Placebos: the lies we make true

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What the mind believes, the body can achieve. Look no further than a placebo who’s sole power is in its real effects.

If it’s broken, only then do you fix it. But placebos work just as an app’s colors dupe the brain into submission. The slightest taste of sugar helps the medicine go down.

The placebo is cleverer than any of us. It works for no other reason than the belief that it’s supposed to. We are skilled storytellers, especially when we’re full of shit.

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Prescribing a walk in nature

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Get yourself a prescription to nature. It'll improve your mental and physical health. That's according to doctors in Scotland who are recommending that people in the Shetland Islands get outside.

The program outlines a recommended outside activity per month. For instance, in January you can create a windsock to grasp the full power of the wind. In March, one can “borrow a dog and take it for a walk.”

We belong in the wild, unmoored from the tyranny of our seats. When we disconnect and move outside, we connect with terra firma and reconnect with ourselves. Take your body and thoughts for a walk.  

Life means spontaneity

Life means spontaneity, unplanned and devoid of goals. It doesn’t need a teaser to get it moving. Chance is still the superior option. #gif #life
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The needs of the day always try to get in the way of impulse. Unpredictability liberates us from the trap of everydayness.

Life means spontaneity, unplanned and devoid of goals. It doesn’t need a teaser to get us moving. Excitement about chance is still the superior option.

The present is perpetually amplified. Aliveness dies quickly at the hamster wheel of unnecessary action and attention. Learn to live and let go.

Craving light

Never bored, always on, perpetually entertained. That describes the 21st-century in a nutshell. #gif #tech

Never bored, always on, perpetually entertained. That describes the 21st-century in a nutshell.

We medicate all our boredom, stresses, and frustrations to external stimuli on a tiny screen. All an Instagram like does is produce a temporary shot of dopamine. All Facebook does is serve our voyeuristic inclinations and spike envy. Does this behavior sound healthy to you?

I'm not imploring you that you throw your phone into the ocean, at least just yet. Having the internet in our pocket is the best thing ever. Just ask David Bowie.

But the long-term consequences of feed-based culture are not only narcissism but also feigned action. One can't start an important and impactful revolution through a sedentary nor solitary lifestyle. We have to use our legs to go places, to stretch our perspective, and unplug ourselves from the tyranny of virtual attention.

If you are immune to boredom there is nothing you cannot accomplish.

David Foster Wallace

Humans crave light, albeit more artificial these days. If we could just pay attention to real life beyond the rectangular glow and stare into sunsets and bright moons instead, perhaps we'd feel even more connected to our conscious selves.

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Play by keeping score

The same goes for failure — it’s a motivator in disguise, telling us to make improvement more present. #gif #life #motivation
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Disorder creates progress. It is within the mess we find out what needs to be cleaned up and what needs to be improved.

The same goes for failure — it’s a motivator in disguise, telling us to make improvement more present.

Unlike sand, problems never escape counting. They are easy to keep tabs on as the things we know we need to do but procrastinate and put off. The resistance usually wins.

But chasing ideals make one happy. In facing our difficulties, challenges, and vices while dreaming big, we do more than just try, we participate in the struggle.

Any positive exertion coupled with sticktuitiveness is a passport to inner-freedom.

A dent in free will

The frustrater reveals its entire hand but still can’t be resolved. Because even when it tells all, its outcome is predictably unpredictable. #gif #philosophy
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The frustrator reveals its entire hand but still can’t be resolved. Because even when it tells all, its outcome is predictably unpredictable.

There is no such thing as chance, with most things in life predetermined at the outset of infancy. Free will, liberating in theory, presents its own constraints.

We are living in simulation, with even our slightest tweets pre-populated.

The sound of the future

First came the radio, then television, and now the pocket-sized smartphone. Each iteration seemed to enhance our addiction to glow. #gif
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We used to drive horses, then cabs, and now Uber. Ideas, hardly new, get retranslated to match the demands of modern times.

First came the radio, then television, and now the pocket-sized smartphone. Each iteration seemed to enhance our addiction to glow.

From snail mail to email, to instant messaging — this time is different they say, confusing progress with advancement.

The mind is a kite

The gravitational force of paradoxes always flies the mind in different directions, it the unconquerable stick of our intentions.  #amwriting #poetry gif
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Think about a purple cow, a rainbow-striped zebra, or a dog driving a pick-up truck. Now try to jettison those images from your mind.

