Day 17

Salam dwellers of earth, yesterday when I was at kiddish I started a few conversations and it seemed like everyone who I talked too had a normal week and was satisfied with what they had. What I saw was in that was a lack of ambition because it seemed as if they decided that what they had was enough because they convinced themselves that they couldn’t have anything greater. It seems to be common Because the people who do have ambition have more interesting stories to tell and can hold a conversation about there last week for more than 3 minutes.

That’s my observation for today, hope it helps. I’m having troble coming up with a list of ten today and there are other things I’m more interested in doing. So here it is.

Have a nice week

Seeking Power (Power and Responsibility 2)

Welcome, one thing that is commonly known is that the people who reach for power are often the ones who least deserve it and those who seek power over others are known to abuse it. Yet sometimes we adopt responsibilities and find ourselves falling short. So when should we seek more power in order to accomplish our goals and how should we do so.

One thing we can do is to try and share power by finding others willing to take responsibilities and to enroll others in our project. This in itself is one of many ways of gathering power towards a certain goal. But first, we need to look into ourselves to see what are we doing that interferes with our ability to accomplish said goals and if enrolling others in an incomplete project will sabotage the final result. Working on ourselves doesn’t always lead effort though so there are 2 things we can do (that I thought of there may be others) to fix this. These things are either start creating ourselves as the person who will accomplish what we want to accomplish, or finding people who will hold us accountable. One of the greatest ways to create more power is to entrust it to others, this very act often leads to people taking responsibility for there newfound power and starting to work for the benefit of the world; the danger here is not to give people too much power over others and only to do this to ones who do not seek it. Those who seek power over others are the ones least deserving of it. Sharing of power for the right reasons is one of the greatest ways we can improve the world but if the power goes to one undeserving, incapable, or if we simply do it out of laziness or want of comfort we risk some of our most precious rights and many a corrupt monarchy rose to power over a vacuum in places of leadership and all governments can turn corrupt. For while fear of power is dangerous it is so because those who seek power for its own sake are the ones least deserving and when we throw away power making ourselves weaker we create an opportunity to those most willing to harm us.

10 things I can do to get my head out of my ass

  • Get interested in the experiences of others
  • Just socialize normally
  • A day of silence
  • Try learning something in the process of which I will develop wrong ideas than overcome than (Some physics which is how the world works but doesn’t make sense to our flimsy human brains is a good place to start {if you are willing to think})
  • Look back on past mistakes and wrong ideas to see if I’m repeating anything
  • Acknowledge that my head is up my ass
  • Meditation. Meditation is often the answer (it is one of the simplest solutions to many of life’s problems but it’s so general that after meditating we often miss the mark)
  • Do something your bad at
  • Practice humility and thankfulness in other ways
  • Ask for advice then try to implement it.
  • Have a long conversation about a subject which effects me while trying to not interject my own ideas

Power and Responsibility

Salutations sapients, why do we reject power? do we fear the responsibility? that is often the case but there is something else there, something substantial. For the culturally significant spiderman quote “With great power comes great responsibility” is equally applicable, often more so, when reversed “With great responsibility comes great power” those who adopt responsibilities tend to gather power and influence towards their chosen end and sometimes the very act of taking responsibility causes those around us to approach and empower us in that field, they ask for advice they request our intervention or action they defer to us in cases regarding our responsibilities and that in itself is a form of power. If you want something not to get done take responsibility for it and act ineffectively, I would not recommend this for doing it on purpose is an evil act, an act which removes what could be from you, your people and the rest of mankind.

But in addition to this, we have a fear of power, as shown in this quote “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”, and this fear of power does not serve us well. For when we grow into responsibility fearing that power leads to abandoning it, in our fiction, there are a great many stories of a character achieving incredible power and then discarding it over a fear of what they may become, and yet power does hold this risk, with the application of power creat change, in ourself and in the world around us. The response to this should not be the discarding of power but an appreciation for the weight of our decisions and the understanding to not take ourselves lightly.

Another similar related matter is our fear of describing things as good or evil. For somethings, we know to be good and some evil, for despite the many shades of gray there is still black, there is still white.

These things were shown to me a series of books I read recently and writing this reminded me of how we can still learn from what we consider wasted time so

10 Things you can do to waste time better:

  • Observe what you are doing, why do we do this, what do we enjoy about it, and how can we use said enjoyment in projects that bring us forward or in products that bring others closer to there best goals.
  • Read or watch stuff with inherent value or themes beneath the wish-fulfillment. Waste time better.
  • Seek mastery in whatever preferred method of wasting time is, practicing mastery always has unforeseen benefits.
  • Sleep instead, it is one of the healthiest methods of wasting time and most of us are tired anyway.
  • If you still are doing something thoughtless do it after heavy activity not before so that it helps you unwind and rest not stress about what you aren’t doing.
  • Look for patterns. (pattern recognition is a great skill to have and if you practise it by finding easter eggs in games, movies or other videos you still are practicing pattern recognition)
  • Find a physically beneficial sitting or resting position to be in.
  • Listen to good stuff while wasting time but don’t use the listening as an excuse to waste time.
  • if you are doing something that you believe has value to you, or are hearing a really substantial podcast, stop multitasking. (We are capable of enjoying conversations with people nad do so much more when fully present, we don’t do this because it can be scary hard or we built a habit of playing something else when using a certain communication method)
  • Tell or create stories with whatever it is your doing this can be substantial social skill.

