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Month: November, 2010

it doesn’t matter

How many wrong buttons you have been hitting then, just make sure you hit the right ones now.
Pay attention, read read read, observe, feel the tension, find your moment and paint your future.

Love can’t be felt, but thought of. Your lack of sophistication is no excuse to be terse.

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the korea war?

the Korea war, a summary in 20 chronological points.

1: NK claims they aren’t the aggressor.
2: SK and the world ignore their claim.
3: US asserts they will show full support for SK.
4: NK takes on the world by bragging about their nuclear reserve.
5: The world watches China and Russia closely.
6: China ignores and watch other markets plummet.
7: More guns are sold using vending machines in Russia.
8: US currency further drops. Forcing China to revalue their currency.
9: Repeat point 6.
10: Nobody talks anything related to NK anymore but they repeat point 4 anyway.
11: GE ends, PAP stays in power. GST will be 9% at the end of 2011.
12: The number of dogs eaten in China rises with it’s market.
13: The Mayans were wrong.
14: Lady Gaga undergoes a sex change operation as nobody is giving her any attention anymore.
15: Inflation escalate 6% annually, your salary stays.
16: Commercial blowjob starts to cost more than kebab in India. Their population exceeds China.
17: Repeat point 4 once again.
18: The Chinese return to their country loaded with SGD. Africans take your job at $600/month.
19: The news report that Justin Bieber has been send to rehabilitation for drug taking.
20: Wait, what Korean war?

my problem with self help books

Installed with the pre frontal cortex, humans are damned creatures. And as direct as the path of discovering happiness seems, the less it is. Which is why, i view askance in all books that mingles with the search of happiness.

The bedrock of this problem? Our complexity.

Having a DNA structure 98% similar to the chimps doesn’t stop our cognitive abilities from being galaxies ahead of them. And this results in us having emotions way complex and advanced. animals, which the evolutionist say we are, are only capable of a handful of primary emotions, which namely are fear, anxiety, hunger, boredom and happiness. But humans, standing on the opposing shore, is capable of secondary emotions that your pubics can’t count. To name a few, guilt, jealousy, vindictiveness, despair and most problematically, love.

Getting back to track. The crux of all self help books on sustaining happiness is simply to inform the necessary conditions that needs to be met in finding happiness. At the same time, delineating frequent situations that break those conditions and learning to control them.

Now, fold your arms, throw your head back and think about it, how does that even slightly help?

First of all, not even with an elephant can you fill the gap between experience and imagination. These are not relatives but nemesis from different galaxies. Secondly, contrary to popular knowledge, emotions cannot be controlled but only it’s expression can be suppressed. Although it’s fair to say my life has become better ever since i suppressed my emotions to avoid “shituations”, innately, has one achieved happiness?

The unsecured kids can argue their lives have no doubt been better after reading scraps by the dalai lama. But at the same time, I can retort that it’s only a placebo from their extra effort in staying positive or contented, which is a personal cognitive bias. And mind you, positivism, which is a secondary emotion as well, is NOT happiness. Also, all placebo will soon be gone as soon as an impeding meteor strikes the brittle soil of their lives.

To conclude, analogously, does knowing the exact ingredients to a mango pudding make it taste any better or worse?

Better, no.

Worse, potentially yes. as “knowing” is what that invokes complexity. And happiness, i believe, is closely related to tranquility. in other words, a state of mental peace and simplicity.

All self help books on happiness should be burnt and have their ashes soaked in acid. It’s an embarrassment on what we all function on, complexity. The search of happiness is an irony, it’s like the game. you lose once you know you are playing it.

what’s keeping me on

“I don’t know what life is. But I do know how is it like to live like the bourgeois.”

Call me reductionist but that’s the fuel to every raw coal in my life. Just praying that my plans for a thorough mental emendations doesn’t backfire. It’s moments like these that justify slogans from Adidas and Nike, “Just do it” and “Impossible is nothing”. Hohoho, optimism at it’s most practical.

More updates will come when the bar to my mental energy level turns green.

wisdom from fyodor dostoyvesky

Oh, tell me, who was it
first announced, who was it first proclaimed, that man
only does nasty things because he does not know his own
interests; and that if he were enlightened, if his eyes were
opened to his real normal interests, man would at once
cease to do nasty things, would at once become good and
noble because, being enlightened and understanding his
real advantage, he would see his own advantage in the good
and nothing else, and we all know that not one man can,
consciously, act against his own interests, consequently, so
to say, through necessity, he would begin doing good? Oh,
the babe! Oh, the pure, innocent child! Why, in the first
place, when in all these thousands of years has there been a
time when man has acted only from his own interest? What
is to be done with the millions of facts that bear witness that
men, CONSCIOUSLY, that is fully understanding their real
interests, have left them in the background and have rushed
headlong on another path, to meet peril and danger, compelled
to this course by nobody and by nothing, but, as it
were, simply disliking the beaten track, and have obstinately,
wilfully, struck out another difficult, absurd way, seeking
it almost in the darkness. So, I suppose, this obstinacy and
perversity were pleasanter to them than any advantage.

subjective progress

A simple explanation in proving the progress exist in subjectivity.

Although the war field of philosophy is more subjective than it is objective, it does not negate it’s potentiality of progressing. And by that, I do not mean the use of objective methods in overcoming seemingly subjective questions, but instead asserting that even in fields that are purely subjective progress is possible.

The crux of the problem lies from the nature of subject. But alone, it is not enough to assert that on subjective arguments, progress is intangible and unverifiable. One must not be confused between the progress is objective fields and subjective field. In objective fields, progress would simply mean a further understanding of our universe through empirical methods. Therefore, even to the non thinker, it’s prominent. But on subjective fields, since no absolute truths exist(by today’s standard at least), progress may only exist in the quality of thought and depth of answers/questions generated.

Philosophy canĀ  be practiced with mere thought. Whereas science must be practiced with thought, observation and experiments through falsification. Science deals with a body of methods in discovering constants and knowledge on our world. But in the field of philosophy, answers is not what that counts. Instead, questions and possible prospect to these questions, then more questions on these prospect.

To conclude, progress in science is determined by objective answers capable of simplifying equations on natural phenomena. But progress in philosophy is measured by elasticity of the questions posed. Therefore, in many instances progress is measured by the complexity of thought we are capable of modeling and finally the prospect to these thoughts. And even to measure the depth of thought alone, it’s enigmatic. But however complex and sometimes ineffable philosophy is, it does not shut it’s room for visible progress.

everyone

Is entitled to their own opinion, but that itself doesn’t say shit and it certainly doesn’t keep mine from being more sagacious than yours. Fence sitting is a fashion that kills valuable intelligence. it’s a direct and deliberate avoidance in the weighing of thought quality and worth of opinions. Nothing will ever be created out of fence sitting. we need more conflicts in this world.

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