Mull over why you're happy and you may cease feeling so.

The process of getting stuck and unstuck originates from the same internal wiring. The unexpected unwanted variable always stings with a force of awareness. Now try this:

Here’s an interesting trick to try: let your arm dangle but continue to think about swinging it in a controlled way without actually doing it. You will notice that your arm does not dangle as freely. You really do have to let the associated mind states go, a trick many uptight people never learn, which makes them poor learners overall. If you can’t let go, an instructional process cannot take over.

Why We Slouch by Venkatesh Rao

The gravitational force of paradoxes always flies the mind in different directions, it the unconquerable stick of our intentions.

Thinking about questions

It’s as if people hold back their inquisitiveness to avoid the pedestal of ridicule. Shying away from raising your hand backlashes over time. Playing it safe merely postpones fear, submerging us into a habit of permanent hesitation that flinches instead of flourishes. #gif #amwriting
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The more absurd questions, the better.

It’s as if people hold back their inquisitiveness to avoid the pedestal of ridicule. Shying away from raising your hand backlashes over time. Playing it safe merely postpones fear, submerging us into a habit of permanent hesitation that flinches instead of flourishes.

The infinitely curious never left school as an efficient automaton but a creative enforcer. An true explorer of the world calls on themselves to challenge the status quo if only to understand why certain conditions and fixed truths exist in the first place.

Questions are triggers for experiences. It is the inertia of others that presents an opportunity to keep pushing forward.

Brain on fire

Lest we dump problems on tomorrow, we can change today. There’s no stopping the expectation for improvement. We have to demand progress, even if it means we have to fake it. #gif #amwriting

Like putty, we can be reshaped. We are not stagnant.

Lest we dump problems on tomorrow, we can change today. There’s no stopping the expectation for improvement. We have to demand progress, even if it means we have to fake it.

Positive psychology is a different mode of experiencing. It shall not be forced, but knowing it’s up to us to foster happiness compels us to act with just a little more hope.

Prime the pump of knowlege

Curiosity doesn’t come out of nowhere. It is instilled through tidbits of knowledge. No kid’s going to pick up crayons and draw without first seeing how they’re used. #gif #creativity #art
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Curiosity doesn’t come out of nowhere. It is instilled through tidbits of knowledge. No kid’s going to pick up crayons and draw without first seeing how they’re used.

Humans need a range of information in order to prime the interested pump. After an initial introduction, the rest is up to them to follow up on gathering more artifacts.

Everything can be made more intriguing. It is within the hunt to know more, you discover. The seeker never leaves any ignorance unturned.

The journey is the reward

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In search of wider meanings, we’re left no choice but to chase the person we wish we were. Not surprisingly, it is within that hunt we get exposed to all of our fears and anxieties.

But the journey is non-negotiable. The reward for following our ideals are the small actions along the way they make us happier.

Regret cannibalizes itself for people on the move.

Philosophy lacks an answer

The point of philosophy is to raise more questions than provide answers. The subject is fodder for thinking. #gif #nietzsche
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The point of philosophy is to raise more questions than provide answers. The subject is a fodder for thinking.

Despite its opacity, philosophy is measurable. It’s an instrument for producing ideas in a sea of sameness. It bubbles with countless abstractions to raise clarity in the gray spaces.

Unlike Google, don’t expect philosophy to diagnose the latest quandary. It’s merely the thread, a canvass for connecting many disparate things into adjacent light. It is in a constant state of beginning with no end in sight.

The missing ingredient

The game is in our heads, not always in our hands. Like a skilled attuner we can produce ideas in a Ford production line and then pull back into idleness.

If you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy, we already have everything we need. The only missing variable is motivation and perhaps some WiFi.

We know nothing and then we accumulate slowly. It is within that process we decide the frequency of knowledge and how we should apply it. Life is an experiment that requires multiple tests, not just multiple choice.

Looking for aim and purpose

Persistence is the key that separates the professional from the hobbyist. The professional does three things: #giphy #motivation #work
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Persistence is the key that separates the professional from the hobbyist. The professional does three things:

  • He sticks to a strict schedule
  • He completes the work, no matter the circumstances
  • He progresses, listening to feedback and strengthening his weak points

The professional devours aim and purpose. He is ok with banal routines as a means to validate the placebo.

From hard work to head work, there’s always room for the person who never gives up.