Zuihitsu, 2022-06

Technically, zuihitsu are longer reflections than what I tend to collect. But, the general idea is right. Here’s this month’s installment. If you want the complete set, please download the fortune file.

  1. Cocaine is a drug for the lonely.
  2. Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.—Alan Watts
  3. There’s always space for new narratives. The more we share our individual stories, the more we open up space for our collective stories to shift and accommodate them.
  4. A good ending accounts for everything that came before.
  5. Meaning of life: eat and not be eaten.
  6. Scarcity makes people happy.
  7. Never end a command with a verb you do not want them to do.
  8. Your opinion is also a confession of character.
  9. Everybody complains of their memory, but nobody of their judgement”—La Rochefoucauld
  10. Find the room that aligns with your goals.
  11. The audience programs the media.
  12. Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.—W.B. Yeats
  13. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.—George Bernard Shaw
  14. Death is essential. Predation is the transfer of life and that life is a gift.
  15. A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.—Willy Wonka
  16. Surprise is a warning that our understanding is inadequate.
  17. Be the unanswerable riddle.
  18. Are we living in a fairy tale?
  19. True distance is measured in time.
  20. Peace is postponing the conflict until the reason for the fighting no longer matters.
  21. The grass is always greener on the other side of extinction.
  22. Racing when its not a race gets you nowhere.
  23. Learn to question your assumptions of how other people feel.
  24. Patience is easier when there is no alternative.
  25. Differences in status and wealth drives violence.
  26. People are social, and our identity is built from what we see and hear of ourselves reflected in others.
  27. A culture that encourages the trashing of the nearest and easiest targets will always implode from infighting.—Noah Smith
  28. There is no replacement for experimentation, independent thought and ruthless pragmatism.
  29. The best managers are stellar individual contributors who don’t want to be managers, but they take the role on to maintain their quality standards.
  30. [You] don’t need a randomized controlled trial to know that a kick in the testicles is going to hurt.—Paul Chek
  31. Don’t tweet, just delete.
  32. The five most important skills are reading, writing, arithmetic, persuasion, and programming.
  33. It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true.—A.N. Whitehead
  34. We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.—Willy Wonka
  35. Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.—Maya Angelou
  36. People with patience are more difficult to manipulate.
  37. The way of the bully depends upon coercion and control.
  38. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.—George Bernard Shaw
  39. When in a hole, stop digging.
  40. What if this situation is even worse than I thought?
  41. Evolution is a machine turning function into structure.
  42. Forgiveness is accepting the apology you will never receive.​—Shawne Duperon 
  43. The more ubiquitous it is, the more value in the original.
  44. Sell when they want your assets. Buy when they want your cash.
  45. He who brings trouble on his house will inherit the wind.—Proverbs 11:29
  46. Every plan shatters on contact with reality.
  47. Loneliness is both an inability to bond with others, but it is also when we become strangers to ourselves.
  48. Signs of old order collapse: nothing works.
  49. Human beings are an eye blink in the cosmic calendar.
  50. Don’t talk your way out of a compliment.
  51. The con does not work without the confidence.
  52. When you see a good move, look for a better one.—Emanuel Laskel
  53. Politics is for puppets.
  54. Never appeal to someone’s better nature. They may not have one.
  55. Don’t get caught in a distraction.