Does suffering propel us forward, or suffocate us?

Sarah Kante

In North Korea, they intentionally starve their people to control them. When all you can think about is survival, you don’t have the energy or resources to critically think, let alone revolt against a dictatorship. Everything becomes secondary to the ultimate purpose of survival.

People are starving now, just in…


Atomic Habits Book Summary Analysis (James Clear)

The following writing is an analysis, interpretation and summary of James Clear book, Atomic Habits. This book can be summarized quite well into one sentence.

“The quality of our habits determine the quality of our lives.”

Do your habits support and build you?

Or diminish and slow you?

Are they…


What does it mean to feel like I’m living a life of meaning?

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The most obvious answer I have found is to dedicate myself to the pursuit of my personal legend — my ikigai— the thing that provides me ultimate fulfilment and purpose in life.

Another new component that was illuminated by Sam Harris is the idea of being fully engaged and present…


1: We Are Too Dependent On Large Corporations For Our Livelihood & Well-Being

It is clear how vulnerable the supply chain is to disruption from a systematic (global) level and an idiosyncratic (individual) level. To circumvent this the individual should establish their own autonomy and independence by reducing their dependency on global infrastructure, improve provisions and have local means of producing and sourcing…


  1. Death & Catastrophe Is Imminent: The death, illness or debilitating deterioration of the health of my parents is imminent within the next day to 15 years if they keep their current lifestyle. Disaster, death and suffering is coming, it’s not a question of ‘if’, it’s a question of ‘when’. Are…


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I have often felt regret and lamentation over the seemingly ineffective busyness that has stimulated my days. This busyness usually comes in two forms:

  1. Completing tasks that make me feel like I’ve accomplished something when I really have just been putting off the most difficult tasks.
  2. My insatiable curiosity leads…


12 Rules For Life Book Summary (Jordan B. Peterson)

This rule is going to discuss the limitation of being, the necessity of suffering and what we can about it.

The idea that life is suffering is a tenant in one form or another of every major religious doctrine. Buddhist stated directly, Christians illustrated with the cross, and Jews…


“No obstacle in front of me is more powerful than the will I have to conquer it.” — David Goggins

My will is one of the most powerful things I have access to.

It is not just sheer willpower, my ‘will’ comprises of:

  • My ability to exceed the boundaries of…


“Even Socrates, who lived a very frugal and simple life, loved to go to the market. When his students asked about this, he replied, “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.”

In life, you always have to play a game. Life on a macro…


12 Rules For Life Book Summary (Jordan B. Peterson)

This rule discuss the patriarchy, the psycholgical differences between men and women and their roles in society, the effects of stultifying and softening the edges of our envrionment and the effect it’s had on children and adults alike.

“We know children and people are generally safer when they use…

Alexander Emmanual Sandalis

Self reflective writings & book summaries on philosophy, psychology and human behaviour. youtube.com/emmanualalexander

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