October 20th to 28th

Immanent contentment

The formula for Montaignean immanent contentment is moderation through variation: an arrangement of our dispositions, our pursuits, and our pleasures that is calculated to keep us interested, ‘at home’, and present in the moment but also dispassionate, at ease, and in balance.

(Why We Are Restless, by Benjamin and Jenna Silber Storey)

Walking again

I’ve started walking to and from work —7.4 km round plus 3 km at break time make more than 10 km work-daily —not bad.

Misandry —you didn’t know the word, did you?

No, of course not, what do you think I am?

Misoginy’s the talk of the town, but misandry’s all the rage’ (comment by Garth Wood at Marginal Revolution).

Now Reading — The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

All warfare is based on deception.

Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.

He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

Do not repeat the tactics that have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.

When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.

Social Economics

If peer pressure and other forms of social capital have enormous power over choices, it becomes much more important to make wise decisions in selecting peers and other determinants of such capital. —Gary Becker & Kevin Murphy, Social Economics.

Now Reading — The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

In a desperate position, you must fight.

There are roads that must not be followed, armies that must not be attacked, towns that must not be besieged, positions that must not be contested, commands of the sovereign that must not be obeyed.

There are five dangerous faults that may affect a general: (1) Recklessness, which leads to destruction; (2) cowardice, which leads to capture; (3) a nasty temper, which can be provoked by insults; (4) a delicacy of honor that is sensitive to shame; (5) over solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.

Nuestra vida

La conciencia reflexiva nos ofrece lo que denominamos nuestra vida: la suma de todo lo que hemos oído, visto, sentido, esperado y sufrido desde el nacimiento hasta la muerte. —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow.

La experiencia intrínsecamente gratificante

Cuando la experiencia es intrínsecamente gratificante, la vida está justificada en su presente, en vez de ser el rehén de un hipotético beneficio futuro. —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow.

Now Reading —El conflicto social moderno, by Ralph Dahrendorf (1988)

El primer ciudadano es el varón libre de la Atenas del siglo V aC. Con todas sus limitaciones, tuvo que pasar mucho tiempo antes de que alguna nación moderna se aproximara a este ideal.

Las sociedades modernas se exponen a tres riesgos políticos:

  1. La versión absoluta del liderato: la autocracia
  2. La versión absoluta de la administración: la burocracia
  3. La versión absoluta de la participación: la democracia

Un rey preguntó

Un rey preguntó a un hombre santo: «¿Te acuerdas de mí?». El hombre santo contestó: «Sí, pienso en ti cuando me olvido de Dios». Muslih-ud-din Saadi.

A flame

A flame is a stream of hot gas.

He felt the urge

On my way to work today, October 28th, I’ve seen, at 7:40 in the morning, in Palma, Mallorca, Spain, at a temperature of 20°C, a man who had stopped and parked his car in the gutter of a heavy-traffic road just to fill up the antifreeze container with its corresponding antifreeze fluid.

He must’ve felt the urge to.

2 thoughts on “October 20th to 28th”

  1. I had begun to grow a waistline… So I started running but found it bad for my back. Walking (intently) seems to be doing the job —I’m in control of my weight now, with the help of some very slight home weight-lifting and, of course, not eating to excess.

    Walking, furthermore, has a very welcome side-effect —it energizes me, so when I arrive at work I feel like working and when I’m back home I feel like doing chores or whatever physical…


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