For architecture, the result is visibly obvious; we prioritise quarterly profit (to capture 'value' and survive in this fiat environment) at the expense of enduring beauty, which takes more time, consideration and effort to create. Consider the shoddy, uninspiring landscapes that developers have thrown up for the last 40+ years, all in the name of the quick sale. And now contrast with some of the Art Deco masterpieces that we still revere decades later. Is it just coincidence that the 1920s represented the last hoorah of the gold standard, and the start of our path towards flimsy money?
Friday Reflections, Volume XVIII
January 5, 2023
If my heart swerves in a certain direction, I'll always follow. This is a rather different yearning to craving an ice cream or gasping for a cold pint in the savage Aussie heat. Instead, it feels like a gravitational pull; a natural force that draws from my core towards a particular action, subject or environment. It can ebb and flow. It can be intense or subtle. It can be laced with fear. But once that pull emerges it is impossible to shake off. After all, denial of the heart creates only restlessness; a low hum anxiety that will forever demand attention.
Turning Thirty Three
March 24, 2022
There is one thing that evades me, however; proper interaction with others interested in this 'big picture' thinking. It reflects a prior reluctance on my part to share what I write, other than passively publishing on this site. That reluctance is beginning to fade (thankfully), as I reach firmer conclusions about who I am (an investing, thinky type) and what I have to offer (legible English, quirky subjects and half decent interweb skills). It explains why I have a 'contributors' page. This ain't meant to be a one man mission!
Friday Reflections, Volume XI
May 21, 2021
Each post that I write helps to develop my mindset, even if they are a bit of a rabble sometimes. But I am thinking better. I am building better. And it is there for everyone to see. Some weeks I will go off in a very personal tangent. Others I will cast my gaze externally, musing about the world around me.
Any Goal Will Do
May 11, 2021
You take inspiration where you can get it. For me it was television and movies. Even the evening news gave a glimmer of something different. Those folks on screen looked confident and assured. They had an apparent grasp of the world that was sorely missing at home. All total bullshit, of course. But there is much power in perception.
Your Own Game
May 4, 2021
In this era, our limitations are our motivations. What gets us out of bed in the morning? It is different to what we consciously, actively, think we are passionate about. 'Passion' can be manipulated by all sorts of conditioning and cultural fashions. This is a whole lot deeper, friends; what actually fires our neurons? What gives us energy?
Friday Reflections, Volume VIII
April 30, 2021
And what of our old friend anxiety? He is a right pain in my arse, and at times unbearably so. But I'm much more accommodating of him (or her!) these days. I extinguish the emotion by putting on screen and on paper. And by using my mental tools, I can turn this force into a superpower. Anxiety is a flashing red light that says 'this ain't your thing buddy!'. Without it, I would have embraced steady, familiar comfort.
Just Do It
April 29, 2021
I've wasted months, perhaps even years just thinking about what could be. Instead of working towards the life that aligned with my soul, I was just envisioning it. Nice, but totally fucking useless. Now I don't really mess about. I get going and see what happens.
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