Minimalism

The more I get rid of possessions I no longer need and adopt a Minimalist way of life (except my ever growing pile of books), the more happier I become.

“Things You Own End Up Owning You” – Tyler Durden, Fight Club

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Red Pill and Blue Pill

Red Pill and Blue Pill

I appreciate the symbolism in this picture. I see it clearly in the Society we live in.

We can pick the Truth (the Red Pill) although it is ugly and we have to live and deal with the Truth/ Truths or we stick to rainbows/ unicorns and rose tinted stories (Blue Pill) we were brought up to believe in that was given to us by Society when we were psychologically programmed since childhood. There are things as they are whether in life/ dating/ corporate work environment/ war and there are things we ‘ought to’ or ‘should’ happen because it is the ‘right’ or ‘moral’ way.

How many days left to live

I read on a blog somewhere many years ago on how many days a person can live: 365 days in a year, a 20 year old expected to live around until 65 years will have remaining years to live of 65-20= 45 years so 45 years = 45 x 365 = 16,425 days left to live.

Now, 3 years = 3 x 365 = 1095 days. In 3 years, 1095 days are removed from your remaining time to live so that makes you think a lot about if I go to this event or do this or that, am I wasting my time/ am I moving towards my life goal(s) with the limited time I have/ am I drifting aimlessly/ do I hang out with the right type of people/ do I have to argue with a person/ do I have to endure a difficult situation etc.

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One’s Beliefs in relation to the World

I am regularly having my internal Belief system/ paradigms broken and reformed when dealing with Reality. It’s the way of the World.

Everything we were taught to believe in from parents, Society, school, Teachers etc doesn’t seem to match Reality whether it is the life we are in, the Society we live in or the workplace.

We were told by Society that you get good school grades, go to University/ College and get a good job; I believed in all that but that Belief system was destroyed upon graduation after the Recession (which started in the year 2007).

Talking to people who were not inclined academically yet were still successful, I learned another facet of the real world and the Education system which destroyed my former Belief system (the Belief that the Education System was the only way to success); I learned that the Education system creates obedient skilled workers and it is the CEOs/ CTOs/ Founders of corporations that employ them; CEOs that don’t necessarily have fancy University degrees and who may have self-educated themselves and had the courage and persistence to follow their Dreams to make the Corporations a reality, to be their own Boss. These CEOs recruit skilled workers to form corporations which become almost living entities as everyone who aligns themselves with the CEOs company’s mission statement become part of something greater than the individual worker. It is these entities called Corporations that create jobs and require money to keep the corporations functioning much like a living creature. These Corporations control the gold mining, the Media, paper money creation, the books we buy, the clothes we shop for, the mobile phone Apps we use, Netflix, McDonalds etc.

Yet Corporations can dissolve easily as much as they can be created simply by starving them of money. Strange that Corporations hold so much Power over the items we need, services used, our employment but when you deny them money, they disappear.

Examples of self-educated CEOs are like Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Andrew Carnegie, Patrick Bet-David.

When you move from one work sector to another or live in another country, you start to see how your original society affected your belief systems through social conditioning like how a human owner rewards/ punishes a dog to repeat/ desist a specific set of behaviours.

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Thoughts on needing to know someone’s dark side to know who they really are.

The shadow adds “depth to a person’s character and makes their Mind more intricate. That darkness is like a constraint or deduction for an equation that would otherwise have functioned in a perfect, ideal environment.

Or that unused energy from the subconscious/ conscious must come out and manifest in that form against the Will/ rules of Society.

The Mind.

Note: I credit the rapport and insubstantial bonds to a Facebook friend. The other ideas are mostly my own.

I am starting to imagine imaginary bonds that bind people together who have a lot in common, imaginary bonds that seem insubstantial but strong like a magnetic field that it can cause people to adapt their routines or disrupt their daily life completely so as to be close to that person to spend their time.
Those people whose Psyche are dissimilar to you become repelled by your mere presence and thoughts expressed by your words, hence you will see less of them
When a topic of discussion is based on opinion and not Science, then it causes a polarisation/ fragmentation in people much like a ray of light passes through a prism and shatters into pieces of the rainbow colour.
Each fragment/ particular rainbow colour is the person’s view on that topic, a part of the Truth, and it is there that there is no symmetry left so there becomes repulsion, hence a widening of the insubstantial bonds that bind people together.

But then Truth isn’t really objective and separate, it only exists and becomes Real from the person’s subjective point of view, hence why morality is different depending on different people, why there are people for and against wars, why people get passionate about Politics etc.

For Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil.
“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”

Mike Leary, a Quora user, states that:
“The tormentor becomes the tormented.
People become what they love and hate, because their mind focuses on it.
The hall of mirrors folding in on itself. Madness”
(http://www.quora.com/What-did-Nietzsche-mean-when-he-said-if-you-stare-into-the-abyss-the-abyss-stares-back-at-you)

So you can see here that something that wasn’t necessarily a Truth (almost like a lie) is like a person not being object X because this person hates object X, actually becomes the object of their hatred because their mind focused on it e.g. a vigilante decides to take revenge on someone who wronged him but by doing so, he might become almost similar to that person who wronged him or worse. Recalling a past event with some of the Truth almost becomes a Lie because it no longer corresponds accurately to the Truth, the fact of the matter.

Compulsive liars who lie frequently, like Politicians, have gotten into the habit of lying that they can no longer distinguish Truth from Lie. So the Lie becomes a Truth in this case.

Truth

I thought of this many years ago when I started taking my Philosophy classes in the first few months. Truth is like the whole, orange, spherical Sun and opinions are only shades/ particular viewpoints of that Sun, not really false, not really true. They say the Truth can set you free as when you stare into the Sun, you see its scale and magnificence in relation to us and everything we think and do. But for others persuaded to gaze temporarily into that celestial ball, it can burn and blind them forever, shattering their preconceptions irreversibly so much so that they prefer to live in their own shades and shadows, blinded by their own biases and denial.

Or perhaps those who gaze too deeply and pursue the Sun to the point where they are too close to it fall like Icarus, the Truth bringing about their own downfall; that is the strangeness of Truth.

Like a double-edged sword, Truth has no master, it can cause just as much harm to the wielder as to the receiver..

Zombie

Use of the zombie in horror films symbolises what George A. Romero put forward as tool to criticise Society’s attitudes of general apathy to Politics, War, Education, the Environment in favour of practicing Consumerism, worship celebrities etc. Zombies could also represent Mankind’s fear of Death and one of the ways to express denial of our mortality – the continual torture of something having to be forced to continue its existence past it’s own death, to resist death from wounds that would normally kill a living person, to be killed off/ feared/ hated by the living, to act as a form of ridicule through its crude imitation of life etc.

They, our enemies and Us.

There’s always sides, clashing of Egos, who is right/ wrong, superior/ inferior, all the way throughout time.

The differences because we live in a world of duality, disparity, inequality as what Lao-Tze pondered about a considerable time ago. Both sides try to annihilate each other, feeding the fire of this vicious cycle of hate like love.

Hannibal Lecter wanted to destroy his enemies by eating their flesh but in a way he became his opposition by absorbing their flesh, transforming their essence into his. To defeat your enemy whether in War, your workplace, family etc, you must think and understand like them, in a way you symbolically absorb their thought processes and Mind and this is shown all too well in history, especially ancient Roman history. When the ancient Roman empire fought a bitter long war with its rival, Carthage and eventually won through treachery, great bloodshed etc., Rome decided to wipe out the ancient city of Carthage from the face of the planet by destroying every building, every weed, every item that belonged to Carthage and enslaving its people. Rome thought it destroyed its enemy completely but no, the very memory of Carthage is etched in her conscious mind, embedded there like a poison. Rome may have destroyed the physical aspect of the enemy but not its Idea as today we remember Carthage. Rome destroyed herself in the process because she was forced to adapt to defeat Hannibal Barca’s mind and armies who represented Carthage so she became one with the enemy.

It’s the same with the Troubles in Northern Ireland, where the feud between Protestants and Catholics escalated to the point where Britain was involved and more bloodshed and atrocities occurred. The late Protestant religious leader, Ian Paisley had made it his lifelong mission not to compromise with the Catholics over who should control Northern Ireland but eventually he gave in and cooperated with them in his later years prior to his death.

Hegelian dialectic, a system of thinking named after its creator who was a German Philosopher, organised a method of argument to resolve disagreements between one side, called the thesis and the opposition, called the anti-thesis. How these two positions are resolved is by combining the sides of Truth that they offer and bringing forth a new thesis called the Synthesis. It’s this same process that has happened in Northern Ireland and ancient Rome. The case with Hannibal Lecter is arguably true because what became of his enemies’ bodily matter was incorporated into his own protein structure, their presence having caused him to change no matter how small a change it was whether emotionally/ cognitively etc.

Enemies will change us (whether a person, thing, environment, at work etc) but for better or worse, that is where we have control. There is also the question of who becomes the dominant one after the process of assimilation/ Synthesis (like the North Americans of European descent) and the one who becomes a footnote, only to be a vague reminder of the events leading to Synthesis/ assimilation (like the Native Americans who are remembered for being the original Americans who had their lands taken away from them).