Ok so i'm getting REALLY PISSED with the whole 'life optimization' mindset/movement and explaining why will require a bit of esoteric phenomenology (doesn't it always?) but let's give it a shot:
So, first, a PHENOMENOLOGICAL HORIZON. Here's the wikipedia definition. Basically, this is where you exist. It is NOT physical material reality around you, its the context of all your relationships, projects, hopes, ambitions, worries, all your BLAH about yourself and the world.
I say BLAH because in one sense its like Gendlin's "..." or the "Dao". By giving it a name you extract it from and differentiate it from the rest, but I mean precisely 'the set of all the rest'. That which you differentiate and extract *from*.
Here's a simple classical example: you perceive a cup as a cup, as all the things you can do with it, as a 3-d object, even though at any moment you only see one facet of it and you NEVER see all its facets at once. But you ALWAYS perceive all of them as SIMULTANEOUSLY PRESENT
In the same way you don't perceive 'real physical material' reality, you perceive -- and live in -- the horizon of ALL POSSIBILITIES that seem possible to you right now.
(The set of these can change, depression is when this set becomes miniscule. But that's another conversation.)
Ok cool so that's the HORIZON wherein YOU LIVE.
The horizon -- LIFE -- is made meaningful by engaging in projects which push the horizon back, that is, which increase and change the possibilities that you have.
And herein comes the problem: when you treat life as a project, when you treat it as something to be measured (what gets measured gets managed) and managed as an OBJECT you're turning GROUND into an OBJECT
What makes ANY object meaningful is this GROUND of possibilities that it has. By attempting to transmute the ground into a project, into an OBJECT you ACTIVELY DIMINISH THE HORIZON
Do you see? It's a basic mistake of not attending to second order consequences: first-order life optimisation has as a second-order consequence a foreclosing of the horizon and thus a loss of MEANING
Which is why life optimisation always feels so CLOSED so DEAD like a 'FINITE GAME'. This is what finite vs infinite is getting at too: closed project vs OPEN HORIZON
The intuition that life is not to improve, not to execute operations on, but to LIVE is CORRECT. You CAN'T execute operations on it without devaluing it because it's NOT a project, it's the HORIZON TO BE LIVED
You can execute operations (optimise) projects, and you can try to optimise life, but in doing so you turn into into a PROJECT and lose the ground of FROM WHICH PROJECTS ARE MADE MEANINGFUL!
You can't LIVE a project, only in the CONTEXT of particular project, at a particular time, LIFE, THE HORIZON, is the only thing that affords LIVING.
LIVE your life, DON'T OPTIMIZE IT. OPTIMIZE YOUR PROJECTS (if you must)
IT HAS BEEN SAID.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh
 

Keep Current with Rival Voices

Rival Voices Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

PDF

Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @nosilverv

6 Apr
The set of things that stop being transparent when they're not working out:

(a.k.a. if you thought Heidegger was talking about hammers, i got bad news for you)
Happiness - if it is actively cognised, you probably don't have it
Sanity - if it is actively cognised, you're probably afraid of not having it
Read 4 tweets
6 Apr
In this spirit, I now think that the Hero's Journey is a metaphor for predictive coding. Thread:
So first, I'm NOT SAYING the ancients knew neuroscience or whatever. I'm NOT SAYING that the intertwined serpent depictions mean the ancients knew about DNA. NOT what I'm saying. Here's what I'm saying:
The structure of the hero's journey abstract from the phenomenological structure of human experience in a way that matches the way the brain fundamentally works. This makes sense insofar as the latter creates the former (as we'll see). So what's predictive coding?
Read 18 tweets
14 Feb
Remember when it didn’t feel dirty to say human race
How outdated does it feel to say “there’s only one race, the human race”
Fascinating “I don’t see color” has become a dogwhistle
Read 4 tweets
12 Feb
Thinking about something I can’t name yet:

one way I got fucked was over analyticity + lack of perspective. The analytical zoomed in mode was fucking me over and others could see this from the inside but, given experience, I was more proficient in it and thus they couldn’t ...
enter the system and give me an argument that would take me out.
They couldn’t give me perspective on the way I was going about things / being because the way itself precluded that.
Now I was lucky bc the system I was in was one such that eventually I could see it’s limitations and transcend it *from within the system itself*
Read 10 tweets
30 Oct 20
This is how you win. This is what Elon figured out. Don't work against social signalling, work with it: don't bash people's head in with what makes sense, just convince them it's high status.

High Status Nuclear Power wenn?
Ok, pilling myself (again) that this is our core problem: the lawlessness and unreasonability of the manufacture of status
Read 6 tweets
21 Oct 20
Things suck
Looool
Why don’t things just do themselves?????
Read 5 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!