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Does life feel too short? Get off your ass. | Erling Kagge

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In 1654, Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” That’s more true today than ever.

– Explorer Erling Kagge is the first person to have completed the Three Poles Challenge on foot: the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest.

– The average American spends 4 hours each day on their phone. Imagine that 20% of it is productive. That still means that at the end of your life you’ll have spent a cumulative 4,000 days on what Kagge calls “bullshit”.

– Walking is the engine of life – you can do it alone, learning to cultivate your thoughts; you can walk to meet people and learn to respect humanity; and you can walk to experience nature. Don’t live through other people or through apps. Get out and explore.

Explorer, art collector, publisher, and author, Erling Kagge is the first person to have completed the Three Poles Challenge on foot–the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest. He has written six books on exploration, philosophy, and art collecting, and runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company based in Oslo, where he lives. His latest book is Walking: One Step At a Time (https://amzn.to/2WFOLiA)

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