Rationalism is not very useful without values

I always thought that being rational was the best way to protect against bad decisions. But now I think it’s even more important to know our values and know how to stand by them. It’s easier to be rational – far more difficult is to be value-driven. But without values rationalism is a rudderless engineContinue reading “Rationalism is not very useful without values”

In Hindi, the word for tomorrow is the same as yesterday, something pointed to by Physics

Modern Physics continues to ask whether time even has a direction and wondering if it’s something that exists entirely in our heads. In most Indian languages, the word for yesterday is the same as the word for tomorrow. Due to this, additional qualifiers have to be added to explicitly clarify if we are talking aboutContinue reading “In Hindi, the word for tomorrow is the same as yesterday, something pointed to by Physics”

Resilience and the Finnish approach of ‘sisu’

There are times when we start to feel more so than others times that we need to exhibit courage to help make the world a better place. But this can come at a huge cost to the self. It’s important to remember that things are rarely a sprint, and always a marathon. I came acrossContinue reading “Resilience and the Finnish approach of ‘sisu’”

The Bhagavad Gita is one of my most favorite books

At some point in our lives, we all go through some existential questions. It’s when we feel confused about what we are doing with our lives. Or we wrestle with right vs wrong. The Bhagavad Gita is my favorite book. For me, it contains timeless knowledge presented in an easy way. Some say it probablyContinue reading “The Bhagavad Gita is one of my most favorite books”

Nescafé & Aeropress: the connection between expectation and satisfaction

I grew up in India drinking Nescafé and was very satisfied with it. Then I moved to Seattle and discovered “real” coffee and now I can’t stand Nescafé 🙂 The joy I feel today with my aeropress coffee is probably quantifiably the same joy I felt with Nescafé when I didn’t know of the aeropress.Continue reading “Nescafé & Aeropress: the connection between expectation and satisfaction”

Finding the Beauty in Failure: at the summit of Mt Hood in Oregon

Elevation: 10,600ft / 3,200m Standing just below the summit of Mt Hood in Oregon, we are looking up at the climbers making the final approach. This is one of my favorite pictures. This is a picture of me not summitting Mt. Hood in Oregon. We had been training for the whole season. Mt Hood isContinue reading “Finding the Beauty in Failure: at the summit of Mt Hood in Oregon”

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real

Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience. This is something I always notice, either consciously or sub-consciously about people that I meet. Being optimistic is a choice that is often entirely within our control. And it demonstrates the work one has done to confront one’s own self, and the ability toContinue reading “The Benefits of Optimism Are Real”