Reading Material


Cosmic Love

A thoroughly socialized person is one who desires only the rewards that others around him have agreed he should long for. He may encounter thousands of potentially fulfilling experiences, but he fails to notice them because they are not the things he desires.
4 min read

On Happiness

In Siddhartha, the protagonist points out flaws in the Buddha’s teachings to the Buddha. The Buddha responds that there are many paths for achieving enlightenment. He explains that while all can get you there, none are perfect.
7 min read

Naval Ravikant on The Meaning of Life

Before you were born, you didn’t care about anything or anyone, including your loved ones, including yourself, including humans, including whether we go to Mars or whether we stay on planet Earth, whether there’s an AI or not. After death, you just don’t care either.
3 min read

Interesting Paradoxes

Taken from Wikipedia's List of Paradoxes, check out a fascinating list of exceptions to the rule.
1 min read

The Marketing Mental Model

If you have a great product but another company was already first in that market, create a new category in which you are first. You don’t have to entirely change your product—just find something that sets it apart.
12 min read

On Blessings

The sea surges up with laughter and pale gleams the smile of the sea beach. Death-dealing waves sing meaningless ballads to the children, even like a mother while rocking her baby's cradle. The sea plays with children, and pale gleams the smile of the sea beach.
5 min read

Another Tim Ferriss Style Update

Personal rumination on the balance between broad exploration and honing into a particular area. Interesting Skillshare classes that have provided me with value and a new workout plan.
2 min read

Fear is the mind killer

I find that these books have a much larger therapeutic effect than reading new literature. I think that part of what makes these books therapeutic, apart from the wonderful stories that they contain are the fact that we associate these stories with a less busy or complicated time in our lives.
2 min read

Elon Musk on Old Political Leadership and Other Tidbits

Elon Musk proposes having a maximal age on elected politicians. In this same interview, he also noted that "people don't change their minds, they just die" and that "leadership that is several generations older than the average age of its constituency will be unable to relate with them".
3 min read

3 Wiki Links from History

This week, I was learning about the spread of Catholicism in India, Indo-Russian relations, and the history of the Magna Carta. Here is what I was looking at, specifically.
3 min read