Michel Pireu Columnist

In practice it is the negative that’s used by the pros, those selected by evolution: chess grandmasters usually win by not losing; people become rich by not going bust; religions are mostly about interdicts, about what to avoid … I would add, that a considerable jump in my personal health has been achieved by removing offensive irritants: the morning newspapers, the boss, the daily commute, air-conditioning, television, e-mails from documentary filmmakers, economic forecasts, news about the stock market, gym "strength training" machines, and many more … If true wealth consists in worriless sleeping, clear conscience, reciprocal gratitude, absence of envy, good appetite, muscle strength, physical energy, frequent laughs, no meals alone, no gym class, some physical labour (or hobby), good bowel movements, no meeting rooms, and periodic surprises, then it is largely subtractive. – Nassim Taleb The fact of the matter is that we can only dedicate a certain amount of energy to any given t...

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