I published an essay some two years ago titled "no one can compete with you on being you."I want to get back to this topic, and double down on the idea that individuality and agency drive perspective and outcomes.
A few years back, I published an essay (inspired by a conversation I had with Micah Baldwin) about the idea of "your default." Today, I visit a similar topic, reminded that everyone has idiosyncrasies that they default to in certain situations. Programming these instincts compounds over time.
What is the difference between "being kind" and "being nice?"
This essay is another one of those rants berating the quality of the classroom learning environment. Perhaps this is obvious, but who else agrees that "learning via lecture" is the silliest, most broken ego-driven system of all time - especially in college.
One luxury I value highly is the freedom to decide how I want to spend my time. Baked into that statement is the idea that freedom enables "free decision making," it is certainly a privilege to be able to decide what I want to eat for breakfast in the morning. But it is even more-so one to be able to choose how I want to spend my life. Whether or not you are bought into the idea of free-will, or rather "artificial free-will," you would likely agree that today's society is "more free" than ever before."
I think there is a big difference between being "evil" and being "rude." And, while I think neither attributes are particularly positive qualities, I find it important to separate the two when making judgements about another person.
A few months back, I bought into the hype cycle and purchased a pair of Apple Airpods. As an avid audio-listener (always consuming music, podcasts, and books), I have not at all regretted this decision and, in fact, wish I had caved in sooner. Airpods, in my opinion, are Apple's "best release" since the iPad.
One thing that I have been noticing more and more lately is just how many organizations, companies, and teams operate without adherence to a mission or goals. I find this is absolutely true in school, proliferated throughout directionless classes and organizations.