- the principle that guide me -
27/08/2014, Madrid (ES)
Silviu Daniel Eftimie
Anima Mundi is the name of the principle that I use in everything I do, consisting of a series of beliefs that resonate with my personality. That's being said, let's go down the rabbit hole and explore it.
note: from time to time this document will suffer updates.
“This world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence ... a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related“ - Plato, Timaeus
“Can anyone doubt today that all the millions of individuals and all the innumerable types and characters constitute an entity, a unit? Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.“ - Nikola Tesla, The Problem of Increasing Human Energy
“Creators need an immediate connection to what they create. And what I mean by that is when you're making something, if you make a change, or you make a decision, you need to see the effect of that immediately. There can't be a delay, and there can't be anything hidden. Creators have to be able to see what they're doing.“ - Bret Victor, Inventing on principle.
“[...] if someone has spent an hour of their time (I don’t care if it’s on company time) to potentially change my life, the least I could do is take 5 minutes to share a sincere Thank You. I always take the time to hand write it, I always make it personal, and I am always sincere.“ - Ed Weissman, The Best of edw519 - A Hacker News Top Contributor.
“Among the important properties to have is the belief you can do important things. If you do not work on important problems how can you expect to do important work? You need to work on the right problem at the right time and in the right way—what I have been calling style. The desire for excellence is an essential feature for doing great work. Without such a goal you will tend to wander like a drunken sailor. When stuck often inverting the problem, and realizing the new formulation is better, represents a significant step forward. You should do your job in such a fashion others can build on top of it. Do not in the process try to make yourself indispensable; if you do then you cannot be promoted because you will be the only one who can do what you are now doing! Yes, it is nice to end up where you wanted to be, but the person you are when you get there is far more important..“ - Richard Hamming: You and Your Research