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Unambitious Regions

For over one and a half years did I now live in a very sunny but very unambitious place. Over the past six to nine months, I complained a lot about the latter. When I did, many people claimed a correlation to the weather:

Ambitious regions are not sunny – and sunny places are not ambitious.

At first, I was convinced. Spain, Italy, and Greece are all countries not blessed with ambition.

But I quickly realized that this is a flaw.

Firstly, some of today’s most ambitious regions are located in fairly sunny places: Silicon Valley, Shenzhen, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Amaravati, and many more are upcoming.

Secondly, historically we saw the most advanced societies and many inventions coming out of very sunny regions:

  1. The Mesopotamian Empire, located in the sunny region of the Middle East, is often credited as the cradle of civilization. It was here that many fundamental elements of modern society, such as written language and agriculture, were first developed.
  2. The Egyptian Empire, situated in the sunny and arid region of North Africa, was a hub of innovation and wealth. It was known for its advancements in architecture, mathematics, and medicine.
  3. The Persian Empire, another sunny region in the Middle East, was known for its wealth and cultural advancements. It was a center for the arts, technology, and science.
  4. The Roman Empire, which spanned across sunny regions in Europe and the Mediterranean, was known for its engineering marvels, legal system, and advancements in arts and literature.
  5. The Byzantine Empire, headquartered in modern-day Turkey, a region with a sunny climate, was known for its wealth derived from its strategic location controlling trade routes between Europe and Asia. It was also a center for arts, technology, and science.

Long story short, there is no correlation between ambition and weather. Rather, I assume it is a phenomenon of the rise and fall of nations. Today’s unambitious regions have all once been powerful empires. At their height, the mentality of the people changed from ambitious to comfortable. And with comfort came the decline. This comfort ingrained itself heavily into their culture, which now obstructs these regions to rise into ambitious and prospering regions. It seems hard to switch from comfort to ambition – yet with enough hardship and the right leadership it seems possible.

In a globalized world, we can luckily choose where we want to be. We can decide to move to more ambitious regions. By doing so, the ambitious atmosphere in these regions will infect us as individuals and allow us to become the best version of ourselves. 

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Dating Apps

I believe that many couples who successfully used a dating app to find their soul mate did so with a sincere conscious or subconscious intention. This sincere subconscious intention created vibrations in the quantum field. This allowed two souls to connect telepathically. The app was then merely the technology that brought those two souls together in our reality.

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Transcendental Science

Science is that it is a rigorously structured system, meticulously designed and refined over decades, to investigate the present level of reality framed within our current technological and scientific nexus of thought. However, the moment we venture to investigate phenomena beyond this established framework, the supernatural, we encounter resistance. Anything beyond the current technological nexus is dismissed as impossible.

If we really want to see breakthrough innovations, if we really want to make an evolutionary leap forward, science must open itself to the impossible.

I am referring to areas such as energy or quantum healing, the potentials of zero-point energy, the enigmatic technologies of UFOs, the vast landscape of consciousness and the transformative effects of psychedelics upon it.

The next chapters of scientific discovery await in the prospects of telepathy, the frontiers of artificial superintelligence, the intricate art of matter manipulation, the theories of interdimensional travel, and the concepts of antigravity and warp drive technologies.

This level of progress requires leaving the rigid confines of current science and using an elevated state of consciousness to find answers to what is now called the impossible.

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Bombings of Civilians

One, a country should not treat another nation in a way they would not like them to treat them.

Two, not abiding by this rule is a guarantee for disaster.

Three, when a nation violates this rule, everyone has a moral obligation to demand righteousness.

Four, when a country makes it acceptable to bomb civilians unfairly, it is putting its own country at large at risk.

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Focus

What we focus on today, as individuals and as a society, determines where we’re going. It determines how our future and the future of our children will look like.

Today, our collective focus is stuck in wars, conflicts, economic recessions, inflation, housing costs, gender debates, and much more dividing nonsense.

This all distracts from where our attention should be: a positive, peaceful, progressing, free, abundant, and united future.

Advancing technologically as well as spiritually.

The most I can do individually is to focus my attention on a desirable future

This means recognizing but minimizing the fear and anxiety inducing political chaos.

