You need to get out of bed in the morning. To do so, you must have a purpose. That’s the first thing. It’s not enough—though it should be—to be thankful you’re alive. No, there has to be a reason to start the day. Your purpose can be small. The world’s fate doesn’t depend on your feet hitting the floor, but you can be sure someone’s world depends on it. That’s reason enough; time to get up and get moving.

Once you’re up, it’s time to start evaluating. What needs to get done today? Who’s depending on you? Why did you dream Taylor Swift slapped you in the face in front of all your friends? It’s hard to reconcile, but what you’ve always known and managed to avoid is confirmed: Tay Tay would never date you. How could anyone be more inadequate?

There’s a cold front moving in. You can always tell by how your bones tighten and the way outside looks from inside the window. Why not skip today’s run? With the poor weather and no shot at T-Swift, you deserve a break today of all days. Plus, you hate running.

You’re supposed to wake up at 4 am to work out, meditate, read a Bill Gates-approved book, and start fasting until dinner. But who’s going to refresh your Twitter feed if not you? That’s one question the LinkedInfluencers won’t answer.

At least you have a coffee machine. You drink Black Rifle Coffee because Joe Rogan told you to, but it’s still jarring every time you see the words “Murdered Out” next to an automatic weapon on the package. Drink up, nevertheless. You’ve got a news feed to scroll.

1. Can We Trust Sam Bankman-Fried?

It’s no small thing to run a company. You knew that even before you heard the name Sam Bankman-Fried. Did you hear he’s speaking at that prestigious New York Times event this week? Hopefully, they ask him important questions like: “Why is it so much harder to run a ponzi than a real business? And, if you’ll pardon a quick follow-up, sir, what role did your veganism play in your noble efforts to combat climate change and fund the good guys this past election cycle?”

You used to believe Sam was vegan, but after his quest to save the world was disrupted by fraud, you’re not sure if you can trust him to be honest about his dietary habits. Is it possible to be an out-of-shape vegan? That’s like asking if it’s possible to denounce Nazism after purchasing a vehicle from a company founded by Nazis. The answer to both is yes, somehow.

Where did Sam find the time and energy? Last week, you got tired after sending four emails. If only you had elite parents who could open unopenable doors and everyone around you made sure you had unlimited access to amphetamines. The other half—oh, how they live.

Additional Reading:

How Sam Bankman-Fried Tried To Cling To FTX - NYT

Sam Bankman-Fried Ran FTX Like A Personal Fiefdom - WSJ

She Was A Little-Known Crypto Trader. Then FTX Collapsed. - NYT

JPMorgan: Centralized Crypto Exchanges Will Remain Dominant - CoinDesk

New York Times Another Of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Easy Marks - NY Post

Amazon Working On FTX TV Series - TechCrunch

Bahamas Not To Blame, Says Nation’s Attorney General - Reuters

FTX’s BlockFi Rescue Didn’t Work - Bloomberg

2. Elon vs. The World

There's a pressure. It's small at first, but avoidance makes it stronger. There's an expectation. You either meet it or let it swallow you whole. Don't worry, Elon. It'll be okay. The only thing they can take is your pride.

Do you remember the smell of cigarettes and coffee grounds? You couldn't wait to get out of that place. Smells like home now. It's time to get tweeting, get meme’ing, and get selling. Existence defeated your rebellion.

You're a descendant? Never let them take that away from you. You're a disgrace? They’ll never stop asking why you insist on behaving this way.

The pressure is too much to bear; the expectation is too far out of sight. So what? Chin up, man up. There will be no relief.

This world won’t conquer itself.

Additional Reading:

Elon Musk Takes On Apple's Power - NYT

The Media’s Hysteria Over Elon Musk - Glenn Greenwald

Elon Musk Wants Answers From Apple - Federalist

Ed Markey Is Not Letting Up On Elon Musk -

Elon Invites Stephen King To Twitter HQ - Newsweek

How EU Could Frustrate Musk’s Plans For Twitter - Bloomberg

Twitter King Drill On Musk’s Chaotic Reign - Washington Post

Elon’s Twitter Strategy Similar To Tesla And SpaceX - NY Times

3. Can You Hear China Sing?

They’re locked down. Can’t leave their house, can’t see their family, can’t experience life. Many now live in camps; some were killed in a fire they weren’t allowed to escape. The state has erected barricades and blocked emergency exits. The message: stay inside or else.

No, outside they go. It’s time to hit the streets. “We don’t want lockdowns, we want freedom!” the people shout, according to The New York Times. Covid sure has changed things.

You’re not sure what to do. If you’re not careful, something similar could happen where you live. Shouldn’t those who wield so much power and receive so much profit from a communist country take a stand? You’ve never seen that before; not sure why they’d start now.

They wouldn’t even let that NBA guy talk about reported genocide and the more than 1 million Uyghurs detained in internment camps. In 2019, LeBron said it wasn’t a good time to talk about it. Maybe he’ll be ready in 2023.

Additional Reading:

What To Know About The Unrest In China - NYT

China Covid Protests Lead To Clampdown - WSJ

China’s Young Cry For Freedom - CNN

China’s Fury And Fear Of Covid - BBC

White House Silent On Xi Removal - NY Post

Solidarity For China Around The Globe - Washington Post

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