Day 14

Hail persons, today was focused on getting back into the game. I did my exercises practised every piano subject I could, sight-reading, Hanons, etc, fed the dog watered the plants started planning out my week and Un-digitalized my Simplology.

10 Things I am able and willing to add into a weekly section of my blog (I will only do them one at a time so if you have any specific one you want me to do, write it in the comments, another option is that I alternate between a few of them):

  • Weekly book readthrough and review
  • Weekly mini boardgame (for example, last Shabbat I took half an hour to make something with dice and Stratego pieces that Manu and I enjoyed)
  • Comparative list program with more research
  • Learning as much as I can about a subject within a week (examples, game theory, art history, carpentry, etc) and then make a what I learned post at the end of the week (or maybe at the beginning of the next week)
  • Make a short tune using the piano and post it to this blog at the end of the week
  • Weekly podcast listen and review
  • Gather a number of quora answers and do a “what I learned from this”
  • Make a list of 50 instead of a list of 10
  • Gather 1 of my best ideas rethink it then post a more polished, multi-paragraph, version of it
  • Weekly historical site visit and what it brings up for me

Scarcity vs Plenty

Hello fine readers, today I went to a ceramics class (event? something or other) with my mother and my brother after which we went shopping and out to eat and there went most of my day. During the ceramics class, I made a clay owl and enjoyed looking at the existing design and making it better.

While I didn’t get much done up till now today I promised you a special list so I’m trying something new I call the comparative list program (as I find myself funny):

  • Advantages of viewing the world through a lens of (from the story of) scarcity.
  • Disadvantages of viewing the world through a lens of (from the story of) scarcity.
  • Advantages of viewing the world through a lens of (from the story of) plenty.
  • Disadvantages of viewing the world through a lens of (from the story of) plenty.
  • Not all advantages/disadvantages apply if you’re looking through a specific lens as some are mutually exclusive, different people react differently.
  • Still, these lists should help you find what lens you are viewing the world through and if you know where you stand you can try to avoid cetin pitfalls and adapt your way of being for a better life.
  • advantages are next to the full dot.
    • disadvantages are next to the empty dot.
  • Some disadvantages apply as negatives of multiple advantages (as I try to line them up) and vice versa

Scarcity:

  • You find better deals
    • You spend time looking for deals that you could use more effectively (make more money than your saving 50% off one dollar isn’t worth the effort)
    • You may miss out on other opportunities looking to optimize what you have
  • You learn to fix and reuse old products
    • You find yourself using things which don’t work well and keep falling apart
  • You try to find multiple uses for the things you have and you get creative in using them (ripped shirts as rags etc)
    • You find your house filling with junk that you can have a use for and have trouble finding things
  • You do what you can to properly store what you have and to keep it in top condition
    • You spend far too much time and effort on upkeep
    • You have trouble getting to things when you need them
  • You are cautious about buying things you may need
    • you don’t have things when you need them
  • You don’t buy things that are unnecessary
    • You make up justifications for buying the things you do and lose track of your own money (this is an especially vicious one but it is avoidable by asking oneself the right questions)
    • You risk not getting what you need to keep yourself healthy
  • You may use fewer paper towels, toilet paper, and plastic plates
    • you end up using more water which may actually be causing more harm than good
  • You produce less waste which is better for the environment

Scarcity seems to lead to hoarding behaviors. In addition, many of the negatives stem from priorities being based more towards short term survival then long term health even in situations of little danger.

Plenty:

  • You don’t hesitate to get what you need
    • You buy things at high prices
    • you often buy things you don’t actually need
  • You don’t hesitate to get what you want
    • you may lose track of how much you’re spending
  • You are more likely to throw stuff out, or give stuff away, leading to a cleaner and better-kept home environment
    • you may throw out something valuable
    • you may buy the same thing twice as you previously thought you wouldn’t use it again
  • You are more generous
  • You invest in relationships
    • You may get scammed
  • you get to be picky
    • can be perceived as being snobbish

Surprisingly Plenty seems to be more likely to lead into minimalism.

Feedback on the comparative list program and on the lists themselves would be greatly appreciated as this took a lot of effort but was a fun experiment.

Goodbye fine readers and have a nice week

Day 12

Goodday web viewers, I stayed up too late tonight but daily is Daily is DAILY (as I try to hold myself accountable for my word) so here it is.