It means focussing my energy on an ethical and exciting future. Because:

Where attention goes, energy flows.

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1.000.000 Children

Is it okay to bomb and starve 1.000.000 children and many more civilians to find and kill 20.000 radicalized crazy Hamas terrorists?

The answer is no. Never.

Killing helpless, innocent civilians, women, children is ethically not justifiable – under no circumstance, ever.

Neither in Ukraine, in Israel, nor in Palestine. Nowhere. Ever.

The only correct position is pro civilians and anti terrorists.

Anyone who celebrates the murders of civilians are pro terrorists. That applies to everyone regardless of country, religion, politics, or policies.

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Europe, Act!

Europe must pay attention now.

First: As soon as Israel acts absolutely ruthlessly in Gaza, we will see massive violent protests (if not terrorist attacks) in Europe by integration failures from the Middle East and Maghreb.

Integration failures are illegal migrants who have come to the EU (especially Sweden, Germany) since 2015, but have not integrated, but have been criminalized / radicalized in a parallel society.

Second: The war in Israel will lead to another massive migrant crisis in Turkey and the EU. The capacity to take in more refugees is exhausted in most countries – especially Turkey and Germany.

To make room for real war refugees, the EU must immediately launch a massive and consistent remigration for illegal and criminal immigrants and all rejected asylum applications.

Third: In addition, Hamas could use war refugees to try to smuggle terrorists into the EU.

The EU must immediately and without exception implement border controls and take strict measures to immediately detect and turn back radicalized Hamas terrorists at the border.

These measures must be implemented within hours, not days.

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PayPal Mafia

The PayPal Mafia is the most fascinating phenomena of the entire history in business.

A group of people – seemingly randomly – work on a startup, exit, and each founder and employee ends up (co-)founding companies which re-defined the entire internet as we know it.

Tesla, SpaceX, Palantir, The Boring Company, Neuralink, OpenAI, FoundersFund (arguably Facebook), Affirm, Yammer, Sequoia Capital, YouTube, LinkedIn, Yelp, 500 Startups, Geni.com, and through acquisition X (formerly Twitter).

Let’s look at the current valuation of each:

  1. Tesla: 795 Billion
  2. SpaceX: 140 Billion
  3. Palantir: 33 Billion
  4. The Boring Company: 5.5 Billion
  5. Neuralink: 5 Billion
  6. OpenAI: 80 Billion (est.)
  7. FoundersFund: 11 Billion (in assets)
  8. Affirm: 6.5 Billion
  9. Yammer: 1.2 Billion (acquired by Microsoft)
  10. Sequoia Capital 80 Billion (assets under management)
  11. YouTube: 1.6 Billion (acquired by Google; today’s valuation is estimated to be 180 Billion)
  12. LinkedIn: 26.2 Billion (acquired by Microsoft)
  13. Yelp: 2.9 Billion
  14. 500 Startups: 2.4 Billion (assets under managemet)
  15. Geni.com: >>100 Million (acquired by MyHeritage for indisclosed amount)
  16. X: 44 Billion (acquired by Elon Musk who holds as the largest shareholder 9.2% of the company)

Who wants to have fun adding up these numbers?

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An e/acc Future

Someone asked about an optimistic prediction about the future 10 years from now.

As an e/acc optimist myself, here’s the ideal:

  • Human aligned AGI reached.
  • The world transforms into a utopia of efficiency.
  • AGI, synergizing perfectly with human ingenuity, catalyzes unprecedented innovation across sectors; amongst them unlimited free energy.
  • Economies skyrocket, with wealth equitably distributed, eliminating poverty and fostering global prosperity.
  • Individual creative and entrepreneurial endeavors flourish as mundane tasks are automated, unleashing human potential to its fullest.
  • The Law of One is recognized on a mass-scale, revealing the interconnectedness of all beings. Altruism and mutual support become the norm, reshaping socio-economic systems and ushering in a harmonious society and shared spiritual growth.
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Constant Hedonism

Yesterday I had a conversation with Christian Darnton. He approached me and asked whether I also felt that the entire feed on Twitter, or X as it is now called, became extremely low quality. Or in his words, whether it became a “garbage dump” that feels like “parasites trying to attack your brain”.

