How to Use Death as a Catalyst for Personal Growth

Spoiler alert, you are going to die.
And that’s just one of lifes brutal truths.

For years at a time, we can easily forget that death is real and take life for granted. People like to think they have plenty of time, so they ignore the day to day reality of death. I was recently reminded of this fact.

These are some of the things I’ve learned about grieving in the process.

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Active Listening by Carl Rogers

I had a teacher once ask me if I heard him or if I was listening?

Active Listening by Carl Rogers is the most succinct book I’ve read on listening. And the only book I’ve ever read, that’s dedicated to the topic of listening entirely.

Most books on communication focus on speaking, persuasion, and rhetoric. Speaking is seen as the active half of communication, whereas listening is considered passive. The dismal standard that qualifies as listening today sits somewhere above, I’m not currently looking at my phone and not far below, I hear you, but this is why you’re wrong.

There is a subtle art to connection that we’ve lost in the medium of technology and the dominance game of winning and losing arguments.

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Everything is Propaganda #1

Now and then I read Breitbart, The New York Times, or even CNN for a few chuckles. I don’t expect to get any substantial news from these sites. I expect to see political guns drawn.

Journalism today represents a kind of school for adults. Its a means of softly shifting the readers into the authors and organizations way of thinking. This may not be conscious on behalf of the author, but its the natural result of pushing a narrative, while optimizing for clicks, and attempting to keep the illusion of objectivity.

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How to Read Dangerously - Part I

I was with a friend who was notably hangry yesterday and she suggested getting something to eat. We were out running errands and I had already eaten my emergency packet of honey peanut butter so I wasn’t terribly hungry at this point. Still, the suggestion of In-N-Out Burger was enough to get me in the car. After 30 mins of trying to maintain an engaged conversation while simultaneously listening for our number being shouted across the room. We obtain the object of our salivation.

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When the Enviromarxists Come for Bitcoin

Every time the Bitcoin price jumps a swarm of kombucha drinking hipsters flock to Vice to take stabs at writing hit pieces on the energy consumption of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is back in the spotlight these days thanks to some wild price movements and central bank meetings. The decentralized currency has recently been trading over its all-time high of $1200 on some exchanges. But the higher the price goes, the more it exacerbates bitcoin’s dark side: shocking levels of electricity consumption.

Daniel ShaneVice - A Single Bitcoin Transaction Takes Thousands of Times More Energy Than a Credit Card Swipe

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Understanding Bitcoin Forks. Fork Off.

First, lets take a lay of the land. There are three branches of Bitcoin governance:

  • Nodes: A computer that connects to the Bitcoin network is called a node.
    • Full Nodes: A comupter that downloads newly mined blocks and ensure that all transactions conform to consensus rules, and are also responsible for relaying transactions across the Bitcoin network.
  • Miners: A computer that executes proof of work to create Bitcoin blocks.
  • Developers: A contributer to Bitcoin source code and consensus rules.

There are two ways to change existing Bitcoin law…

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Advice From Grandpa // The Curmudgeon's Guide by Charles Murray

Mr. Murry is the man who wrote The Bell Curve, a somewhat controversial study on IQ. Reading the mans book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead feels a bit like getting advice from your Grandfather. Not the crazy Grandfather that says the aliens are coming, but the one that talks about how he got screwed over on his pension and is trying to stop the same thing from happening to you. Forget the fact that no one gets a pension anymore.

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Your Storytelling Ritual

Why do people tell stories? There’s the obvious reason that people tell stories for entertainment. But entertainment doesn’t account for the thousands of repeated stories we tell only ourselves.

Storytelling is a transformation ritual. They are tools that are ment to get you from the person you are to the person you are aiming at becoming. Similar to how art is a way of healing your wounds while simultaneously exposing them. If that sounds like a plausible enough motive for storytelling, I’ll take it one step further and say, every judgment you make about yourself is a story.

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How To Tell The Truth

Often I feel like I’m censoring myself, and this is a problem because censorship is not exactly conducive to great communication. At its best, the truth comes out clear, pointed, and direct. At worst it comes out insensitive, rude, and clearly for my own amusement. More often it comes out somewhere in between, dancing around the inoffensive and the somewhat vague notion of any worthwhile conclusions.

Truth is the art of poetry and the science of comedy.

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