Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How would you deal with the habit of compulsively buying books?”
“Create a beautiful system, and beautifully integrate it with other life-systems.
Make it a practice to notice the impulse when it arises. (Observation system)
Make it a practice to ask yourself why did the impulse arise. (Introspection system)
Make it a practice to delay the buying decision. (Discipline system)
Make it a rule to not exceed a certain budget for books every month.
Make it a rule to not exceed a certain number of books every month.
Make it a rule that, once you buy a book, you must read it the same month.
“Do I notice a system for creating systems?”
“It’s a work in progress.”