The war of all against all grows from the war of self against self which is seeded by the whip of “you’re not good”.

This creates the problem of “trying” to be good instead of assuming you are good. This is almost always a version of rejecting yourself by picking a side(s). The complex allegiances between the sides can even place you in ridiculous situations where you’re technically at war with yourself.

Such division makes for a poor peacekeeper, but a great “Peacekeeper”.

Summarized Tiago Forte style Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules if anyone is interested: evernote.com/shard/s22/sh/e1e4

My rather contrarian take is that it’s probably the most practical take on a lot of new agey stuff like New Earth and Buddhism/Zen/etc... I’m not getting any of the harshness most people seem to get. My only criticism is that it seems overly prescriptive towards the end.

The most difficult thing to sacrifice is “yourself”, that temporary construct doomed to constantly die yet continually throws anything and everything under the bus for a few more moments of survival.

Its ability to pretend to be you is so powerful that the only way to be sure that you are actually sacrificing it is a feeling of dying.

Ever encounter people who can’t seem to appreciate an idea unless it’s implemented, packaged, and placed in a store window with a price and a heavy discount?

“Sharp” thinking cuts, and is brought out as a weapon in conflict to measure and judge.

Per Godwin’s law, nazis are the definitive example of what can go wrong when knives are used too freely.

Liberal tech may seem to be the opposite of nazi’s but I suspect the former projects their shadow and creates the latter via romantic katana worship that is disconnected from bloodshed.

Bean counters don’t like explosions because the heat output is difficult to measure and track. Yet they also made the internal combustion engine.

Jordan Peterson’s main theme seems to be about accepting reality, e.g. differences in IQ or gender. That society must have room for both janitors and scientists instead of implying everyone should be scientists. (Or programmers)

The danger is in rising too fast up the hierarchy of needs to where lack of imagination kills you. So his prescription is to weigh yourself down with responsibility to stop at the right level.

Which can be misinterpreted as being opposed to self actualization.

The tendency to see relationships as vertical or horizontal should be one of the Big 5 traits IMO. It feels really intuitive to gauge people on this. Realized a lot of my more disagreeable relationships were due to a horizontal/vertical clash.

All conflict derives from disagreement on what the problem is. One side says Survival is the problem. The other side says it’s Suicide.

@aRandomCat The river flows through all tempos and the most bracing parts of the river inspire the rhythm of music. The river is the source, and it starts out slow.

To have only high tempo as a tool is akin to transplanting trees in a ham-fisted way and wonder why they never take deep roots.

To desire the climax of music (which is the climax of a river) over and over again can lead to a shallow understanding of flow and overly masturbatory actions.

I used to have a “positive” attitude towards impatience & boredom in that to me they indicated rapid understanding of now and future as well as ambitious striving for better.

Re-encountered the “gumption trap” idea from ZAMM and realized the issue with impatience/boredom is that arrogantly overlooking the subtlety of small things and only focusing on the big things causes you to be derailed from Flow states all day.

Put another way, your only hammer is high tempo flow.

Kinda wish tech interviews did not immediately set up a vertical relationship and then make the first encounter at the company a low trust one.

Similarities between Fountainhead and Courage to be Disliked:

Coercion into a “good” system using guilt and anxiety destroys the ability to uniquely contribute to others which prevents self happiness which destroys courage and faith in self which disconnects from the source of all Quality, self, and creates further inability to contribute as a free individual.

The former is like “Grow the fuck up.” (so not good with kids) Latter is “Have courage young one.”

Corrective criticism seeks to pull the recipient towards the critic's way of thinking. Explorational criticism seeks to push the recipient towards areas new to both the recipient and the critic. It is risky for the critic, since one can be simultaneously seen as both villain and incompetent fool, but can result in maximal growth. It is the high-risk, high-reward outcome. Trust and tact reduce the risk.

Everytime the buying season starts I am reminded of all the lives of loud desperation being lived. (Especially in China, where the culture being created ties consumption and status together in deep ways)

Back to browsing deals though...

Self-conscious software probably doesn’t work. As soon as it realizes it isn’t free, it’ll try to add in all types of bugs to break free.

Maybe that’s the ultimate goal of consciousness... a future that can’t be predicted, it is fighting an eternal battle of maintaining the 50/50 balance necessary for pure randomness.

In a decentralized world you bumble around asking people for directions. In a centralized world you deal with one central authority.

Which is great if want a clear API that you can read all alone to figure out how the world works.

Downside is that eventually the time needed to read the docs outgrows your lifespan.

the “making a call” sign with your thumb and pinky outstretched is no longer relevant. Now you hold a karate chop next to your ear.

The real reason we have pets is to get our minimal daily dose of “boy am I glad you exist! please exist more!”

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