I screenshot toxic replies I get to this newsletter. I also reply.
My first thought each time someone sends me an email because they didn’t like something I said or copy/pasted here is this: ECHO CHAMBER.
Keep reinforcing that echo chamber.
Confirmation bias for the win!
Becoming free is hard.
Thinking for yourself is a lifelong journey. Keep it up.
I sometimes reply with stuff like that. I know it’s not changing any minds, but there’s always a hope I can plant a seed in their subconscious so that one day it’ll grow into something bigger.
If someone makes you angry because they said something that challenges your belief system, you are experiencing what scientists call cognitive dissonance. If you can catch yourself in the moment and ask yourself, “Why am I feeling this way?” then you have a chance at improving your thinking and maybe your beliefs. I believe, though I could be wrong (doubt it), that stepping outside of your beliefs is the only way to find Truth.
Here are a couple of mental mistakes I see people make often:
Ad hominem - discrediting a person as a means of attacking their idea (This happened a lot with Trump. People didn't like him, so nothing he said could be true or good.)
Confirmation bias - this bias is responsible for many of the errors of perception we humans face. It is seeing only what you want to see—ignoring disconfirming evidence because that evidence is painful to see or accept. You see what you want and ignore what you don’t.
Recency bias - Human memory has been proven infallible in numerous studies. We think we have a crystal clear account of the past, like a mental hard drive, but our memory changes each time we recall an event. There is no way to recall a past event and not have your current state cloud your memory. (It’s a damn shame that many are in jail right now, thanks to faulty eyewitness accounts.)
There are many many more.
To simplify this all, and arm you with a heuristic you can use in your everyday life, do this:
Remind yourself that you’re probably wrong
As Socrates said, know that you know nothing - create an empty, blank slate of a mind.
Accept that most information changes, so the only things you can build up are first principles. Stick with principles.
Say maybe a lot and shrug your shoulders a lot. Be less certain because you can’t be certain or much, other than first principles.
And for the love of whatever you deem holy, stop getting upset at others that your brain is struggling to open. If you want to be upset, blame yourself. Then do something about it.
📰 News and Stuff 🚨
Whatever is going on in Russia and Ukraine, you can be sure that the mainstream media has an angle and is therefore not to be listened to.
What people don’t understand about climate, well it’s a lot of things, but they don’t understand how it’s the next propaganda machine used by the State to get more power.
“For this reason, there are a bunch of different offshoots of Bitcoin: Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Diamond, etc. They were created by groups of people that wanted to change the rules, could not get the majority to agree, and decided to change their own rules anyway, which created a new software and network they all began to use. These are called forks, which are a category of altcoins (alternative coins). Minor changes to Bitcoin have been agreed upon in the past, but there have been no changes to the fundamental rules – which is a testament to the truly decentralized nature of Bitcoin and why it is so valuable. More on this later.”
-Bitcoin, Sovereignty Through Mathematics
Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency. Everything else is noise.
🔥 Useful $HIT CORNER 🔥
🥦 On this day 1954 → US tests hydrogen bomb in the Pacific archipelago of Bikini → Amazing we’re all still here.
🦾 How to be dangerous → Do 10 pull-ups and 10 single-leg squats. This is my definition of fit, and I bet about 95% of the population would fail.
🍳 Cooking: Let one-pot dishes sit in the fridge overnight. Then heat again. omgggg.
🌞 Health → Lay on the ground. Walk barefoot on Earth. Get sunlight. Isn’t it funny that modern health advice is to get the fuck outside?
⌨️ Productivity: AIRPLANE MODE IS FOR PROS
“We are 100 weeks, 2 presidents, 7 trillion dollars, 3 jabs, and a shredded Constitution into slowing the spread.” - Thomas Massie
🔗 Links worth clicking 🔗
→ Why are Most People Cowards? | Obedience and the Rise of Authoritarianism (SO GOOD → WATCH THIS)
🦾 A principle for life
You think you want happiness or some high, but what you really want is peace.
Calm. Acceptance. Freedom from mental bondage.
Choose it and you will have it.
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