Learn from Marcus Aurelius!

– “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”, Me: agreed. We perceive the observable and describe with our tools for describing the observable.

– “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”, Me: agreed. One makes decisions based on his intelligence (learnings from own observable) and this it it. Behaving inadequately to high quality observable cannot happen for a person with such “observable” (this term has been introduced earlier and is an equivalent of “perceived” in Goedel’s words).

– “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”, Me: as I stated above, intelligence has its action vector equivalent. What you do defines you. Great people do great things. Great talents should be given a chance to do great in talent exploitation problem. Talent is itself overrated and most of our actions can be automated and improved. Every being acts at its own observable level.

-“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”, Me: you were given a gift of life – not trying it out at its best is the worst solution. Learning about it, makes you live it better. Connected with “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”- anger comes from us thinking that something should happen. It is not what is given that we have 100% control over. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength”. Focus on the given and making right decisions. Anger distorts vision and makes decisions worse.

– “The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”, Me: given the amount of low quality information, you have to play a tight range. Given the amount of information, you have to choose the right paths (optimize the right things) and follow your goals. Given both, you have to optimize what is most explicit in the observable, as well as jump over the parameter space in such a way that allows you to push the boundaries of the observable.

– “How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks.”, Me: learning from the better is important. Determining what better is can be done up to own observable level, not beyond. But given the black box problem, learning from those that wanted to know more about the box will push you towards learning more about the box. Not necessarily in the optimal manner. Plus, challenge your assumptions. And, choosing the random one to learn about returns average results. Better focus on own values that you set to optimize.

– “The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.”, Me: your actions determine you. Actions = thoughts, i.e. you cannot act differently than you think. What is misleading: you will often think the contrary is true. It is not. You just likely want to think bigger of your thoughts. What you get is whom you are becoming through your thoughts. “If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.”

– “Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life”, Me: observation is key to learn about the observable, i.e. the only thing we can learn about.

-“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”, Me: learn to constantly improve, learn to learn.

– “Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.”, Me: bearing difficulties enforces learning about our weaknesses which we had been reluctant to eliminate. “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” – re-think assumptions to change definitions.

-“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.”, Me: learning about the future helps to learn about the mass-level future (to some extent). Learning about mass-level is also part of observation. Some omit to learn it to pursue the more explicit feedback from the universe.

-“Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.”, Me: differences between high-level and low-level education is enormous. It is still enormous between high-level and very good one. Learn how to deal with data to see the big picture. Learn how to travel through the data to learn effectively.

-“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”, Me: given the large parameter space, effective traveling through it is crucial for learning. Learning is therefore also more important and the distribution of learning is steep. Which then leads to tight ranges (know what is important, for its explicitness), as noted before.

-“Men exist for the sake of one another.”, Me: I don’t understand. If one is capable of love to another person, why not to all? If to all, given he optimizes the learning, how is love related to learning? “We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.”, Me: what would this “doing good” mean? How would it be related to learning? Before optimizing for any known constraints (e.g. life), we should learn about the black box.

-“The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.”, Me: Much of the non-obvious is not defined at our observable level. We also use numerous ill definitions.

-“Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.”, Me: assuming that one always bears what he is going to get. It is not said that it is necessarily best for that man, just good, so that mean’s learning gradient might not be optimal. If is though, then the universe tries to give us best lessons. If so then, why wouldn’t we get born with that knowledge in first place?

– “Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.”, Me: so given one’s learning, one should focus on the right decision only. If such requires death, so be it. “The act of dying is one of the acts of life.”, Me: also the act of getting older in the observable sense.

-“Each thing is of like form from everlasting and comes round again in its cycle.”, Me: do we really have these cycles? Life-death cycle? What about the observable time then?

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