Sunday Self-Scaler 18
A unique way to help you stop worrying about your problems, an invaluable wisdom resource I stumbled upon, and a podcast I want every man to watch.
I sink into my chair, brain fried, and look at the 50+ chrome tabs in despair. “I’m so done with this!”, I growl, destroy the tabs and slam shut my laptop’s lid. Who would’ve thought that planning and making a few investments would be this tedious?
As I swivel around in my chair, my phone flashes a Whatsapp message, “Bro, prepared for the exam?”
“Wait, what exam?”, I wonder and check the date. Sure enough, I had forgotten about my math exam. Cursing under my breath, I fling upon my laptop.
“What a hypocrite I am. Being impunctual and forgetful, and writing about self-improvement online”, I think with a sardonic smile.
“Suddenly my life seems like a confusing maze of problems without solutions.”
Soon, back down the thinker rabbit hole, I am furiously contemplating my beliefs, weighing them against opposing reflections, and thinking, “Wow! I am so lost. I know nothing. Does anyone even know anything?”
Suddenly my life seems like a confusing maze of problems without solutions. Frustrated, “To hell with this, I’ll just watch some YouTube”, I think. As I sift through the algorithm god’s choices, this video intrigues me.
As it zooms out, “We are tiny”, then “We are microscopic specks!” until I lose all perspective of size and in awe, and mutter “We are nothing. Literally nothing.”
A man, an invisible speck on Earth. The Sun, a million times bigger than the earth. Our galaxy is a trillion times the size of the sun. And the milky way is only one of the billions of galaxies in the observable universe. What even are we or our problems then? Nothing. As Stephen Hawking has said,
“The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies. We are so insignificant that I can’t believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes.”
“What even are we or our problems then? Nothing.”
So, the next time your problems seem huge or all-encompassing, remind yourself of the universe and how utterly laughably insignificantly tiny you and your problems are compared to it.
An Invaluable Wisdom Resource I’ve Stumbled Upon
If you don’t already know, I’m a big fan of Naval Ravikant - a modern-day thinker, entrepreneur, investor, and internet celebrity all rolled into one.
His quotes, mindset, worldview, and sheer perspective of things never cease to amaze me. Today, while scrolling through YouTube, I came across this video by Andrew Kirby.
As the name suggests, he created a searchable database of Naval’s content - podcasts, blogs, tweets, quotes, posts, etc.
It’s an Obsidian-based knowledge base with a graph structure for easy navigation. If you know how deep and vast Naval’s knowledge is, you’ll realize just how incredibly valuable of a resource this is.
I encourage you to go check it out. If you don’t want to watch the video, here’s the direct link.
A Podcast I Want Every Man to Watch
As I am writing this, I am midway through this, and despite being someone that already knows quite a bit about evolutionary psychology, this video is incredibly insightful.
Intergender dynamics is a crucial subject that talks about how men and women interact. And I believe this video is an excellent starting step for men to better understand attraction and women.