The Invisible Foe

The only way to fight an invisible and silent foe is to assume that it is everywhere.

In a world where such an enemy exists, the wise are paranoid, and the rational and moderate don’t last long.

The invisible foe has no face; therefore, it is difficult to hate it with passion.

It is difficult to find the motivation to fight daily against something with no arms and legs, with no claws and fangs.

We are used to waging our wars with guns and fists, with shouting and words. But none of this holds true in the face of the enemy with no arms and legs, with no claws and fangs.

Such a foe can only be fought through deprivation.

Fight it by salting the fields so it doesn’t have anything to eat.

Fight it by burning the forests, so that it cannot breathe.

We are the food this foe consumes, and the air it breathes.

How to fight it? Through discipline.

The victories are daily, but they don’t bring satisfaction. Prevention, going a day without losing the battle, that does not earn us a sense of achievement.

Winning, we understand. Now, a game in which the goal is not to lose… This is less familiar.

Discipline is what keeps us aware that this is a game in which the only way to win…

Is to hold on until the end of the game, without losing.

Painting: “The Blessed Bernardo Tolomeo’s Intercession for the End of the Plague in Siena” by Giuseppe Maria Crespi

An Important Movement

The reason I left my medical career was to be able to help as many companies as possible to adopt remote work.

If someone can do all their work from a computer, it is criminal to make that person work in an office.

It harms the environment, it harms their physical and mental health, it harms their family and, finally, its more expensive for companies.

We need to kill this meme that people need to be under supervision (usually inefficient) in a physical place in order to be productive.

People call it “the rat race,” and as far as metaphors go, it so mirrors reality that we might as well grow some tails. Was this the life we ​​dreamed of, the life we studied so much for? A life in which we spend half our time running around, and the other half trying desperately to recover our energy, so we can start over the next day?!

At the time of writing, a pandemic is spreading across our continent, but even before that, working in an office (open or closed, with or without leisure spaces, kitchens, ping pong tables, etc.) for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week also killed us. The only difference is that it did so over several years, not days.

Bosses and business owners: stop being a facilitator for this dysfunctional way of working. Get your people to work from home whenever possible.

Painting: Italian Harbour Scene, by Thomas Wijck

2020, A Year of Old Things

I have already noted several times – usually when I write about video games – that our culture has a fetish for the new.

More than ever, I see it for the cultural and capitalist conditioning that it is – we are encouraged to speak about and to be excited by new things, because new things are, as a rule, more expensive.

And make no mistake, I am pro-capitalism. I just don’t like to feel manipulated.

This year, I decided to do an experiment: no new video games, no new books.

If I buy books or video games in 2020, it will be those that were published in previous years. (Or, in the case of video games, remakes of classics that I already know are important to me.)

My theory has always been that the best art is timeless. That the game or book that is five years old, if it was good then, it will be good today too. And after all, to me, it will be like new.

Fan of videogames and books that I am, will I be able to maintain this strategy? I don’t know. Let’s find out!

Painting: “Banquet of Syphax” by Alessandro Allori

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