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That discomfort is the tax that is paid to eliminate self-defeating habits that hold many people back in their professional lives. No-one really knows what it means, but everyone wants to have it.


Easy to destroy, difficult to build. Revenge can be dramatic and explosive. It can be as subtle as tiny daggers. But, back to the dead white dudes. Indeed, according to Epictetus, the most striking characteristic of Socrates was that he never became irritated during an argument. He was always polite and refrained from speaking harshly even when others insulted him.

He patiently endured much abuse and yet was able to put an end to most quarrels in a calm and rational manner. The effect is the same. Marcus Aurelius is reminding us that refraining from imitating their behaviour is the best form of revenge. And, potentially, acting like Mariah Carey, throwing shade on your enemies by not acknowledging their existence. She expresses clearly how I feel sometimes when I sit down to write something for Thought Shrapnel :.

Not a word, not even a wisp of an idea.

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Along the way I looked at the sky, I ate a mandarin and then a second mandarin, I made a cup of tea, I watched a family of wrens outside my window, I panicked. I let email divert me, and then remembered that was the opposite of the plan. I stayed off Twitter. Panic increased. Then I did the one thing that absolutely makes a difference to me. I asked for help. Sometimes what you have to do as a writer is sit in place long enough, and sometimes you have to ask for help.

Whatever works for you, is what works. But to what end? These days, people argue about the facts themselves as well as the appropriate response. The world is an inordinately complicated place that we seek to make sense of by not thinking as much as humanly possible.

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To aid and abet us in this task, we divide ourselves, either consciously or unconsciously, into groups who apply similar heuristics. The new information is then assimilated into the old worldview. None of us do. Thankfully, there are smart people, and not only academics, thinking about all this to figure out what we can and should do. The never-ending struggle between these two minds is the human condition. I think this is worth remembering when we spend time on social networks. And especially when we spend so much time that it becomes our default delivery method for the news of the day.

Our Primitive Minds respond strongly to stimuli around fear and fornication. When we reflect on our social media usage and the changing information landscape, the temptation is either to cut down, or to try a different information diet. Commercial news outlets, including those with which the BBC competes, are funded by advertising. Which is basically everywhere. What gets the most engagement?

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How are headlines formed now, compared with a decade ago? We pay with our attention, that scarce and valuable resource. Kids not learning fast enough in school? Track them more. Scared of terrorism?

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Add more surveillance into the lives of everyday citizens. And on and on. Congress has remained silent on the matter, with both parties content to watch Silicon Valley make up its own rules. But this is like arguing that inmates are happy to be in jail because they use the prison library.

Confronted with the reality of a monitored world, people make the rational decision to make the best of it. That is not consent. Ambient privacy is particularly hard to protect where it extends into social and public spaces outside the reach of privacy law. But a portion of my life has been brought under the magnifying glass of software. So, without necessarily an answer to all this, I guess the best thing is, like Kate, to ask for help. What can we do here? What practical steps can we take? Comments are open. He had an intense gaze.

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He spent months in cold places like Norway to isolate himself. He temporarily quit philosophy, because he believed that he had solved all its problems in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, and worked as a gardener. He gave away his family fortune. And, of course, he was Austrian, as so many of the best geniuses are. They are early signals of resistance ahead for edtech which need to be engaged with before they turn to public outrage.

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By paying attention to and acting on edtech resistances it may be possible to create education systems, curricula and practices that are fair and trustworthy. It is important not to allow edtech resistance to metamorphose into resistance to education itself. What happens if they make worse decisions faster? Governments need to pause and take stock of the societal repercussions of allowing machines over a few decades to replicate human skills that have been evolving for millions of years.

Like economic power and political power, privacy power is a distinct type of power, but it also allows those who hold it the possibility of transforming it into economic, political and other kinds of power. As a rule, he tries to get as high as he can—one of his favorite tricks is talking local work crews into letting him shoot from the cockpit of a construction crane. Noam Cohen One of the things that the next leaders of the Free Software Movement will have to address is how to take practical steps to guarantee our basic freedoms in a world where Big Tech provides surveillance to ever-more-powerful governments. Cory Doctorow Doctorow suggests breaking up these companies to end their de facto monopolies and level the playing field.

In fact, what tends to happen next is well known : The tragedy of the commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users, by depleting or spoiling that resource through their collective action. However, the article cites the work of Elinor Ostrom , a Nobel prizewinning economist, showing that another way is possible: An exclusive focus on states and markets as ways to control the use of commons neglects a varied menagerie of institutions throughout history.

But unlike traditional computer programs — which follow a highly prescribed set of steps to reach their conclusions — these systems make their decisions in ways that are largely hidden from public view, and highly dependent on the data used to train them. Yes, things took longer, and one needed to make plans and keep them, but being off the grid was normal. Today, not replying… is a truly radical act.

Let that sink in for a moment. All of these things build upon incrementally until they eventually become unsustainable. Realistically, most of our days are likely to involve some use of digital communication tools. After all, time is the ultimate zero-sum game. This is why self-reflection is so important, as Wanda Thibodeaux explains in an article for Inc.

In sum, elimination of stress and the acceptance of peace comes not necessarily from changing the world, but rather from clearing away all the learned clutter that prevents us from changing our view of the world. Need more specific advice on that? The advice to be focused on which apps you need on your phone is excellent; I deleted over ! Let me know in the comments section below! It leads to this magnificent exchange :. Is it the same as refraining from imitating others, or are Marcus Aurelius and George Herbert talking about two entirely different things?

Aristotle focused on the nature of authenticity; what it means to be real but also persuasive. Those four elements are required to argue persuasively in any context. However, the stakes are higher in business. Branding is a form of marketing, of changing the surface appearance of something. An ethos runs much deeper. It is, as Aristotle noted, about your reputation or authority, neither of which are manufactured overnight. The process requires a level of maturity and self-awareness that can be uncomfortable at times. That discomfort is the tax that is paid to eliminate self-defeating habits that hold many people back in their professional lives.

No-one really knows what it means, but everyone wants to have it. Easy to destroy, difficult to build. Revenge can be dramatic and explosive.

It can be as subtle as tiny daggers. But, back to the dead white dudes.