Zuihitsu, 2022-09

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. Make a decision.
  2. The one true religion, survival.
  3. True creation requires sacrifice.
  4. Always be moving.
  5. The idea they one should do whatever it takes is irresponsible. Some things need razing.
  6. By their deeds you shall know them.
  7. There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.​—Louis L’Amour
  8. …the inevitable crisis takes longer to come than you can imagine, but when it does come it happens faster than you can imagine.—Dornbusch’s Law
  9. Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.—Salvador Dali
  10. Faith is 24 hours of doubt, and 1 minute of hope.
  11. The universe defines a work and war decides where it will end up.
  12. Revolutions are produced by improved conditions and rising expectations, not by mass immiseration.
  13. The light obtained by setting straw men on fire is not what we mean by illumination.—Adam Gopnick
  14. The narrating self doesn’t replace sense with story; it makes a story that makes its own sense.
  15. New styles involve breaking the algorithm, not following it.
  16. The middle way is not the way of melodrama.
  17. True revolution is a change of mindset.
  18. There’s head sense, and there’s heart sense.
  19. Even the hottest coals cool.
  20. Watches are the NFTs of meat space.
  21. Time proves which ideas are good enough to live on.
  22. Reacting to pain and pain avoidance usually result in bad decisions.
  23. If a book is tedious to you, don’t read it; that book was not written for you.—Jorge Luis Borges
  24. Utopia is impossible because problems are inevitable. Solving any problem leads to new problems. Dystopia is impossible because problems are solvable. Any solution not prohibited by laws of nature can be figured out. Progress means solving better and better problems forever. Life in inherently problematic, which makes it inherently interesting.
  25. Can you solve a small part of the problem?
  26. Figure out a way to make more mistakes.
  27. When Western people become wealthier, they buy more loneliness.
  28. True lack of understanding is learned.
  29. Landmine people, some people were put into the universe to rig it to explode, then walk away.
  30. Fighting with memes is fighting with weapons that will be coopted.
  31. Familiarity breeds comfort, not contempt.
  32. Least said, soonest mended.
  33. Love and freedom do not coexist.
  34. What we know is that we don’t know anything.
  35. People don’t care about research, principles or good governance. What they want is the magic bullet.
  36. Fear deafens the heart.
  37. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.—Richard Feynman