1. To seek pleasure and avoid pain;
2. To seek hope and avoid fear;
3. To seek social acceptance while avoiding social rejection.
“Talk depletes us. Talking and doing fight for the same resources. Research shows that while goal visualization is important, after a certain point our mind begins to confuse it with actual progress. The same goes for verbalization.”
It's hard not to give in. But it has a big trade-off.
We need more of the volunteering. We need more of the coffee.
The abundance of options powered by our pocket supercomputers should mean that, given infinite choices, we go for the best ones and feel content about it. But we don't. We always want more. It's hurting us.
“Populations blessed with riches and possibilities far outstripping those imaginable by their ancestors have shown a remarkable capacity to feel that both who they are and what they have are not enough.”
The more we have, the more we feel we need.
If we're not careful, it's pocket heroin.
Don't believe the hype. We're in charge. Or at least we should always aim to be.
Remember Google Reader? Yeah I used to be hooked. I spent three or four hours each evening trying to catch up, but when I did manage to catch up (rare) something weird happened.
For better and worse, information IS a drug.
Letting to is hard because we can’t imagine what we’d do without the things we’re holding onto. (Still working on this.)
(The answer is probably not what you think.)
“Other entities are what they are, but as a human I am whatever I choose to make of myself at every moment. I am free and therefore I’m responsible for everything I do, a dizzying fact which causes an anxiety inseparable from human existence itself.”
Intention is the key word here. We seem to have little when we open our phones.
Being free to choose our way means anything goes, and therefore we must find meaning in things, whatever shape they take.
We need to talk more about this. Again, philosophy as much needed consolation.
"You can do anything on your phone" is a pretty big fucking existential problem.
Like any rehab, it gets worse before it gets better.
“Sometimes things are as
simple as they seem.
It’s as much about instinct as it
is about intellect
And if you feel it, it’s alive.”
Poetry, after all, is its own form of philosophy.
There’s far more richness coming from discovery than relevance.
If you feel it, it’s alive. Feeling alive is awesome.
Do what you want. But do it with intent.
Again, we're full of inspiration. But sometimes we sure need some consolation.
Philosophy isn't impenetrable language or convoluted thoughts.
Philosophy is what you do.
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