Justin Sung
Justin Sung

Skeptical optimist. Like to laugh.

Fire & Motion 34

Stin's reading note.

Fleeting Quote

受困只是一種姿勢。

 

Out-of-League

🏅What do I think about biometric proof of personhood?

🏅Wes Anderson est dans le Vidéo Club de légende pour parler cinéma 🔥

 

Reading

🏘️The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

Compete well and ask for help in a conversational style.

Competitiveness is healthy when it's controlled and when you're not doing things purely for emotional reasons. It makes people raise their game, but you can't get out of hand. You have to not mind when you lose, which is very difficult sometimes. If you invest too much into your competitiveness, you lose perspective and it's a terrible crash when you don't succeed.

In asking for help, people should approach it as a conversation, not simply as a question. That's more inviting to the person who is agreeing to help because they feel as though they can contribute to the problem-solving. And by framing your request for help as a conversation, you may realize that the thing you were originally asking about isn't what you actually need.

 

🏘️The Kinfolk Home

Early mornings are dark and quiet. Although your warm bed beckons you to climb back in, starting your day before the day can leave you feeling enlightened and ready to meet life's forthcoming requirements that rise with the sun.

 

🏘️The Kinfolk Travel

I love to travel, but that means the journey as well as the destination. Trains and ships show you the journey and treat you like a human being. You aren't strapped in; you can stand up and walk around, you can sleep in a bed, eat in a restaurant. My message is that you're not suffering to do the planet a favour.

 

 

📕活出意義來

當我們問到何謂生命的意義時,我們期待一段論述、一段故事,但宇宙並非如此運行的,宇宙萬物並沒有一個既定的故事軸線;男人到中年時,得在「我的夢想為何?」與「我實際上達成什麼?」之間做成妥協跟理解,若無法安然地接受並尋找替代目標 (例如養育後代),那麼中年危機將必然發生;正如船舶需要壓艙物以順利航行,我們也需要適度地焦慮、緊張、不安以穩定前進的方向。

真正重要的,不是我們對人生有何指望,而是人生對我們有何指望。我們不應該繼續追問生命有何意義,而該認清自己無時無刻不在接受生命的追問。面對這個追問,我們不能以說話和沉思來答覆,而該以正確的行動和作為來答覆。到頭來,我們終將發現生命的終極意義,就在於探索人生問題的正確答案,完成生命不斷安排給每個人的使命。

我們可以看出心理健康是奠基於某種程度的緊張:人「已經達成」與「還應該完成」二者之間的緊張;或者是:人「是什麼」與「應該成為什麼」之間的緊張。這種緊張是人類生命中固有的屬性,為心理健康不可或缺的條件。人真正最需要的並非不緊張,而是為了某一值得的目標而奮鬥掙扎,他所需要的不是不惜任何代價地解除緊張,而是喚醒那等待他去實現的潛在意義。

 

📕原則:生活和工作

系統中隨時都有小部分的崩解,以成全整體的安全與韌性;練習將「時間」的因素納入考慮,例如改善的水準 & 改善的速度、年薪 & 實際工時;藉由提出「那有人能做得更好嗎?」來辨別表現不佳的人 / 運作不靈的系統。

靠水晶球生存的人最後註定都會吃到碎玻璃。投資最重要的不是預知未來,而是知道如何對每個時間點得到的訊息做出適當反應。

一個社群,你永遠有權利和義務去理解事物,一個進程,讓你在異議中求進步。也就是說,一套真正的、有效的創意擇優。我希望你能夠思考、而不是跟隨,同時認識到自己可能是錯的,而且有缺點。我想幫助你盡可能得到最佳答案,即使你本人不相信那是最好的答案。我想給你極度開放的思想和創意擇優,讓你不必被困在自己的腦中,而是去接觸世界上最聰明的人,幫助你為自己、為社會做出最好的決定。我想幫助你們所有人好好奮鬥,不斷進化,發揮生命最大的價值。

牢記改善事物的速度和水準,以及兩者之間的關係。當人們說「情況越來越好」,卻沒注意到落在標準線下多少,以及改善速度能否在可接受的時間內達到標準。

要自問:「還有人能以不同方法完成工作嗎?」我常聽人在抱怨某個結果,對於導致惡果的機器卻不試圖了解。

 

📕美麗的限制:為何嶄新的商業想像,常來自匱乏的條件下?

謹慎地使用比喻、字詞;欠缺動力 (motivation) 時,嘗試想像目標失敗後的景況,以「避免失敗」促使我們採取改善計畫。

我們所使用的語言,傾向於強化路徑及其本身的信念和假設。

情緒在形成反差時最有效。實驗證明,我們不只要耽溺在成功的幻想,還要沉淪在失敗的感覺裡,兩者間的緊繃情緒要比光是正面思考時,更能促使我們擬定計畫並採取行動。

 

📕The 4-Hour Workweek

Distribute joy throughout life, instead of concentrating it. Own your life. Focusing on wage per hour in order to avoid "annual salary" fallacy. Eliminate before automating. Finding your muses, whether it's a personified force who is the source of inspiration, or being absorbed in thought, or saying to oneself in a thoughtful manner.

In contrast to "to retire early or young," it's really about " to distribute recovery periods and adventures (mini retirements) throughout life on a regular basis and recognize that inactivity is not the goal."

In contrast to "to be the boss instead of the employee and to be in charge," it's really about "to be neither the boss nor the employee, but the owner. To own the trains and have someone else ensure they run on time."

Retirement planning is like life insurance. It should be viewed as nothing more than a hedge against the absolute worst-case scenario: in this case, becoming physically incapable of working and needing a reservoir of capital to survive.

Relative income uses two variables: the dollar and time, usually hours. The whole "per year" concept is arbitrary and makes it easy to trick yourself.

Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined.

Surround yourself with smiling, positive people who have absolutely nothing to do with work. Create your muses alone if you must, but do not live your life alone. Happiness shared in the form of friendships and love is happiness multiplied.

You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last.

 

 

📄Reading Well

You should embrace the visceral quality in reading. Read mostly fiction. Read slowly. There is a kind of marinating that happens with very good works, they are always more than their story. The goal is not to digest information, but to layer over your reality with a fresh coat of moss. Your own world becomes colored by these stories, so it is worthwhile to spend time seeking the excellent works from across cultures and history. [...] I also tend to stress fiction because I think, especially among my professional peers in the industry of software, that there is too great a fondness for non-fiction. I think this arises from a belief that superior knowledge of the world comes from non-fiction. This thought is attractive to people who build systems, but over-systematizing and seeing systems in everything can be a failure mode. Careful descriptions and summaries miss too much of the world. Hard distinctions make bad philosophy. Reading fiction helps you become an unsystematic thinker, something that is equally valuable but more elided by some engineers. It is easy to maintain an intellectual rigidity. It takes more care to maintain a loose poeticism of thought.

 

📄Tidbits I've learned that have made my life better

I know that grief never ends. When a friend’s loved one dies, put the loved one’s birthday on your calendar. Send them flowers or a card on that date, and never stop doing that.

I know that showing up is the ultimate act of love. Go to every wedding and every funeral. But more importantly: Go to every sick person’s bedside.

I know anticipation can soften despair. Always have something on the calendar that you’re looking forward to.

I know that kids love absurd questions. If you’re trying to connect with a kid, ask them an adult question like “What kind of car do you drive” or “What do you do for work?” They will crack up and the more you continue the bit, the more they will loosen up with you.

 

 

Watching

🎥The 400 Blows

🎥Past Lives

🎥Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

🎥Leon

🎥Gen Hoshino Concert Recollections 2015-2023

🎥Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

 

📹【汽車露營】與海獅露營車一起去奈良旅行。

📹Principles For Success by Ray Dalio

📹Novak Djokovic | Finalist Interview | Wimbledon 2023

I'll give you a big hug, and we can all love each other.

 

 

Podcastism

🎙️Yuval Noah Harari: Human Nature, Intelligence, Power, and Conspiracies

[What's the meaning of life?] If you ask what life is, life is feeling things, having sensations, emotions, and reacting to them. When you feel something good, something pleasant, you want more of it. When you feel something unpleasant, you want to get rid of it. That’s the whole of life. That’s what is happening all the time. You feel things. You want the pleasant things to increase. You want the unpleasant things to disappear. That’s what life is.

If you ask what is the meaning of life in a more philosophical or spiritual question, the real question to ask, what kind of answer do you expect? Most people expect a story. And that’s always the wrong answer. Most people expect that the answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” will be a story, like a big drama. [...] To really understand life, life is not a story. The universe does not function like a story. So, I think to really understand life, you need to observe it directly in a nonverbal way. Don’t turn it into a story. And the question to start with is, what is suffering? What is causing suffering? [...] We want to stay with the reality of life. And the most important question about the reality of life is what is suffering and where is it coming from?

 

 

Shuffle

🎶French Jazz Cafe - a Spotify playlist

🎶Greek Taverna - a Spotify playlist

🎶Spanish Tapas Bar - a Spotify playlist

🎶Cafe Africa - a Spotify playlist

🎶Brazilian Jazz Mix - a Spotify playlist

🎶Oblique - a Spotify playlist

🎶Cello Sleep - a Spotify playlist

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