Short Sentences, Shawshank Edition

Nassim Taleb tweets: “You have a real life if & only if you do not compete with anyone in any of your pursuits.”

My initial thought is vehement opposition. To avoid competition, one would have to avoid a lot of engagement in life; engagement with other people, and with outside ideas. The uncompetitive life is necessarily the unstriving life (making hard to have any ‘pursuits’ in Taleb’s words), and that strikes me as the worst kind of navel-gazing waste. As Red says, get busy living, or get busy dying.

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