**Documenting the intellectual, cultural life: art, science, philosophy, and everything in between.** **[Twitter](https://twitter.com/jcdemerez)** | **[Subscribe](https://jcdemerez.substack.com/)** ___________________ # January 19th 2024 ![[mad men#Young people don't know anything]] ______________ **[[a calendar of wisdom - leo tolstoy | A Calendar of Wisdom - Leo Tolstoy]]** The difference between real material poison and intellectual poison is that most material poison is disgusting to the taste, but intellectual poison, which takes the form of cheap newspapers or bad books, can unfortunately sometimes be attractive. #awareless ^88f393 A constant flow of thoughts expressed by other people can stop and deaden your own thought and your own initiative... That is why constant learning softens your brain... Stopping the creation of your own thoughts to give room for the thoughts from other books reminds me of Shakespeare's remark about his contemporaries who sold their land in order to see other countries. **- Arthur Schopenhauer** #reflection #learning A person who knows little likes to talk, and one who knows much mostly keeps silent. This is because a person who knows little thinks that everything he knows is important, and wants to tell everyone. A person who knows much also knows that there is much more he doesn't know. That's why he speaks only when it is necessary to speak, and when he is not asked questions, he keeps his silence. **- Jean Jacques Rousseau** #silence #quiet When you carry your burden, you should know that it is good for you to have it. Make the best of this burden and take from it everything which is necessary for your intellectual life, as your stomach takes from food everything necessary for your flesh, or as fire burns brighter after you put some wood on it. **- Marcus Aurelius** #difficulties #stoicism We cannot imagine the scope of our ignorance, just as a blind man cannot imagine darkness until he can see. **- Immanuel Kant** #ignorance Only one step lies between a five-year-old child and a man of my age. Between a newborn baby and a five-year-old child lies a huge distance. Between a fetus and a newborn baby lies an abyss; and between nonexistence and a fetus lies not only an abyss, but a gulf that surpasses comprehension. ^a5399d #concentration #skewness #asymmetry Every bird always knows where to make her nest. And if she knows how and where to make her nest, this means that she knows her purpose in life. And why does man, who is the wisest among all creatures, not know that which any bird knows, that is, his purpose in life? #purpose #life_meaning There are many people who are more unhappy than you. This message cannot be a roof under which you may live, but it will be enough of a roof under which you may hide from storms. #difficulties #happiness People think that self-sacrifice violates your freedom. Those people do not know that sacrifice gives us complete freedom, and frees us from ourselves, from the slavery of our dissipation. #freedom #self If my soldiers started thinking, not a single soldier would remain in my army. **- Frederick II** #freedom #independence ____________ # January 18th 2024 __________ ![[principles of economics - gregory mankiw#Trade is a positive sum game]] ________________ ![[mad men#Success is related to standing out]] ________________ # January 17th 2024 ![[the great depression - benjamin roth#Reasonable Returns (The Great Depression - Benjamin Roth)]] ____________________ ![[mad men#People want to be told what to do]] _______________ # January 16th 2024 ## Mean-Reversion, Life-cycles Vivimos en constante equilibrio inestable. Después de un periodo de sufrimiento, el ser humano prioriza el disfrute. Tras la Primera Guerra Mundial, los estadounidenses se pusieron a gastar todo lo que ganaban, y la economía experimentó un boom. Fueron los felices años 20. Pero de igual forma, todo periodo de esplendor tiene un fin, y da paso al colapso. La euforia de los años 20 se convirtió en depresión en los años 30. La naturaleza y el ser humano no conocen el término medio. Es todo una concatenación de periodos de auge y decadencia. El sufrimiento siempre encuentra un suelo; el éxito siempre acaba tocando techo; y el ciclo vuelve a empezar. ![[the great depression - benjamin roth#Boom and Bust Cycles (The Great Depression - Benjamin Roth)]] ________________ ![[mad men#The reason you haven't been in love is because it doesn't exist]] __________________ # January 15th 2024 ![[the great depression - benjamin roth#How to Invest (The Great Depression - Benjamin Roth)]] ________________ ![[mad men#Advertising is based on happiness]] ___________________ # January 14th 2024