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Life & Philosophy

Feelings of destabilization

The glut of information can make us feel powerless. In the age of infinity, which sources are to be trusted?

For one, we can count on ourselves.

Close your eyes and throw on some headphones.

While we may tussle to calm the monkey mind, profound epiphanies arise in the blank spaces of thought.

Stillness is the release valve, deflating all external pressures and distractions.

Once alone with our thoughts, we realize the power of our own opinion. We take comfort in being left behind if it means taking our time and doing everything with intent. 

We’ll leapfrog the status quo when the time is right. 

We are an advocate of our opinion, not someone else’s. We take comfort in being left behind, misunderstood and unknown, only to leapfrog the status quo when the time is right.

Being a pioneer takes conviction. Once stable, it takes courage to show other people the way.

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Productivity & Work

Accept compliments but do not inhale

When it comes to compliments, you accept them but you do not inhale.

Kudos is as ephemeral as a Facebook like. Congratulations acknowledge your existence and provide a dopamine boost. But they can also turn the ego into an enemy. Praise takes no responsibility for the passion and head work at play.

Like Darwin’s finches, we are always evolving. There is no constant, especially in a rapidly advancing world that imposes frequent variables.

Rather than seeking external validation, you should chase out your interests. Passion not only helps bring excitement to the job, but it also makes you antifragile — it’s impossible to beat someone who expects to keep going despite hosannas and hurdles.

“In the long run, we find what we expect. We shall be fortunate then if we expect great things.”

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Hold the exhale for as long as you can. It is in breathing out, you protect against the toxins that try to get in. Just remember to pace yourself as you breathe.

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Life & Philosophy Poetry Politics & Society

Stuck in our own heads

Inattentive, we let the details slip right through our heads.

We are in a state of continuous partial attention, whipped around by facts, fake news, hyperbole, and reality.

The foreign invaders monopolize our “private” profiles and manipulate the entire public sphere into tribes that all think and see alike.

We turn a blind eye to the pleasant rhythm of dissent while also marching to the beat of our own drum.

To stop admiring our own words and lookalikes, and to start interrogating our own ideas.