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The Good and The Bad

So the bad news is that I did oversleep by 75 minutes last night. I somehow slept through the compressor going off, which is mind boggling.

However, I'm looking forward to starting the Polynappers of the Future Fund. If any of you have good ideas for how we can spend the money, post it in the comments. We have $1000, and I think the first purchase will be buying two copies of the Claudio Stampi book. I read it last time I attempted this schedule and found it interesting.

The good news is that today has been rock solid, for me at least. I had three sketchy naps, two in cars and one in the plane, but I still felt refreshed each time. Right now I feel great, and I have only an hour and a half until my next nap. I'm extremely psyched about the schedule and I'm really looking forward to using it now that I'm here in Massachusetts with my family.

Love Your Future Self

On The Singularity Now

The first time I heard the cliches "Love yourself," "You can't love someone else if you don't love yourself first," etc., I didn't give them much thought. Of course I love myself, who doesn't? And even if I didn't, that doesn't have any bearing on how I treat others.

I now think that these statements mean more than emotional masturbation and trite self-help affirmations.

First, understand that who you are today is not the same person you were 10 years ago, or yesterday, or even 10 minutes ago. The person you will be when you wake up tomorrow is a different person still.

Consider how you treat someone who you love. I will expend extra time, energy, and even money to improve the life of someone I love. This isn't because I'm a generous and selfless person. I value certain relationships because of reciprocity; a person who I love has made my life better in the past, and I expect them to continue to do so in the future.

On the other hand, if there's someone I don't know or who I don't value, I will not necessarily go out of my way to help them. If I dislike the person, I might even gratify myself now even if I suspect it will cause them inconvenience or pain now or in the future.

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