September 04, 2020 (1 min read)

Garbage In, Garbage Out

As Ryan Holiday writes in Stillness Is The Key:

There's a great saying: Garbage in, garbage out. If you want good output, you have to watch over the inputs.

The more I think about it, the more I realize that the only way to live a meaningful life, nurture my mind, and cultivate good ideas is by ruthlessly eliminating sources of "garbage": useless news, noise, hate, uninformed opinions of vocal minorities etc.

As I've written before, I believe friction controls our lives, so it's easier to let the above garbage creep into your life (and mind) than to actively protect yourself from it.

I hope a new wave of mindful tech (borrowing the expression from Ali Mese during a call we had) will help us in this regard, filtering out the garbage before it reaches us, or at least helping us to spot it.

It will surely be an area of focus while working on Mailbrew. Our mission has a lot to do with filtering out the noise, unplugging from feeds, and finding meaningful information.

If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters. (Epictetus)

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