One of the things that's been really cool for me here at the blog is watching the crowd that hangs out here develop.
The big thing I set out to do with the site was create a place I'd want to hang out online. I hang out at some pretty good places, but I wasn't able to find anywhere that was unabashedly pro-victory, pro-winning, very expansive, practical, pragmatic, and says it like it is. There's plenty of places with good people online, but not too many where people are willing to take the heat for saying it like it is. I try to do that - say it like it is, even though you sometimes suffer for it.
The community's really responded - I think there's a lot of people who've been looking for something like this. I know I searched for it, couldn't find it, and that's why I started building. So it's been thrilling having all sorts of smart people write great letters and emails to me, great comments, great stuff happening.
I love it, I feel so blessed. The site's my site - it's got my name on it. But the community can transcend that, and that's why I'm so thrilled that I can feature great comments and letters.
One such talented person is Jess, our resident merchant marine. She's left a number of really insightful comments, and it's a joy to read her thoughts. She's talented writer and talented thinker. Here's some of her latest insights from a letter, reposted with permission -
I recently started reading about Miyamoto Musashi and Bushido after reading a post you did on the topic. Did you know that many Japanese executives practice martial arts in the mornings before work, as a part of developing their business strategy/abilities? I thought that was quite a bit of dedication, very impressive. Also indicative of how the teachings of war/warrior's strategy can apply in so many endeavors outside of war and battle. My favorite concept to consider of late is "Even though it is a path of 1000 miles, you walk one step at a time. Consider this well." The simplicity is astonishing when you consider the depth, and breadth of what it can cover. This specific idea helps me on the days that are less than ideal. I've been considering how I'd rather be working somewhere else, but that there is a possibility that I am right where I need to be, that there is some valuable thing to learn here not found elsewhere. I'm working on making that happen, making this one 'step' count. Some of the Bushido concepts (especially on focus and not wasting time, as well as presenting a facade of strength and not giving into weak moments to summarize roughly) are really helping me reach that goal. I've opened my eyes to a lot of things I've missed in the past due to my focus being elsewhere, or not done in earnest. Thanks for that post.
Good stuff. If you like it, you'd also like the previous top level posts that featured her insights -
Finally, she's got some really good comments here too, though I don't know an easy way to see the comments by anyone in particular... there's been lots of smart comments by Jess, Phaed, Michael, Evgenij, Stephanie, and so on - if anyone knows an easy way to view all of a person's comments, please let me know in the comments or via email, and there will be much gratitude from me. In the meantime, I recommend you read Jess's comments when you see 'em, because they're really smart, and thanks again for the insights Jess.
I'm not shy to stay this - this site has already been blessed with some of the smartest comments and people I've seen online.
The internet is powerful, but much of it is a vast space of short term distraction and time wasting. Even most of the stuff that tries to be serious is poorly thought emotional suckage. For instance, one of the most prolific people writing on "economics" online is a partisan hack who solely uses emotional language and doesn't actually do any real economics, experimenting, modeling, math, or statistics ever. Or at least, hasn't in two decades.
I built this site partially to rebel against the vast sea of distraction and emotional-based suckage. Where do strong, smart, ambitious, virtuous, pragmatic people hang out online? There aren't too many places. So I wanted to build one.
And there have been fruits to this! Already, there's been a number of smart comments. Some hundreds of people come and read each day, a number in the low thousands if you include RSS. And when excellent comments are made, I'm really honored to feature them as their own posts so they get the attention they deserve.
This comment on "A Realization About Japanese and American Superheroes" is brilliant -
Since I have no reason what I'm actually gonna type here I decided to just go with this title. It sucks, I know.
Well okay I guess I'm just going to tell a little bit about myself.
- My name is Emma but you can call me Em or whatever you like. Be creative. I dare you.- I'm 19 years old- I'm studying International Media and Entertainment management but after this I want to do my masters in something related to screenwriting.- No I don't actually know what I'm going to do with my life- I'm more of a live in the moment kind of girl. I'll see what life brings to me. (doesn't mean I don't dream about my future though)- English is not my first language (apologies in advance for any annoying mistakes I'm probably going to make)- I love to write. - I'm slightly addicted to television shows and partying.- I'm currently in love with a girl and I have no idea what to do about that.
I get that you want to know more about me and this girl. Well.. let's just say I found out that I was bi last year when I suddenly had a crush on a friend of mine. Okay this totally sucked just so you know. I guess it's always been there I just never realized. Eventually we all got drunk and I told her and urgh it was pretty fucked up but we stayed friends. I think we're pretty good now, as far as possible of course.
Time went by, I kissed some guys (made some mistakes blabla you know it), and well... nothing really happened. I haven't told anyone beside a friend of mine who lives in England and well obviously that girl I had a crush on. My parents sort of know but the last time I tried to bring it up to my mom she got really mad and said it was just a phase. I don't want to make you think that she's a homophobic or something because she's not. She just doesn't really realize that I might be serious about this.