Hello! Here’s the latest:
First of all, if you know anyone influential in biosecurity, please reach out.
CONSUME LESS AND CREATE MORE
(An old essay that I revised so much that it might as well be new.)
Consumption: reading, watching, observing.
Creation: writing, speaking, doing.
We need time in both modes, Consumption and Creation, but many of us, including myself at the time of originally writing this essay, tend to spend too much time consuming, and too little time creating.
For almost all of human history, we were information starved. But now in a blink, we’re drowning. Social media, news, TV, other Consumption platforms serve to benefit from your distraction. The longer you wait, the more addictive these platforms become.
But unfortunately, the more you consume, the less you create. And because of the forces above, it’s easier than ever before for Consumption to preclude Creation.
“But I use Consumption to relax!”
When I first wrote this essay, I would have agreed with you. I used Consumption like this everyday: whenever I didn’t feel like I had the energy to create anything, I watched science videos on youtube.
But now that I’ve been writing this website for a few months, I’ve found that I vastly enjoy writing over watching. The recent times I’ve tried to watch more than an hour of youtube, or engaged in any Consumption that’s not deliberate research, I’ve found myself feeling sick.
After two months of writing for this website daily, Creation had become my preferred way to relax, and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back. Today, whenever I have a spare moment, I get excited to write and revise, to create.
Until recently my definition of friendship was “close + frequent”. But now I realize that “infrequent close friends” exist. Silly me.
I believe this belief was related to having no close friends when I was younger, which leads me to—
How does one develop comfort with rare beliefs?
As a friend brought my attention to three things: 1) I am involved in the Effective Altruism community where >75% of those involved do not eat meat or otherwise try to limit their consumption to try to reduce harm done to animals; 2) I believe meat is necessary for optimal long-term health and am on a carnivore diet (this is the diet that seems to have cured my acne); and 3) I’m okay with this apparent dissonance.
I suppose this is one apparent benefit of not having friends when I was younger: I didn’t grow up caring what anyone thought.
I’m thinking about how I can make it easy for my future kids to develop this trait. Is there a better way than loneliness and stubbornness? Because I’d also like my kids to have friends…
Hit reply and let me know if this month’s essays and thoughts made you think of anything!