The Library at the End of the Universe

Thought Experiment Thursday

Somewhere, in a far and remote corner of the universe, there is a library. In this library, there’s a journal for every person on the planet.

When they’re born, it’s empty. But from that day, it gets updated every night. A magic pen writes down all their thoughts for every 24-hour period.

What they did. How they felt. How they saw things.

As they get older, this mystical, self-filling diary grows. It gets bigger and bigger and bigger. Until, one day, like all of us, that person dies.

But then, something interesting happens: The pen starts editing the book. It crosses out entire chapters. It zones in on the important. It turns the diary into a story.

The next day, the book is published. It appears in book stores around the world. It shows up on Amazon. It’s an autobiography. The story of that person’s life.

Your book is not completed yet. But I wonder what it would say.

As always, science isn’t sure, but they estimate we have about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. That’s an awful lot of thinking. How many of those are positive? How many aren’t? Which really serve us and our goals? Which ones don’t?

Imagine how huge that book would be. For an 80-year-old. A 50-year-old. Even a 20-year-old. And if a published book has 10,000 sentences, which ones would make the cut? What would your book say? What would be the title?

“I Was An Accountant For 40 Years. It Was A Huge Mistake.”

“A Truck Hit Me When I Was 20. I Have No Regrets.”

“I Was An Accountant For 40 Years And I Loved Every Minute.”

Above all, I think this experiment shows one thing:

Every human has a book inside them. Just not everyone chooses to write it.

Because the one thing I can’t imagine is that, out of billions and billions of books, any single one would be boring. That you couldn’t learn from it. Impossible.

Somewhere, in a far and remote corner of the universe, there is a library. But this?

This is your story. Make it a good one.


About Thought Experiment Thursday: Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Science estimates we have about 35 thoughts per minute. That’s a lot of chances to change our thinking. So on Thursdays, that’s what we’ll practice.

A question opens the mind. A statement closes it. Let’s keep ours wide open.

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