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Today's world has comfortably dispensed with most myth and superstition for the last few hundred years.
That's the Enlightenment legacy: we have approached a very rational approach to life. This has brought us many great things, but it has also left us with a sort of meaning gap.
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Thinking from first principles is not a new idea. It's actually the single most consistent factor among great thinkers.
For example, Aristotle believed that you could not possess true knowledge without first understanding the first principles. He thought that everything could be divided into categories and sub-categories (the smallest of them being the equivalent for first principles).
An empiricist is a person that believed all true knowledge is based and obtained through experience.
The process of seeking knowledge through experience and making use of reason to give it structure it how we can find the first principles of a subject.
You have one life. We tend to define people by a few narrow identities, but humans are broader then that.
We are creators, parents, partners etc. Putting people in boxes goes aga...
Books read is a vanity metric, a signal for intellect, but a weak one.
You should read books for understanding. If a book looses your interest, drop it.
Social media made us into individual celebrities. But being famous is a bad objective. You want to be rich and anonymous, not poor and famous.
Fame has a price, and it's not worth it.
85 % of millionaires read at least two books per months.
So, as cliche as it sounds, people who read, succeed.
The biggest problem with reading is the starting point, actually starting to read - we buy tons on books for "later" and we never read them.
By physically scheduling a time and place for starting to read, you're setting an appoint to do so. And we tend to respect our appointments.