This is a long article at Wait But Why by Tim Urban who spent A LOT of time thinking about, meeting and finally writing about Elon Musk. This is primarily about thinking outside the box, reasoning, critical thinking skills, and how to attempt to overcome dogma, indoctrination and tribalism in order to lead a much-better informed and self-directed life of happiness and satisfaction.
If you’re queueing at the post office then why let yourself get upset and frustrated? Why not just accept that you’re there and practice mindfulness instead. Bring your full attention to your surroundings; the people, the sights, the sounds. Involve all of your senses. Be aware of any inner dialogue that may be judging, criticizing, wanting, resisting. Breathe in and out and allow yourself to be completely calm. Don’t drift off in your thoughts. Be wherever you are, fully.
With everything that has happened to my wife and I lately, humanity and mortality have become to be a part of my life. We are no longer immortal, time is becoming precious.
Which brings me to a post from Open Culture on a documentary about an 81-year old media professor and his voyage to Burning Man.
I’ve been intrigued by Burning Man for quite some time. The expression of freedom and humanity is fascinating, especially in the echo chamber I seem to find myself in these days. We should all be so lucky. Burning Man is on my bucket list.