Chiwi Journal #14: Nick Cave, Love & Nihilism, Beyond Order, Multi-verse, and Body & Mind
Quick update from me
I’ve been living in Lisbon on and off for two months but still have a FOMO of sun. When the sun is out (almost every day), I subconsciously have the urge to go outside (PTSD from living in London for a while ?). Spending most time outdoors made me realise I’m probably solar powered because just going out to enjoy the sun makes my worries and stress gone!
Since I’m still in tourist mode in Portugal, I walk 13,000 steps daily. My friend introduced me to a move2earn web3 lifestyle app STEPN, where I get an NFT Sneaker and walk, jog or run outdoors to earn rewards. What I like most about this app are the Gami-Fi and Social-Fi elements that encourage a group of my friends to embrace a healthier lifestyle by walking or jogging on a daily base. Also, in a web3 group chat, we take this app as a case study to discuss the gamification ecosystem and investment philosophy in web3. Definitely a triple-win game to play! If you are interested in playing and would like to get an invite code, please DM me on Twitter.
Last but not least, please remember no matter which markets are we in, treat yourself as core capital, design a compound system and invest it!
OK, let’s get into this month’s content.
Book of the Month
The Chinese version of Beyond Order by Dr Jordan B. Peterson has been launched in China this month!
I started the translation process in April 2021 with Steve Shi and Marcel Zhang. After four months of hard work and back and forth editing and auditing from the publisher. We finally see the 289,000 words and 322 pages book out on China market!
In 2019, I participated the Oxfam Trailwalker, completing the 100km trek in under 32 hours and raising 10,000 NZD with three team members. In preparation for this challenging event, I encountered Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life and gained the courage and wisdom from reading it, which helped me accomplish this seemingly impossible task. Since then, I have followed Dr Peterson’s YouTube and podcast channels and dug deep into his works.
In 2021, while quarantined in England, I saw a tweet posted by Steve Shi, the Chinese translator of 12 Rules for Life, seeking collaborative translators for Dr Peterson’s new book Beyond Order. I immediately signed up and completed the trial translation based on my familiarity with his works. It was not long before I received the news that I had officially joined the translation team and had the privilege to translate Chapters nine to twelve of his new book, focusing on intimate relationships, past memories, truth-seeking, and gratitude for life.
Dr Peterson wrote this new book while battling his illness, and he relied on the idea of completing this book to push himself through the many difficulties in his life. While translating this book, I was also in a challenging life stage, living alone in a new country without family and friends’ support and unclear about my future and career path.
Reading his book and participating in the translation process served as a healing process for me. Dr Peterson shared many clinical cases to show us how people who have gone through hardships can get back on track through effective counselling and self-awareness. It also made me realise that many difficulties facing me are not unique but universal, and there are solutions to that, thus giving me hope and encouragement to get through that dark period.
Everyone is carrying an inevitable burden in this world. There is probably an ugly and painful struggle underneath every glamorous and beautiful face. Compared with Dr Peterson’s previous book, I could feel his compassion in this new book, and I was moved to tears many times during the translation process. If we can be less judgmental and resentful of others but be more empathetic, if we can still be grateful when we suffer, gratitude and love will save us from the abyss.
I also recommend readers sign up for Dr Peterson’s brain baby Self-Authoring, a series of online writing programs that collectively help you explore your past, present and future. An unexamined life is not worth living. After reading this book, I hope you will have the courage and confidence to explore your path, nourishing yourself and those around you with love. Most importantly, have faith in life and be grateful despite your suffering.
Click to purchase the Chinese copy.