300-Word Sunday

On anger, red wine, Sartre's coffee, and more

Friends, Romans, countrymen, and women. Lend me your ears!

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

Enjoy.

3 Aphorisms

I.

A bit of practice is always worth more than a ton of theory.

II.

Show your anger when needed.

People need to know what irritates you and what doesn’t.

But, crucially, remain internally calm.

Your anger is only a tool. Don’t become its puppet.

III.

To think better, don’t aim to be right.

Instead, try to be less wrong.

To improve your mind, mind your ignorance.

Forget about your “brilliance.”

Art of the Week

Near Sorrento, 1863 by John Brett

2 Philosophical Jokes

I.

WAITER: Would you like white wine or red wine with your dinner?

GEORGE: It doesn't matter. I'm color blind.

II.

Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.” The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?”

1 Heuristic

Speaking of dinner, here’s a good heuristic: when picking a restaurant in an unfamiliar city, don't look at the menu, look at the clients.

H/T Nassim Taleb


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Until next week,

Vizi Andrei

Creator of The Sovereign Artist