It resonated with me as I felt the same. While I am spending more time on X, I also feel as if the time I spend on the platforms is less and less worth it. To a point where I should really consider whether I should even use it more than a few minutes each day.

But why does it feel that the quality of the content on X feels mostly so low value?

I believe we reached a point in content creation where people do not write, record videos or podcasts because they want to, but because they have to. They try to get engagement, get your attention to amass not only the number of followers, a stupid metric on a social platform, but also to participate in the new monetization programs X and closely thereafter TikTok introduced.

The result?

People smell the chance to get rich quick. They are seduced to earn 10k a month by posting memes or re-posting stupid content on X.

X bribes people to chase money, fame. But as Christian noted, “it’s a rat race”. With all the way to get rich with attention (content), everyone should ask themselves the question: “How much value am I really adding to society?”.

He continued: “I want to talk to interesting people. I love people that are interesting. I don’t care how much money you have. I’m interested in interesting people.”

It is a valid point. Most attention on the internet is not used in. a productive way at all. It is at best a zero-sum game. Getting attention through controversies, charisma, or pure sexiness is easy. I understand, we live in an attention economy. But isn’t it a fair question to ask how many young people would be of so much more value to the world, when instead of becoming an influencer, they’d actually build a product, or they actually solved hard issues.

Out of experience, Christian said that your time is limited and when you focus on content it takes a lot of time out of your day, including mental energy

So without an economy of attention, how many more people would be valuable to the world, especially young people? Instead of creating just another podcast on productivity, how can we benefit humanity on a larger scale?

I don’t want to badmouth the potential of social media and the internet. Instead, I want everyone to think about how we can design social platforms in a way that is net-positive.

For me, I like essays. You write them because you have something to say, and you want to say it. You just write it. Without any intention of gaining fame or riches. There is no schedule. You don’t write it daily, not monthly. There is no target, no sequence, no goal. You write when you have not only the inspiration but also the urge to share it with the world – because if you didn’t, you wouldn’t sleep well.

I think a great example for this is Paul Graham. Over the past 20 years or so, Paul Graham wrote essays because he feels he has to say something. Not because he set himself a goal for 500,000 followers on Twitter (Twitter didn’t even exist when he started writing his essays). Not because he wanted to get rich by doing so. He wrote because he felt he has something really valuable and unique to say. Over time, it became the most popular blog on startups, and as a byproduct he now has well over 1 Million followers on X.

This is why I believe long-format content without a schedule is the healthiest form of content on the internet. This is not only true for essays or newsletters. Even YouTube videos: you only record and publish a video when feel that you really have something to say. Not to become famous or rich.

For many, content creation is now a job. The opposite of what I believe to be a healthy form of content. Instead of working for traditional media, you are now working for an algorithm. The more content is mass-produced out of wrong incentives, the more time is wasted on the internet, the more human potential is destroyed.

Again, the ideal is the Paul-Graham-Style: you post content when you feel you really have something to say about a certain topic, but you don’t just post it, you let 5 friends proof it, so you know it’s really worth the time of your reader, listener, or viewer.

While there is a large market for podcasts and videos, I truly believe the basis for each spoken word should be a written word. When you really sit down and write, you think much more deeply about a certain topic. By prioritizing written words over spoken words, people will think much more deeply about what they have to say. They do more research, they proofread it, they ask other people for their opinions, they edit, and re-edit the essay, before it is finally published. The output is therefore always more valuable than an improvised conversation on a podcast.

In podcast, it is the opposite, it is all freestyle. If a question is asked or a certain topic raised, you have to say something – within a second or two. The contrast is drastic.

The remaining question is then: how can we create also meaningful and valuable discussions on the internet?

When essays are the basis, then essays should be the basis for replies, discussions, and debates as well. If you disagree with a standpoint strongly enough, you sit down, and write yourself an essay or a short article, as a reply.

X makes it too easy to reply “haha, you’re stupid” – which adds zero value to anything.

By replying yourself with an essay, you think deeply about the topic. And if it’s not worth the time to write an essay, then maybe your opinion is not worth much to anyone at all.

Reading and writing essays and books is – how Christian described it – “an antonym to the constant hedonism which is so prevalent on social media.”