Since books are often costly both in terms of money and time, there should be placed a serious emphasis on deciding if a book is worth commit to. Generally, reviews of non-fiction fail in this regard, following a rule of weighing the strengths and weaknesses of a book divorced from how effective it was in delivering its promise. The esteemed value of books as a means of transformation might be one of those social facts that nobody questions, despite it being mostly ineffective.
There is actually a real argument for slowing down while reading a book if it conveys ideas that are of practical use to you. Ideas presented in books such as "Atomic Habits" that seriously attempt to change your life, needs to be absorbed slowly both in terms of its information and emotion. Sometimes it seems I need to re-read a book, not because I forgot its message, but because I need to reexperience the emotions associated with it.
Now more then ever, we need to realise that friendships have a 'less is more' quality to them. Hence, we should be incredibly careful of not eroding our 'real' friendships by focusing our energy in keeping up with our acquittances. Social minimalism is in opposition to using friendships instrumentally. It is a way of acknowledging that a friend in front of you, is better than ten on facebook.
One thing that I repeatedly learn from reading Nietzsche is to be suspicious of values and traditions instilled by others. One such value is that summarized in the old adage: I’ll sleep when I am dead. And it turns out that you soon will if you don’t get adequate sleep.
In virtual worlds, we maximize our character’s development in order to make the game as enjoyable as possible and consider anything less to be a tremendous waste of time. Using our unique capacity for consciousness to voluntarily embrace the discomfort of shedding the ego is the process by which we can escape the ultimately meaningless fate of characters in virtual worlds.
Even at peak of human psychical condition, are we to think there is no place left for growth? No place where we can push a bit harder? Look up above, the limit is right there. Let’s try to surpass it again today.