“Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher’s the poet’s equal there.”Emil Cioran, The Temptation to Exist
You may be unique in your perversity, always bucking trends and wanting to know more than what’s at face value.
The outlier refuses to live on the whims of an algorithm and let group think colonize parts of their mind.
Interesting people always dig deeper, going above and beyond the most comprehensive snapshots of reality.
Making a plethora of connections, the anomaly also finds the time and space to air out the neurons.
To think different produces a mark for decades. So you keep evolving, breaking experiences into pieces.
Everyone’s out there chasing Mr. Smiley. But “happiness must happen,” wrote Viktor Frankl in Man’s Search for Meaning, “and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”
The quest for happiness produces the exact opposite of its intention: unhappiness. Keep swimming in the sea of joy, and we’ll cease to be so. The extra effort makes one miserable.
We try too hard to be happy when everything we want is on the other side of fear. What we want is to be more vulnerable. Everything in life that matters requires risk.
Dancing with the unknown and thinking unhappy thoughts is at the heart of finding satisfaction.
The storm never ends, the faster we accept that, the quicker we can land contentment which is happy just being itself.
There’s always something jerking at the brain, wooing it into the warp of distraction.
So if we can just concentrate the mind and wield the paintbrush, maybe we could uncover the pleasure of presence.
There’s something about being in the moment with all our flesh that makes realization realizable.
Instead of casting a wide net
The brain does the walking while the feet adhere. We stroll into our best thoughts like a tourist with fresh eyes.
The ground is near
You can’t solve your problems by simply buying things. Materialism offers a temporary sop of happiness.
Alcoholism is also a crude method for escaping life’s woes. Pursuing short-term satisfaction only paints the surface.
The quick hit — whether a shot of dopamine or a numbing of anxiety — bends to the rhythm of a rollercoaster only for stress and discomfort to volley right back.
Long-term joy comes from the satisfaction of knowing that your health and emotions are in check.
Man is a strange and contradictory animal. He chases immediacy in the hunt for glory.
In feeling invigorated, he lets slip the most beautiful way to live: coming clean in the challenge and opportunity to get the balance right.
Assumptions provide fence-sitting answers. They are just half-truths that validate how things usually go, band-aids that make us feel safer. The inquisitive mind chases uncertainty and complexity.
“We must be ignorant of what we are looking for, or we would not go looking for it.”Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Rather, like a dog with a bone, we should be running off for a half-hour to return just as whelmed as when we left. The trick in any activity is to offer the right balance between intrigue and satisfaction, ensuring that it’s interesting enough to revisit it later.
The last thing we want to do is externalize the whimsical nature of life to the certitude of a photo. Life goes on beyond the screen. Memory hinges on context and keeps developing each time the story gets told.
Confidence basks in the chase of uncertainty if only to ensure that the truth remains unfixed. Less fixedly, we validate through a consistent form of experimentation.