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Why Is Silicon Valley So Obsessed With the Virtue of Suffering?
March 26, 2019 | The New York Times | By Nellie Bowles.

a new entrepreneurship-focused lobbying firm, the Cicero Institute.
Daily Stoic, a popular blog for the tech-Stoic community.
“Meditations,” by Marcus Aurelius
“A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy,” by William B. Irvine
Ryan Holiday’s life-hacking books on Stoicism.
Search for books by Ada Palmer.

The wealthy of Silicon Valley ought to be living their very best lives right now. John Doerr, an early Amazon and Google investor, calls their moment “the greatest legal accumulation of wealth in history.” And yet, the people of Silicon Valley seem determined to make themselves miserable. They sit in painful, silent meditations for weeks on end. They starve for days — on purpose. Cold morning showers are a bragging right. Notoriety is a badge of honor. So the most helpful clues to understanding Silicon Valley today may come from its favorite ancient philosophy: Stoicism. An ancient Greek school of thought, Stoicism argued that the only real treasures in life were inner virtues, like self-mastery and courage. The Stoics offered tactics to endure pain and pleasure without complaint.

* Is this really a thing? - Some executives in SV believe that our pleasing, on-demand life will make them soft. So they attempt to induce pain..... incorporate practices in our lives that “mimic” our ancestors’ environments and their daily challenges....Tim Ferriss wrote on his blog that Stoicism is “an ideal ‘operating system’ for thriving in high-stress environments.”.....there are the founders who may not call themselves Stoics, but who practice some of its tenets (e.g. Jack Dorsey, Twitter's C.E.O., who likes to walk five miles to work each day and meditates in silence 10 days each year.
* Why are they attracted to Stoicism? - Stoicism “a wonderful therapy against grief and the blinders of the rat race.” “So much of Stoicism is about achieving interior tranquillity,”
* Why does it matter? - The Cicero Institute comes at a time of tension in Silicon Valley.
books  courage  discomforts  emotional_mastery  endurance  founders  Greek  high-stress  inner_directed  inner-peace  John_Doerr  joyless  philosophy  Roman  self-deprivation  self-mastery  Silicon_Valley  Stoics  suffering  Tim_Ferris  tough-mindedness  virtues 
23 days ago by jerryking
Temperament Matters
Quote: "
If you were going to give someone some general advice on how to move up in a large organization you’d probably say something along the lines of: (1) be visible; (2) emphasize the aspects you’re good at; (3) make those in power feel good about themselves; (4) if you must point out a mistake by someone in power, blame the situation or others; and (5) shower those above with flattery."

Do the opposite.
leadership  temperament  thinking  courage  management 
11 weeks ago by ajohnson1200
JudgyBitch -- Going after my children is too much for me
'Of all the things I have contended with in my life, watching grown adults stalk and harass my children online has been the most difficult to deal with, not the least because there is really nothing I can do.  When I started writing the blog in 2012, there were few other voices questioning the dominant narrative. We wanted to change the narrative, and make space in the popular culture for other ideas to emerge, and I think that everyone involved in the whole dark web endeavor has been successful. Our push against the totalitarian and authoritarian dogmatism of leftist and feminist ideology drew zealous and fanatical adherents out to spew poison and bile and none of that particularly bothered me. But I naively assumed I could protect my children. -- I can protect my children in real life. That is not the issue. It’s protecting them online, from adults, that is proving to be impossible. How do I counter a group of adult women in Los Angeles who mount a campaign against my teenage daughter participating in a national charity? How do I counter an adult man in Chicago sharing their names with the clear intention of inviting harm? How do I mitigate against adults trying their level best to hurt a ten year old girl? These adults have no arguments to offer against me. No points to make. No counter factuals. No data to share. Only their rage, which does nothing against me, but terrifies children. -- And I can do nothing. -- And so I surrender. -- I am forced to choose between my blog and the safety of my children, and that is no choice. I feel enormously blessed to have shared this journey with you and I have enjoyed our many raucous debates. Many of you I consider personal friends. -- I will miss you all. -- Janet'
courage  * 
january 2019 by adamcrowe
David Beard on Twitter: "How presidents strong-arm TV networks, and the day @DanRather faced down Nixon’s right-hand men. Nixon saw TV as a conduit for his message; he criticized analysis of his message. From @TheAtlantic (in 1973!!!)… https://t.co/86
How presidents strong-arm TV networks, and the day @DanRather faced down Nixon’s right-hand men. Nixon saw TV as a conduit for his message; he criticized analysis of his message. From @TheAtlantic (in 1973!!!)
insults  conversation  courage 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
Opinion | Two Women Enter a Temple. A Country Erupts. - The New York Times
As for the women who entered the temple on New Year’s Day, they were smuggled in and out of the shrine like thieves in the night. But on the same day, Indians saw the face of a Malayali journalist, the videographer Shajila Ali Fathima, doggedly filming street rioting on that day with tears pouring down her face as protesters heckled and insulted her. A photograph of her, trending on news networks, seemed to embody both the spirit of the Women’s Wall and the agony of feminist struggle.

Photo: https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/tears-that-drowned-sabarimala-temple-thugs/cid/1680900
gender  culture  india  courage 
january 2019 by ramitsethi
Guilty Non-Pleasures: Pavement's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain :: Music :: Features :: Pavement :: Paste
You’ve got to admire Malkmus’s attitude here. There’s nothing more ludicrous than being in a band, and nothing feels more vulnerable than opening yourself up to a world that’s going to love you, hate you, or (most likely) some tortured combination of both. If you don’t have a sense of humor about it—and okay, maybe a hedonistic solo or two, if you’re so inclined—then you shouldn’t do it at all. It’s for this reason, among many, that Pavement have been so beloved for so long. I can’t, and I won’t attempt to knock that. But I will stick with “Cut Your Hair,” and only “Cut Your Hair.” Four notes is all I need.
music  courage 
december 2018 by craniac
On Immigration
By Paul of SU&SD. I've tagged this with 'explanation' even though I'm not sure it's an explanation of anything other than this one person's journey, because it illuminates other things along the way.
travel  immigration  politics  courage  borders  essay  explanations 
october 2018 by mindways

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