Bonus Website Issue 14.5: Greatest Social Experiment Ever Conducted.

As I was in the bathroom I wondered about what COVID-19 could bring about in terms of quantitative data. In a world dominated by data, what sort of discoveries could be made from everyone sitting at home? Charlie Munger himself said that in relation to the stock market no one has ever seen, heard, or experienced such markets before, therefore, anyone who say’s they know or can predict what will happen are most probably wrong. 

See, what made me think of this is that my family have been underperforming immensely when it comes to putting out the bins for collection. We have forgot to put it out about 50% of the time. The interesting thing is that, like I’m sure most of you have realised, the amount of waste in the house has decreased drastically. I wonder what sort of an impact this quarantine will have on all landfills around the world. 

This leads me to the next questions: How much less carbon is there in the air due to less cars on the road? How much of an impact has this had on public transport? How much more delivery drivers are in demand right now? How much have takeaways increased? How many individuals have started to cook more at home? Who has started to eat healthier and who has started to eat more junk? How much have outdoor activities increased? These are all questions that are of great interest to me since the quarantine. 

There are millions stuck in their homes. The most interesting data right now I think is being generated on our devices and internet consumption. I think if someone could give someone an overview of all their digital data, you would be able to understand what sort of an impact this quarantine has had on them. I wonder what the consumption levels are compared to what they were before we were all demanded to remain in our homes. It would be interesting to see the things that correlate with each other during these weird times. I’m going to do a second part on this I think as I may have some more to say. But in the meantime, have a think about all the things that could be tested right now due to this event that everyone is at home. I leave you with two questions: 

Have people been living a more sustainable or less sustainable life than they were before? 

If you were told you have to live like this forever, what would you do? 

Issue 10: Time to Think.

Already I like to think that all of you reading form up such an interesting pool of people. Everyone is so different in their own distinct ways, yet I’m sure some of you have common interests which may overlap. This may be in the form of common goals or even some similar fears. As I’m writing this there are 149 individuals already receiving these emails, and to each and every one of you, I would like to say thank you for joining this little group. 

I believe it’s hard to find other people in society with similar interests and beliefs. I think we are all put in the social circles we are in, and it is rare to find people who actively move towards a certain direction when it comes to socialising. It is rare that people cut off people they no longer feel comfortable hanging around with, with the hopes that they can surround themselves with people more like themselves. It is rare to find someone that says no, when they’re being peer pressured into saying yes. And I know this is an important topic to discuss because it’s difficult to talk about. For that reason, I want to share what I think with you. 

I’m writing this because there are people out there who are like you, and who would love to spend time with you doing and discussing stuff you like. You just need to have the courage to put yourself out there and let go of everything else momentarily. It’s common that backpackers who travel alone tend to find their best friends on the road. They tend to form bonds and relationships that would be almost impossible to replicate online or in small artificially created social circles. I’ve heard stories of companies that were started by two people who met while travelling, clicked like two peas in a pod, both being broke moved in together in some foreign country, and started working leveraging their distinct skillsets and experiences to create a truly unique company. 

The unpredictable bonds formed are unforgettable and tend to change people for the better, and it is for this reason that I urge you to seek them out in whatever way you can. Obviously now is not the best time to write about this particular topic as most nations are on lock-down, but I still believe that we can put ourselves in the mindset to be able to do this even while on lockdown. As counterintuitive as thinking about it and not doing it may seem, you need to muster up that courage somehow. For some of us this self-isolation may be the first time in our lives that we have an opportunity to slow down. We can pretend that we’re “working” from home (whether that’s college work or actual work) and think about our lives and who we are. I think it is an opportunity for us to momentarily hop off the bandwagon and understand who we are, who we’ve been surrounding ourselves with, and who we want to become. Start with this question; and if you can’t answer it yet that totally fine, just give it your best go:

Who am I?

Extra: If you have any friends or family member who may be into this stuff please feel free to forward it on and I’ve recently released my first YouTube video, here’s the link.

Issue 5: Attention Earthlings: Self-Isolate Before You Annihilate.

This is my personal survival guide to the Corona Virus. Now I would be a silly man not to hop on this bandwagon in terms of writing a piece on it, I don’t mean actually getting the bleedin’ thing. Anyways, when I think Corona Virus, I think a few things: food, Netflix, water, reading, internet, bread, the stonk market, writing a shite blog, college, learning, online courses, YouTube, etc. So as you can tell, my thinking about such a serious manner is a little bit unorthodox and unprofessional. To paraphrase Jurgen Klopp himself, “Why are you asking me about the coronavirus pal? I’m a soccer coach.”

So I decided to get serious and ask myself the question of what I would do if I needed to self-isolate myself? What would the fam do if all of a sudden the whole all of us got it? In such a case I think it is wise to hit up our main man Abraham Maslow and his big massive theory on the hierarchy of needs. So for those who don’t know ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’, as the saying goes “Google ih”. I hear that knowing this theory correlates greatly with surviving the big COVID-19. Now that I have insulted a good few people by my lack of seriousness I can continue. So based on Maslow’s theory we need to satisfy our needs in the following order: 

  1. Physiological Needs.This includes the good and wholesome stuff like air, water, food, sleep, shelter, and clothing. Now what stresses me out is that I don’t how to get food sorted if no one can leave the house. Like how will my mam do the shopping? Maybe Devan Hughes’s ‘Buymie’ can save the day. Or everyone will just hope the Chinese is still open and we can just order some lovely Chicken Curry, or like a Spice Bag. But they probably got bit by the big C-Dog by now too. Anyways food is the one that has to be sorted out. 
  2. Safety Needs.I don’t think this one matters as much. It’s like a job and all that, but people can just go on the dole. I’m sure the lovely government has this one sorted out for us (fingers crossed). 
  3. Love and Belonging Needs.Also doesn’t really matter because EVERYONE will without a doubt abandon you. Like I would I guess everyone will just be texting each other to check-in if their homies are still breathing, but do they really care if they got their own breathing to worry about? 
  4. Esteem Needs. Respect, self-esteem, status, recognition, strength, freedom. Right so, you don’t really have the freedom to leave your home which is a bit shit. But I guess self-esteem is good if you don’t have the virus. I think there will be a blow-up in influencers who haven’t got the disease. So if you don’t catch it maybe this will be your moment to shine. Maybe you can be the light at the end of the tunnel. But then again when everyone else dies, there’s a high likelihood you’ll be bored so your popularity for being all healthy won’t really matter.  
  5. Self-actualization Needs.This is by far my favourite one. It is the desire to become the most that one can be, however, if you’re sick, hungry, unloved, and dead, it doesn’t really matter what you can become or desire. Sorry for being so frank. So sorry to be a party-pooper but realistically speaking maybe you won’t become that astronaut you dreamed of becoming. 

Sorry for being such a buzzkill but I hope you got the point! The point being: stock up on food because if we don’t satisfy the first need all the other ones don’t really matter. And the real reason I’m writing this is because I feel a flu brewing inside of me, and want to impart my last piece of wisdom upon you in the possible case that I don’t make it. Stay safe my comrade, and in the unlikely situation that this is my last written piece, I want to impart a top-tier, fully evolved, master ball quote upon you that I stole from a personal friend of mine Naval Ravikant: 

“A healthy man wants a thousand things, a sick man wants one.” 

Extra: I finally made an Instagram and a website so check them out! Also please remain calm during the virus outbreak in Ireland.