friendly

I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

Mark Twain

 

The mind is a very powerful weapon. I wouldn’t want it to fall into the wrong hands.

 

I just finished reading a book Spy the Lie, which gives a system for detecting whether a person is lying.

 

I know, right? That seems like a very useful skill to have.

 

One of the tips they shared was that, as fast as we can talk, the brain can think maybe a thousand times faster.

 

When phrasing a question, the interviewer should keep it very much to the point. Two extra words in the sentence doesn’t make much different to the sentence, but it allows the one being questions a world of opportunity to consider the response from all angles.

 

That’s a lot of horsepower.

 

If I follow my own train of thought, I will not only run down a rabbit hole, but potentially dig a whole new warren.

 

I have to keep it harnessed. Have a few ground rules.

 

A friend of mine said she had a premise:

This is a friendly universe.

 

I have to say, at the time I was not at all convinced. The world was quite obviously out to get me, and I could name names.

 

It was up to me to come up with defensive and offensive plans to handle all these potential disasters and outright attacks.

 

And this is exhausting.
I really don’t have that much power.

 

If I look for people who are working against me, I will find them.

 

But if I look for people who will help, I will find even more of them.

 

At least, there is enough evidence that I could respect myself if I chose to believe that the universe is friendly.

 

Like Pascal’s wager, I am better off if I believe it than if I don’t.

 

It gets my powerful mind pulling in one direction at least. And I would be a happier person for it.