Step inside my Mind

This is where, i freely express my thoughts & opinions of the world. If you have came here through me showing you this then i trust you. If you just so happen to stumble upon my world, I implore you to explore.

There is some kind of satisfaction in sadness. I find that negative, deep, hard-hitting emotions are not only more prevalent than positive ones but more potent. This is why when I cry over a dead character, or listen to a song that reminds me of an ex girlfriend, I feel more alive. It’s like you stop feeling numb and feel raw and vibrant for a moment.

Psychological reason - If you have persisting problems that induce prolonged sadness within you then a non-persistent, sudden, and short lived sensation replaces it and consequently you feel better in that moment. This could explain the phenomena of cutting.

Philosophical reason -  The classical life style of the modern human is primarily positive, regardless of we they acknowledge it or not. If the principle of balance is applied to this, then the act of being sad could bring you down to a base state which is preferable, thus returning you to an aforementioned raw state.

Biological reason - Mirror neurons activated when empathizing with sad people or ideas could evoke the feeling of inclusiveness and connectivity. This would then make the burden of sadness feel “shared”, giving an additional feeling of alleviation.  

POSTED ON April 14, 2014 With 3 notes × PERMALINK

In the life of academia, the question of what intelligence is and how we may define it is somewhat a frequent occurrence. To start with, let us work with the definition which like many terms, is derived from Latin. Intelligence is derived from the Latin verb Intelliger, to perceive, comprehend, and thus understand. Just working from the definition we can see that intelligence can be applied to a broad range of subjects, however in modern society it is favored to a narrow spectrum, such as linguistics and mathematics.

Regardless of what kind of psychology you favor, whether it be behavioral, biological or psychodynamic, it is clear that cultural, social and media influences have a profound effect on our judgement and perception. For example let us take a professor in musical studies and a professor in mathematical studies. To which one do you give the badge of intelligence? Although the professor may be adept in music, just as the other professor is adept in mathematics, we give our intellectual favor to only one. This reflects our modern society in that our academic system is primarily scientific, utilizing mathematics and bringing about an external change that benefits societies progression. Therefor we favor mathematics, showing how our judgement is based around our cultural influences.

Then that begs the question of is this right, is the scientific values we hold justified simply because it is more useful to our understanding at this time? Let us take an experienced mathematician, and an agricultural survival expert. Let us experimentally implement them into a Sub-Saharan tribe where they must fend for themselves and integrate into another culture. Tribal members, along with the expert will be proficient in body-kinesthetics and and natural understanding. While the mathematician on the other hand, despite being deemed as smart, will fail to flourish and survive with his current understanding. Simply put, the participant we deem as less intelligent, will outperform the mathematician in understanding, in a different environment.

This outlines the subjectivity and situational applications involved with intelligence. This is precisely why it is hard to define which type of intelligence holds more value, because it is not a concrete objective idea that we can experiment with, hypothesize, prove nor disprove aptly. This is why Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence came under attack as infallible and lacking evidence. It is simply an observation of human behavior that takes its form in many ways. If that observation was untrue then we would observe the exact same type of intelligence in every human, but that is simply not the case.

Perhaps then it would be useful to classify intelligence in terms of its usage in the expression of knowledge and the attainment of it. But you see then, that all forms of intelligence allow this, from musical, natural and existential studies to literature, mathematics and critical thinking. For in everything that we can perceive and comprehend, we can rightly understand in different depths and perspectives. Which fortunately for us, means that our dear friend Einstein was correct in his statement.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

POSTED ON February 11, 2014 With 1 note × PERMALINK

The psychological impacts of labels is irrefutable yet profoundly ignored. There are numerous behaviors, characteristics and alleged disorders that have received labels when it is utterly unnecessary to the cause and cure. Some may think of labels as a simple mechanism name and classify the world around us, however, under certain circumstances I believe this to be a bane to the descriptor.

Let us start with importance and an example. Do you think my ability to classify a prolonged period of sadness of which I see no end adds to its importance? Well, if something has a label you immediately know it’s classified, you know it has background, you know it has substance, and you may well know that it is a problem. Through labeling a behavior you signify its existence, you acknowledge its effects and in that sense you feed it. I wonder how many behaviors and characteristics we would deduce as natural correspondences to our life if it were not for this. I also wonder if in ignorance of that behavior it may perish. After all, these issues are consistent within our mind, and just like a plant in sunlight, if you give an idea importance it will grow.

