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When we think about the future, we tend to focus on things that will likely change. We like progress, shining new things.

You know, everybody expected flying cars from this decade. We are gonna fail on this one, aren’t we?

Anyway. What if we turned things upside down?

What if we thought about the future in terms of things that won’t change?

Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality. It seemed the right god to mention, giving the topic and the month of this issue, right?

Jeff Bezos has something to say about it:

This is it.

Under this perspective, a lot of things start making sense. Huge companies have been built around this idea. They solve evergreen human needs using the best tools available.

We will always need to find good, useful information as fast as possible. First, we got encyclopedias. . Then, someone invented an index of all web pages so we could search through them conveniently. The need is the same, it hasn’t changed. What has changed is the best way to solve it.

Same with transportation, for instance. 10 years from now we’ll still need to get from point A to point B, and doing it as fast and cheap as possible. We got carriages, then cars. In a decade, we might be using autonomous cars or teleportation. Who knows. But the inner need is still the same. It will keep being the same, no matter what.

Why is this idea interesting? Because it applies to all levels (damn, it’s a mental model after all). Think about learning: what won’t change in 10 years? Specific tools and processes may disappear. But certain things will still be there. The first principles of knowledge won’t change in a decade. Learn those. Forget the details.

Think about it. Think about things around you, things that will still be a reality 10 years from now. And stick to them.

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