Topics: Alzheimer’s, Three Gates of Speech, The Obstacle is the Way, Stoicism, Book Recommendation, Fat Loss
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Matthew Bennett
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.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S
Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be your brain’s destiny, says neuroscientist and author of “Still Alice,” Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease — and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer’s-resistant brain.
ARTICLE I ENJOYED
THREE GATES OF SPEECH
The “Three Gates of Speech” is an idea ascribed to Socrates. In a nutshell he calls to a halt before uttering any message and ask whether a message is true, necessary, and kind. Only if you pass all three gates you shall utter your thoughts. This article on lifehacker elaborates on the idea, and how it affects relationsships.
THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY
This is a 7 minute summary of Ryan Holidays book “The Obstacle Is The Way”. He gives a wonderful framework on how to develop resilience: How do we learn to seize the events that paralyze everyone else? How do we turn what stands in the way into the way itself? I also love the Edison story. Smile every time I hear it.
Stumbled upon this concert by Periphery this week. What are you going to do when your singer gets so ill he can’t sing? Most artists would cancel the show. Not these guys.
For me, this might turn into an antidote for procrastination, creates an impression of urgency:
We must make haste then, not only because we are daily nearer to death, but also because the conception of things and the understanding of them cease first.
If thou workest at that which is before thee, following right reason seriously, vigorously, calmly, without allowing anything else to distract thee, but keeping thy divine part pure, as if thou shouldst be bound to give it back immediately; if thou holdest to this, expecting nothing, fearing nothing, but satisfied with thy present activity according to nature, and with heroic truth in every word and sound which thou utterest, thou wilt live happy. And there is no man who is able to prevent this.
No longer wander at hazard; for neither wilt thou read thy own memoirs, nor the acts of the ancient Romans and Hellenes, and the selections from books which thou wast reserving for thy old age. Hasten then to the end which thou hast before thee, and throwing away idle hopes, come to thy own aid, if thou carest at all for thyself, while it is in thy power.
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If a recommendation comes up again, and again I like to give it a shot. The Alchemist is a wonderful book, and all I want to do here is to pass the recommendation.
Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in the heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.
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