Linus Rylander

writer, entrepreneur, maverick


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Doing the thing in the moment

It is Sunday afternoon and I am drinking tea. Just sitting down to write. When I write, the topic has usually been made clear to me earlier in the day, or perhaps the day before.

But not today. These writing sessions are always the most interesting, because of a few reasons.

As you start, you have no idea what’s going to come out of your fingers. But you don’t want to go on with meaningless ramblings, so you force yourself to enter into a sort of flow state very quickly. You get better at it with practice.

Two days ago I stumbled upon a thread on Quora about writing advice. Someone said that you should never write about things you thought up beforehand. Everything you write should be in-the-moment writing, because everything that isn’t is a fabrication of ego.

First, I disagree with the use of the word ego, but I know what he means and I understand what he’s saying. I don’t agree though. All writing isn’t made equal.

Thinking vs. Believing

On Economics and Life

There's a huge difference between being rationally convinced of something and actually feeling that way.

Let's take an example from physics: Everything consists of impossibly small atoms. Together they appear as "solid", though they're just sticky dots. The cup of coffee on your desk next to you? Lots and lots of tiny sticky atoms. It's hard to wrap your mind around that and almost impossible to truly feel that way about your cup. Your mind can know the truth but intuitively the cup is still a cup to you, a solid thing.

It's the same with many theoretical concepts that are foreign to our daily experiences or with philosophical ideas. Or maybe religion, just the other way around. You may feel that it's true, but your rational mind struggles with it and demands evidence.

The example I want to talk about more is minimalism. I'm rationally convinced of minimalism. I know that more stuff doesn't truly make me happier in the long run. I also know roughly how advertising works.

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