Virtue Check

Updated: Jan 21

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Hugh: [00:00:00] All right, guys. Welcome back to Thoughts of a Random Citizen. I'm your host, Hugh Sifu, as always. Just wanted to give you guys a bonus episode considering I did not release one in the past few days. Without further ado, here it is. Just a quick quote to lead us off about genius, and this is a quote by Jonathan Swift, "When a great genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in Confederacy against him." Something I thought quite prevalent in today's day and age when the general consensus of life is that everyone is in agreement when that's not really the reality. I feel like we're all told that everyone thinks the exact same thing, but then when you dive into it and you look at, I don't know, elections across the world in many different countries we're pretty, [beep] divided.

It's important to realize as an entrepreneur, as an investor, that sometimes when everyone says, as the quote suggested, they're against you, it's not always a bad thing. It's okay to walk and take the path west walked, taken, whatever because that doesn't mean anything bad. It could mean that you're onto something and just because everyone hates you doesn't necessarily mean that you're doing something wrong. Just try to keep that in mind especially as an entrepreneur and an investor, and just in day-to-day life. Don't get so beaten up because you think something that the whole world when in reality, the whole world on the [00:02:00] internet is like not the whole world is against you.

Besides that, another quote about vanity, something else that is rampant on social media and the internet, and would be better if we oriented the internet around tool-based instead of vanity-based. One can only dream. Anyways, this quote is by Sarah Cabara-- or, whatever. Just found it on the internet.

"There is more to life than what meets the eye. If only intelligence and character surpass vanity." When we have so many tools that are being created, drones, for example, amazing innovations in tech, the internet of things. We use them for things as vanity and meaning we can use drones day-to-day now, and we just use them to take pictures and cool videos that we post and share it. One, it takes away from innovation outside of that, and two, it, in turn, goes back and inhibits society's growth in meaning throughout history, humans [music] when we attach ourselves to vanity, there are connotations that follow. I'm not even going to dive into it because this is a short episode, but that's something I feel like we forget is that by human nature, when we orient ourselves around vanity, negative connotations follow.

[00:04:00] If you're interested in that, just research it because it's in all ancient texts, all recent texts, all human knowledge. It's something that I feel like we're ignoring today. Anyways, hopefully you guys have had a great week. Hopefully, you have enjoyed market volatility as much, as me sarcasm, other than that, enjoy you guys' weekend, and I'll talk to you next week.

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