This year I wrote on 12 observations at 27.
And why 12? Honesty, I have no idea, and because I don’t know, I can’t really say.
All I can say is, a list of 27 will be too exhausting.
- Our collective intolerance for lies has been shattered. And it saddens me. I saw this with the Trump effect (and almost everywhere I look).
- We fail too often to appreciate the consequences of that which did not happen, the consequences of not doing what we have already done. This makes navigating through life less easy because the alternative is way to abstract. And certainly, it breeds something ubiquitous called ungratefulness.
- Don’t think a gorgeous orange tastes good, because it might not. This is one of the hardest lesson I have being learning to learn.
- You will fail, and if you do, that is fine. Life is impossible without failures. I have learnt this more robustly from science research.
- The older you grow, the less surprise life gifts.
- For a very long journey, hard work hardly works. But, smart work does.
- There is very little that is objective about the human conscience – as it is given by our social contraption. So, to argue for truth based (solely) on human custom is plain wrong. Montaigne intimated this very carefully in his 1580 summer tour of Europe. (So does Socrates.)
- There is something magical about forgiveness, if we can put it to work. And for that magic, I tried, I can’t put it to words. Words fail me.
- Success has the right to impose obligatory conditions. So, I have learnt not to be surprised.
- The world’s capitalist economy breeds more slaves than we think that it does, more isolated (and sad) souls than we could ever comprehend. And here is the really, really sad part – many don’t know it .
- The best people who are bad are the people who are the best in faking that they are good. Until Karma catches up. And friends, this leads me to my final point:
- One could fake kindness, one could fake honesty, one could fake compassion, one could fake respect, one could fake honor, prudence, humility, empathy BUT not courage. Courage is the only virtue that cannot be faked  because it requires skin in the game. Courage is, to put it in another way, immune to virtue signaling.
God Bless and Thank you for reading.
 I am learning this properly from the Frankfurt School, and I particularly liked their criticism of Marxism.
 “Courage is the only virtue you cannot fake” Nassim Taleb in Skin in the Game Pp188.