Friday, May 29, 2009
Whether you're in school or not, you're learning new things all the time. Share something new that's entered your brain.
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First: When there is a difference between (1) your highest desires, and (2) the consequences of your daily actions, then you have some daily work to do to bring those two into congruence. You will get the full benefit of this hard daily work only TEN years after you start (Yuck!). But you will probably still be alive FIFTEEN years from now, and, if you are willing to do the daily hard work, those years are going to be outrageously rewarding (Yay!). (Will the daily work consist of just moving your daily actions more towards your highest desires? Maybe. Or maybe you need the whole world's help to inform you about what would be a *better* highest desire. And those ten years of daily hard work will include the very hardest work for a human: thinking realistically about who you really are.) Second:
Image via WikipediaAs you work on things that can take you towards your highest desires, you will feel resistance. This resistance is a clever thing - it harnesses the obstacles and distractions in your environment, and it fills your mind with anxieties to make you fall back into familiar habits of comfort and coping, even though those old habits cannot be sustained without you ultimately harming yourself. This resistance can be personified as The Resistance, your personal enemy to growth, and you have to be willing to bring everything you got to fight against The Resistance, everyday. This idea about The Resistance is from Steven Pressfield's book "The War of Art". Coincidentally, I wrote a short essay about the surprising effect this book had on me: http://manuelmoeg.blogspot.com/2009/05/war-of-art-steven-pressfield.html
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Image via Wikipediaplayed a small role in my thinking - Christ was a mammoth figure, but Satan was puny in significance - which is atypical for Fundamentalist Protestantism youth ministry. I have no idea if this was a quirk of my own thinking as a child, or a feature of our little Evangelical Lutheran church and day school in Garden Grove, California.
- "willingness to play hurt", as a professional sports player would, in mental attitude
- "Turning Pro" - relentlessly fighting against everything that even might prevent Work of the highest quality being done, day in and day out.
Image by Swamibu via Flickr"amusing ourselves to death"
- meaningless distraction
- managing our tender moods with coping activities of no sustainable benefit
- indulging and nurturing a set of needy anxieties, instead of disowning them and letting them vanish from utter inattention
Amusing Ourselves to Death (wikipedia.org)Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (amazon.com)
Image via WikipediaGod,Please help me to fight The Resistance in my own life.Please help me to move from my current moral plane, and take residence in a higher moral plane, and continue to improve my morality through the rest of my life.Please help me to move from my current current lever of personal effectiveness, and take residence in a state of greater personal effectiveness, and continue to improve through the rest of my life.As I make these improvements, please help me cultivate an attitude of happiness and peace, so that the effort of these improvements can be sustained over the years of my life.The Resistance will use anxiety against me, drawing from all the limiting powers of my environment, and drawing from the negative elements of my personality and person-hood. Please give me the strength to rise far above such an wicked opponent.Give me daily strength to persevere, so my every day gives evidence of good work accomplished, all leading to my higher goals, that I can resolve with greater and greater clarity.Please help me, because I am a small thing in a very large world, and my personal continuity is tiny compared to the forces I must navigate about and within.Please help me to do your will,Amen.Oh Muses,Please give me the inspiration to create. Please give me artistic taste, access to knowledge, keen vision, and sound judgement to perform work of the highest quality, today and every day. All I ask is for the smallest amount to keep my production of good work steady, in defiance of The Resistance.Amen.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I only read the back cover of this book. It is about a future alternate universe where a Mexican drug lord clones a son to harvest his organs. Half of the front cover is made up of shiny metals of fiction awards, so that has to be good, right? The cool thing about reading a book that your daughter has already read is that you can ask her to explain who the heck all these characters are, and what the heck are they saying every time they talk at each other. It should be a pretty good ego boost for her, helping out her old man, if she doesn't get sick of all my questions.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I think we will see this trend emerge much more strongly over the next decade, as it becomes clear that the Republican Party is not going to win another national election.
> Ethnically homogeneous countries like Sweden tend to have large welfare states, because voters are happy to help people "like them." Ethnically diverse countries like the U.S. have smaller welfare states, because voters aren't so happy to help "the other."
