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Sci​ence as a Crutch

In our society, science became a tool for argumentation and for politics. We act first, then find the science to support our acts. We talk first, then find the science to support our talks.

This is dangerous because we stopped pursing the truth and instead settle with what we wish to be true.

Instead of abusing science as a crutch for one’s own interests, we should make science unbiased and independent again. Only by being independent enough to challenge the truth, we can arrive at the truth.

But independence is not enough. Science also needs to become brave and challenge existing barriers it set for itself.

A good example are current conversations on the physics of UFOs. The UFOs evidently show physical properties which are unexplainable by our current understanding of physics.

It appears that UFOs use technologies which we cannot grasp with our current status of physics. Likely, it will change fundamental physical law we assume to be true as of today. This alone should be reason and motivation enough to uncover missing knowledge and find out the fundamental laws behind UFO technology.

Instead, often those who are the most scientific, are those who deny the existing of UFOs the most. Talk about UFOs and the underlying physics, mention that there is likely a speed which is faster than light, and scientists who should be curious the most look at you as if you were a crazy person.

Let’s stop using science as a crutch to avoid the uncomfortable, and instead focus on discovering truths we cannot grasp yet.

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Keep Taxation Simple

Germany, Spain, France, Greece, India, USA. No matter where you look, when it gets to taxes, it gets complex.

Tax brackets, wealth tax, corporate tax, personal tax, value added tax, tax here tax there.

But complexity is not in and of itself a result of taxes. It gets complex when there are exemptions, tax brackets, tax categories, taxation on worldwide assets, and so on. Certain individuals under certain conditions pay this, other that. Businesses in this region pay more, than in another region. Some types of products are exempt. Others are not.

Nobody understands anything anymore! Without a tax advisor, you are guaranteed to pay too much. And even then, your tax advisor doesn’t understand the entire tax landscape. Maybe you will save some money here, but pay too much elsewhere.

But why is it that complex? Why are taxes so nontransparent?

If there’s one thing a nation-state should work on to attract talent and investors, it is to stand out with transparency and simplicity. Fair taxes in a simple taxation system.

Overall, I think tax advice shouldn’t exist. As taxes should be fair, transparent, and simple by default. For everyone.

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Who You Don’t Want to Become

Often, we think about who we want to become in life. But thinking about who we wish to be, can distort us from being who we naturally were supposed to be.

This is because we imitate other people. Every day – wittingly or unwittingly – we are influenced by people who are close to us: family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and so on. Moreover, people we follow online also heavily influence who we wish to be.

To quit this rat race, it is powerful to think about who we absolutely – under no circumstances – never want to become.

One helpful hint is listen to your gut. Remember and note when you meet someone and immediately think: “oh god, I never want to become like this!”.

For example, your father is a very heavy drinker. Either you are disgusted by this behavior, that you already know that you never want to become like this.

Every so often, this is not enough, as some people unconsciously imitate their father’s behavior and become alcoholics themselves.

Therefore, before you can ask yourself the question “Who do I – under no circumstance – never want to be?” you have to start observing and questioning the people you are surrounded by and the people you are following online.

By actively observing people, you’ll realize how they treat other people, what and how many bad habits they have, and many other things you dislike about them. For example, you might quickly realize that:

  • you never want to become an alcoholic,
  • you never want to neglect your family for super success,
  • you never want to live an average life,
  • you never want to be dishonest,

or whatever it might be.

We also need to pay attention to whom we follow online and question whether we really want to be like them. Whether it is a successful entrepreneur, world-class athlete, a popular ‘creator’, or a perfect mother. Who we look up to influences who we think we want to be. Influencers aren’t called influencers for nothing!

This is hard because social media is showing us only the bright side.

So, ask yourself: Which sacrifices do I need to make to have a life like this? Am I willing to make these sacrifices? What aspects do I never want to incorporate into my life?

Observing people will show us who we don’t want to become. Question people’s lives and behaviors and set clear boundaries of who you never want to become.

If we do everything we can, to avoid becoming who we don’t want to be, we will naturally find ourselves as a person we desire to be.

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Wishful Thinking

Wishful thinking is like a drug. It is a bubble you create around yourself, in which everything is fine and everything will turn out alright.

