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🎁 Valentin's Present - Tops, Avicii, what thought, empathy, lies to realize truth


🎁 Valentin's Present

June 10 · Issue #41 · View online

The best content I've ever found. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

Mouthwatering Articles
Re-surfacing two excellent essays by Paul Graham related to “top”.
The first one is about the importance of the top idea in your mind. What do you think about in the shower?  If it’s not what you want to be thinking about (or / and the most important thing you’re working on) you may want to change something. Awareness.
The second one is so short that I decided to just paste it here to save you some clicking:
A palliative care nurse called Bronnie Ware made a list of the biggest regrets of the dying. Her list seems plausible. I could see myself — can see myself — making at least 4 of these 5 mistakes.
If you had to compress them into a single piece of advice, it might be: don’t be a cog. The 5 regrets paint a portrait of post-industrial man, who shrinks himself into a shape that fits his circumstances, then turns dutifully till he stops.
The alarming thing is, the mistakes that produce these regrets are all errors of omission. You forget your dreams, ignore your family, suppress your feelings, neglect your friends, and forget to be happy. Errors of omission are a particularly dangerous type of mistake, because you make them by default.
I would like to avoid making these mistakes. But how do you avoid mistakes you make by default? Ideally you transform your life so it has other defaults. But it may not be possible to do that completely. As long as these mistakes happen by default, you probably have to be reminded not to make them. So I inverted the 5 regrets, yielding a list of 5 commands
Don’t ignore your dreams; don’t work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.
which I then put at the top of the file I use as a todo list.
Tempting Question
If I wasn’t thinking about this, would it still be a problem?
Exquisite Short Film
4-min — one of my all-time favorite empathy/putting things in perspective videos:
Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care
Finger-licking Quote
“Art is a lie that makes us realize truth” — Pablo Picasso
Melt-in-your-mouth Podcast
Naval was on Joe Rogan’s podcast this week.
Breaker: The Joe Rogan Experience - #1309 - Naval Ravikant
Delicious Music
Avicii’s released a new album 3 days ago, literally from the grave. To save you some Googling, his team and family completed the songs he had started.
The whole album is fantastic. Here are my top 5 from the album, in order:
Bad Reputation (feat Joe Janiak)
SOS (feat Aloe Blacc)
Heart Upon My Sleeve (feat Imagine Dragons)
Peace of Mind (feat Vargas & Lagola)
Freak (feat Bonn)
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Provoking Picture
Cool library in a phone booth
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