7Inspirations: 7 March 2021

Lamp, Kermit the Frog's New Book, More Adam Curtis, Wagyu Beef, Strange Doors

おはようございます Good morning! It’s Paul. I’m writing this to you from a coastal café. Don’t worry, I’m wearing a mask. Hope you’re having a stellar weekend.

Below you’ll find this Sunday’s edition of 7Inspirations: 7 things that inspired me last week. Enjoy!

Music

Lamp - ゆめうっつつ (Yume Utsutsu)

Japanese lo-fi soft-pop electro-acoustic something something. I don’t know how this doesn’t have 1 million hits on Spotify and YouTube. It’s the kind of song you’d expect would be more popular with the lo-fi Japanese aesthetic crowd.

Book

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

Beyond Order, a book about what’s real, so to speak, is, in my estimation (to the degree that estimations constitute truth [to the degree that truth constitutes that which can be estimated]), is a great book written by a great man.

I’m a fan of Jordan Peterson’s work. I’m a fan of him because he’s flawed. I’m a fan of him because he knows that he’s flawed. And yes, I understand that he has erred here and there. I am aware of that tweet he put out years ago about feminists and Islam and unconscious male dominance. I am aware of all the stuff he said on Joe Rogan. I am aware of these things because I’ve listened to him speak, not just about the things that I tend to agree with, but to the things that make me uncomfortable, not in danger, but uncomfortable. There is a difference between discomfort and danger. Danger means you’re about to be harmed. Discomfort means you’re about to hear or read something you don’t understand, or just don’t like to hear.

The business/self-help world continually speaks of leaning into discomfort. Why not lean into some conversations that might irk you? Why not voluntarily expose yourself to thoughts completely opposed to your system of values? At least just once?

Movie

The Century of The Self by Adam Curtis

This is a documentary about the relationship between Freudian psychology and advertising.

The thing about Adam Curtis films is that you can’t talk about them without sounding like a conspiracist. I’m not finished watching this 4-part/3 hour documentary, so I can’t tell you what I think of it just yet. All I can say is that it’s brilliant. Everything Adam Curtis makes turns to gold. His films make you reconsider what you pay attention to, why you buy things, and who’s in control of the decisions you make. The quote below ties it all together.

Quote

We must shift America from a needs- to a desires-culture. People must be trained to desire, to want new things, even before the old have been entirely consumed. Man's desires must overshadow his needs.
-Paul Mazur, 1927 (from The Century of The Self)

Podcast

Conversations with Tom Bilyeu: Jordan Peterson

I try to keep each section of this newsletter diverse in subject matter. But this week Jordan Peterson’s appeared on two podcasts that I’m huge fans of: The Tim Ferriss Show and Conversations with Tom. I’m not just linking this because of my ‘stanning’ (I can’t believe that’s a verb) of The Lobster King, but because Tom Bilyeu is a fantastic conversationalist, in my opinion. This conversation is a great example of the characteristics of an engaging discussion between two people working to understand the world in all its nuance.

Good Fucking Food

This is a Wagyu beef burger. I couldn’t take a steady photo because my hands were trembling in delight. I bit into it and the beef melted in my mouth like cheese in a toaster oven. It was the first time I had eaten Wagyu beef. It was everything I dreamed it would be. Delicious.

Moment

This door.

Why?

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Cheers to your good health,

Paul

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