Gates thinks they’d be a sign that the universe… evolved. It’s possible that in some “inchoate epoch,” universes with a range of mathematical properties arose and couldn’t last. Ours did, because of the stability provided by a feedback mechanism like error correction. Feedback mechanisms keep biological systems going, too — scientists are still sorting out how error-correcting methods keep DNA in tune. It shouldn’t be surprising to see the universe itself having a way to propagate its own stability, if the universe is, in some sense, a manifestation of life merely by being something rather than nothing.
d sad…uture self is a person you haven’t met yet. Don’t presume to know everything about her in advance.” When I was young I imagined that if I passed a certain age without a partner and children, it’d be impossible to make friends, my life would be dull, and I’d grow bitter and sad. The opposite has proven true. I have never made close friends more quickly, I’ve never felt more energized about my work, and I’ve never valued myself quite as much.
Working for $15/hr is making a living. Spending one hour writing an article is carving out freedom. Don’t let immediate payoff trick you. Pretend your time is worth $1,000/hr. Would you spend five of them doing extra work for free? Would you waste one on being angry?
The act of being creative — that is, making things instead of consuming — is one of the best ways to avoid this trap, and to strengthen personal autonomy. It nourishes the spiritual core and gives us confidence in ourselves, rather than worrying about what the rest of the world is up to.
… each of us. A lot of money. In 2017, each U.S. user was worth $20.21 (and Canadian users, $26.76). At some point, we have to accept the reality — continuing to use Facebook means we’re complicit in the drug killings in the Philippines, the rise of hate content, the harassment of women and minorities, and the ongoing genocide of the Rohingya. As long as we stay on the platform, Facebook will continue to make money selling ads from unsavory …
…average, and to building the skills necessary to become mission-driven, is through layering skills. Skill layering is the practice of learning one new skill that offers us the greatest opportunity and is also in high demand. From there, we strategically layer on another new skill that takes us to a place where there is even less competition. As we layer these skills, we’re moving to a place where we’re becoming a monopoly of one.