I am traveling right now in Singapore and Thailand. Therefore, until my return to USA, the posting here will be irregular and will not look like what you have been accustomed to. So enjoy this much shorter post with about ten links I have enjoyed myself, again, bouncing all over the map (pun intended). Also, do you like this shorter format?
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Best thing I read this past week: Why Do We Idolize Assholes? The asshole is the archetype of our time. That’s not a coincidence. Absolutely brilliant, I agree 100% with it. Hilarious too, enjoy!
This flourishing of assholes in our culture is a full-on, society-wide pandemic, and men are the most vulnerable to the contagion. Assholes are seductive. They seem fearless, and so many men are defined by their fears.
Why are men so drawn to assholes in the first place, and why is this moment in time so asshole-rich, and why has our society produced so many men who are so eager to roll over and show their bellies to the most selfish, the most thin-skinned and petulant people alive?
Life during peak asshole is exhausting unless you’re an asshole, and it’s great… Assholes are almost always people who are scared and nervous, and so they go on the offense. The asshole is a little bit like the octopus, who squirts clouds of ink when frightened. Only instead of ink, they spray invective. [Laughing so hard now…but I also want to cry too]
So be bold, choose kindness, don’t be an asshole!
I am currently on my first long travel adventure since Covid. All prior ones have been short getaways. And I am feeling that wonderful feeling of adventure again, I missed it. So this article spoke to me: Why Adventure Is Always a Good Investment.
If the ultimate purpose of money is to forge a meaningful existence, then few endeavors are as compatible with this aim as the pursuit of adventure. It’s an insightful lens through which to view the potency of our innate tendencies and the significance of their role in shaping our actions. It serves as a prime example of how our ancient instincts continue to influence our modern behaviors.
In essence, travel and adventure invigorate us, making us feel more alive. As legendary travel writer Bruce Chatwin put it:
“Travel doesn’t merely broaden the mind. It makes the mind.”
Here’s a short list of some of the scientifically proven benefits of travel:
- Improved health
- Lower stress
- Reduced risk of depression
- Enhanced creativity
Increased happiness and greater life satisfaction
But you’ll hold dearly the memories of such sights on your deathbed. Wherever you believe you’ll travel to after you die, if you’ve woven a tapestry of adventures with your time and resources, you can rest assured you’ll venture there unburdened by regret. Don’t wait. The world beckons. [Amen!]
Ok, let’s get back on finance stuff. So many out there are bitching. Hate to break it to you but the world IS getting better, check this out: 24 Charts That Show We’re (Mostly) Living Better Than Our Parents. Ignore the haters: living standards have improved a lot since the 1980s. Great charts, take some time to process them, this is my favorite: