Sunday Wisdom No. 20

We know what is wrong with more clarity—perception of words—rhetorical method to make you wise—the pressure to turn hobbies into businesses—the struggle to become perfect—people you deal with everyday

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My Latest Article

Via Negativa: We Know What is Wrong With More Clarity Than What is Right

When we set goals—both personal and professional—we tend to focus on what we should do, rather than focussing on what we should avoid. Humans naturally know about what is wrong, what is bad, what is harmful, or what won’t work, more than they know about what is right, what is good, what is beneficial, and what would work.

It hard to say if a person with skills would succeed, but we can say with certainty that a person without skills is very likely to fail. Negative knowledge is more robust than positive knowledge.

This article explores the concept of Via Negativa—the process of obtaining knowledge via elimination. (1,248 words)


An Idea For You

If your words can be perceived in different ways, they’ll be understood in the way which does the most harm.

Few things are as important to study, practice, and perfect as clear communication.


Articles Worth Reading

A New Trial Of An Ancient Rhetorical Trick Finds It Can Make You Wiser

This article discusses illeism—the process of speaking about yourself in the third person to assess a situation and understand your thoughts better. “Imagine, for instance, that you are arguing with your partner. Adopting a third-person perspective might help you to recognise their point of view or to accept the limits of your understanding of the problem at hand.”

The Modern Trap of Feeling Obligated to Turn Hobbies Into Hustles

“When I was a kid, I often heard the phrase, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Like many millennials — who are now of course accused of wanting too much in terms of job satisfaction and security — I was encouraged to view any of my interests or talents as a possible career. This framework has carried through to adulthood, but now, instead of conjuring a Richard Scarry-esque image of happily occupying my time doing things I love, it reinforces the idea that my attention belongs more rightfully on profit than on pleasure.”

The Problem With Being Perfect

“Some perfectionists are the sleeping-bag-toting self-flagellants, always pushing themselves forward. But others actually fall behind on work, unable to complete assignments unless they’re, well, perfect. Or they might self-sabotage, handicapping their performance ahead of time. They’re the ones partying until 2 a.m. the night before the final, so that when the C rolls in, there’s a ready excuse. Anything to avoid facing your own imperfections.”

The past three editions of Sunday Wisdom: 1918, and 17.


Worth Thinking About

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly…”

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


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