Perhaps you remember about a decade ago the impending apocalypse du jour was that all of our honey bees were dying for some mysterious reason and that we would all be screwed because a bunch of the things we eat are pollinated by honey bees. There was a couple of very alarming documentaries made about this, probably like yourself I walked around for a couple of days pretty worried about the honey bees.
But I think we’ve reached a pretty high cultural tolerance to impending disaster predictions around the turn of the millennium. I think that documentaries, books, TED talks and various colorful prophets of doom have so thoroughly convinced us that we’re just a few minutes to midnight, before a grand and terrible civilizational lights out event that we have a blasé cynicism about the future.
People turn to Nihilism and hedonism…
…instead of planning ahead to raise children or contribute meaningfully to their community, they only care about maximizing hedonism and comfort in the short to medium term. They give up on the future.
It’s actually pretty rational; if the apocalypse is definitely going to happen in 5–10 years why would you do anything other than selfishly spend every moment you can as hedonistically as possible?
We all know people like this. I think of a close old friend that I had a long lunch with in Prague last year. He’s quite successful and he’s getting married to this great girl he really loves in the near future. He’s the kind of guy who frequently posts photos on Instagram of himself doing fabulous things.
I asked him about his long term plans for kids; and he’s totally closed to the idea. Not interested.
He’s so convinced that the world is so utterly screwed because of global warming that it would just be an unforgivable act of cruelty to bring offspring into the world.
The holidays are coming up, you’re going to be seeing loved ones, some of whom have been completely indoctrinated by the fear porn and are quietly drowning in Nihilism. Especially around the holidays give the gift of reminding people that life is beautiful and that in general the world is getting better. For example…
About the bees…
A very clever researcher has figured out more or less how to save the bees.
Mostly colony collapse disorder is due to an invasive species of nasty little mites that go by the apt name Varroa destructor, they suck bees blood and spread diseases that kill off many thousands of our little yellow friends in bee hives. The Varroa destructor epidemic is likely a downstream effect of the pesticides, proliferation of antibiotics and myriad ways that humans radically change the environment.
Luckily for all of us, a researcher figured out that a mushroom extract quite naturally kills these evil mites but doesn’t harm the bees.
So apocalypse averted! Bravo sir! Science saves the day yet again… The researcher who discovered this is a serious herbal Biohacker. Check out this interview with him.
You probably spend a lot of time thinking about the future, that’s natural, as do I
There’s roughly three different types of thinking about the future
1) Emotional — This is short term thinking about the coming weeks, months and year. We want to have a productive week. We have a work deadline to reach. We want to avoid the stress of drama with our roommate or whoever. We are moving to a new neighborhood or company. It’s mostly about the emotions we are pursuing or avoiding in the short term.
2) Thematic — Thinking in the medium term about the themes and stories that we imagine playing out in our future life. So this is generally positive thinking about the careers we want to pursue and thriving in our personal life. Traveling the world, finding love, kicking ass in your career, starting a small business, writing a book, becoming famous on instagram, etc
3) Legacy — This is real long term thinking about how we want to leave the world better than we found it. So this is thinking about what kinds of things you would want for your children devoted to doing when you are one day gone (baring the invention of some spectacular transhumanist life extension technology). Or what kind of impact on the world you would want your business to make when you are no longer capable of working there?
As you can tell there is a fundamental difference between the third type and the others. The third type is thinking about a future that you won’t even experience, but endeavoring for it to be better for others. It’s a truly selfless mode of thinking and an increasingly rare one.
As your work slows down in the coming weeks and you have a little more time that can be spent contemplatively try to practice a bit more of that third type of thinking about the future.
What should you be doing NOW to improve a future that you’re not even going to experience?
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I’m optimistic that bad science is on the decline (at least in regards to smart drugs like Modafinil). There’s already a number of double blind, placebo controlled, randomized human trials pre-registered for Modafinil research in 2018.
It appears also that the research institutions are figuring out that there’s tremendous public interest in Nootropics or smart drugs that can be used by healthy young people to make them happier, healthier and more productive.
This indicates science getting more into the prevention and empowerment business as opposed to just being in the business of treating sick people.
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