保罗·格雷厄姆文章笔记


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网站:http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html

这篇博文记录一下我读保罗·格雷厄姆的文章时想一些想法。

2016

Life is short (2016/01)

But while some amount of bullshit is inevitably forced on you, the bullshit that sneaks into your life by tricking you is no one’s fault but your own. And yet the bullshit you choose may be harder to eliminate than the bullshit that’s forced on you. Things that lure you into wasting your time have to be really good at tricking you. An example that will be familiar to a lot of people is arguing online. When someone contradicts you, they’re in a sense attacking you. Sometimes pretty overtly. Your instinct when attacked is to defend yourself. But like a lot of instincts, this one wasn’t designed for the world we now live in. Counterintuitive as it feels, it’s better most of the time not to defend yourself. Otherwise these people are literally taking your life. (2)

虽然一些“狗屁事情”是不可避免强加给你的,但是通过欺骗手段进入你生活的“狗屁事情”不是其他人的错,而是你自己的错。你主动选择的“狗屁事情”可能比强加给你的“狗屁事情”更难消除。吸引你浪费时间的事情非常善于欺骗你。很多人熟悉的一个例子是在网上争论。当有人批驳你时,他们从某种意义上说就是在攻击你。有时相当明显。你被攻击时本能上就会去保护自己。但是,像许多本能一样,它不是为我们现在生活的世界设计的。尽管感觉有悖常理,但大多数时候最好不要为自己辩护。否则,这些人会真的“夺走”你的生命。(2)

是啊,其实很多时候,是自己去选择一些麻烦事的。

As well as avoiding bullshit, one should actively seek out things that matter. But different things matter to different people, and most have to learn what matters to them. A few are lucky and realize early on that they love math or taking care of animals or writing, and then figure out a way to spend a lot of time doing it. But most people start out with a life that’s a mix of things that matter and things that don’t, and only gradually learn to distinguish between them.

和避免“狗屁事情”一样,人们要积极的寻找对自己而言重要的事情。但是对每个人,重要的事情都不同,人们也需要学习到底什么是他们的重要事情。少数人很幸运,他们很早就意识到自己喜欢数学或者照顾小动物,并且花费很多时间在上面。但是多数人的生活都混杂了很多有用和无用的事情,只有慢慢的才学会区别它们。

确实,我也是,大学之后,不,出国后才渐渐学会区别。

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That’s what you do when life is short.

不停地想方设法避免“光阴虚度”,不要等待机会才去做有意义的事情,而是享受自己的时间。 这就是生命短暂时我们应有的态度。

这篇文章的观点我已经在其他一些文章里看过了。找到自己真正觉得有意义的事情去做,不要等待。

2010

The Acceleration of Addictiveness (2010/07)

这篇文章的观点我很认同。随着科技的进步,我们的对于科技的上瘾症也会越发严重。比如网络成瘾问题。在不使用这些上瘾产品的时候,我们会有孤独感。不过保罗认为,如果能避免这种孤独感——不要在意他人的目光——我们就能做好事,掌握好自己的命运。

But if I’m right about the acceleration of addictiveness, then this kind of lonely squirming to avoid it will increasingly be the fate of anyone who wants to get things done. We’ll increasingly be defined by what we say no to.

我们也会被自己拒绝的事物所定义。

对于这句话,其实也可以这么理解,我们会被自己选择的东西所定义。

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