Archive for March, 2017
The Culture Principle

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Ray Dalio and Bridgewater have built a competitive advantage through their systematizing the use of radical truth and radical transparency. They have mitigated some of our cognitive biases. They have also developed a way to use and combine the outputs of multiple different mental models:

Bridgewater have a created a system which will generate better outcomes than their competitors. It will also increase the growth rate of people working in that environment. They identify everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. There is constant feedback, the effectiveness of strategies to address them will be continually rated and able to be subject to improvement. Someone working in that environment will soon leave their peers elsewhere behind. This in turn will improve the performance of the organization as whole.

In effect they have built a process for using multiple mental models/conceptual frameworks and of combining different perspectives:

We all have slightly different conceptual frameworks or mental models and they are all a mix of what is useful and what is not.  This means that we can improve our understanding by incorporating other peoples. This is one of the reasons why having a diverse team working on problems can be better than having one rigid perspective.

Try and have multiple different mental models, made up of components which can be mixed and matched. Use them as different spectacles or filters to view reality or the problems you are working on. While even this will not let you see reality as it is, it may give you a better understanding than those you are competing with. It may help you see what they do not”

Ray’s principals are well worth reading. Its caliber can be judged by its start:

Principles are concepts that can be applied over and over again in similar circumstances as distinct from narrow answers to specific questions. Every game has principles that successful players master to achieve winning results. So does life. Principles are ways of successfully dealing with the laws of nature or the laws of life. Those who understand more of them and understand them well know how to interact with the world more effectively than those who know fewer of them or know them less well. Different principles apply to different aspects of life—e.g., there are “skiing principles” for skiing, “parenting principles” for parenting, “management principles” for managing, “investment principles” for investing, etc and there are over-arching “life principles” that influence our approaches to all things. And, of course, different people subscribe to different principles that they believe work best.

 

Read the Principles, read up on Mental models. Then incorporate your conclusions into your life. Action it.

 
Joyful aging

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So much depends on how we perceive things:

The old have no opportunities, no possibilities in the future. But they have more than that. Instead of possibilities in the future, they have realities in the past—the potentialities they have actualized, the meanings they have fulfilled, the values they have realized—and nothing and nobody can ever remove these assets from the past.

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The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him? “No, thank you,” he will think. “Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, though these are things which cannot inspire envy.
Viktor E Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust

Time is a precious commodity. Probably best not to waste it.

 

 
The triumph of evil

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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing:

In the mid-1990s, I could count on students who had wanted to listen to start yelling at the protesters after a certain point, “Sit down and shut up, we want to hear what he has to say.” That kind of pushback had an effect. It reminded the protesters that they were a minority. I am assured by people at Middlebury that their protesters are a minority as well. But they are a minority that has intimidated the majority. The people in the audience who wanted to hear me speak were completely cowed.

From brown shirts to black ski masks. Like NAZI”s of old they are cheered on by much of the establishment. A well funded national network willing to use violence to intimidate the masses.

Evil walks among us. Evil spouting slogans of solidarity, of the community comes before the individual:

The community comes before the individual” roughly translates as “Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz”. This saying was minted on the edge of all 3rd Reich silver Reichsmark coins. It perhaps epitomizes the philosophical ideal underlying Nazi society.

History may not repeat, but it does rhyme. Human nature remains what it always was. There’s a veneer of civilization. The left have swapped the veneer for a sneer. They have not changed. They still use their old playbook:

They accuse the right of being racist when they preach hatred against Jews and whites.

They accuse the right of inciting violence when they do so themselves

They accuse the right of being dishonest and lying while they reject the very notion of truth.

They accuse the right of supporting censorship, when they favor it.

They accuse the right of manufacturing consent while they control the media

They accuse the right of not caring about the working class as they destroy it

They accuse the right of hate speech while demonizing all who oppose them

 

As Becker said in The Denial of Death:

It is our altruistic motives that turn the world into a charnel house

 

 

 

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