Wishful thinking is the easy way. It keeps you lifeless and inactive, in times when you should move and act.

Wishful thinking is different from being an optimist. An optimist looks at the evidence and reality of the situation. Even if the situation looks bad at times, the optimist envisions a positive outcome after all. This gives him the necessary power to act, not give up, and move towards this positive outcome, even though he is well aware of the severity of the situation.

The wishful thinker, on the other hand, cannot or does not want to see the reality of a given situation. Instead, the wishful thinker wittingly or unwittingly suppresses reality. This creates an optimism bias in which wishful thinkers expect positive outcomes despite such expectations having no basis in reality.

The optimist faces the hardness of reality and acts. The wishful thinker downplays or ignores reality and procrastinates. If he acts, he is prone to overlook important details, which can lead to a vicious circle of unintended consequences.

Ask yourself whether you are facing reality or fall into the fallacy of wishful thinking.

Look beyond the information you habitually consume. Examine sources which you may find uncomfortable to read. Read at what is sold to you as fake news or conspiracies. Search for information outside your country, and your language.

It is possible that everything you wish to be true is not.

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The Car Stagnation

Cars are a perfect example of how our world is stagnating. Besides minor upgrades and design changes, cars in 2022 are basically the same as cars from 2012 and only slightly better than cars from 2002.

What is the REAL difference between a car from 2012 and 2022?

Most likely, it is a bigger screen which you can pair with your smartphone. Possibly, we also managed to reduce the fuel consumption by 15%. Perhaps the car has now a rearview camera. Or a better sound system.

All in all, the car is still a car. It still can’t drive itself, and it still can’t fly.

For over 10 years, people are promising and predicting self-driving cars. For example, in 2012 Sergey Brin promised we’ll be riding self-driving cars by 2017. Well, we are still driving our fully human steered cars in 2022.

The truth is, we are technologically stagnating. Today, innovation is created by marketing departments. What can we do to really innovate again?

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Free Markets

Supermarkets filled with food from all over the world, heated apartments, new smartphones, or almost self-evident things like a kettle, an electric stove, or even electricity or running water – all this is a result of a functioning capitalism.

Recently, however, we have been able to observe what happens when there is too much government intervention in the market. Be it government-imposed lockdowns during the corona pandemic, sanctions policies during the Ukraine conflict, or excessive monetary policies by central banks over the past decade, prices rise. The trend is clearly one of hyperinflation.

Food in the supermarket is getting more expensive every day, some food is only available in very limited quantities. Gasoline at the gas stations is also becoming more expensive, as well as heating costs, electricity costs and so on.

These problems, caused by government intervention in the market as well as a politically acting FED and ECB, are wrongly tried to be solved by further money printing and government intervention in the market.

However, there is a major error in thinking here: intervening in the market does not solve the problems, but causes and exacerbates them.

I fear we have now entered a dynamic that will take us further and further into socialist or even communist state structures. The world and the market are already more unfree. We are already in the early stages of a massive economic recession.

Economists expect losses in Europe due to the sanctions to be well in excess of $400 billion. This will significantly harm people and businesses in Europe and lead to social unrest, mass protests and radical – in my opinion socialist communist – movements.

We need free markets, independent courts and a non-political monetary policy as soon as possible.

Let us choose freedom now, otherwise we will wake up in communism, possibly with a world government.

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Good People Capitalism

Many good people see money as something bad and thusly avoid it.

On the other side, greedy people want it and thus get more of it.

This imbalance creates an impression that capitalism is the bug.

But capitalism is not failing. It’s good people avoiding capitalism, which is distorting the outcomes of capitalism.

Yes, today, largely greed-driven and ego-driven capitalists rule the world.

The good people live a small and content live. Through their presence, they leave a positive impact on their closer circle. This positivity – unfortunately – never gets the leverage it needs to have the much-needed profound impact onto the world.

Dear good people, money is not your enemy. Money is leverage. Leverage which helps bring your positive change to 100x, 1.000x, 10.000x or maybe 1.000.000x more people.

Don’t avoid money. Use money. Use it to multiply what you are doing.

Use money to build a socially and spiritually infused for-profit company.

