Sunday Wisdom No. 54

Doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong, It’s hard to look like a bozo for a long time. Especially when you are the only bozo in the room.

Hi, I’m Abhishek. Each week, I’ll introduce you to multidisciplinary wisdom—in the form of original essays, bite-sized lessons, book reviews, article recommendations, quotes, and more. If you are loving Sunday Wisdom, consider buying me a coffeebecoming a patron, or sharing this newsletter with a friend.


Welcome to Issue 54!

I’m a master procrastinator. Most part of my adult life is spent in not doing something I should be doing. Ideally, I would prefer to write this newsletter a week or two in advance. But this is me on a Sunday morning writing the Sunday Wisdom only a few hours before it goes live.

I’ve tried to fight procrastination for a long time. I gave up eventually. I’ve been trying to make it my ally ever since.

Instead of absolutely not doing something, I play with the ideas I ought to be working on, in my head. For example, I spend the whole week thinking of what I’m going to write so that when I sit down to write, it’s a smooth sail (more or less).

The other day I finished a week’s worth of work in a single day. Since I already had been fiddling with all the aspects of the work in my head for a week—fuzzy thinking—when I finally sat down to work (at the last moment) all I had to do was a brain dump, and then restructure it a bit. Piece of cake!

Is that helpful? Do you have any other hacks to beat procrastination?

— Abhishek


☕️ COFFEE&JUNK

Doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong, It’s hard to look like a bozo for a long time. Especially when you are the only bozo in the room.

We have a tendency to conform to the popular view of the herd rather than resist—even when the herd’s view is clearly absurd. No matter how rational we are, consensus is hard to resist. Even if we choose to stick to our guns in the beginning, we are bound to capitulate at the end.

— Everything Popular is Wrong


🎙 SUNDAY MEETS

After George Floyd was murdered in broad daylight, protesters of all ages, all races, all backgrounds showed up at Black Lives Matter protests out of love for their fellow human beings. But this movement started way back in 2013 when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, and his murderer was acquitted on the grounds of self-defence.

This week my friend Chinmoy and I discuss what this movement means as a broader idea to us, how it applies to India, and how we can make tiny attempts to tackle problems such as racism, casteism, and other discriminations—both as an individual and as a society.

It’s 25 minutes long, and something funny and ironic happens in the end. Do watch it, and let me know what you think.

— Racism, Casteism, and Other Discriminations in India


🥬 FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1.

“I have been strongly advised against writing this story. And to be honest, I am scared too. For last one month, I have been on the receiving end of endless murder and rape threats. Multiple complaints have been filed against me. I have already lost my job as a reporter. My parents have been humiliated and I am in hiding.”

— When Online Trolling Translates to Offline Persecution

2.

“Old technologies remain relevant for several reasons. Sometimes they work as well as anything newer. For their intended purposes, bricks, condoms, forks, paper and shipping containers are all hard to beat. Old tools can long thrive alongside newer tricks.”

— Not Everything Old is Obsolete

3.

“In the victim realm, we speak of anonymity like a golden shield. To have maintained it for four years was a miracle. But while everyone around me discussed the protection it afforded, no one discussed the cost.”

— I Thought My Anonymity Was a Shield

4.

No Country for Old Men is a compelling story with a rather ambiguous end. What’s the film trying to say? I’ve read several articles and watched countless video essays explaining the theme and (especially) the ending of the film. This is one of the best!

— The Silence of God

5.

In Planet Earth II, it’s not just that the grasshoppers are moving, the cameras are moving too. It’s BBC’s most cinematic wildlife film yet. This video explores the technology behind the cinematic style of the documentary.

— How The BBC Makes Planet Earth Look Like a Hollywood Movie


🤔 QUOTE WORTH MENTIONING

“Culture tends to argue that it forbids only that which is unnatural. But from a biological perspective, nothing is unnatural. Whatever is possible is by definition also natural. A truly unnatural behaviour, one that goes against the laws of nature, simply cannot exist, so it would need no prohibition.”

— Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


👋 That’s All!

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