Discovery of Slowness (Life Lessons - 4/13)

In the novel “Discovery of Slowness” by Sten Nadolny he describes the life and journey of arctic explorer Sir John Franklin from a unique perspective in which he uses a fictional trait to characterise Franklins outlook onto the world. He describes him as perceiving things at a slower pace than others, leaving him incapable of participating in ball games for example, making him an outsider. Just to turn this deficit into an asset that made Franklin more successful once he learned how to use it to his advantage.

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Are you a Survivalist or a Pioneer?

We need categories to organise the world. No doubt. A great place to look for strong categories is politics where most commonly used categories are "Left" and "Right". Based on this broad categorisation there are subcategories that are very nice to have arguments over but don't help to understand what is going on.

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Basic Forms Of Fear (2/13 Life Lessons)

When I was roughly sixteen years old, my mom gave me the book that has had the greatest influence on me and my life. It is called “Grundformen der Angst” by Fritz Riemann.

He published it in 1961 as a study in psychodynamics, building his theory entirely on fear as the driving force of human nature and he characterised four forms of fear which stem from two pairs of conflicting needs. Each need is associated with its own specific expression of fear.

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Being An Alien (1/13 Life Lessons)

….what I quickly came to learn as a naive ten year old kid with no experience of people judging other people based on their appearance or culture, is that there seems to be a special problem with germans within the Austrian culture. As soon as I opened my mouth to speak, it became evident that I was different. While in theory we all spoke German, the Austrian accent and what I had learned as German seemed to be from two entirely different planets…

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Life lessons and book lessons

In the next 15 posts or so will be focussing on lessons life taught me that shaped the way i am today and that created the reflection and learning that led to Deep Alignment. I will alternate between life lessons and books i read.

Not all of the books are chronologically related to the life lesson, but they definitely have something to teach about the life lesson.

As always, i am grateful and curious about your thoughts and feedback! Please reach out to me with anything you would like to share!a

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Imagine

Imagine a world in which all human beings on the planet are equally rich on all five levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. I believe such a world is not only possible. I believe it must be built. Let’s build it.

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Reading List

Several people asked me for my reading list in the past couple of weeks. So, today i went through 15 years of amazon shopping history which is an interesting experience in itself and parts of my brain to come up with the books i think everyone should read. I tried to order them into broad categories to make it easier to navigate them.

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Transport

I love showing my son old technology like dial phones, especially the ones with the rotary dialer. The first expression usually is one of total indifference. He simply lacks the context to make sense of what this weird thing is. Only once i start delivering context his expression gradually changes to something like diseblief and astonishment. I love these moments and i am pretty sure that he will have fun doing stuff like this with his kids later.

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Technology

Technology will save us. Or it will kill us. It’s pretty binary.

I’ve spent a lot of time this year thinking and learning about what makes us humans different from technology in its purest form, a strong general ai with a body attached and i must say that i have not found much.

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Travel

Using the passing world as a canvas for introspection is very nice and rewarding, but moving all the quarks and electrons that make me up from one place to another through time is exhausting. There better be a good reason for the effort and in my view it’s nothing less than reinvention. It’s a tool for leaving your comfort zone in a planned and controlled way.

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Time

It turns out that time only exists as a function of temperature change when looked at from the basic principles of physics. Looking at things from this perspective creates some nice imagery.

All of a sudden the world is full of opportunity for temperature change. Listening to music for example. The alternating compression of air creates pressure fluctuations and where there is pressure, there also is a difference in temperature between high and low pressure areas.

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Work

There must be a better word for this. In my bubble almost noone considers work to be something you have to do, or you’re forced to, or something you don’t like. To the contrary.

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Society

“Software eats the world” Marc Andreessen says. He might be right, after all he’s been right about many things in his life so far.

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Science

Science is a like a lego-brick factory of basic truths. It tries to create items that we can fall back on and rely on to be true. We can then go on and use these items or principles to build objects of fantasy on solid foundations and test their strength — and they will always be stronger than any object built on unproven and weak foundations.

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Talent

taste, curiosity, love for what you’re doing, a moral compass, courage combined with lots and lots of perseverance create talent.

thinking that you’re talented from the outset might be true for a short moment, but it will not be long before someone with more focus and perseverance will overtake and build talent.

talent “by nature” is an illusion.

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Politics

I think politics is the wrong medium for organizing our democracy. 
We, the people, must wake up to the fact that the days are gone in which it really was our vote that mattered. I think you know that. We all do — but in the face of money laden lobbies and huge slow moving administrative organisations creating momentum in the right direction seems to be impossible.

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Religion

When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a religion. Robert M. Pirsig

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Plan

A plan usually does not survive contact with reality. 
But without one, you are missing the greater context within you choose to act.

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