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Brian Eno: ‘Try not to get a job’

What would the world look like if everyone was guaranteed a basic income?

For musician Brian Eno, that society would put a lot more emphasis on time well spent.

“Try not to get a job. Try to leave yourself in a position where you do the things you want to do with your time and where you take maximum advantage of wherever your possibilities are.”

Brian Eno

Of course, not everyone can afford to remain jobless; the harsh reality is that work pays the bills and keeps us alive. But as more jobs get outsourced to robots and artificial intelligence, humans will need new ways to think about their responsibility.

What will we do when there’s no work to be done?

Work defines who we are. It forms the nucleus of our identity. However, a jobless world may encourage more innovative thinking about ourselves and our role in a secular, globalized world.  Perhaps it’ll compel some people to pursue more passionate work, the type of vocations that choose them instead of the other way around.

In such a world, we’ll be makers instead of cogs, thinkers instead of algorithmic lemmings. Writes Oliver Burkeman in The Antidote: “There is a positive correlation between the fear of death and the sense of unlived life.”

To work on something we actually enjoy is to live.

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Life & Philosophy Poetry Writing

Walking in circles

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Abstract thinking strings together collisions of thought, producing ever-more complexity or the deepest simplicity.

Tinkering with possibilities makes everything strange, at least at first. But that’s yesterday’s genius.

Today and tomorrow we’ll mill around some more, waiting for the most certain idea. Even the subconscious doesn’t give time off for the brain to relax.

Said one, “If a mind was so simple we could understand it, we’d be too simple to understand the mind.”

Crunching it all down to the essence, we complicate nothing. We’re always left circling the strange, with more questions than answers.

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Life & Philosophy Poetry

Seeing the forest for the trees

The forest is a city that lies underneath our feet. Perhaps if we thought of it this way, we wouldn’t walk on it.

But the vitality of life is in the pursuit. One with the world, the ability to face resistance means to walk through it.

We adapt to the drumbeat of chaos, using expansive curiosity and patience to find unity with what we know and what we don’t know.

We progress most when we try the least.

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Health Life & Philosophy

Rewind, reset, refresh

The daily grind requires that we rest to reboot.

We can only plunge into the day with renewed intensity long enough until the batteries run out.

To get on with life and the business of living, we need to dream to sleep.

Quieted attention reawakens the brain state so we can make connections previously unmoored.

We wake up feeling fresh before wade into discomfort and vulnerability in the new day ahead once again.

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Books Life & Philosophy

It's a hard-knock life

The easy life exists but it fails to register.

Anyone who’s name is worth remembering endured some type of struggle.

The imperfect life contains lingering questions and punctuating doubts. But the vulnerable also acts — whether out of curiosity or bravery.

“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

Nelson Mandela

Knowledge is a byproduct of failed activity.

It’s the hard-knock life, after all.

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Life & Philosophy Tech

Refusing technology

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Technology intends to make the mind sharper by acting as our second brain — it intends to provide all the answers while preventing cognitive overload.

Instead, what technology and more specifically, artificial intelligence does, is make us lazier.

Having all the answers to your next playlist, destination, and text means that you don’t really need to think it all. All of your tastes, road routes, and words get decided for you.

There’s no A for effort in the digital world. There’s only a perfect grade for how well you manipulate automation. Swaddled into predictive recipes, humans transform into non-thinking robots themselves.

Letting the computers do all the work is a modern-day addiction. And while tech streamlines communication, it ensures that a body can live without a full brain.

What makes one feel like an automaton is not the outsourcing of thinking, no matter how painful, but the elimination of effort itself.

You need to struggle a little bit to find the answers. After all, God gave people brains to escape from the prison of biology.

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