by Tim Wu

In the United States, if you kinda go with the tide, you'll end up in debt, overweight, addicted to social media, sitting in front of the TV for forty hours a week, and you probably won't have a meaningful family life. If you even have any family or friends. So you have to sort of resist. Maybe it's always been like this. I'm not gonna pretend that there's some sort of environment, maybe ancient Greece, where everybody lived in this meaningful way all the time. If you wanna have a life of meaning, if you wanna be somebody, you have to take charge.


Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia University. His six sentences are paraphrased from a podcast conversation with Brett McKay, host of The Art of Manliness.