#ThankYouMrFeynman – My favorite lesson from Richard Feynman

Aug 11, 2016 · Life

Some days ago I watched an interview with a comedian explaining the process of how they set up sketches: the topic, the environment, the characters… For example, he was talking about the power of prejudices and how they use them to play with the viewer’s thoughts. If you’re interested, here is the video:

Thirty minutes later, while watching a well scripted German comedy show, I found myself deeply engaged, focusing on every little detail, deconstructing the show and trying make sense of why the directors did what they did. Then I remembered a quote by Richard Feynman, the famous American physicist and Nobel laureate. It says:

„Fall in love with some activity, and do it. Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”

Even more than just consuming the comedy content, I really enjoyed deconstructing it and trying to learn more about the process and the system behind it. Since then, I came across various topics, which at first seemed boring and annoying, but turned out pretty interesting, when you are willing to invest a bit of time and energy into them. Just asking one or two questions made the subject a lot more interesting. This underlines what I deeply believe in: passion is not something you have, it’s something you can actively create.

If you want to learn more about this wise man, check out „Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character“ – an awesome read.