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.
Every year, I write an essay commemorating my observation of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish Calendar – a deep, sad, and honest reminder of the present. Yom Kippur is an unusually important day for me; I have been fasting (no food or water) each and every year since I turned 13.
A few days ago, I was posed the question: do you think that the world is better off today than it was 100, 500, 1000 years ago?
In my economics and finance courses, we are taught the fundamentals of game theory, often rooted in the idea of “zero sum games.” Zero sum implies that the “total gain of the market – total losses of the market” sum to zero. In other words, some people win, others lose, but we, together, are often indifferent.