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Life & Philosophy

Floating into thin air

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 into the river, we’re the ones being fished back into reality.

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 because we’re floating in the air rather than swimming in the sea of uncertainty.

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Life & Philosophy

Quick hits pervert happiness

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.

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Life & Philosophy Poetry

Searching for the ‘right’ fix

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.

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Life & Philosophy

Thinking is hard

People don’t like thinking. It’s painful.

Just as numbering denotes page numbers, we have to get our brain cells to assemble in an attempt to establish some order.

There’s a reason why there are so few philosophers and so many people attending entertainments. Consumption is our default setting.

It is easier to sit back and play our thumbs into inanition. Tinkering with abstract trains of thought to feel our brain transmit nerve impulses takes effort.

The “Thinking Tree”, an ancient olive tree in Puglia, Italy

Humans are thinking machines

It takes courage to challenge ourselves to learn without drawing conclusions.

Society obsesses with absolutes, stuck safely indoors while the explorers coast outside making guesses and predictions with effortless attention.

Magnetically lured to controlling the world, we forget that uncertainty is what makes thinking successful. Ignorance drives the start.

Experimentation begets revelations, which allows one to seize and conceive even more possibilities.

Doing is why there’s knowing, a result of thinking lightly about what could be.

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Life & Philosophy

Be Wary of Advice

The fallacy of giving advice is that what works for one person rarely works for another. Advice is unique and personal, a collection of the mistakes we make, synthesized and abridged for a recipient.

It’s worth giving and listening to advice but no two experiences will ever be the same.

It’s one of my theories that when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past.  

Steve Garguilo

The best advice we can give someone is to encourage them to come up with their own advice. Our words compel them to live and learn from their own aura of experience.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

The flaws of forecasting

Predictability is a loose formula that describes how things usually go. What works today won’t necessarily work tomorrow.

But what may increase our chances of success is a little confidence.

“Be confident, not certain.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Confidence breeds success. Overconfidence begets failure.

When we work hard, we instill a practicable faith in ourselves. But we also understand that diligence does not guarantee that we’ll get what we want.

Effort merely gives us a chance to retain our snag of the pellet.

The ways of achieving success are perpetually changing, with the urge to nail down a replicable formula, futile. Success means never settling for what worked in the past.

One can’t smell the wind of their success unless they’re willing to buy more lottery tickets in the work we choose to believe.

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Culture Life & Philosophy

Still ignorant, not stupid

A lot of people get dumber after college. It’s not entirely their fault. A job takes up all their time. Besides spending time with family and friends and doing chores — getting on with the business of living — a lot of free time is spent on staring at lite brites for entertainment.

“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”

David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

Experience makes us wiser but not smarter

As we age, we’re able to resolve practical matters with less effort. But therein lies a skewed perception.

We accidentally interpret how things usually go as facts rather than acknowledging that’ that’s how the world works now. Change is constant, the possibilities infinite.

An educated person should never stop learning. They should revel in their ignorance, not as an excuse to know less but as a means of staying interested in understanding more.

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Productivity & Work Psychology

Thinking less to do more

Rhythm builds thoughtlessness. Work can become more natural out of mechanical motion, a kind of doing without thinking.

Employees can’t make one hundred sandwiches in a couple hours without silencing the monkey mind. The process of unthinking begets a chorus of action.

Similarly, we can’t dribble a basketball nor soccer ball effectively while focusing on the mechanics of the perfect touch. The gears of cognition get in the way of flow. Continued practice helps numb the disease of crippling doubt.

Habits are bicep curls for the brain

Good habits strengthen human software, primarily if we aim to do something consistently.

Like brushing our teeth, it’s the repetitive locomotion that undermines inertia and compels one to keep connecting the chain.

We can get used to being productive if we choose to make practice non-negotiable. All such preparation helps plow the field.

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Life & Philosophy

Anomalies wanted

Curiosity expands the truth. There’s always an insightful gem around the corner.

So we chase the unfamiliar, gathering knowledge about interesting subjects unrelated to our core interests.

Seeking knowledge should invite more ambiguity than it solves.

The tyranny of certainty tries to stem philosophical reflection.

The conflict between knowing and leaving the door open for an anomaly advances all interpretation.

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Tech

Everything is sampled, including our DNA

It’s in our DNA to sample, to take existing slices from each other to build something new.

The internet is the largest cut and paste machine. A producer of novelty, it begs for recombinations, a collection of stuff we can remix and make our own.

Like a Tumblr page, we decorate our personalities with originality. But everything from our interests to our blood develops from outside sources like an amalgamation of sounds.

All one has to do is scour Twitter for the latest in curated novelty. When favorite something we like or find interesting, we should feel free to mash it up in new serum, in a new format, shuffling ideas into fresh architectures.