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Losing our edge


Being weird used to be lonely. But then the Internet happened.

The web connected the vinyl collectors, the sneakerheads, and the want-to-be Romance novelists. Niches came together, competed, collaborated, cheered each other on while a select few took their micro, macro until their weird became the new standard.

“Success blurs. It rounds off the rough edges.”

John Peel

We’re not all weird. We’re not all normal. But some of us are curious and forward-thinking. We search for what’s next before it even hits the trend spotters’ radar. We dig deep in the underground to avoid the peril of sameness.

The closer we get to normal, the closer we are to losing our edge.

Always a good reread: We’re Are All Weird

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Life & Philosophy Psychology

A museum of self

The Metropolitan Museum only showcases ten percent of its owned pieces at any given time. The rest of the art is stored somewhere else waiting to be picked and featured.

“A physical museum is itself a sort of data set — an aggregation of the micro in order to glimpse the macro.”

We all have a surfeit inventory of things we’d like to show: our talents, our Instagram and SnapChat selfies, our love for others. But they can’t all be on display at once.

Like a museum, we have to curate our display while also growing our collection.

The timing, packaging, and place for revealing of our greatest attributes and emotions are stories of their own.

Like art pieces in a gallery, personalities also require curation. It’s impossible to show all your cards at once — pick a few from the archive and make the storytelling as compelling as possible.

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Culture Life & Philosophy

Be open to change

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You are elastic, not stagnant.

“A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.”

— André Gide

You may not be a morning person now. But you might be when you have kids.

You may not think of yourself as a meditator, but after listening to Tara Brach, you may become hooked.

You may have loved drinking chocolate milk and eating fruity pebbles as a kid. But do you still consume them as an adult?

You may order an espresso each morning until someone introduces to you the Americano or flat white.

And so forth…


You’re made to change, in small and significant ways. To think who you are today is final is nonsense, an illusion that falsely imagines the end of your own history.

“We all think that who we are now is the finished product: we will be the same in five, 10, 20 years. But, as these psychologists found, this is completely delusional – our preferences and values will be very different already in the not-so-distant future.”

Perhaps instead we should ‘practice becoming,’ as Kurt Vonnegut so wisely encouraged.

Want to be happier and more fulfilled in life? Learn to be open to change

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Psychology

No-makeup makeup

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It’s easier to be oneself behind a mask to conceal the messy workings underneath.

But the shame in acting is suppressing the person that we are.

We can only mask our insecurity and vulnerability for so long until we yield to the unmasking powers of authenticity.

Honesty is liberating

There is no stage nor carousel of personas worth acting for that disguises our real identity.

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Life & Philosophy

Dare to be different, in some way

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Think different or be the different one? Express yourself or be the one that you are?

There are countless ways to practice standing out. However, it is impossible to separate ourselves from the crowds without first identifying what are the popular objects people lust.

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We imitate others so we can fit in more quickly. Conformity is a shortcut in the beginning. But in the long run, it is the outsiders that are the only people history remembers.

It is easy to be like everybody else: you just follow the herd around the race track and jump through hoops.

Meanwhile, it takes more courage to step back and intensify what makes us unique. Do what makes sense, even if runs opposite of the status quo.


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Tech

Everything is sampled, including your DNA

It’s in our DNA to cut and paste, to sample from each other and to let our ideas have sex.

The internet is the largest cut and paste machine. It begs for recombinations, a collection of stuff we can remix and make feel like our own.

Like a Tumblr page, we decorate our personalities with originality. But everything from our interests to our blood develops from outside sources like an amalgamation of sounds.