Sunday Wisdom No. 25
Things should be simple, not simplistic—do a 30 min by 30 min audit—Parasite review—pioneers and process people—fake news by WSJ—how will you measure your life—no feeling is final
My girlfriend is away, and I’ll be home alone for a week. I tend to get easily bored whenever I’m alone, so I’ll mostly indulge myself in experimental cooking and movies whenever boredom strikes. Suggest other fun activities that I should try.
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📝 What I Wrote
In the last two editions of Sunday Wisdom, I talked about the life-expectancy of ideas and other non-perishable things and knowing the difference between what you control and what you don’t. Today I’m going to talk about the difference between simple and simplistic things.
Oversimplification: There Are Hidden Risks Inside Quick And Easy Solutions
People often oversimplify things to sound good or make their ideas easily comprehensible. It’s common in professions where they are rewarded for perception, not results. Don’t be fooled! Just because something sounds simple, or just because a lot of people subscribe to it, or just because it’s recognised by an authority, doesn’t make it right.
💡 An Idea For You
If you think you are too busy, do a 30 minute by 30 minute audit of a day. You’ll find out how much time you’re wasting.
👀 I Enjoyed Watching
Although I don’t consider the Oscars as the benchmark for good film, I believe Parasite is an excellent movie. If you haven’t watched it, you should. If you’ve been contemplating watching it, here are my (almost) spoiler-free thoughts that will make the movie all the more beautiful to you.
It’s definitely a movie about the class divide, but it’s not just about the haves and the have nots. There’s a third layer as well—the have nothings. The haves live on the higher ground, the have nots live in a semi-basement, and the have nothings live inside a basement. Their worlds are divided by stairs.
A parasite is an organism that has sustained contact with another organism to the detriment of the host organism, and the irony is that the haves, the have nots, and the have nothings—all of them are parasites in the movie. It’s obvious how the 2nd and the 3rd categories are acting as parasites. What isn’t very obvious is that the haves are also taking advantage of the others without giving anything back.
But the deadliest parasite of all in the film is hope. The hope for a better job, better money, better education for the kids, and better life. Hope sucks out everything and gives nothing back.
📑 I Enjoyed Reading
Pioneers vs. Process People — “Whatever project, in the beginning, it needs builders, pioneers who come up with clever ideas and execute upon them fast. They improvise a lot along the way. Later, when a company grows and matures, its focus shifts. A typical post-early-stage startup now has a product which needs a lot of incremental improvements, nitty-gritty regulatory details which need to be figured out and a developer team which works well and only needs some fine-tuning. For lack of a better word, I call them process people.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Fake and Distorted News — “This lack of an objective quality control process is the main problem in “journalism” today. To make matters worse, those who know the true facts are reluctant to speak up because they are afraid to fight the media.”
How Will You Measure Your Life? — When renowned Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen passed away several weeks ago, the world lost a truly innovative business thinker. While there are countless business lessons you could learn from his work, here’s where he gives some crucial life advice. “I think that’s the way it will work for us all. Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people. Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.”
🤔 Worth Thinking About
I recently watched Jojo Rabbit—such a beautiful film! Taika Waititi puts slapstick in Nazi Germany with dollops of sweet melancholy. The following is a composition of a poet mentioned in the movie. It’s such a beautiful line, and so true! Hope you love it as much as I did.
Let everything happen to you.
Beauty and terror.
Just keep going.
No feeling is final.
— Rainer Maria Rilke
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