Tuesday Deep Thoughts
1. Covid who to trust?
A list from @roccodesta. I'll shift the focus from trust to rely. Who should you rely on and the answer is yourself. If you spend enough time on Twitter you will see many studies that say the vaccine is great and just as many that say it is dangerous. There's plenty of data to suggest Ivermectin is the answer and plenty to say it isn't. I am not a medical researcher, I have no idea. What we do know is that pound for pound, Covid is harder on people who are overweight, Type 2 diabetics and people deficient in Vitamin D. Cutting sugar, exercising vigorously and getting prudent sun exposure will help those things. You may not be overweight, have T2D and may have a good amount of Vit D and still have a bad experience with Covid but this sort of self-reliance is something you can do to improve your odds, a form of taking ownership to try to prevent/solve your own problem.
2. 10 ways to work on forgiveness
A list by @Skwiglez. I have a situation in my life that I do not know how to reconcile. Someone close to me handled a situation very badly in such a way that I think he may actually be a bad person (forgive the vagueness). A little over a year ago, I said I need a little space and we haven't spoken since. I'm not mad, not even a little. The issue is that right here right now I only suspect he might be a bad person. If we hash it out I think it will confirm he is a bad person and I don't know what to do with that.
3. How to get out of a rut
A list by @sailormac. My answer to anything like this is to do some form of physical exertion. Hiking, lifting weights, shoveling a ton of snow, whatever as long as you really wear yourself out. This does not solve all problems but can solve quite a few. One great item on the original list was that if you're the smartest guy in the room, you're in the wrong room.
4. 10 things to do for better arguments
A list by @wyip. Two things I try to do on this front, try to understand the other side well enough that I could argue it (there's a fancy word for this that I don't remember) and try to get the other person to draw my conclusion. This usually means asking questions that involve them describing what success with this particular thing we're talking about looks like.
5. How do you relate to money?
A list by @harnessmoney. This is vitally important because a lot of people make what turns out to be the wrong decision for themselves because of money. What things do you value most in life? Once you figure this out, and it can take a while if ever, you can then make better decisions involving money. Setting my own schedule, owning my time is way up there on my priority list. A few years ago I turned down a job that would have paid much more money but would have meant far less autonomy. If you make enough to pay your bills, save for the future and cover emergencies with a little left over for some fun, then you might not want to make radical changes for more money.