how can we interpret information?

From the Facebook news feed, to the Newspapers, is there a way we can interpret information?

The scientific thought is not always present, and we can’t ask for that, so in case a news arise, what are you gonna do with it?

Are you gonna share it just reading the title?

Are you gonna read some parts alone?

Will you spend your time reading through the article and then search for deeper evidences?

Internet always empower us with choice, but in the end we lack time, so we have to make another choice, is this information something we want and care about?

If yes, then you got to decide how to handle it, if it’s worth sharing.
Sharing based on titles can’t make us better people because in that way we are just helping mass media (not the one you think) manipulate us.
We just go with the flow without understanding the reason, we don’t build a theory, a way of thinking, a point of view.

To create a point of view you must dedicate time and effort, dig deeper, learn more.

That way only you can be sure of what you are sharing.

I got angry again

No matter the day, the sun, or the sky, there will always be a good reason to angry.

Usually it’s about saddle information when we communicate.
Today I was angry because a developer from another company was being mad at me and was implying that it was our fault.

Well, truth is… he wasn’t implying that thing at all, and even if he did, he didn’t write it down.
The implying part was all made up by my mind.

It was my mind that, when I read the email, thought about the hidden pieces of information, he surely didn’t.

Is there an escape from this? It’s not easy, and it won’t be any better in the future but I think the main thing we can do is separate information and judgement.

We should start thinking to why a person is upset with us, we should think about the fact that it’s not about ourself, it’s about the things we do, and the things we do are not our hidden soul, they’re just our actions.

We can fail, we can threat people in the wrong way.
The most important thing is to just care, to threat people in a good way, love them, help them.

Getting angry is, as always, a waste of time.

what if I’m going to fail?

“What if I’m going to fail?”
that is a thought that more often than not cross my mind.

It’s the fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough.

The more I thnk about it, the more I realize there’s not a way to fight this fear, it’s part of who we are.
Having this fear is what helps us questioning to learn, to move forward.

Would it be better if we didn’t fear a thing?
I don’t think so, think about not fearing death, you might jump off a train and just die.
But if you ask yourself “Is the right thing to do? What If I’m gonna die?” maybe you will face the consequences, and think of how to survive.
Maybe you’ll still jump off the train, but you will be prepared to land, or to cling onto something so you won’t die.
And maybe it will work.

Having fear is a litmus test for what you do in life.

being generous is good

Being generous will allow you to share gratitude, to get deeper emotions, to enlighten others.

You may think that keeping it for yourself might be the best thing to do but when you start so share just for the sake of it, and not for being recognized, something might shift.

You might get to connect to more people, to move the needle of your life.

People will be surprised and amazed by your generosity, and from there on they will start thinking about it, about how much worth was it.

And maybe they will start being more generous too, not as a sign of emulation but as of pure delightment.

You made them change in a beautiful way.
Smile.

get your priorities right

We miss priorities by mixing them with distractions.
We might forget that what we care about was our first todo list, our first topic, the others.

It’s still there, our first goal, that’s why we have the option to remove distractions.

It’s hard to leave them, but once we realize how much time we lose every time we give attention to them, than it become clear.

 

 

being slow

I recently started listening to the Tim Ferris podcast, and in one of the episode the guest was the founder of WordPress/Automattic, Matt.

I started listening and the first thought that came to mind was “How slow does it talk?”

Matt talks slowly, he takes his time without adding “ehm, ahm”, etc.
A wonderful way to talk and value every single words without breaking the normal conversation flow.

For a 31 years old man, that’s something.

I came to believe we should pursue slowness and avoid F-words, or vulgarity in general.
Two years ago I wouldn’t have said the same thing, but know I’m very fond of this principle.

Removing vulgarity will allow you to give more value to your talk, giving it authority, power, energy.
Slowing your talk will also allow you to think (strange, right?), to choose words wisely, and to take better decisions.

presenting information in the right way

Today while I was waiting for the train I ordered a croissant.

There were many of them,all beautiful.
I asked for one with apricot jam, and then when it arrived I noticed that it was different from the one in the most visible part.

It wasn’t fresh, just a frozen good for fast food.

Only in that moment I realized the difference between what you see and what you get.
In websites we strive to make this distinction as much little as possible. Doing our best to comply with our users expectations, because, you know, getting tricked sucks.

Marketing, in many places, is still defined by how good you show things of, despite the delusion you give to your client after the goods get delivered.

let the sunshine in

It’s a sunny day here in Italy, and we hang out after lunch in the sunlight.
After a cold winter today it’s almost a hot day, and staying outside is nice, really nice.

I often forget how much pleasure you can get from just staying in the light of the sun.
It’s not just about relaxing, it’s about enjoying the beauty of the world, being part of it, letting the light come in.

would you extend your life?

Today we were talking about Elysium Health, a new product that should slow down the aging process of humans.

They are just pills, and they say the project is backed by nobel prize winners.

Life is a curious topic, I am now reading Seneca “On the shortness of life” and talking about life, aging process, is sure curious.
Is life worth extending?

A friend of mine would absolutely pay to extend his current life, meaning the quality of his mind and body together.
He said that, if he could gain 10 more years of this life, he would pay instantly.

That is probably not possible today, but the dilemma remains: Would you extend your life?

It’s not just a matter of paying for it. We are already paying for a lot of things, so paying for one more, even if it is for life, shouldn’t raise much concern.
In this situation I think it’s worth considering the generic question of extending life .

Many (or all) would just say yes, why not?
I would have probably said the same some years ago.

But I can’t help thinking about the Seneca book.
It’s not about the quality of life, it’s about living fully every single day.

He, who lives every day at the fullest, can die tomorrow with no regrets, because he know he lived the life fully.

To me Seneca is right, it’s not about extending life, it’s about extending our mindfulness in everyday life.
It’s about taking chances, making time for the loved ones, every single day.

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