Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights

Miscellaneous bits of wisdom about personal development, philosophy, epistemology, nonduality, life purpose, 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 8, 2021

So... I was watching some porn when I look at the tattoo on the chick's shoulder and it says: God is Love.

And I just smile.

May 3, 2021

This video perfectly encapsulates the hollowness of a Spiral Dynamics Stage Orange materialistic life:

You can just see this poor billionaire is desperately seeking happiness but has no clue that everything he's trying can't possibly work.

April 26, 2021

The brand new Actualized Clips channel is now live!

This channel will feature 100s of short clips of my usual long-form episodes, making the content more digestible, discoverable, and shareable.

It's not new content, but if you struggle to listen to my 2 hour+ talks, these clips are the highlights reel.

My newly hired editor and I plan to release over 1000 clips over the next year, at a pace of about 2 clips per day. Subscribe, if you dare.

April 24, 2021

In my episode What Is Integrity I promised to release a follow-up episode the next week about How To Develop Integrity.

Why was that 2nd episode not released, you may wonder.

Because as I started developing it I realized that to stay in integrity, I need to spend more time gathering my thoughts about such an important topic. I wasn't ready to talk about it yet without doing some more inner work on myself. I released that I would be out of integrity if I published a half-baked episode. So I decided that it is better to delay than to publish something I was not satisfied with.

Now, you might say, "But Leo, you promised to release it last week, so doesn't that mean you broke your promise and violated your integrity? Aren't you a hypocrite?"

To which the answer is: Integrity is a tricky thing. Integrity is of course relativistic. What I consider to be integrity for me is not what you might consider to be integrity for me. You might think that for Leo integrity is releasing videos on a consistent weekly schedule. And earlier in my life I also bought into that version of integrity. But later I realized that I genuinely don't care about that. I care about quality. So for me, the higher integrity is not compromising on quality and only releasing videos that I am satisfied with, even if that means releasing them less consistently. So as you can see, integrity is not so simple as adhering to social expectations or even own words. And that will be an important lesson that I will teach you in the How To Develop Integrity episode once it is released. A key lesson for developing integrity is that you first have to figure out what integrity means for you, because you can optimize your life and your work towards various values, many of them inauthentic. If you are not clear what your values are then you will struggle to develop integrity. Integrity is not about adhering to social norms and expectations, it is about adhering to your own highest values. This requires getting crystal clear about your values and priorities, otherwise you will act like you are being integrous when in fact you are not living up to your highest self. Paradoxically, sometimes breaking your own word can be more integrous than sticking to it. Of course, the ego can also use this excuse to rationalize away its own hypocrisy, so you gotta be careful not to fool yourself.

But what I'm pretty confident about is that for me integrity means higher quality teachings rather than a timely publishing schedule. Whenever I rush to publish a video, I feel dirty inside because I know the video would have been better if I didn't have to rush it. Which is why it's a bad idea for me to promise any kind of specific publishing times or schedules. It will release when I feel it is ready.

April 21, 2021

April 17, 2021

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April 8, 2021

Do you want to study systems thinking, holism, and the science of complexity for the purpose of building a more conscious society?

Well, now you can!

Check out the Santa Fe Institute, the world's leading research center for complex systems science. A stage Yellow/Turquoise university.

They have a YT channel with many videos on systems thinking.

April 1, 2021

Have you ever had an argument about an argument?

March 28, 2021

As bad as heavy metals are in seafood, there are other chemicals which are even worse that no one tells you about: