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External Focused Morality

I read "The Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan" by Yukio Mishima recently. Fascinating book - it's an analysis and review of Hagakure, a 17th century book of samurai ethics.

Lots of interesting ideas. Many I disagree with. But none more fascinating than this one - Mishima writes about externally-focused morality.

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In Hagakure it says, "A samurai must never seem to flag or lose heart."

This remark suggests that it is a defect to seem to flag, to seem disheartened. The most important thing is that a samurai not manifest externally his disappointment or fatigue.

Don't Communicate Helplessness, Especially If You Feel Helpless

On The Best of Sett

Okay, I've almost got all my email inboxes almost empty now.

I get a ton of mail. I hired an assistant and automated some of it, and I still get a ton of mail. More than I can answer normally.

I'm gradually building more systems, both technology, decisionmaking, and people to process all of this, because I have opportunities worth a lot of cash, a lot of cool stuff, and a lot of ability to connect with interesting people sitting in my inbox. At any given time, there's probably 3-4 very interesting things buried in the dozens of mails I get.

And I also get a kick out of helping people. I like getting and answering questions when I can.

But then I realized, one particular type of questioning makes me cringe, and I dont want to write back to people that write like that.

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