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Learning a Lesson From Japan’s “Cat Man”

There’s something inspiring about this Outline story of a Japanese man who has spent the last decade uploading thousands of YouTube videos of him taking care of his neighborhood’s stray cats. As the author puts it:

The big appeal here with these kinds of videos is that they exist for themselves, outside of time, to be savored and pondered. They are often at odds with the fundamental logic of massive social media platforms and their ever-churning river of bile.

I’m often trying to find the balance between just writing about what I love and writing about stuff that I think will get attention. “Cat Man” is a good reminder that there’s nothing wrong with choosing the former, and finding value in doing something regardless of any attention it might receive.

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