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    nmw 17:51:27 on 2016/02/14 Permalink
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    Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Happy? 

    Did anyone ever ask Galileo this question? Why or why not? Why do some people ask other people this question today?

     
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    nmw 17:35:55 on 2014/12/29 Permalink
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    Regarding Random Rituals, Recognition, Response, Resolution and Revolution 

    Do you think it’s time to start again? So do I — every day!

    I want to start up this blog post revisiting what I took up the other day (in my previous post — there must be link lying around somewhere)… and add a little twist (which you might have done yourself — but just in case you were too lazy, I’ll pick it up and do it for you ;) ).

    It’s not a great leap from where I was to the idea that recognition is something that leads to slavery — and since I (like Mick Jagger) don’t wanna be your slave, recognition is not a metric that I need to care about.

    On the other hand, the vast majority are very fixated on counting beans — and all this coolbeans business is in part due to a steep fall in the price of bean counters (over the past couple decades). These days, you can’t take two steps before stumbling over yet another measurement guru — but just between you and me: even nit-pickers don’t count the crap these nut-jobs pay attention to (perhaps they have a different perception of “virtual reality” than what might be considered normal).

    With ever more bots chasing each other around — and counting, measuring up, and otherwise following and tracking and screwing up each other’s nuts and bolts — there is definitely an inflation in the meaning of numbers… and numeracy has quite certainly become somewhat of a bubble market. But I digress….

    I had actually resolved to write about resolutions — and I don’t mean graphic.If you actually plan to resolve to do something, let me present you with a little thought experiment: Let’s say (just for kicks) that you can either change the world (let’s also assume the change is “for the better“) or your level of recognition in the world, but not both. Which would you prefer? If you don’t know my answer to that question, then I think you should be more concerned about your reading skills than New Year’s resolutions.

    Assuming you have been able to figure out my answer, let me reward you with a wonderful tidbit that was shared with me this morning — it’s a quote:

    Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

    This quote is attributed to Viktor Frankl, but I have yet to read its source (his book titled “Man’s Search for Meaning”). I have read quite a lot about Viktor Frankl, but still have read none of his writings (in their entirety). The reason why I consider this quote interesting is because of the way the word “response” is used. I think a “scientist” might view this as an observation made by someone other than the person choosing (i.e., from an “objective” perspective). My gut tells me, though, that Viktor Frankl might have preferred an interpretation that the subject (at least) also subscribes to (and thereby gives meaning to).

     
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    nmw 15:03:40 on 2014/12/21 Permalink
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    Your Money or Your Life 

    Oftentimes, when I tell people that I don’t vote for (or against) politicians or political parties, they act as though this meant I weren’t a “free person”… or as if I were giving up some of my democratic freedoms.

    Quite the contrary: I choose not to vote for people involved in these organizations. At the same time, I engage very much in promoting other organizations.

    In my opinion, when people think that their freedom is exercised by voting in political elections, then they are actually limiting their own freedom to choosing nothing more than left or right, yes or no,… — indeed: a very limited number of choices (basically, it usually boils down to an “either / or” choice — much like when being held up at gunpoint and being given these two options: “your money or or life?”).

    Since I know many words, I can compose a vast number — perhaps even an infinite amount — of choices. I am not limited to simply grunting “yea” or “nea”, to banging on the ground with a club, or anything like that.

     
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    feedwordpress 11:29:29 on 2013/07/20 Permalink
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    One of the Best Things about Me and My Writing is… 

    … that whether you like me or not, or read my writing or not,… — or whatever (or not) — is completely optional: There are no strings attached, no obligations involved, and what you think of me and/or my writing is entirely up to you.

     
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