I apologize for the token entrees so I promise a good list tomorrow (or maybe several lists of average quality to make up for the missing ones). Today wasn’t optimized but it was to extenuating factors that I’m getting better at dealing with. Today’s religious learning had a lot of emphasis on the vows, specifically vows forbidding one’s self from doing otherwise permitted behavior, vows demanding behaviors are a whole other can of worms as you are not allowed to demand a forbidden behavior or a behavior that can lead into or require forbidden acts (such as requiring one’s self to eat every day if access to allowed foods is not guaranteed), and when you can invalidate them.

Goodnight web viewers, I hope that unlike me you can get to bed on your self-prescribed times (or at least sleep enough not to be tired).

NOTE: when I say or I mean it in the logical (and grammatical) sense of and/or and as such I refuse to use and/or.

Day 11

Salutations earthlings, I forgot to post today. It’s late. I’m going to bed soon.

Sorry there isn’t much more today but the lists take me too much time and I’m half an hour after my computer off time. Here is the daily post I promised just to keep the habit.

Good morning if it’s morning but goodnight if you’re in the same timezone as me.

Present

Greetings distant readers, today happened and I don’t remember much, I woke up late had a lot of toast practised piano a bit and did a few of my exercises and don’t know where the rest of my day went so I’ll think through what happened and do better in the future (or at least be more present to what’s happening).

10 Things I can do in order to be more Present:

  • Make a list at the end of the day of what I did and what I can do to build on it. put said list by my bed where I’ll see it the next day.
  • When consuming information review, optimally in writing, what I did learn and what I can learn regarding said information.
  • Do something active every 2 hours or so, it helps me pay attention to my environment.
  • Look to see what I can do in order to make my life more comfortable/efficient, cleaning, organizing my stuff.
  • Every morning organize my priorities (it makes me pay attention to what I’ve been doing in file)
  • Stop every so often to observe my enviorment, start in the morning and before bed until eventually, you start doing it automatically.
  • Set alarms on your phone to do one of the above, or below, or something else, the very alarm makes me pay more attention to my environment.
  • Thankfulness exercises always help.
  • Turn off whatever podcast/video I’m listing to every hour or so for 10-15min and just listen to the world around you, go outside if you don’t hear anything from where you are, but listening to the sound of your own body also works.
  • Reorganize the stuff in the room you currently are in to make it nicer
  • Meditation (I’m putting this in place 11 because some of the previous ones can be interpreted as meditation)

Day 9

Hi there, I went into Tiberius this morning in order to meet M. I got there early so I waited till they were done with there morning activity before going in, there is a park right next door, and when I went in to visit M. he said he wasn’t interested in talking so I caught the next bus home. when I got home the air conditioner people arrived so I was spent some time helping them and moving stuff out of the way. By the time we were done, it was 3:30. Then I played with Manu a bit and I didn’t get much else done after that.

Ten Uses of a Paperclips:

  • Lockpick
  • Making figurines
  • Holding together creative origami (use it to poke a hole through the problem areas and bending it to hold them together)
  • New age earings
  • Hair clips
  • removing certain screws
  • Marble maze
  • Making weighing scales for light objects
  • Spray bottle unclogger
  • Fingernail cleaner
  • Book mark
  • Small chain

Day 8

Howdy there, recently I’ve realized that I haven’t been thinking about my future in a productive manner, heck I’ve barely been thinking of the future at all. And still, when I try to plan something out I don’t know where to start. I’ve made list after list after list but as the entries hold no priority over each other I still get stuck in the choosing. Now to get away from my excuses. The main benefits I get from being lost are not having to interact with strangers too much, a certain freedom from being held accountable, and a fear of changing (this fear of changing is at constant odds with my desire to become More). I’m working on putting these aside but having an obvious path may help with some temporary goals and should be a high priority. A big step in the right direction would be getting back to my Simplology and making sure to do a full consecutive 30 days of the white belt training before moving forward to actually build the habit and not just claim to have tried it.

Today’s list of ten I made this list because I realized that despite not wanting many things for there own sake I still really like things.

Ten things I Would like to Experiment with (this gives me a reason for wanting money which further encourages me to get things done {my belief is that I know enough about money and monetization that if I’m productive enough I will be able to transform that into money [not necessarily a lot of money but enough] using the Internet}):

  • Various sets of flat polarized lenses that filter different amounts and wavelengths of light (a pair of each)
  • Springs a whole lot of them and things I can connect them with (possibly lego if they ever did something of the sort)
  • A whole lot of pistons
  • A high-quality electronic piano
  • An Arduino set (works best with the pistons)
  • Clasps and clamps and other ways of holding things together (I almost forgot but these are important)
  • A 3d printer
  • A high-quality printer that prints on cardstock
  • Filters, pipes, pumps, and other tools I can use and understand the flow of liquids
  • An indoor Hydroponics system (for science and strawberries)