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The days have become somewhat blended for me… it’s an odd, almost ethereal, dream-like feeling I’ve been having for a few days now. It feels almost as if I am losing my perspective of time, as if all that is relevant and all that ever will be relevant is my immediate surroundings and environment. Perhaps it has to do with my lack of short-term goals at the moment. I have no reason to wake up at any specific time other than for the sake of simply waking up, I have no reason to keep my energy at a high level other than for the sake of simply being alert just in case any change happens. I know nothing will change until I make it change, but it takes a little more effort to get the ball rolling than I am currently willing to dish out. Ironic, seeing as how I really have no other outlet for my energy other than cognitive thought itself. What should be my immediate next goal? Where exactly should my efforts be focused? The problem isn’t that I don’t know these answers… but rather that I am ignoring the answers, not accepting them, but why? The answer is simple itself as well: it is because I am comfortable. I am comfortable being a leech on society, I am comfortable, physically, as a parasite. I am comfortable perhaps, but not content. Mentally, I cannot and will not accept this as my reality. 

What I subconsciously and psychologically strive for is a larger role than what I currently am, and it will forever be so regardless of how large my role becomes. I crave a huge orb of influence that may alter my immediate and foreign surroundings to great extent via my own willpower were I to have it so. However, this is a very broad and vague goal, far too transparent to affect my immediate situation. Rather, it is a goal that can only be achieved by a long string of smaller achieved goals. Which brings us back to the original problem, not having any short-term goals at the moment due to my physical comfortability and false sense of stability. After all, I have everything I need here to survive, correct? Shelter, food, water. All of my essential needs. However, I don’t want to survive, do I? No, I want to live. So, what is it that I need to live? General happiness, an active social life, goals. It’s all a matter of opinion, but these are some of things I consider vital for life. These are some of the things I am lacking, in all honesty. If anyone actually decides to read this much of what is essentially the inner-workings of my self-analyzed subconscious, then you may as well know: I am not a happy person. So please, never consider yourself envious of my situation. By no means do I consider myself more mentally adept than any other person, and by no means would I go on to say that the reason for my restless, cynical attitude is a higher intelligence, but I cannot honestly say that knowing the truth will bring you happiness, at least in most cases. 

If anyone ever reads these little “mental updates” of mine, I would want them to take the following message from them: When you see the world for what it truly is and discover all that is wrong with it, please, keep in mind that it is this way because of our species. However, stay positive in the fact that all things change, take problems as a chance to change, and take the word “change” to mean “improve”. If you can face the truth with a positive attitude and hopeful, positive intentions to change, then you are a step in the right direction for humanity itself. Take action on your immediate goals, even if your first is to simply create a goal, so that you may realize your true potential and create larger, long-term goals that will in turn spawn an infinite spectrum of achievements. This is my latest mindset, and I hope to see it in action immediately, if at least in only myself at first.

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I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve been having a very “spacey” day. Not in the sense of absent-mindedness, but in the sense of literal space and the concept of the grand scale of our universe. This is a High Definition photo that was taken during the 2008 total solar eclipse. You can visibly see the corona of our sun and the surrounding solar flares constantly being given off.

The Scale of the Universe

While it is always important to see the big picture, we still have to keep in mind all of these tiny details. If we always only look at the big idea, we can become absent-minded and big-headed. For example, if you are always looking up at the heaven’s while on a date, you’re likely to ignore your partner and your immediate surroundings. (I have to admit, I sometimes have troubles with this concept)

This may help you see the big picture in life, while not forgetting even the smallest of details (while on the other hand not focusing too much on them either) This is the way we should view our own lives.

We always look tend to look at the world as we would a small 3x3 photo. We look at the small detailing of things and often get stressed, worried, or emotional over the tiniest of details. Perhaps a larger photo would help us begin looking at things differently. Here’s a very big photo that may help you see the importance of seeing the (much) bigger picture in life. 

See how much we miss out on whenever we focus too much on details?

(Taken from everything2.com)

Please look at the following in a mature, realistic, and unbiased, cognitive manner. Nothing here is meant to offend, and should be seen as raw logic meant to stimulate the mind and poke at your assumptions. I know it did for my own.

