Happy Sunday! Thank you again to everyone who responded to last week's inaugural Sunday Brunch newsletter. Your feedback is always valued and is extremely helpful to shape the future of this platform.
Without further delay, grab your coffee, mimosa, water, juice, bloody marry, chocolate milk, or whatever else the Brunchers are drinking these days and enjoy this week's issue.
Are We Still Thinking? - reminds us of our inclination to constantly consume and then parrot information. The article goes on to explore how this tendency is eroding our ability to think clearly and subsequently our society.
Some excerpts that stood out to me...
Unlike Aristotle or Da Vinci, every single one of us will read, watch, and listen to more recordings of people than we will ever have conversations with.
New information enters the ideology machine, it is massaged by the current rule-set, and an opinion appears out the other end. Original authors exert themselves on ideologies, but once they are large enough the ideologies obtain their own gravity, like celestial bodies, and we as individuals become satellites. If we get too close, we are caught in the orbit. If we get much too close, we crash.
Rather than dwelling in their own thoughts, being a human being, living and experiencing things and gaining wisdom, people restrain all of their wisdom faculties with these chastity belts of ideology.
If thinking is to return to us, it may be through a reordering of priorities. Living out knowledge, through the act of doing, perfecting craft, and creating with others, cannot be counterfeited like thought can.
Crypto Fundamentals & NFTs - assuming you do not live under a rock, you've likely heard the buzz about these NFT things. Like most people, you probably fall somewhere on the scale of "this is stupid and a fad" all the way up to "this will revolutionize the world." I'm somewhere in the middle. Undecided and cautious, but eager to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible.
The link below is to a google doc containing an 80+ slide deck that clearly explains some of these fascinating, new developments in the blockchain world. The deck was created by a software engineer & writer, Patrick Rivera. Patrick has worked with Instacart, Dharma (DeFi Startup), and Mirror (Decentralized Publishing Platform).
This is a fantastic primer for web3.0, blockchain, crypto, NFTs, and their future in the world.
The Great Online Game - we are all playing some form of the Great Online Game. How well we play determines the rewards we get, both online and offline.
It's a lot of work, but it's fun work, with exponential upside and compounding returns. Go play.
That's it for this week, everyone.
Thank you, as always, for your time. If you made it this far in the article, I appreciate you tremendously and am thrilled to have you in our community.
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Enjoy your Sunday & have a great start to the week!
See you Wednesday!
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