Embrace the dialectic

Right or wrong, decisions jumpstart action. Indecision or maybes are also valid decisions.

There are opposing forces in every direction you choose. The satisfaction of being done is better than perfect. But sometimes perfection requires more work.

The Germans have a saying for concurrent possibilities of “Yes” and “No,” called Jein.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

It doesn’t take a genius to move forward despite a simulatenous contradiction of opposites.

Nothing is completely wrong nor completely right. Every decision is situational. Move forward with the best course of action at that time.

I’m in favor of whatever works in the particular case. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Sometimes it’s doing simply what ought to be done, even if it means risking everything.

If you can’t decide, start by identifying the things you certainly don’t like.

Culture Life & Philosophy Psychology

What Vegas Teaches Us About Life

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There are so many life lessons learned in coming to Vegas, some trite but too true to ignore.

In no particular order:

  • The best things in life are achieved through raw, hard work and love for what you do
  • What goes up, must come down
  • Losing sucks, always
  • Fun is deceptive
  • The Chinese takeover is imminent, for real this time
  • Surprises are guaranteed
  • Weird is not necessarily creative, especially if it’s commercialized
  • Tattoos are meant to be temporary
  • Gambling releases dopamine but so does a like on Instagram
  • Be RƎVOLUTIONary and LOVE like the Beatles
  • Radiohead are the Beatles of our generation and nobody knows it
  • Have fun! It doesn’t last forever
  • Ignore society’s actors
  • Materialism is bunk
  • The ridiculous isn’t always remarkable when everything is ridiculous
  • Spanish is just as ubiquitous as English
  • Budgets are fragile
  • Overindulgence makes you fat, and bankrupt
  • Enjoy the ride because it’s damn short
  • Life can giveth and takeaway in a hot minute
  • Ersatz places, people, and things will never replicate the original
  • The trashy and classy lifestyle always coexist
  • What happens in Vegas, stays in life


Creativity Psychology


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“In perception, we have three processes:  sensation, memory, and association.” – Hermann Rorschach

Imagine if “association” conjured up something out of the ordinary, something you had read or experienced in your lifetime.

When you follow the herd and consume the same ideas and practices as others, you often miss a different perspective.

To avoid getting blindsided, the best thing to do is learn how to think differently about your subjects.  Accept the commonplace association but reach further by connecting it with something deeper.

Smelling a fragrance, for example, may be branded and remembered as Chanel 5 but it should also promote an image in your head of grassy fields and the golden sun.  Maybe you even see a castle in the background.

Perception blooms when the imagination combines with the obvious.