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Life & Philosophy

Thinking is hard

People don’t like thinking. It’s painful.

Just as numbering denotes page numbers, we have to get our brain cells to assemble in an attempt to establish some order.

There’s a reason why there are so few philosophers and so many people attending entertainments. Consumption is our default setting.

It is easier to sit back and play our thumbs into inanition. Tinkering with abstract trains of thought to feel our brain transmit nerve impulses takes effort.

The “Thinking Tree”, an ancient olive tree in Puglia, Italy

Humans are thinking machines

It takes courage to challenge ourselves to learn without drawing conclusions.

Society obsesses with absolutes, stuck safely indoors while the explorers coast outside making guesses and predictions with effortless attention.

Magnetically lured to controlling the world, we forget that uncertainty is what makes thinking successful. Ignorance drives the start.

Experimentation begets revelations, which allows one to seize and conceive even more possibilities.

Doing is why there’s knowing, a result of thinking lightly about what could be.

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Life & Philosophy

Be Wary of Advice

The fallacy of giving advice is that what works for one person rarely works for another. Advice is unique and personal, a collection of the mistakes we make, synthesized and abridged for a recipient.

It’s worth giving and listening to advice but no two experiences will ever be the same.

It’s one of my theories that when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past.  

Steve Garguilo

The best advice we can give someone is to encourage them to come up with their own advice. Our words compel them to live and learn from their own aura of experience.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

The flaws of forecasting

Predictability is a loose formula that describes how things usually go. What works today won’t necessarily work tomorrow.

But what may increase our chances of success is a little confidence.

“Be confident, not certain.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Confidence breeds success. Overconfidence begets failure.

When we work hard, we instill a practicable faith in ourselves. But we also understand that diligence does not guarantee that we’ll get what we want.

Effort merely gives us a chance to retain our snag of the pellet.

The ways of achieving success are perpetually changing, with the urge to nail down a replicable formula, futile. Success means never settling for what worked in the past.

One can’t smell the wind of their success unless they’re willing to buy more lottery tickets in the work we choose to believe.

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Culture Life & Philosophy

Still ignorant, not stupid

A lot of people get dumber after college. It’s not entirely their fault. A job takes up all their time. Besides spending time with family and friends and doing chores — getting on with the business of living — a lot of free time is spent on staring at lite brites for entertainment.

“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”

David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

Experience makes us wiser but not smarter

As we age, we’re able to resolve practical matters with less effort. But therein lies a skewed perception.

We accidentally interpret how things usually go as facts rather than acknowledging that’ that’s how the world works now. Change is constant, the possibilities infinite.

An educated person should never stop learning. They should revel in their ignorance, not as an excuse to know less but as a means of staying interested in understanding more.

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Books Quotes

Emil Cioran: “We are all geniuses when we dream…”

Emil Cioran: "We are all geniuses when we dream..."
The Temptation to Exist

“Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.”

Emil Cioran, The Temptation to Exist
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Productivity & Work Psychology

Thinking less to do more

Rhythm builds thoughtlessness. Work can become more natural out of mechanical motion, a kind of doing without thinking.

Employees can’t make one hundred sandwiches in a couple hours without silencing the monkey mind. The process of unthinking begets a chorus of action.

Similarly, we can’t dribble a basketball nor soccer ball effectively while focusing on the mechanics of the perfect touch. The gears of cognition get in the way of flow. Continued practice helps numb the disease of crippling doubt.

Habits are bicep curls for the brain

Good habits strengthen human software, primarily if we aim to do something consistently.

Like brushing our teeth, it’s the repetitive locomotion that undermines inertia and compels one to keep connecting the chain.

We can get used to being productive if we choose to make practice non-negotiable. All such preparation helps plow the field.