Fatherhood as antidote

Getting married, starting a family, and steadily assuming responsibility for an increasing number of people other than oneself — this is a powerful antidote to existential despair and anxiety. And I don’t think there are many exceptions to this rule. This is something I believe more enthusiastically with every passing year. I think it can…More

Sarah Coakley on how religions compare

Here’s a good interview of Sarah Coakley on how religions compare (or ought to compare) to one another. Here’s a quote from the video that I think summarizes her main point: If you simply look at those clashes as extrinsic doctrinal incompatibilities, then you’re not really getting to the heart of the issue. You have to probe…More

A very good, relevant question (and answer) for modern people

I saw this on Reddit just now. I’m not the only one who’s seen it. It has more than 17,000 upvotes right now, and 95% of all votes were upvotes. In other words, it’s resonating with people. Question: Have you ever felt you don’t know/have forgotten who you really are? That you’ve spent years just…More

Scruton on wanting the right things

A Facebook friend shared this quote. We should look at all those things [the temptations of appetite] from the perspective of our own self-knowledge, and recognize that our happiness depends on wanting the right things, not the things that happen to capture our attention or to inspire our lust. Overcoming temptation is a spiritual task.…More

Economics and the USWNT

I don’t like to let bad thinking go unchecked on social media. Maybe it’s a weakness of mine. Maybe I’m too easily triggered. But I like to think it’s just me taking things seriously that ought to be taken seriously. To that end, I’ve seen about 100 posts commenting on the gender pay gap for…More

My last week, plus a cool trick

Here’s installment number two in my new Monday blog series—worthwhile things I read, watched, or listened to last week, curated for your enjoyment. Things I Read Last Week • This blog produces great, thoughtful content. I’ve followed it for years.• Inspiration for your websites. Remember, when it comes to web design, simple is best. Really…More

Me on Upwork in Entrepreneur’s Handbook

Here’s me in Entrepreneur’s Handbook on how anyone can copy my Upwork success. I’m a big fan of Upwork. I’ve used it for three years, and continue to use it even as I run my startup. It’s a powerful tool for freelancers and skilled workers, in general. And as far as I know, it’s the…More

My last week

Here’s a different kind of post: A list of worthwhile things I read (or listened to, or watched) last week, curated for your enjoyment. I’ll try to post something like this every Monday—even if only as a way for me to record and later recall these pieces. Joe Rogan interviews Naval Ravikant on balance, technology,…More

Thoughts on the Meaning of Belief in God

I’m a Jordan Peterson fan. Here’s a quote from a recent chat between him and Dennis Prager. To be able to accept the structure of existence, the suffering that goes along with it and the disappointment and the betrayal, and to nonetheless act properly; to aim at the good with all your heart; to dispense…More

What is the purpose of college?

I like this Twitter thread. Wanted to share here (below the divider). It’s the easiest thing in the world to criticize a big institution like this. I get that. It’s imperfect, like all institutions—complaining like this doesn’t accomplish anything. But the average person (who is the most harmed by prevailing misconceptions on this subject) still…More

More Than a Dream

Many startup founders go into business to “follow a dream.” That’s fine, and most entrepreneurs start there. But actually growing a business is less a matter of passion+innovation and more a matter of calculated trial-and-error. The “dream” is important, but it needs to be wide enough to encompass any means of making things happen — even the…More

Don’t Let It Define You

Bad things will happen to you. They happen to everyone. Terrible things, even. Senseless tragedies that you will never understand. I know this from experience. But when something like this happens to you, don’t let it define you. Don’t let it become an excuse for not improving yourself or for not giving something back to…More

Uber-for-X: A different kind of “disruptive?”

A thought-provoking piece in The Atlantic. Now, you can do stuff that you could already do before, but you can do it with your phone. What it takes to make that work is incredible—venture capitalists have poured $672 million combined into Wag and Rover!—but the consumer impact is small. Instead of taking a number off…More

Diminishing “intellectual specialization”

Here’s a quote from this article at The Chronicle Review. I recommend the entire piece. Consider how the ideas here apply outside the world of higher education (they apply everywhere). As the economist Peter G. Sassone observed in the early 1990s, personal computers made administrative tasks just easy enough to eliminate the need for dedicated support staff…More

Grief is tough because death is confusing

I used to like watching movies about kids whose moms died. That’s odd, maybe, but it’s true. My mom died when I was eight. I liked seeing how kids in movies reacted — how they might be like me. They never were like me. That’s because movies make death clean. Typically, the whole ordeal appears appropriately sad…More