In the NWW world, an open-access order avoids stagnation because of political competition. [...] The demographic picture, in which traditional Republican voting groups are shrinking as a proportion of the electorate, means that the Democrats have to worry less and less about alienating economic elites, as long as they can maintain an identity politics that appeals to non-whites.Imagine Hispanics comprising 51% of electorate. Mayor Villaraigosa has a tenuous hold on Los Angeles with such a Hispanic majority, and this can possibly be described as putting the 51% Hispanic majority against "white" economic interests. Does it follow that this logic can be extended to nationwide control of the United States, by pandering to a national Hispanic 51%?
Image via WikipediaFrankly, I couldn't care less about Martha Steward, as a professional home maker. I would be very interested in asking her about business, success, and managerial advice and stories. I would ask her about jail. But if I had to prepare dishes, I would show her the garbage I regularly consume, and horrify her with how I vacuum down large quantities of food down my throat in mere seconds. It is my super-power, and it surprises everyone. Very little gets in the way of my tummy and available calories.
Uncooked Ramen Cup-A-Noodle I just dump the uncooked Cup-A-Noodle in a bowl, eat it like some crazy bird's nest made from fried noodle, and lick up the salty chicken powder on the bottom. My cousin once said, after watching me eat uncooked ramen, that if I could eat that, I could eat a human baby. Perhaps, but a human baby probably doesn't have the same salt rush kick, and biting into the baby skull is probably not as crunchy as the uncooked ramen.
Whole Wheat Toast with Reduced Sugar Strawberry Preserve Whole wheat bread toast is awesome. The grocery store now sells reduced sugar strawberry preserve, which is good because it doesn't taste like eating pure sugar. It has a nice strawberry tang to it. Best when you spread the preserve, then fold over, so you get the contrast between the warm toast and the chilled preserve straight from the fridge.
Cold pizza w/ Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce We have about 10 different hot sauces in the fridge that I use regularly. This is a particularly naughty one, what with the buttery savory added to the heat and the salt and garlic and the vinegar.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I am always a little on edge, and I rather prefer it. I remember trying a cigarette in high school, and immediately feeling a wave of relaxation over my whole body, and I HATED it. I prefer life when it feels like walking through a hail storm, with thousands of tiny pricks of pain over your whole body, always. Nervous twitchiness is underrated.
When I think about relaxation, frankly I think of Sundays when the girls go out shopping, and I am home to do the Sunday chores, without risk of being told to "Hurry Up" or "Stop Folding Clothes Weird and Be Sensible". I can go through my chores in a slow-poke way, indulging my strange theories of proper strategies for housework, and just chill.
Hmm, I sound like a dude that seeks out and enjoys relaxation. I must have been wrong about preferring being on edge. Sorry for the confusion.
cyborg armature How can I possibly life the hotel vending machine over my head and hurl it down a stairwell without my fusion powered cyborg armature, riddle me that? Also handy to open beer bottles.
tap shoes I live inside a 40's Hollywood dance musical, so I am always tap dancing on every hard surface, at all times. I am also balding and joined to Ginger Rogers at the hip, at all times.
paranormal pyro-psychokinesis They don't let you carry lighters anymore, so paranormal pyro-psychokinesis comes in handy to light cigarettes and camp fires. Drying socks, extra bonus.
Monday, May 11, 2009
It was really bad, and I have to say it was, actually, good, seeing it now, many years later. I feel strongly that it takes about 10 years of daily work to change the things in your life that *really* need changing. So I am glad I was forced to begin that work so many years ago.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The best answer to the question: "Why is torture evil?" is "Because it feels evil."...Torture should be banned unconditionally, though the possibility that it might be sometimes necessary should not be ruled out. The apparent contradiction between law and morals should come as no surprise. Legality is much coarser than morality --that's not a flaw-- and the two will inevitably clash on occasion....If you're so damn sure that torturing someone will save innocent lives, then you'd better be willing to go to prison for it.