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Beta Human 

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☉ Week 33 | 08-15-2019

Hi <<First Name>>, 

All of us are well-acquainted with the excitement of experiencing something new: traveling to a new country; going on a first date; dining at an amazing restaurant for the first time. Much less has been said about the beauty of rediscovery: watching a movie that you haven't seen in years (or just long enough that you've forgotten the details.); reconnecting with an old friend; even the simple joy of finding ten dollars in the pocket of a pair of jeans you haven't worn in a while  — don't you love that feeling? 

These days, I find myself gravitating towards the latter. At least I'm creating more space for it. I've realized that while it may not contain the same spur that novelty offers us, there is a certain, enigmatic allure to exploring a deeper connection with the not new, but also not yet familiar. 

At this current moment, my to-read list is well over a thousand books at this point (1155 to be exact) which means that the books I choose to reread hold a pretty special place in my heart. And this week, I'm happy to share another one of those books with you. 


What is something you once enjoyed that you would like to rediscover? 

Tré
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"The tongue is a wild animal, and once it breaks loose, it is hard to return to its cage."

Baltasar Gracian
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"We are entitled to receive only that which are prepared to give. This is why there is truth to the adage that we all get the marriage partners we deserve, and why most of our dissatisfactions with others reflect limitations in ourselves." 
Gordon Livingston
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"Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself."

Tolstoy
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"Ideologies are a betrayal of the humane in the human. They give us the illusion of belonging while they make us strangers to what is most intimate within us."
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Frederic Brenner
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"Your past is a place to be learned from, not a home to be lived in."

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Written in 1647 by Baltasar Gracian, a Jesuit priest, the art of worldly wisdom is a collection of 300 maxims, each with a commentary, on various topics giving advice and guidance on how to live fully, advance socially, and be a better person.

While relatively obscure today, Friedrich Nietzsche praised the book “Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety,” and it was also translated into German by Arthur Schopenhauer. 

Below is one of the maxims that hit home with me.
 

Know how to handle truths. The truth is dangerous, but a good person cannot fail to speak it. This requires artifice. The skilled physician of the mind invented truth-sweeteners, for when truth is used to give someone the lie, it is quintessentially bitter. This takes consummate skill and the right manner.

With one truth, one person flatters and another batters our ears. When you’re dealing with someone intelligent, it is enough to allude to things, or use no words at all. Princes should never be given bitter cures. 

— Baltasar Gracian


I first read it about two years ago and rereading it last week, I was surprised at how many new things I took away. If you enjoy Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, or any of Robert Greene's work, you'll love this. Else, for any seeker of wisdom, this is something worth checking out. 

What I've learned

☝️Think with the few, speak with the many.
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Never act from obstinacy but from knowledge.
☝️Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult and difficult tasks as if they were easy.

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