The man of wisdom

“[…] the man of wisdom stands upright under any load.” Seneca, Letters 71.25-28

How to become financially independent

If you would like to be free to work at any project you want regardless of the pay or be able to do things that are hard or impossible with most jobs (like going on a 3 months trip) before you become 60 or 65 I suggest taking a look at this story, for initial motivation (although there are more colorful ones on that blog), and then at the simple math behind how to do it which I summarize here:

The ways in which we need to grow

“The ways in which we need to grow are usually those we are the most supremely defended against and are least willing to admit even exist, let alone take an undefended, mindful peek at and then act on to change. It won’t be sustaining enough to have a quixotic idea of yourself as a meditator, or to hold the opinion that meditation is good for you because it has been good for others, or because Eastern wisdom sounds deep to you, or because you are in the habit of meditating.

How do we build a society when most jobs are automated?

#automations #jobs #universalbasicincome As automation increases more people become unemployable. However we have built a society that assumes that most people have jobs. How do we prepare for a world where that’s not the case? Bill Gross defends in this article the idea of establishing a Universal Basic Income of, eg: $10k per year per person in the US and argues that it could be paid for with 1) raising taxes, 2) issuing more debt via the private market and 3) selling debt to central banks at low interest rates that would be paid back to the government.

Your life in weeks

Using a grid of checkboxes to represent our lives in terms of number of years, months or weeks looks very useful to remember that the clock is ticking and that it’s up to us to decide what to do with the time we have left. Here are the pictures from waitbutwhy but I recommend reading the whole article.

Do what you think you should do, not what you want

Doing what you think you should do means doing what you think a better you would do. It is not doing what others tell you to do or what you think others expect from you. And not doing what you want means ignoring your instinctive responses which is likely inappropriate (system 1 reactions) or plainly wrong (cognitive biases). It is not ignoring the inner voice that tells you what makes you really happy or that tells you that your body needs rest and that you are done for today.

Science & how it helps us understand the world better

Here are some extracts of Neil DeGrasse’s recent opinion piece on the Huffington Post: What is the essence of science? Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.   How do you “do” science? Conduct experiments to test your hypothesis and allocate your confidence in proportion to the strength of your evidence.


It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince The recent movie is beautiful and full of life lessons. Recommended.

Eliminate the unnecessary, do what’s essential

If you seek tranquillity, do less. Or (more accurately) do what’s essential — what the logos of a social being requires, and in the requisite way. Which brings a double satisfaction: to do less, better. Because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you ‘ll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, “Is this necessary?” But we need to eliminate unnecessary assumptions as well.

Three things people think about when they know they are about to die

[ted id=2096] Matt is a veteran emergency medical technician from Long Island, New York. In this brief talk he talks about the three patterns that he has observed on people who are about to die: – People want to be forgiven. “I regret not spending more time with my kids”. – People want to be remembered. – People want to know their lives had meaning, they want to know they didn’t waste them.