Newsletter 08: Embrace contradictions

My friends and family are often puzzled by the contradictory things I say.

Over coffee, I was lamenting to a friend about how I wish I had made a different decision 30 years ago that would have changed the course of my life. On the other hand, I was also saying that I could not be happier with where I am today as an educator who also runs a consultancy. My friend said, “You’re confusing me!”

A relative and I were talking about Jacob from the Bible. She could not understand how I could say that Jacob had many positive traits, given his notoriety as the biblical character who stole his brother’s birthright. I said, “The Bible also wants us to know that Jacob was a patient and diligent worker in his father-in-law’s business, and he was also really good at cross-breeding livestock. Should we not learn from both his good and bad points?”

Then, there are people online who are upset with me for promoting AI Art, which is already wiping out the jobs of many people. But they mostly hold their tongue, because they’re not sure what to make of a person who wields both a paintbrush and assembles his own desktop computers.

We tend to think of contradictions as a bad thing. Yet life is full of contradictions, and only by embracing them can we see the hidden paths beneath our feet…

Oh, I have to stop here, as I need to speed-read through my library copy of “Slow Productivity” by Cal Newport as it has a 7-day loan duration. I have also busted the 4-paragraph limit I set for myself in the last newsletter!

What I wrote in the past week

Why I’m launching a Gen AI masterclass for teenagers (Sign up HERE)

AI Art : The Day The Egg Stood Still

Easter Post: How should Christians communicate Christ?

Are you following someone with many fake likes?

And starting today, I’m sharing a selection of my most-read LinkedIn posts.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!

Originally published on 1st April 2024 on LinkedIn. Subscribe here.