Topics: The Power of Introverts, Fear Setting, A Case Against Social Media, Stoicism
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Adrien Ledoux
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
THE POWER OF INTROVERTS
Susan Cain on the power of introverts. I’d call myself a total introvert, and this ted talk as much as her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking resonated with me. This literaly was liberating.
“In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.”
How Great Stoic Thinkers Inoculated Themselves Against Fear by Tim Ferriss. If we as human beings seek pleasure and avoid pain, defining pain or fear of pain sounds logical. Tim gives a framework to manage risk. Might be useful when facing important decisions.
A CASE AGAINST SOCIAL MEDIA
Quit Social Media by Dr. Cal Newport. Yes, I keep playing that note.
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
- The Obstacle Is The Way – How Adversity Can Be Turned To Advantage
- Stoic Optimism, Ryan Holiday at TEDxUChicago 2014
THE MEDITATIONS OF MARCUS AURELIUS
I’ve finally gotten into some of the stoic classics: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Since I have some downtime next week I’m happy to be able to finish the book. It also got me to the source of an idea that helped me again and again:
BEGIN THE MORNING BY SAYING TO THYSELF, I SHALL MEET WITH THE busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. But I who have seen the nature of the good that it is beautiful, and of the bad that it is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that it is akin to me, not only of the same blood or seed, but that it participates in the same intelligence and the same portion of the divinity, I can neither be injured by any of them, for no one can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my kinsman, nor hate him, For we are made for co-operation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth. To act against one another then is contrary to nature; and it is acting against one another to be vexed and to turn away.
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