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Aaryan Harshith

LIFE UPDATE:

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Considering how it’s been so long since I last wrote here, I thought it’d be the perfect time to catch up and remind people that I actually haven’t disappeared from the face of the Earth.

For the past month, I was interning for a startup called Talk Social, where we were (and still are) building the future of human connection. Today marks my last day on the job, and I wanted to use this as an opportunity to celebrate everyone that made this experience so memorable.

To Solon and Zvi

First off, I’d like to thank the co-founders of Talk Social (Solon and Zvi)…


GLOBAL PROBLEMS:

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If you had to give every single person on the planet a handshake — assuming each handshake takes you about a second — it would take you about 240 years to get through everyone.

That’s well over three lifetimes of shaking hands, from the second you’re born to the day you die. Our world has a lot of people. More than the human mind could ever hope to comprehend.

Except, while we underestimate our population, we have a knack for overestimating just how much Earth can do for us. And that mistake could cost us big-time.

Throughout virtually all…


MEANINGFUL SCIENCE:

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About half of humanity going to develop cancer in their lives. And for half of those people, or a quarter of the world’s entire population, cancer’s going to be what takes their lives, too. With all this going on, there’s a common misconception that cancer is a huge problem. It isn’t.

Cancer isn’t the issue here. Our technology is.

The most common way we treat cancer is with a surgery called a tumour resection. Over 8M cancer patients this year will need at least one as part of their treatment. …


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Miyamoto Musashi was a 14th century Japanese warrior that is widely seen as the greatest swordsman who ever lived. At 16, Musashi fought on the losing side of a war. At this time in Japan, it was tradition for any survivors of a lost conflict to commit suicide to preserve their respect. Musashi rejected.

His decision ripped him from society, forcing him to wander from town to town as a disgrace.

In a new world, without anyone or anything to rely on, the young Musashi chose to rely on his skill in martial arts to survive. With the goal of…


This is a cell. It’s the smallest thing you could consider alive:


Writing, Life, Misc.

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“Writing on Medium is…misunderstood.”

Think of Medium as a jungle with thousands of hungry authors ripping each other’s throats out to get your attention. For all the people that succeed, there’s just as many “the algorithm” eats for breakfast. The few that survive do it by making every mistake in the book — learning how to win by using every thumbnail, title, and touching story they can.

The goal? A life where you can make a small fortune while pressing a bunch of buttons as you sip an alcoholic beverages on a tropical island. But no matter how you look…


LIFE LESSONS:

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“Passion”

It might be the most misunderstood word in history. I’d lose count if I had to list down all the times someone’s told me something along these lines:

“I am so passionate about robotics.”

“My real passion is photography.”

“Aaryan, do you even know how passionate I am about creating this company?”

Believe me when I say they have no idea what it means. None. If I hear someone say passion one more time, I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop myself from internally combusting. The only thing I’m passionate about is my hate for the word passion.


CLIMATE SCIENCE:

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Global Warming.What started off as something climate scientists would make small -talk about next to the office water cooler has now found its way into the mainstream — reaching into everything from protests to political cartoons. And rightly so.

That’s because climate change is the real deal — now more than ever.

Some might say it’s getting too real. We’re starting to lose sight of how to solve this problem that we created, because it’s grown bigger than ourselves.

We’ve released so much CO2 into the atmosphere that no amount of recycling or buying solar panels or going vegan is…


GOING DEEPER:

What will you find when you peel back the layers?

You’re sitting on a creaky, dilapidated office chair — silently scrolling through your laptop as rain softly drizzles the world outside your window. Wanting nothing more in the moment than to check the state of online affairs, you keep scrolling. A slew of random thoughts run through your head, as always.

Deep down, you knew this was the furthest you could get from productivity or usefulness — like checking your fridge to see if something new magically materialized inside it since your last visit. But what else could you do? After all, it was 2012. …


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A few weeks ago, I noticed something special.

I noticed that people usually hid the best, most interesting parts of themselves from the rest of the world. Understanding someone meant slowly bringing those things out and appreciating your discoveries. It’s a nice reminder us that we can always care about others — even if they’re nothing like us:

When trying to really understand a person, you’ll realize just how valuable asking the right questions are.

Not only does it help you go further than just talking about the work or the weather, but it’ll open up doors you never knew…

Aaryan Harshith

I write about things every week(ish).

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