This Week's Reading List 📚
Why Winners Keep Winning – Of Dollars And Data by Nick Maggiulli (10min)
This article explains the Matter Effect. Starting conditions are so important to determine long-term outcomes. Our life is affected by happenstance and serendipity a lot and they are not controllable. The only thing you can do is to focus on your efforts. Some of us are born with more/fewer advantages than others, but we should not let that determine how hard we try and make an effort.
How to be useless | Psyche Guides by Helen De Cruz & Pauline Lee (27min)
Zhuangzi argued that we can reclaim our lives, and be happier and more fulfilled if we become more useless. It is fine for you to simply be. We need to reject the idea of use altogether. Societies based on usefulness do not make us happier or more in harmony with nature. You are not a mere tool in the building of a larger project, or a vessel in a grand ritual; you are a glorious part of the greater Universe, and when you become one with the Dao – you become your true self.
Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship by Maria Popova (19min)
If information discovery plays such a central role in how we make sense of the world in this new media landscape, then it is a form of creative labor in and of itself. And yet our current normative models for crediting this kind of labor are completely inadequate if they exist at all. Finding a way to acknowledge content curation and information discovery as a form of creative labor, and to codify this acknowledgment, is the next frontier in how we think about “intellectual property” in the information age.
See you next week ;)
Kei and Kazuki
Today's Quote: “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
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