeds or we give up completely. There’s rarely middle-ground.

People think that more is better. More creates more anxiety. More intrudes on a peaceful, simple life.

“My greatest skill in life has been to want but little.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

People buy speed and excess because it supplies a hit of dopamine. The online world is like playing the slot machines in Las Vegas. But patience will define the individual in the 21st century. Quality always exceeds excess.


Anthony Bourdain on EMD in Vegas

Never liked the EDM scene, nor the music.

Good electronica lives here, in the headphones.

Culture Life & Philosophy Psychology

What Vegas Teaches Us About Life

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There are so many life lessons learned in coming to Vegas, some trite but too true to ignore.

In no particular order:

  • The best things in life are achieved through raw, hard work and love for what you do
  • What goes up, must come down
  • Losing sucks, always
  • Fun is deceptive
  • The Chinese takeover is imminent, for real this time
  • Surprises are guaranteed
  • Weird is not necessarily creative, especially if it’s commercialized
  • Tattoos are meant to be temporary
  • Gambling releases dopamine but so does a like on Instagram
  • Be RƎVOLUTIONary and LOVE like the Beatles
  • Radiohead are the Beatles of our generation and nobody knows it
  • Have fun! It doesn’t last forever
  • Ignore society’s actors
  • Materialism is bunk
  • The ridiculous isn’t always remarkable when everything is ridiculous
  • Spanish is just as ubiquitous as English
  • Budgets are fragile
  • Overindulgence makes you fat, and bankrupt
  • Enjoy the ride because it’s damn short
  • Life can giveth and takeaway in a hot minute
  • Ersatz places, people, and things will never replicate the original
  • The trashy and classy lifestyle always coexist
  • What happens in Vegas, stays in life