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🔥 The Fireside 14 - Privacy, Pain, LSD, Nationalism and A Mysterious Infection

Happy Tuesday! I've been thinking a lot about the concepts of "craftsmanship" and "mastery" lately. T
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🔥 The Fireside
Happy Tuesday! I’ve been thinking a lot about the concepts of “craftsmanship” and “mastery” lately. The happiest people I know are, by far, those who commit themselves to a job, a cause or an art for a long time, find joy in the process and are motivated by an higher sense of purpose and mastery rather than money.
In his fantastic book “Drive”, Daniel Pink explains many reasons why these people are the happiest but the most important one, I believe, can be found on page 76:
“Intrinsically motivated people usually achieve more than their reward –seeking counterparts. Alas, that is not always true in the short term. An intense focus on extrinsic can deliver fast results. The trouble is, the approach is difficult to sustain. And it doesn’t assist in mastery-which is the source of achievement over the long haul.”
I believe that when a lot of people say they feel “stuck” in their life or unmotivated what they actually mean is that they don’t have a sense of purpose. This is definitely true for me. I’ve felt “stuck” for the last 5-6 months. Unable to think straight and move forward.
The good news is that you can find purpose by refining your craft and seeking mastery. Ironically, this newsletter helps me do that. It doesn’t make any money. There is no obvious benefit in doing it. The only “goal” for this newsletter is to make people think, which is obviously impossible to measure.
Yet, I spend an absurd amount of time researching articles, writing summaries and in general, putting together every issue. It’s craftsmanship. And every single time I send an issue, I’m genuinely proud of it and it makes me incredibly happy.
On to The Fireside…
New Article: Nothing to hide”. I don’t know you but I’m tired of hearing that we shouldn’t worry about mass surveillance unless we got something to hide. In this post I explain why the “nothing-to-hide” argument is morally broke, historically backwards and practically ineffective.
New Book:A short history of nearly everything” by Bill Bryson is one of the most mind blowing books I’ve ever read. In it, Bryson talks about… well, nearly everything, from astronomy to quantum physics, to the theory of evolution and tectonic movements. If you have interests across different topics and want to know how it all fits together, this is probably one of the best books about science ever written.
Have a great rest of the week :)

➤ The links
⚖️ The science of inequality: why people prefer unequal societies
😖 Why the sexes don’t feel pain the same way
🌀 LSD-Tripping Brains Reveal How the Drug Causes the Psychedelic Experience
🐒 This Is Your Brain on Nationalism
💸 The Cult of Early Retirement Meets (Or Strangely, Doesn’t Meet) The Cult of Entrepreneurship
★ Other things from the internet
(That may or may not make you look smart at dinner parties)
🤢 A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy
💡 88 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life
PS: Read the full TheFireside archives here
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