Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights

Miscellaneous bits of wisdom and resources on personal development, life purpose, philosophy, epistemology, nonduality, psychedelics, etc. Published randomly throughout the week.

in·sight
noun
  1. penetrating mental vision or discernment.
  2. the sudden act of grasping the inner nature or truth of a situation.
  3. a deep understanding of a person or thing.
synonyms: intuition, discernment, perception, awareness, understanding, comprehension, grasp, apprehension, penetration, acumen, perspicacity, acuity, vision, wisdom, recognition, realization, epiphany, ah-ha moment

Insights here are meant to be quick and half-baked. Consider these food for thought.

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May 24, 2024

Genius:

May 23, 2024

This snake is one of nature's most insane traps. Its tail moves like a spider to lure in foolish birds. Just look at it move!

The intelligence of survival.

Snakes, crocodiles, and humans alike fill their bellies with fools. A crocodile's whole life is designed around feasting on fools.

May 20, 2024

They cut the video where the gator snatches the granny. But it did eat her.

May 16, 2024

The perfect allegory for life:

That will be you if you keep being a fool ;)

May 14, 2024

Overall, this is a good talk and Galloway makes good points. However, I want to point out an important oversight in his logic. At the end of the talk he asks the question, "Do we love our children?" But here's the devil of this issue: People have always loved their children, including rich people like Scott Galloway. That's actually what creates the problem! Why do people pursue endless wealth, as Galloway does? In many cases it's because they are insecure about providing for their children. The problem isn't a lack of love for your children, it's the privileging of your children over everyone else's children. Rich people provide too much for their children relative to everyone else. When everyone wants to favor their children over all other children, the end result is a cutthroat capitalist society where the good of the collective is eroded.

In this talk Galloway highlights a collective problem. There is an important difference between love for YOUR children vs love for all the children in the collective. And there is a tradeoff between those two. If you love your own children too much, you will try to use your wealth to give them special advantages, like getting them to the best schools, best doctors, best universities, etc. And of course this is done at the expense of other kids. This is a nuanced example of The Tragedy Of The Commons. Wealthy people are exploiting and manipulating the commons in order to gain special advantages in life BECAUSE they are in love with themselves and their own children too much. To fix the problem that Galloway highlights requires something more than loving your children, it requires making sacrifices for the collective well-being of society. Which requires someone like Scott Galloway to stop exploiting capital markets! Which he isn't prepared to do because he still feels financially insecure and wants to provide his children.

What do I mean by "exploiting capital markets"? Scott Galloway says on his podcast that he lost $15 million in the last year shorting stocks. << THAT is the problem. He has a net worth over $100 million and 4 mansions around the country yet he's still doing this Wall Street stuff. As long as Boomers behave this way, that's why Gen Z is getting screwed. So the real question is: How do we change our entire business and corporate culture so that people stop behaving this way?

Does Scott Galloway love mankind enough to stop short-selling and buying his 5th mansion? How about all of his Wall Street friends? How do we get these people to stop it? That's the real question!

I'm not interested in judging Scott Galloway, I just wanted to point out the depth of this problem and why it's so difficult to fix. Despite his exploitation of capital markets, Galloway is still doing plenty of good in the world by talking frankly about these issues. So he deserves credit for that. I would rather Galloway give this talk than not. But at the same time, let's not kid ourselves with love.

May 13, 2024

Filmmaker David Lynch got it!

May 13, 2024

New book out (The Everything War) which details the corporate devilry of Amazon. It's illuminating to look at the details of how Amazon actually does business and their cutthroat corporate mindset. Really scumbag stuff.

May 12, 2024

Just pause and think of how many humans have been snatched by gators and crocodiles across all of history. How many naive children playing too close to the water?

Imagine one second you're playing by the shore with your friends, and the next your skull is getting crushed by a crocodile. What thoughts would flash through your mind as it drags you under? All your fantasies and human games would ooze out of your skull. You would beg for God to save you, but in this case God is the crocodile — and it's hungry.

The Psychology Of Traps