A unique perspective

In a recent conversation, I was told by someone that he didn’t trust Democrats, because, although they may appear to speak in a politically correct manner, this does not necessarily reflect what they really believe. As far as he is concerned, a Republican is much more likely to be transparent than a Democrat.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to say to that. For starters, it’s entirely too diminutive. While it may seem useful to box up an entire cross-section based on one aspect, even in statistics, after a certain point, any scheme that does this loses its effectiveness because it is oversimplified and simplistic.

However, it is still an interesting theory to consider. Our point of view does not change as a result of the fact that we are taught to be politically correct. What changes is how we speak. As important as what is on the outside is, in fact, what is on the inside.


The day is…

24 hours.

It’s what you get, from midnight to 11:59pm, and how you fill it is entirely up to you. Sure, you have commitments, but those are commitments you made, and whether or not you fulfill them. Entirely up to you.

Eight hours of sleep would be nice. Probably eight hours at work, Monday through Friday. Though, currently, it’s often more like nine. Leaving you with around seven to make something else happen.

What do those seven look like? Family? Enrichment? Mindless entertainment? Joyful hobbies, or needless toil? All options that you get to choose.

Outdated specs

It occurred to me as I was looking through one of the indie filmmaking books that I have that describes super 8 and 16mm, along with the editing process by splicing, that I was wondering whether outdated technology in a particular field may need to be learned at all?

Speaking beyond the scope of purely academic studies.

All things considered, if you are ready to learn the current useful technologies and go out there and start using them, you will not be required to familiarize yourself with previous iterations of those technologies. Consider the example of a computer. The maintenance of automobiles. The medical field. Navigation. 

While maybe there is no need to learn these things, I believe it may prove beneficial to have some knowledge of them. 

Thoughts on wandering

I am a wanderer at heart. I find it to be a strange way of living, and it is a part of myself that I’m still learning to embrace as I grow older. I have an insatiable curiosity about everything around me. As a matter of fact, I believe that most of us do. Our world is just too rich and diverse for us to be able to see just a tiny portion of all that is going on past our borders. 

I’m not saying that our individual slices of home aren’t beautiful in and of themselves, they really are. It’s just, what more can we learn by venturing further into the beyond? 

They say that the grass is always greener, but if you keep jumping the fence, eventually you’ll find the greenest grass, right? 

Bluster and bravado

We are the story that we tell about ourselves. and how we perceive who we are is often closely tied to how others see us. One of the things that I notice about the lives of some of my friends is that they are always so confident in their abilities. Sometimes it comes across as mere bravado.

That said, isn’t the story we tell about ourselves what actually makes us who we are? I think of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, in which he states, as he opens his book, that “Truly, thoughts are things, and powerful things at that, if they are mixed with a definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects, that they can make a great difference in our lives.”

Thought structuring

When I first was introduced to the concept of monkey brain thoughts, I was fascinated. We have these instinctive sorts of mental processes for keeping us alive and functioning, but they don’t always work properly, and they aren’t what separates us from other animals. Higher thought moves us forward.

But then, a lot of what we “think” ends up being regurgitations of things we’ve been taught, or facts memorized through rote. So beyond the basic monkey brain, and this quasi-memorization, you can finally get to original thought. If such a thing is actually possible.

This is a three-level structure, but by Googling “levels of thought” you quickly find varying degrees of systems, from two levels all the way up to seven (that I saw in a cursory search). So, much like Descartes, who postulated “I think, therefore I am,” it seems not just me, but many of us are fascinated by the various aspects and nuances of thought.

Collecting is how to get things done

I’m always, always, struggling with a list of needs, wants, to-dos, etc. It’s ever-growing, never-ending, and occupies more time on my mind than anything should. But it’s not a problem that’s unique to me. Many people I know share similar busy schedules. The tips I read on productivity often include the author decrying their inability to manage an increasing workload.

Going back to David Allen’s book Getting Things Done, it seems the trick is to manage where you keep things that need doing. And the more places you have, the more spread out your to-do list, and the more likely you are to get overwhelmed. Fewer places mean fewer stacks, and that means more focus.

It could be the investment of a lifetime

In watching the implosion of various cryptocurrencies this past year, it may be difficult to believe just how much buzz there was surrounding the financial instrument just last year. Now, it’s looking questionable as to whether we’ll ever get to widespread acceptance of the crypto market.

That isn’t to say it’s inherently bad. Decentralizing currency has many benefits, and it does offer an immediacy that other currencies lack, at least in transferring an amount when not in person.

What is a problem, and what has always been a problem, is when the market deems something too valuable. It creates that bubble, and as we see time and again – bubbles pop.