A lot of people liked "Keeping Death in Mind" - lots of emails, tweets, comments, and feedback.
This comment in particular seemed to deserve its own post to make sure you saw it. Bold added by me:
Getting hit like that is an experience indeed. I almost pity people who haven’t had any serious accident, it’s that live changing.
It certainly changed my perspective and, over time, made me less afraid. I’ve realised how safe we (living in the west) all are. This is safest era in history and yet people have never been so afraid.
Fear is the bane of modern western culture.
Great comment by Tom. His site is Geschiedenis Amsterdam, which is about the history of Amsterdam. Written in Dutch - it looks like good stuff, though a tiny bit of the flavor is lost when reading through Google Translate. I'll follow his site some though, even using Translate - Dutch history has some pretty interesting times, especially the Dutch Golden Age.
Thanks for the comment, Tom. Really good stuff.
Has it only been a few months since we started? It feels like much longer, there's already a strong and vibrant and insightful group of people communicating here at SebastianMarshall.com - I'm really pleased and happy to have a good crew reading, commenting, emailing me, getting into good discussions and thinking.
A tricky thing for most people building a website is to nail down these questions - "Who is this website for? What do I want to do with this?"
It's easy for me. The site is for people like me who wish to do a lot of important things, to communicate, to think more clearly, to become prolific, to grow in strength and virtue. I create on the topics that are important to doing important things.
The people who this resonates with are always welcome to come visit and gain in strength and knowledge here, to build, to hopefully be inspired, to communicate, to do good things. The people who the site appeals to are its audience, and I won't be trying to persuade anyone to join us who these topics do not appeal to at the current stage in their life.
I've got a number of good comments I'd like to share. This was the second half of a comment from yesterday's post, me wondering about technology.
Since the government is already well into the habit of collecting every piece of data collected on every living/breathing/deceased individual, Dutch-Iranian filmmaker Bahram Sadeghi decided to prank call the NSA pretending he’d lost an e-mail and asking if they could retrieve it for him, particularly seeing as he’s originally from Iran and travels frequently, this does sound like a bad idea, doesn't it? Here is his response: