No one will tell you your choices
That’s when I realised that everyone who was supposed to protect me was actually crazy, and that they wouldn’t listen to me no matter how much I begged them, and that I couldn’t ever rely on them to get anything right.
No one will tell you what your real choices are.
They will first filter by their own limits (and what is the chance they would shut up and do the impossible?)
Then they will filter by their own creativity.
Then they will filter to not hurt your feelings.
Then they will filter by their own preferences for your actions.
There are always third alternatives.
Rely on no one to tell you what your real choices are.
Just because you want to believe something doesn’t make it true.
Just because someone speaks confidently while they say something you want to believe doesn’t make it true.
Just because someone says something you don’t want to believe with degrees of uncertainty doesn’t make it false.
Of course it’s my fault. There’s no one else here who could be responsible for anything.
You are responsible for yourself.
You’re already being shot by all the bullets you’re failing to see — all the failures you labelled unexplainable, all the seeds of catastrophe being planted now to erupt in your future.
Deception is a privilege granted by thinking you live in a safe universe.
Nihil supernum, nullius in verba.
Sometimes good intentions weren’t enough, sometimes you had to be sane.
Nihil Supernum, nothingness above.
Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit.
Ultimately, you have to take responsibility.
~ Naval Ravikant
Still trust authority? Check out the first couple minutes of Why is nutrition science so complicated? to see just how screwed your beloved authority is.
But I had SuperMemo, so aimless learning was really much more efficient than anything he had access to. I couldn’t rely on Tim to tell me my choices.