Work & Meaning

There is nothing meaningful in production line work (same repetitive motion every hour of every day); there is nothing meaningful in operating a checkout; there is nothing meaningful in stacking shelves; there is noting meaningful in driving trucks all day every day; there is nothing meaningful in routine codified administration and bureaucracy.

Most human labour is inherently deeply depressing – it saps at the soul. It feels like hell.

Only the lucky middle class minority (and those above them) understand “meaning” from their employment. Most of humanity today detests every minute of work, but suffers it as a necessary evil to pay for consumption (necessities, investment in children, social status, hobbies, a few rare luxuries).

Where routine, dull and dehumanizing work is automated, that can and should liberate humanity from arduous toil – freeing us to do work we find fulfilling.

Whether this ideal outcome is realized will depend on political interventions alongside technical developments and dumb luck. We need broad investment in education; we need a decent minimum income for all human beings; we need to defeat rent seekers.

shaun39 – commenting on The Economist

CS50x rocks !

After 6 months of fun and some mild headeaches, I finally finished CS50x. I may not have been the fastest to complete the class, but having decided to make the most of all the classes, sections, and shorts available on the CS50x platform, I’m very happy with the end result. I learned a ton and it was a memorable experience.

Thank you EDx, David J. Malan and all CS50 staff, past and present.
You guys are awesome !

If you’d like to check my final project out, head to
Or watch the following 2mn video – then visit the website :)


Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Singapore Healthcare

A great video summarizing why I think the Singaporean Healthcare system is the best in the world. High praises coming from a French ^^

Why do I say it’s the best?
It’s cheap, it’s pretty much universal, and it achieves some amazingly strong outcomes.
But don’t take my word for it, watch the video:

French Economic Views

When I read French news, I can’t help but feel sad. Anyone who believes the government can control the economy hasn’t been paying attention for the last 60 years years. The beauty of the economic world is its ability to adapt. As a result, attempts to control or steer it in meaningful ways are more often than not fruitless. Still, most of my compatriots willingly share in a collective ignorance of this obvious fact. This emperor has no clothes, but he hasn’t realized it yet.

Musings of an expat living in South East Asia