“Early in the morning, when day breaks, when all is fresh, in the dawn of one’s strength — to read a book at such a time is simply depraved!” — Friedrich Nietzsche
Morning routines are the new dick-measuring contest.
Search them up on YouTube and you’ll be greeted by thousands of videos by people doing more before 9 a.m. than you and I do in the entire day. …
“Boredom is the beginning of every authentic act. […] Without boredom, there’s no creativity. If you are not bored, you just stupidly enjoy the situation in which you are.” — Slavoj Žižek
At its height under the Roman Empire, the city of Rome had a population of over one million people. To the ancient world, this was unheard of. No other city in the West ever managed to reach a population of over a million until London underwent the Industrial Revolution… a millennium and a half later.
With this in mind, as well as how blood-soaked and unstable the history…
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” — E. F. Schumacher
According to legend, in 1895, an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto noticed something quite bizarre taking place in his garden.
Whilst harvesting his veggies, he realized that most of the peas he gathered came from only a few pea pods. More specifically, he found that around 80% of his peas came from only 20% of the pods he planted (and conversely, a mere 20% of…
“The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born when we die.”
— Erich Fromm
To die without having lived is a tragedy like no other. Realizing that, although you have been around for thousands of days, you haven’t even lived through a single one, is a terrifying thought… sadly, it’s also the fate of most people.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Friedrich Nietzsche believed that those of us who want to avoid this fate must embark on a three-stage journey: the three metamorphoses of spirit…