Places

Is your cave your castle or your castle a cave? Your places are the most brutal reflection of yourself. Just as there may be an old soul in a young body, there may be a palace inside a pauper’s place.

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Thomas Schindler
Pain

Pain should be avoided but not feared. It is a great signal if and when something physically or psychologically happens to you. But fearing it will lock you into your comfort zone, or — to use Carol Dwecks idea of the mindset 

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Parenting

Parenting is the expansion of a new universe inside a new persons mind at the right pace. Because, if the pace is right, the person will not be overwhelmed by what he or she encounters and it can be handled with grace, openness and curiosity.

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Thomas Schindler
Passion

I take it for granted that you are passionate about the things you do. Don’t tell me how passionate you are. If you really are, your actions will speak louder than your words.


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Planet

I would really love to send each and every person to outer space. My hope is that we would develop a more personal relationship to the planet if we see it from the outside and as a whole.

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Luck

The discussion about luck is inseparable from the discussion about skill.

When looking into it, it turns out that the standard deviation of skill in any field you look at has decreased over time. Also, as soon as social components come into play, outcomes become inherently unpredictable.

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Money

Money relates to wealth in the same way as the menu to the meal. 
Neither will you ever survive on eating the menu, nor will you starve without reading one. It is simply a way of keeping track of a potential.

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Music

Music must serve no purpose. The more it is made to serve a specific purpose, the more removed it becomes from the nature of music.

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Thomas Schindler
Health

Being healthy means that all signals are well. Even though there is a lot of innovation happening in the E-Health area, the best sensor for measuring the health of my body is my body.

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Thomas Schindler
Mind

What if your mind is nothing more than a window into your brain? Your brain does all the thinking anyway, regardless of whether your mind interferes or not.

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Thomas Schindler
Ideas

Having ideas is fun and easy. Bringing them to life can be one of the toughest, rewarding and/or shattering experiences a human can live to see.

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Knowledge

Knowledge is worth nil without a proper thinking process to connect it across various domains.

Acquiring knowledge we all learn at school and later in life, but although a proper thinking process can also be learned, almost no emphasis is put on developing it.

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Thomas Schindler
Food

I have baked 50 loaves of bread since the beginning of the year. For my whole life i had taken bread for granted, like we take many things for granted.

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Happiness

Happiness happens when a moment cannot be altered. But whether we think a moment should be altered depends on the context we build. Or, more specifically, on our interpretation of the current situation in the context of our interpretation of the past and the future.

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Friends

If i imagine life as a spectrum of things, i project a part of my self onto, it would maybe and hopefully look like a 360 degree circle of segments around a center — something like a piechart.

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Books

Books are probably the best technology for packaging concepts. 
In fact, they might even be a great thinking tool for developing concepts.
By forcing oneself into carefully formulating each thought in a way that it is congruent with all other sentences in the book, one tends to think more clearly than it is possible in the place we call our mind which tends to give thoughts a very slippery texture.

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Celebrity

I differentiate between two versions of celebrity.

Type One is what i call “identificational celebrity”. The protagonists of this form are very good at creating celebrity, at making and keeping themselves celebrities. They are hard working, disciplined and usually ready to take any amount of shit in order to become and stay a celebrity. Being a celebrity is the goal. 
They serve as an “identificationial” mirror to the multitude who can either positively or negatively compare to them.

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Art

Art is a language that does not require words. For some things any word we might come up with seems to be inadequate because the things it would try to describe are too complex, interwoven, big, grandiose to fit into something mundane like a word.

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