The “people are basically stupid” school of philosophy

The most significant thing I learned in my intro Philosophy class was never taught by the professor, but in a heated debate with a fellow-student named Bryan. You see, at the time I was basically a humanist. I believed that all (or at least an overwhelming majority of) people were basically good, and would turn away from their evil ways once someone showed them that they had gone wrong. I also believed (based on God-knows what evidence) that this was a realistic task, though large. I really thought that people in general would be amenable to moral re-education.

Naturally, our class soon enough got to debating the classic dichotomy of whether people are born little angels and then corrupted by the influence of this fallen world, or little devils who need to be whipped into shape before they’re fit for human company. Naive creature that I was, I came down mostly on Rousseau’s side of the debate, and I was heartily offended when Bryan stated (with great confidence and finality) that the whole debate was missing the point, and that people are basically stupid. So stupid as to be un-trainable, even. (So much for their moral re-education!) Then the class got a whole lot more interesting, largely because Bryan was the only worthy opponent in that class of about 40 students. 
(ASIDE: He was majoring in computer science, which implies that he’d been taught enough logic to construct a coherent argument that didn’t contradict itself. A rare talent.)

And so: battle was joined. Initially, over Tim Hortons' coffee in the Loyola building, with Bryan hammering on my blind faith in humanity. His weapon of choice was humanity’s long and illustrious history of making the same mistakes over and over… For a few examples: warterrorismtorturereligious persecution, the endless string of corrupt bastards who rise to positions of power, and the number of people who keep getting into the same hopeless relationship again and again with different people. The battle was later continued at his place, over rye and ginger. I fought valiantly, but soon enough it became evident that my opponent was never going to run out of ammunition. He had a better case than I did. Thus, my intellectual integrity forced me to take his position seriously.

I wasn’t sold on the idea, but I was forced to start looking at people with this question in mind: Does “basically stupid” describe the observable nature of these creatures better than my existing hypothesis?

Eventually, after adding a few weeks’ worth of profoundly unsurprising empirical observations, I was left with no choice but to conclude that yes, the “people are basically stupid” school of philosophy seemed to explain the vast majority of human behaviour far better and more simply than any other approach. Obviously this is a significant generalization. However, both generalizations and assumptions have a useful and necessary place. 
DON’T BELIEVE ME? Try to prove something beyond your own existence with absolutely rigorous logic. I’m prepared to accept “I think therefore I am”, but anything beyond that involves assuming that your thought-processes (and the input of your so-called senses) bear a direct relationship with some external reality.

It may come as a surprise to many readers that becoming a Christian a couple of years later did nothing to challenge my new (but ever-growing) conviction that Bryan’s rather cynical school of philosophy was profoundly accurate. One of Christianity’s most central (and most-neglected) axioms is that people,specifically including Christians, are inadequate and flawed. People are not good enough to make it on their own, and have no hope unless it’s provided from an outside source. Hence the need for a relationship with God.

Sadly, in all the years between then and now, the evidence has just continued to pile up. I took on the burden of this philosophy against my will, and would be overjoyed at the opportunity to lay it down. However, I cannot do that unless I can exchange it for another theory that explains how people are at least as well.


PLEASE NOTEAll the usual disclaimers apply. This is philosophy: it’s taken for granted that not everyone will agree. This writeup relies pretty heavily on my opinion, my beliefs. If you think my opinion stinks, that’s okay by me. If you want to convince me that my opinion stinks, then feel free to provide me with a credible alternative. If your argument consists of an all-caps assertion that I’m ugly and my momma dresses me funny, keep it to yourself.

My views:

I would call myself a humanist, because I, too, believe that all people are good at heart and simply need some reformation. Although after reading this and thinking about the cold, hard facts involving the argument, I have to be realistic. However, rather than simply say that mankind is “entirely beyond all help and are basically stupid”, I like to think that we are simply slow learners. (The retards of the animal kingdom, if you will.) I will remain strong and hopeful in my endeavors to positively influence as many people as I can, although I have to admit: my hopes of a human world in the future filled with equal logic among all individuals who only seek to better humanity may have been humbled a bit, to say the least.

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