Dreams

Dreams tell us life is worth living. Without hope from dreams we don’t have the persistence to finish what we start, the balls to finish what we find scary and hard.

So why not live like you’ll accomplish your dreams? Don’t have an attitude of “I’ll give it my best shot for 3 years, and if it doesn’t work out, I guess it wasn’t meant to be!”, have an attitude of being buried doing what you enjoy, where you enjoy doing it.

Subjugating your long-term fulfillment for your short-term euphoria is a recipe for disaster, but don’t think it will be too hard.

Determine your goals, and the plans required to reach them. Starting now is important.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
— Lao-tzu

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Overthrowing Ideas

“My argument with the pure anarchists is they think the oblivion is the path, from which will spring a healthier society. And I completely disagree with that. It would take decades, and millions of lives, if it were pushed over the brink tomorrow. We would never live to see the new ‘better’ society that would theoretically grow from god-knows how many civil wars, and an incalculable amount of chaos that would arise in all the major cities, generations of hostile MadMax civilization.”
Bill Brasky

The above quote is fundamentally missing the point. My view is that government should not be thought of an existing power separate from man, but as a meme: an idea that spreads from one mind to another.

Remember: government is a particularly nasty mind virus because of the 12 years of indoctrination that virtually every student goes through.

Mr. Brasky is misunderstanding that instead of government being violently reduced in power and influence, it should be sidestepped by undermining the very legitimacy itself.

Aggression is imposed upon society by society. It does not exist in a vacuum of individuals.

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Anger and Fear

Some respond with anger, some respond with fear; the best respond with calculated optimism.

You shouldn’t be angry, it accomplishes less than reasoned thought. Spend the energy expanding your mind, instead of obscuring useful thoughts with hostility.

Fearing for the future also leads to little progress. Fortune favors the brave, not the cowardly.

Calculated optimism is the view I recommend. It is the realization that life is getting substantially better throughout time, and this trend is likely to continue if we work toward it.

Your mind is your most powerful asset against a harsh reality, so use it wisely.

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Sign of Truth

To know an argument is true requires something humans simply don’t have: infallibility.

The brain is too fragile, the universe is too random, for a reasonable mind to accept anything as Absolute Truth.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t signposts that can point us toward better and more rational thoughts. Having the ability to discern the shades of gray is part of what makes me happy to be human.

Underestimation of this power leads us down dangerous paths. Always doubt your theories, but put them to the test by implementing them. You shouldn’t be absolutely convinced of what works, but you may be convinced of what doesn’t.

“I only look at backtested results to see what didn’t work. It can’t prove anything going forward.”
craigr

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