300-Word Sunday

On modern slavery, outliers, misery, and more

Hello friends!

Vizi here.

Let's jump right in.

Here are 3 aphorisms to reflect on, 2 philosophical jokes, and 1 heuristic.

Enjoy!

3 Aphorisms

I.

The difference between a workaholic and a slave is largely psychological: a slave is forced to work hard whereas a workaholic is trained to choose to work hard.

The alchemy lies in giving the man a sense of independence about his decisions.

II.

To win at life, don't study outliers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Elon Musk.

Study free people that aren't necessarily wildly rich or famous.

Study techniques. Forget about outcomes.

III.

Learn to be happy before you become rich.

Contrary to popular opinion, wealth doesn’t turn misery into happiness.

Wealth turns misery into more misery and happiness into more happiness.

Wealth merely amplifies your current state; it doesn’t change it. It feeds with whatever you bring to the table.

Don’t seek wealth if you’re unhappy; or else you’ll attract even more misery.

Art of the Week

The River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 1770 by Paul Sandby

2 Philosophical Jokes

I.

10-year-old: Pete and Repeat were walking down the street. Pete fell down. Who was left?

7-year-old: Repeat.

10-year-old: Pete and Repeat were walking down the street. Pete fell down. Who was left?

II.

George: Hi, Martha.

Martha: What's the matter, George? Are you mad at me?

George: No, of course not.

Martha: Yes you are. Why are you mad?

George: I'm not, I told you.

Martha: You are. I can tell by the tone of your voice.

George: Martha, I am trying not to be angry with you.

Martha: See, you are seething with hostility toward me.

Why? What did I ever do to deserve such anger?

George stalks away, slamming the door behind him.

1 Heuristic

The brain motivates us to complete tasks in which we have already invested time and energy. This helps us finish things, even when we have plenty of reasons to give up. For example, the sunk cost fallacy leads a student to keep studying, despite hating the course, because he has already invested money, time, and energy into it. On the other hand, the sunk cost fallacy stops being a fallacy if the course he's taking is enjoyable and useful: it gives him extra motivation to learn and keep going. In other words, if a bias is useful (aids your survival in some sense)—it's not a bias.


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Until next week,

Vizi Andrei

Creator of The Sovereign Artist