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Five German Minutes

One and a half hours is a lot of time. 

Today, I dropped off my wife at the Policia Nacional station in Santa Cruz de Tenerif. She had to correct a small detail of her name. I believed this to be a job of 5-minutes. Five “German” minutes, I now have to add.

Five “German” minutes turned into over 90 “Spanish” minutes. She had to wait outside the building, then wait for the correct caseworker, then she had to discuss, what was obvious, until she was finally done.

But that was not enough. Instead, she had to wait again. This time in the waiting room. She had to wait until the cases of all other people, who waited with her, were processed. Only then they were escorted to the exit.

After two months of living here, I think Spain is a bit like Germany. A lot of bureaucracy, but in addition, you need time and patience. 

Spain is effective – but not efficient.

Spain is like Germany, just without the stress.

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Nobody Thinks of You

Why don’t we live the life we once imagined for ourselves?
Why don’t we just do what we always wanted to do?

In life, there is one major barrier which is holding us back from fulfilling our full potential. The same barrier is holding us back from truly living our lives to its fullest.

The barrier which is holding us back is the deep fear of what other people might think of us.

What might our family think? What might our friends think? What might my business partner think? Hell, what might even a random stranger think?

It does not matter what other people think about us.

Here is the utter truth: People don’t even think about you!

This is a psychological phenomenon called the “Spotlight effect“.

We believe that everyone is paying attention to our actions, our behavior, or our appearance. In reality, we significantly overestimate how much other people notice and care about things we do.

Ergo, all the energy we use to think about what others think about us is wasted.

Everyone is thinking about themselves just as much as you think about ourselves.

Next time you are afraid of what others might think, remember: They don’t even think about you.

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We are Stagnating

Our society is stagnating. And that’s the real problem, we, as a human species, have. In the economy, there’s no real innovation and no real productivity anymore.

Let me give you some examples, why this might be the case.

Getting Rich, Without Working

25-year-old guys are collecting JPEGs of pixelated monkeys and invest in crypto Ponzi schemes in a hope to become rich without having to work for it, instead of creating value in the real world by working or starting a business.

Politics over Science

23-year-old activists are studying liberal arts and go out in masses to the streets to demonstrate against climate change, instead of getting a science degree and spending 10,000 hours of their life trying to invent an actual solution for the problem they see.

Research for Status Points

30-year-old brilliant people become economists to formulate overly complicated but aimless macroeconomic theories, get published in a prestigious scientific journal and collect citations, instead of actually helping their communities on a microeconomic level with entrepreneurship.

Talk is Cheap

36-year-old venture capital investors who never started a company themselves talk cheaply on Twitter and on conferences about innovation and how to create the future, instead of actually doing it themselves.

Marketing Economy

47-year-old CEOs choose the easy path by doing what has already been done before. Either by copying and slightly adapting what others have already built. Or by building a product based on an OEM, ODM, or White Label supplier, without adding meaningful value. The economy is sustained by marketing, instead of innovation. The same product or solution gets built and marketed over and over again. Instead of innovating and creating an entire new product category.

The Easy Path

I could go on and on, but the pattern is the same. We collectively pick the easy path. We feed our ego whether it is with followers on social media, fancy law and finance degrees, citations in scientific journals, or getting rich quick with JPEGs of monkeys or questionable M&A deals which add no value to the society.

In your deathbed, you’ll never say:

  • “I wish I had bought more NFTs”
  • “I wish I postulated more economic theories”
  • “I wish I did one more LBO”
  • “I wish I had created more TikTok videos”
  • “I wish I had more scientific citations”
  • “I wish I brought one more OEM product to the market”

Curiosity

What is missing is curiosity:
Curiosity for what we – as a human species – could be.
Curiosity for what the world could be.
Curiosity for what we as a person could be.

Now: Stop playing status games. Stop listening to your ego. Become curious about who your absolute authentic self is. What are YOU curious about?

We as a society need to become less ego focused and more curiosity focused. Let’s actually be creative and start inventing. As Peter Thiel puts it, let’s go “From Zero to One”.

By going from Zero to One, we will not only solve climate change or the current inflation crisis, but we will become a growing and prosperous society again.