🏦 If your portfolio is down, you need to read this.

Let's be honest, its been a tough week for people who own tech stocks. I on the other hand have my entire savings in USD, so I get to watch my money burn too, just in slooooow motion 😎.

Now if you're not in the markets you're probably looking like this:

But if you're a Meta employee you probably look something like this:

That's all to say the difference between pure psychological agony and a blissful nights rest for many folks is line go up and line go down. For those who could care less, it's another Friday. Human perception is a funny thing, and coincidentally the topic for this weeks based newsletter.

If you've anything like me, you've definitely gotten mad after reading a tweet, happy after seeing a funny meme, and experienced a whole gambit of emotions after a Tiktok binge delivers you horrendous news right before a fart joke video.

The internet fr has me feeling dis:

Our minds can go to great lengths to play tricks on us, even manifesting pain which should be impossible to exist. If you don't believe check out the concept of "phantom pain", where amputees feel debilitating pain in limbs they no longer posses.

When our sensations and thoughts don't match up to our lived reality it can cause great distress. Whether that be trying to remain optimistic in the face of an impending global financial crises, or experiencing pain in a limb that doesn't exist.

However, there is an upside to this phenomenon. Human's ability to manifest material biological phenomena, such as pain, from psychological or immaterial inputs such as media is a double edged sword which also works in the positive direction. This is called the hedonic treadmill or what has been described in literature as the indomitable human spirit.

Humans have an in built capacity to endure adversity from natural disasters and the atrocities of war to breakups and market crashes, our brains have a funny way of always bringing our spirits back up :)

I'll leave you with a quote from Victor Frankel, holocaust survivor and author of Man's Search for Meaning.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way

Victor Frankel

Have a blessed weekend friends.

See y'all next week,

V and Nat

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