I don’t believe in voices from above. I also don’t think the universe ever wants to tell you anything.
Heck, I don’t think the universe gives a shit about you or me.
However, I believe sometimes all it takes is to shut up and listen to solve a problem. Not to the universe but your subconsciousness.
If you feed it the right things, it’ll start working, churning, spinning and present you with a solution when you expect it the least. Why we probably get most epiphanies while showering, doing the dishes or driving on boring routes without any music. (There is probably some science to prove this, but I don’t have a study at hand.)
During my extended weekend over the Christmas holidays, I decided to go offline and spend my time reading (I read five books in four days) and sitting silently in a whirlpool or sauna. This is when my epiphany hit me, and I figured out what I wanted to do with the blog.
Frankly, what I‘ve realized wasn‘t surprising to me, but I wasn‘t listening.
I don‘t want this blog to be some public diary telling you about the food I ate yesterday or how great my life is because I drive a fancy car and live in a fancy place.
I much rather want this blog to be some public notepad, where I share what I have learned by reading, observing the world, talking to people, and thinking in silence.
Early on in life, I decided my life goal were twofold:
- I never want to stop learning.
- I don‘t want to learn to amass knowledge and be the best player of Trivial Pursuit but learn how to live a good life.
By writing down what I learn, I can do two things: I will better remember what I have learned by formulating it in my own words. And by sharing it with you, the reader, I hope to teach you a thing or two. And because I want these lessons to be valuable, I have to make sure what I write makes sense. Thus I will learn even more by teaching. Win-win!
I try to live a more or less good life while I can, and everything I learn follows that goal. This is why I care about philosophy, technology, science, human psychology, neuroscience, behavioural science, etc.
These things fascinate me. And in the future, I‘d like to take you on my journey and hopefully share some of my fascinations.
So, to summarize in a sentence what my blog will be about (I‘m proud of this phrase. It came to me while driving for two hours):
„Essays on being human with a pinch of philosophy and a dab of science.“