Lets lead on with this with a damsel analysis. Like fight or flight, I believe in a modern world we have two main reactions to an opposing force, fight or seek help (damsel). I believe that in labeling a behavior or characteristic you encourage the damsel reaction as you are immediately aware that it has substance and consequently you can appeal to others. Someone who you believe is superior to you in some way shape or form, which is why they can help you and you can’t. But in reality the problem is yours; you can help yourself.

Which leads me to my next point in the label chronicles. Our mind is hard wired to appeal to the population. Consciously this can be corrected through the understanding of logical fallacies but in essence the subconscious will accept this if it is not recognized in the specific situation it is appealing to. This is because by something having a population behind it you make a series of assumptions. Because of the population you have a community to appeal to, you are less alone, it’s a common behavior -> It’s a correct behavior, they have done so and so, so I will or must do so and so. Within these assumptions it seems more justified for you to continue behavior or emphasize its existence.

Finally, the game of passing the burden. Blame, is a very common reaction to situations that infringe on your sanctity, especially mentally. It seems almost instinctive to try and pass the torch, we know that isn’t right, but as always it is an appealing concept. When presented with a label, numerous sources are now available in which you can place your burden, for instance you could place it on your biology, your past, other people, or even life, in doing so you destroy the idea that you are in control of this. This way when you are questioned you have an excuse, you have a post to point to, you can wait it out and lay dormant in solitude because you will always have someone or something to blame.

Now I am not saying there aren’t positives to labeling, but these negative effects are rather subtle. They may even be so subtle that you’ve never thought or heard about them, hence why this concept may seem alien to you. This view may seem stern, it may even seem callous. But in the end the most prodigious enemy you will face is yourself. It is in your best interests to take control of yourself even if you think it impossible.

POSTED ON January 13, 2014 With 0 notes × PERMALINK

We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality.

- Alan Watts

POSTED ON December 30, 2013 With 1 note × PERMALINK

I laugh in the face of death.
Is that because death is absurd?
Absurdity is laughable?
Isn’t that comedy?

- Noctilucus

POSTED ON December 29, 2013 With 0 notes × PERMALINK

Inaction will cause a man to sink into the slough of despondency and vanish without a trace.

Farley Mowat

POSTED ON December 26, 2013 With 1 note × PERMALINK

Mythology says the gods envy our mortality. Our mortality is what makes life precious and something to be savoured, driven by the pressure of time to achieve greatness, it maybe our mortality that gives us humanity. But as longs as we are mortal, we will never stop dreaming of life everlasting; that too is what makes us human. - Morgan Freeman

POSTED ON December 19, 2013 With 1 note × PERMALINK

Stereotyping is criticized and slandered on an average basis. However, what if stereotyping wasn’t that ‘unintelligent’ and ‘ignorant’ as is said? Perhaps it is the way in which we view and deal with stereotyping that is the issue. You see although stereotyping has a strictly animate definition (human - human interaction), we naturally behave with the same logic to get through our day to day lives; it is completely natural.

Let us look at the inanimate first. How do you open a door? Is it a concrete process or an assumption? Since birth, to open a wooden door you have had to apply a force, there may be other ways to open that door, yet to open a door you always do the same thing. Think of everything you regularly do; you assume and act as if there is one way of classifying and interacting with something simply because that is the only way you have been subjected to it.

Now the animate. But here’s a twist; let’s get evolutionary and see how appropriate stereotyping is. I was attacked by a lion on two occasions, every lion i have been subjected to was hostile, to survive i must kill lions. Every member so far from the tribe has tried to harm me, to survive i must avoid contact with them. Although there may exist a lion or tribe member who might not kill me, it would be more efficient and secure to expect one who will, otherwise i risk my life.

From this angle we see that stereotyping is a daily and instinctual process. The logic involved in stereotyping is not so much a moral choice as it is a recognition of patterns in which you predict regularity. The societal expectation in the modern world is that you weigh human dignity and individuality over efficiency and security. That is to say, your expectation may be true, but the possibility that it may not is more important.

Issues stemming from stereotypical behavior, judgmental norms, existentialist gender roles and conformity to conventions require a balancing scale. That is to say, when analyzed the arguments seem to consist of a balancing act between sensitivity and expressive freedom. However, in this case it is moreover moral stature and efficiency. 

POSTED ON December 14, 2013 With 4 notes × PERMALINK

We tend to accept whatever is usual as natural. - John Stuart Mill

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There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’

POSTED ON December 14, 2013 With 3 notes × PERMALINK