“Fish traps exist to capture fish. Once you’ve got the fish you can forget the trap. Rabbit snares exist to capture rabbits. Once you’ve got the rabbit you can forget the snare. Words exist to capture meaning. Once you’ve got the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? I’d like to have a word with him!” — Zhuangzi, 4th century BC

I forget the name of the original article or the author of it. This article mentions two worlds. One that is bound by the law of physics. Calculable, tangible, and…


“Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire. Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them, not hide from them.”- Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

No, I am not gonna read your palm or gaze at your star sign to tell you your future. But by the end of this article, you should be able to see the future, at least yours.

It was one of those seminars I had gone into. The “successful” guy on the stage said, “You must create your future.” My reaction was a BIG, “OooooK”. But that’s the thing you can only talk about on the…


“Mind your money and your woman.”- A very wise old man in his 60's.

Ethimus, the barbarian lived with a cohort of his alliance. Brawling, shouting, and intimidation were the way of the barbarian. In the land of Wonder, Culture was slowly grappling Ethimus to become a “cultured man”. Ethimus could sense the presence of this invisible force when his harmen expected him to choose only one of them.

One day, The god of wonder, Brook, played a trick upon Ethimus. The god teleported Ethimus to a different time, to a different place. Ethimus was now in London. …


“Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin.” -Jose Bergamin

In 1919, Johnston McCulley, an American writer, introduced a character named el zorro in his work Pueblo de Los Angeles.

I had first been introduced to el zorro from a 1996 television show “The legend of zorro” by Sukehiro Tomita. And Later, in the 1920 silent movie “The mask of zorro” followed by 1998 “The legend of zorro” played by Antonio Banderas.


“Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family.” — Joachim du Bellay

This is probably the second important topic of anyone’s life. Gas Stop is my compilation of what I think is the second most important aspect of our life.

You might be wondering, “Manoj, what is this about? What the hell are you writing? Just get to the point so I can agree or disagree with this. And why is it the second most…


“If you are not hungry, you are never gonna be satisfied.”-Manoj Pun

Time is the final test. No one can stand against time. Time is the only test.

One of the benefits of getting old is to realize the importance of time. The exact time we spent chasing the minutia, we realize we could have spent it on something worthwhile. But what defines a worthwhile pursuit?

Time. Time is the true identifier of the essential.

As discussed in the Lindy effect, “ the future life expectancy of some non-perishable things, like a technology or an idea, is proportional to their…


“It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and -what will perhaps make you wonder more — it takes the whole of life to learn how to die.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Minys, looks at his watch then at the land. Looks at his watch then at the land. Looks at his watch then at the land. Aloof by this strange man’s behavior, Wisdom asked, “What are you doing?”

Minys replies, “You see I planted a seed at that spot. I am waiting for it to sprout.”

Wisdom asks again, “But that will probably take a week.”


“The most important thing is the ability to survive until you get lucky.”- David Boxenhorn

Nassim Nicholas tableb brought the random idea of randomness in life. He is found saying this line often, “Life is a long gamma. We must benefit from it.” Of course, for one who is unfamiliar with the word long gamma, this becomes a foreign interpretation. But here Nassim refers to long as volatility, meaning the ups and downs in one’s life and gamma refers to the positive convexity effect, which means benefit. Therefore, we must benefit from the ups and downs in our life. …


“The quickest way to lose a friend is to make him your business partner.” — Aaron Clarey.

Do your best. Give your best shot. just do it. 100%. When these simple statements are presented to a naive mind, it sounds logical. Why not? Yeah giving your best will certainly give the best result. Oh, my favorite, “Think positive.” A big middle finger across the face.

Whatever fluffy ideal dreams you carry within your head when it starts to take a shape in the reality, there is a clash between your dreams and the physical reality. Now, it’s after the destruction…


“If you can take it from me, it was never a part of me.”- Manoj Pun.

In the land of wonder, Rustam and Nawab lived in a village called weareallequal(Pun intended). Despite its name, the village had a similar socio-economic hierarchy to any other place.

Equation:

Rustom lived in a small cottage with a family of 5. He, his wife, and three sons. Nawab lived in a villa with a family of 5. He, his wife, and three sons.

Rustom worked as a munshi, earning the bare minimum. Making the ends meet for his family. Food, Cloth, and a shelter…

MANOJ PUN

Among the infinite Wisdom, I am lost. An admirer of knowledge & Virtue, a lover of curiosity. Part-Time Barbarian.

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