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On what actually helps you get unstuck, feel better, and reconstruct your inner narrative.

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According to ancient writers ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΑΥΤΟΝ, or “KNOW THYSELF” was the first of three maxims inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. As the son of Zeus and Leto, Apollo is known as one of the most complex and important of all the Greek deities. The presence of this phrase on a temple dedicated to him suggests this maxim holds great significance.

The phrase “know thyself” has been interpreted broadly throughout history by philosophers and theologians alike. …


On rejecting the cult of artistic martyrdom and embracing the sacredness of the work itself.

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I can make my creativity into a killing field, or I can make it into a really interesting cabinet of curiosities.

— Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Creativity has always been about curiosity for me. My adolescence took place before social media, YouTube channels, and online influencers. I spent hours upon hours writing and recording music on a multi-track digital recorder just because I enjoyed the process. I’d take long walks through the neighbor's farm taking detailed photos of my surroundings because it felt magical.

Very few people ever heard those songs I wrote and recorded. Almost no one saw the photos I took. In fact, I think most of those songs and photos have been lost to old hard drives and outdated technology. …


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Difficult questions on the nature of reality, observation, and interpretation.

In 1999, The Matrix popularized the idea of a simulated reality in a visceral way. I was a teenager when I first saw Neo wake up in a vat of slime — in the real world. It was powerful and left a profound imprint on me and so many others.

Much of its impact had to do with what was happening technologically at the time. The film’s release was 8 years before the first iPhone came out, hardly anyone had cellphones, and we had to print off directions to get places. Our computers used massive CRT monitors and we primarily used them for AIM (AOL Instant Messaging). …

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