*This article is not about Bitcoin per se — but any point of view that goes against the norm
There’s this weird phenomenon — whereby telling someone something that goes against what they believe — leads to them believing that you’re full of shit. The more you try to convince them of your viewpoint, the more they think you’re full of it.
Even if you present them with some facts, anecdotal experience, or research they’ll give you back a blank stare, while they silently think, that you’re entirely wrong.
The extreme of this is that the said person will pigeonhole…
The hollow shells of humans walking around you. The silent stares. The ghastly atmosphere that perfumes the platforms. The bombardment of advertisements. The loud crashing noises as the train thunders through the underground network. The changing of trains to get on the right line.
After one hour in the morning of this drudgery to work, and an hour in the evening, I’m drained. …
We may still on rare occasion feel the whispers of what we were labelled as by our peers when we were younger. The pain we experienced as a result of a loss in a family. Perhaps the ordeal of going through our teenage years. The days where we deeply missed our parents, not sure if they would come back.
Perhaps we still feel the pain of not always having someone to speak to in times of need. Or perhaps we are still burdened by the aftermath of carrying so much weight on our shoulders for far too long. …
When you wake up, wake up as if you had no friends, no family, no country.
Remove every single person from your life’s story.
Disentangle yourself from the trap of seeing yourself through the eyes of anyone.
You are not known.
You are solitary.
And you are here for a reason.
You have no past.
You have no future.
You have no name.
You have no identity.
You are here.
And no one knows you — and you know no one.
Who are you… now?
I wrote the above passage to myself over five years ago. And sometimes, I go…
I’ve been wearing my watch the whole year — and I actually don’t remember ever taking it off for longer than a minute. I can’t live without it. Or at least I thought I couldn’t.
It helps me note how many minutes I’ve meditated each day. How long I’ve spent in a cold shower. But most importantly, it gives me a sense of control.
This sense that I can arrange things in such a way, so that I end up accomplishing more. A watch also adds a sense of urgency to the day. It keeps me ‘on time’.
In a dark room with nothing but my being and my thoughts, I’m free to truly examine my existence. Who am I, where do I come from, where am I going? These questions often get set aside for more basal considerations. But I haven’t lost alignment with the part of me that wants to know my truth.
*mockingly claps to self, well done you*
In a world full of falsehoods, I am only myself, when I begin to detach from what’s around me. It’s very rare that I give myself the opportunity to free-write, as I’m doing now. But just…
We’ve been working on these devices called smartphones for over a decade, and now that they’re released, we’re amazed by the progress we’ve made in such a relatively short time! Already there are more smartphones than people worldwide! Depression rates, feelings of isolation, anxiety, and ADHD in teens have skyrocketed due to the social media apps being used on these devices. And boy, we’re just getting started!
Your best life is happening right now. The best version of you — is who you are right now. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that the future you, is going to be the better you. Your future you might be better on some levels, but nevertheless, the only thing that will change is the surface.
Primordially, the same unique, powerful, amazing ‘you’ exists now, and will also exist in the future. Perhaps the only difference in the future would be that you unlock access to that ‘you’ — but it is highly unlikely — as you can only…
The other day I had a chat with Phil. Having conversations with him over the last two years has added some levity to life. Recently, I asked him: What are you looking forward to throughout the rest of your life? Do you have any goals or aims?
Phil gave me an answer I won’t forget. Being in the ‘work’ (a word used to describe an intimate orientation towards living in presence), he said that anything he does is all done with that compass in mind. …
For a while, I’d been looking for something like Tai Chi or Qi Gong to practice, always mindful of the possibility that I may be missing out on something special. And over recent years, I’d grown accustomed to seeing the odd person or group in a park, practice a series of slow hand and body movements.
From a cynical perspective, these people were just moving balls of air, contorting their hands and bodies in various positions. But I intuitively knew that something was happening with these movements, something beyond the lens of our eyes, something spectacular, and perhaps even life-changing.