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Life & Philosophy Politics & Society

Progress vs acceptance 

What if instead of trying to get better, we improved upon the things that already existed?

We can become so obsessed with progress that we lose the fundamentals of what made things great in the first place.

Yes, living up to ideals is hard. But you accept the rules laid out in front of you, and then you try your hardest to live up to them.

Acceptance is the cornerstone of progress. The rest of the time is spent strengthening the system to ensure your actions line up to the intended beliefs.

The fixation with progress threatens what’s ideal. It’s moody and tempted toward nihilism. There’s no need to change what’s good if everything was right in the first place.

Cynicism is the easiest way to cop out. Even the pessimist doesn’t let things fall apart.

“The law of progress holds that everything now must be better than what was there before. Don’t you see if you want something better, and better, and better, you lose the good. The good is no longer even being measured.” — Hannah Arendt

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Business (un)usual 

Living on the edge is dangerous but that’s exactly why we pursue it: it makes us feel more alive.

Being a thrill-seeker goes beyond Nascar and rock climbing. Anything that fills you with both anxiety confidence can make you feel more alive, like delivering a public speech.

Sometimes it pays off to get out of your comfort zone, at least to remind us that we’re still awake, and can always do more than what we expected.

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Life & Philosophy Tech

Pre-digital Pace

The brain’s wiring is remarkable, but it’ll never — without some form of unnatural augmentation — catch up with the algorithmic filtering of digital machines.

We can only move as fast as the pre-digital brain space allows. The adaptation to robot falls short without Google as a second brain to supplement it.

In our faster pace of thinking, we risk constructing a chaos of self, consuming everything and remembering nothing.

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Life & Philosophy Politics & Society

You do you

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A person can still retain their individuality within a group.

If there are only two parties, two teams, etc., you have to choose the one that comes closest to your beliefs. Choosing sides does not necessitate absolute obedience, nor concede your uniqueness.

When it comes to conformity, there will always be different levels of intensity. People are too complex.

There is little reward for doing what you’re told. And there’s more to gain from riding the sides.

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Creativity Life & Philosophy

Stimulate the imagination

Presence is about more than chasing mindfulness. It’s also about pulling intelligence from the heart.

It is possible to know something before asking how you know it. You don’t analyze a morning breeze; it feels like an extension of the imagination.

Think less, not more, to unlock the unconscious and get out of your own head. Maintain your curiosity about everyday things to help you escape the routine. Noticing stimulates itself.

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Life & Philosophy Psychology

Push things forward 

We need struggle because we need the ideas. To quote author Bernard Malamud, “if you haven’t struggled, you haven’t yet lived.”

We seek less freedom, not more; constriction narrows down the number of options. It yields the gift of a clearer path.

We are condemned to fail forward at something. Handicaps stimulate persistence; weaknesses convince us to focus on our strengths. As the philosopher and novelist Colin Wilson once wrote: “Meaning instantly creates energy.”

It’s time to wake up and push things forward.