Zuihitsu, 2022-10

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. When dealing with enemies, the goal must not be diagnosis, but defeat.
  2. All observation is drenched in theory.
  3. The problem with rowing your own boat is that you can’t see where you’re going.
  4. When people thought the Earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the Earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the Earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the Earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.—Isaac Asimov
  5. Some variance clarifies. Some disrupts.
  6. Modern finance’s innovations tend to make safe assets more risky.
  7. Survival in adverse environments is more important than maximum returns under favorable conditions.
  8. Even music can be a weapon when someone else controls it.
  9. Sind Kryptowährungen eine Verirrung oder ein Spiegelbild unserer selbst?
  10. Indecision often results from thinking we have more control than we do.
  11. Existence is a guerilla campaign.
  12. The problem with belief in universal truth or universal values is it also comes with the belief that they must be imposed on the rest of the globe, either through diplomacy, coercion, or violence.
  13. Stay in the game. Be patient. Avoid the big mistake. Do these things and you’ll be just fine.
  14. Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.—Mae West
  15. People that play it safe when young end up playing it safe their whole lives.
  16. If you cannot win the war you are fighting, fight another one.
  17. Journalism: history or conversation?
  18. …every instance of turf-protecting selfishness is evidence not of flawed human nature, but of a flawed society, one that values stuff or power or money or winning over relationships.
  19. The world is not a solid continent of facts sprinkled by a few lakes of uncertainties, but a vast ocean of uncertainties speckled by a few islands of calibrated and stabilised forms.—Bruno Latour
  20. Two types of categorization: lumpers and splitters.
  21. An artist is not paid for labor but for vision.—James McNeill Whistler
  22. You can learn as much from things done badly as things done well.
  23. …if it’s provably secure, it’s probably not.—Lars Ramkilde Knudse
  24. Sometimes to find the light, we must first touch the darkness.
  25. Despise not the labor that humbles the heart.
  26. Controversy is artificial interestingness.
  27. What cannot be known hollows the mind. Fill it not with guesswork.
  28. It darkens the heart to call dark deeds good.
  29. Autocracy is brittle because it is blind.
  30. Death, taxes and people complaining. The sure things in life.
  31. Sometimes you change the subject, and sometimes the subject changes you.
  32. Without pain, without struggle, without anguish, discomfort and fear, transformation is impossible.
  33. When someone is crying, someone is learning.
  34. Are you weird enough?
  35. Learning is really just widening.
  36. Launch and iterate beats plan and pontificate.
  37. Les vacances, c’est la période qui permet aux employés de se souvenir que les affaires peuvent continuer sans eux.—E.J. Wilson
  38. If you need a sign, it’s bad design.
  39. Some people need a push, some need a shove. Some need the barrel of a .38 snub.
  40. Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.—Carl Sagan
  41. Don’t play the sap for some cause.
  42. Our main mission in life is to say to the other people: Do not be afraid.
  43. Learn the difference between constructive criticism and someone projecting their own insecurities.
  44. There is hope. Infinite hope. Just not for us.
  45. If your definition of a friend is someone who will die for you, then you don’t have any friends.
  46. Loneliness is solitude with a problem.
  47. Tomorrow may belong to your foes, but there is always the day after tomorrow.
  48. Being a nobody can be a great advantage because no one bothers to lie to you.
  49. Men will build empires for a wink and a meal.
  50. You can always tell a [type of person], but you can’t tell him much.
  51. History does not take lifelong holidays.
  52. You cannot make something good until you know who you are making it for.
  53. Knowledge all by itself, without deep wisdom, ends up becoming despair.—Ram Dass
  54. The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common – they don’t change their views to fit the facts. They change the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs changing.—The Doctor
  55. Cultivate and relearn the practice discernment.
  56. Write, think and create — a page a day.
  57. A bad metaphor is a curse.
  58. New environments have different norms and different cultures.
  59. People need a creative outlet, unstructured time and to know they are valued.
  60. When the judgment comes, the people in the middle will fall into hell first.
  61. Love is a choice and an action. Love is never merely a feeling.