Jason Fried

May 23, 2021

Heard Something, Read Something, Saw Something [#2]

This is the second post in a new series I'm calling Heard Something, Read Something, Saw Something. I'll post these periodically whenever I can fill up three slots — one for something interesting I recently listened to, one for something I read that I liked, and one for something I saw that caught my eye. Hope you enjoy these.



Heard Something
I enjoyed listening to Sam Harris spend 20 minutes describing the fundamentals of his recent mushroom trip. He took 5 grams with a blindfold on in a therapeutic, guided setting. Sam's recollection and observations were simultaneously a wonderfully recited reminder of a similar experience I had (sans jaguar), and also a model example of why words — even perfectly placed ones — are dull, incompatible surrogates for what can only be directly experienced.
Hear it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKGddvmU0fA

Read Something
Whenever I need a mental reset back to the basics, I reach for The Manual. It's a translated collection of Epictetus' fundamental teachings, and perhaps the most useful 60-quick pages I've found anywhere. And 60 pages is being generous — many pages are just a few pithy sentences and then emptiness. It's hard to imagine slamming directly into such accessible wisdom and insight in less than an hour's read, but this is that book.
Read it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34946912-the-manual

Saw Something
This Douglas Iris caught me on a recent walk. Just beautiful. Nature is undefeated.

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Until next time.

-Jason