Tesla’s Faults

Thoughts on Tesla after reading Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla.


He wasn’t one that cared to understand human nature. He would do things that would hurt his overall progress because he didn’t want to do the mundane work of getting people excited and producing inventions FOR them, rather than just unprofitable discoveries AT them.

He wouldn’t write down how something worked until he patented it (prefering to use his visualization and memory), and he wouldn’t patent until he had tested it, without funds of which it was not possible.

He saw the forest for the trees and could not adapt himself to the situation he was in.

Sadly, he seems to have gone crazy at the end, foolishly sticking to old ideas even when new ones fit the data better. He thought Einstein’s ideas were wrong, that there existed an ether and that atoms were not nuclei surrounded by electrons but billard balls like he had learned in the 1880′s. He developed some kooky ideas. Some about pigeons.

Less Clutter, More Happiness

A smaller living space means more room for helping others, which is what actually brings happiness.

My friend wrote a blog post with great, meaningful quotes:

“The more we have, the more we need. We become trapped.”

“I see the value of living in a small place where we are constantly reminded to live simply. I like living somewhere that requires little upkeep. This gives us more opportunities to care for people rather then maintaining stuff.”

I also live in a small space, and I think she’s pointed out beautiful concepts!

My New Year’s Resolution a couple years ago was to become unattached to physical things.

When I traveled to California I saw how much I really need to live happily: little more than a backpack’s worth.

Clothes, a notebook, washing supplies, a phone. That’s basically it, and so much of the world lives without even that.

You can get to used to more than you think you can, even when you take this into account.

Material things are scientifically shown not to increase happiness, so choose to step back.