This is Stan.
And this is his friend Creativity.
Stan loves spending time with Creativity, but unfortunately, he spends much of his week at a job where Creativity doesn’t seem to be allowed.
Stan’s favorite part of the day is when he gets to return home and reunite with Creativity. And, together, they work on making the things Stan finds meaningful and fulfilling.
When Stan returns to work the next morning, he laments the fact that Creativity is nowhere to be found. He wonders why he’s spending 40+ hours a week at a place that seems to be devoid of the thing he cares about most. …
The strangest thing about reality is how un-strange it actually is.
Let me explain.
When Newton discovered the laws of gravity in the 17th century, this was a fundamental departure from the prevailing paradigm at the time. Prior to Newton, people believed that celestial bodies orbited around one another in a “natural motion” without understanding why.
We like to believe that Newton updated the nature of reality, and that we were all better off for it.
But here’s the thing.
Reality itself didn’t change one bit as a result of Newton’s discoveries. The world was always governed by gravity, whether we knew about it or not. While he helped to update our view of reality, the fundamental structures of the universe had been intact for billions of years before him. …
The setting is New York City.
A subway train full of 50 passengers has been hijacked, and the tracks have been rerouted so that the train will soon crash into City Hall. There’s nothing the police can do, as there are only a few minutes left before the moment of impact.
As the passengers fear for their lives, one of them looks up and sees a faint glimmer in the sky. This little speck is moving at a dazzling speed, and it appears to be getting larger as it circles around toward them.
A passenger screams, “It’s a bird!”
Another proclaims, “It’s a…