Some Thoughts on “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Just watched that one for relaxation purposes (worked, although 10 minutes of meditation or jerking off would have done the same in an 18th of the time). Here’s some pseudo-philosophical thoughts on it:

Drugs Are Bad for You

Who’d have thought.

Money, Drugs and Sex Won’t Solve Problems

Jordan Belfort’s biggest problem? I’m not sure. I’d say entitledness and consequences of a drug consumption that is a bit too high. Instead of ever adressing them, though, he robs further and further down the negative loop he’s built for himself. Think of the scene where he comes back from the Country Club, beating his wife and crashing a car because he doesn’t want his daughter taken away from him (in a rather possessive sense) and taking cocaine just to solve a problem originally caused by really amateurish drug consumption (if you decide to fool around with drugs, at least do it right: know what you’re taking and install security measures). The thought of quitting probably never came up. I’m pretty certain Belfort didn’t see any other way of living.

Crime Comes to Haunt You

It always does. And until that point, it stresses you out a whole lot. The monoy gained is just not worth the hassle. Yes, you can money much faster if you do it illegally. But in the long term, the stress, violence and prison time at least even the playing field compared to the legal way. Don’t be a cheapskate. Making a lot of money in a sustainable is hard, but that’s the whole challenge.

Know When to Call It Quits

This may only apply to illegal endeavors, but in any case, don’t fall victim to sunk-cost fallacies. If something just doesn’t work, it won’t after putting even more resources into it. And please set aside your pride here. That’s your ego talking. Quitting is an art mastered by few, so you can be proud if you at least attempt to become one of them. You will not be disappointed.

Tribe Mentality

I loved that big hum scene. I loved how Brad Bodnick didn’t even talk after Donny got him into jail. I loved how nobody ratted anyone out. That’s a tribe mentality right there. I want that somewhere.

Rage Is Never Helpful

Take a deep breath. Take another one. Don’t say anything for a few seconds. Now, you can already deal with your problems a lot more productively.

Don’t Deceive People

It may even be legal – but it is not sustainable. Squeeze your balls and do the work to find a way of creating value for others in order to make your money.


6/20: Purposeless Writing, Being a Movie Hero

Heya, it’s time to tackle the writing again. Within two days of just doing purposefully writing whatever is on my mind, it’s become more pleasurable than learning French and practicing Avicii songs on my flügelhorn. Otherwise, I would not be procrastinating to do them. I was just thinking about the reason I make these introductions before trying to get at least a little serious – and I don’t know one. I guess it just helps me ease into the flow that is writing. And it helps me ease out of it, because I will reach my 300-word goal much faster. But worry not, I will increase that goal. Some day, I might actually produce a structured article. I will – I’ve got some good ideas. Although that’s not really the purpose of this category.
Do I want to just spill out my brain and reflect here? Or do I want to restrict it to certain topics that are related to my content? I do not know. Actually, I think might do both. If something great comes up, I will explore it here. But I will also reflect on random questions I have – after all, I have enough ideas for really effortful evergreen articles (or “pamphlets,” as I call them). At least, this serves as a means of reflection for me. And it improves my writing style. I can see what comes natural and what doesn’t. What I like and what not. I can play around with tone and words.
By the way, “Rains of Castamere” just started in the background. I love this dramatic music. I listen to the soundtrack of war movies every day. It gives me a feeling of being a movie hero, which I love. I have a whole list of movie characters I want to be like: James Bond, Harvey Specter, Alex Grey, Alfred Pennyworth (from “Gotham”), Gatsby, Aldo Raine. As a child, I would imagine myself being the protagonist of a movie after watching it. I could get lost in these fantasy worlds. That was how I escaped my unsatisfying present. And just the feeling of it – although I’m now the hero of my own movie, in full conscious control of it – gives me pleasure today.

6/19: What This Blog Will Look Like

Huzzah. Here we go again, clueless what to write. But that’s fine. It’s the act of writing itself that matters. Today’s background soundtrack is “Light of the Seven” from the GoT soundtrack – the one that plays while Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor. Why am I writing that? So you know. This is the first text I’ll publish in my “raw” category. I came up with the idea in a chemistry lesson at school today – it was way more interesting than battery systems.
Let’s get to the beefy part though, instead of stories about how my day went. Those are too easy. I better come up with something. The new categories of blog posts I brainstormed, by the way, are Raw, Personal, Pamphlets, Daily Bits, Book Notes, and Miscellaneous (quotes, good content from elsewhere or off-topic stuff).

Having this variety of formats to choose from, I ensure producing a boatload of content: The daily bits are just random thoughts expressed in a few lines. They are all I force myself to post every day. Raw stuff is just what I type struggling to check the box for “Write 300 Words” every day. I can post that stuff whenever I want to, but if it’s personal (I like to abuse the 300 words for reflection), I might post it as personal (along goalsetting and rants). Miscellaneous and Book Notes are just a place to unload some of the dumpcart that is my Evernote. I’m sure someone will find it useful.

But what if instead of not having an idea and just filling a whole page with reflections on the philosophical implications of bacon, I have a great article, a real article in mind? Well, then I do one. I even complement it with research. And I edit and revise it – so naturally, as it costs me that much effort, it deserves the showiest name I can give it: I call it a pamphlet. I don’t know how long it will take me to write my first one and the thought of it scares the hell outta me, but that’s just one more reason to have that category and produce some really comprehensive evergreens.