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« on: December 16, 2009, 01:34:52 PM »

This thread is dedicated to your random ideas, thoughts, and musings that come about in daily life. You could write about anything, whether it's something you learned from talking to some homeless guy or maybe just something that comes together while thinking about class, or work, or partying, or the state of the world.

A) I expect that people will comment on some others' anecdotes, so I'll only say one thing--
One's wisdom is often subjective, containing untruths or whatever, so just keep your criticisms civil, and no one's wittle feewings will get hurt.
B) Also, try to keep your posts to two paragraphs or something reasonable, don't put your essays up here.


I'll give a few examples of the shit that I've figured out recently:


On the world
I've been thinking particularly about the state of the world recently-- not just the sorry state of gross inequality and environmental degradation, but also about how it is that the world came to be the way it is. I'm talking about deep time here; the physical and chemical laws allowed life to flourish, blah blah blah, primates evolved, man started walking on two feet some 3.8 million years ago, we became psychologically and anatomically "human" some 80,000 to 50,000 years ago, and then sometime after that people started making stuff you would call "culture," like art, useful stuff like crossbows, cups, etc....
My question is, what are the chances that the layout and condition of everything [the waters, the trees, buildings, and that mug that you put down on the table] occurred the way it did, and not in some other way? The answer to that is obviously some form of infinite number that can't really be comprehended or even be substantiated by any real experiment. But what are the limitations? How is it that the world ended with x number of species, which includes ourselves, and that we have two eyes, ears, a nose and a mouth, and complex neural abilities? What I put together recently is that many of the systems of study that we have [biology, physics, sociology, etc.] theoretically and (often) practically work to, sort of, delineate the parameters of the limitations of what is possible. That particular plant stands tall and wide because of its physical makeup needs photosynthesis in order for it to live out its biological lifespan; The deal with humans is much the same as with the plant, except there is more complex interaction between individuals-- the homeless person, the layman, the prostitute, the doctor, the religious or philosophical teacher, the senator, and the despot each play their own roles according to sociological theory. The point is, what we see the world did not come about through some random roll of the dice, but rather through the dynamic interaction of physical laws. The odds of it coming about are still infinite and random, but are certainly tempered by these things that human have come to study and make theories and write laws about.


On Life Worth Living

Over the years you live your life, and often only later, when certain events and phases have past, can you put a label on what your times were like. After awhile, your experiences accumulate and you begin to reflect on how good your times were.
Consider Keanu Reeves' role in that 2000 football film called The Replacements. Was it a good time for him while it was being filmed? Probably. Was it a good film? Maybe not. What can you learn from this? It's better to spend your time doing shit that will be remembered rather than shit that will be forgotten. Get off your ass and make something worth remembering.


And, have you ever noticed on Wastebook how often somewhat attractive girls tend to tell their friends, who happen to be slightly less attractive, how pretty they are? Ha!
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2009, 04:00:08 PM »

You do raise an interesting question about the world though. The fact that the world we are observing right now is a product of many physical laws and infinite possibilities.

One might argue: Well if there are physical laws that control everything, than why would you believe there are infinitely many possibilities in which things can occur? This answer relies on whether or not we have free will.
    Free will=I could produce infinitely many universes (universes meaning a world where "blank" happened and not "blank") inside the laws of physics.
    No Free will=There is only one linear universe, you're viewing it right now, and there is nothing you can change about it because everything has already been predetermined, enjoy!

If you watch Fringe, they talk about it the whole infinite universe thing a lot.

Recently I have acquired two common philosophies that anyone and everyone should practice:

1. You must have a hobby in your life to be self sufficient in your happiness. I put forth a scenario that goes something like "Imagine you are the only person left in the world. What could you do that you were already doing when everyone was still alive that would make you happy?". Skateboarding, music, playing an instrument, art, building things, etc. are all "hobbies" that produce self sufficient happiness and don't require a 2nd human being. If someone answers with "drinking with friends, going to the club, having sex, watching tv/movies, shopping, etc." than they are not living according to their own lives. Their own lives are 100% a product of other peoples lives so those are not acceptable answers.

2. If I'm ever going to date someone and possibly marry them they have to meet this first virtue of hobbies that I just put forth. It's not enough to think someone is "hawt" and "funny" and "smart" because without this hobby of theirs you can never actually truly admire them. One day we are going to get fat and ugly and loose sexual taste with our significant other so by the time I'm old I want to have something to keep to myself (hobby) that makes me happy and I would want my significant other to have something to keep to their self (hobby) to keep them happy.

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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2009, 05:11:55 PM »

Fuck around, fuck around, ain't gonna be around.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009, 05:52:42 PM »

The hobby thing,I think is pretty true. Or Purpose. My brother's hobby is smoking weed,mine is skateboarding. identity

What would exist if existence didn't exist?
You have to have something in order to have nothing.

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2009, 08:49:35 PM »

You have to have something in order to have nothing.
You're getting to the inevitable "In order for me to think about me not existing, thoughts have to exists, those thoughts have to come from somewhere.....I think therefor I am".

Smoking weed isn't a hobby. It's not progressive enough, not at all. I'm not trying to be a prick or anything, but it's just way to easy to smoke weed and call it a lifestyle or purpose.
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2009, 01:17:09 AM »

man who farts in church sits in own pew.
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2009, 01:44:43 AM »

paper/scissors, I think your logic on what constitutes a hobby that doesn't depend on others is flawed.  It's just a question of extent - to what extent it "depends on one's own life only".  Where do you get your skateboard?  Where did they get it?  Why did they make it?  Because people other than you wanted them.  Very much depends on other people.  One could argue that recreational sex is far more independent of outside influences. 
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2009, 02:08:33 AM »

If life hands you a lemon, ask for salt and tequila.

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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2009, 03:19:16 AM »

no, no, no.

if life hands you lemons, PUNCH GOD IN THE THROAT.
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2009, 05:00:36 AM »

That reminds me of the insanity wolf app on facebook.

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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2009, 05:55:33 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2009, 06:15:11 AM »

paper/scissors, I think your logic on what constitutes a hobby that doesn't depend on others is flawed.  It's just a question of extent - to what extent it "depends on one's own life only".  Where do you get your skateboard?  Where did they get it?  Why did they make it?  Because people other than you wanted them.  Very much depends on other people.  One could argue that recreational sex is far more independent of outside influences. 
You have to ignore the whole "well someone made this skateboard so skatboarding is hardly an individual activity". It's just to strenuous to have to think about all the people that made the skateboard every time you pick it up, so we just skate, by ourselves sometimes, and that's an individualistic activity.
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2009, 09:19:24 AM »



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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2009, 06:30:25 PM »

It really is to the extent that makes it a hobby. There's smoke shops,growers,magazines, glassblowers,music. a load of stuff that revolves around smoking weed. Things connect to other things so hobbies can overlap.
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2009, 09:46:38 PM »

It really is to the extent that makes it a hobby. There's smoke shops,growers,magazines, glassblowers,music. a load of stuff that revolves around smoking weed. Things connect to other things so hobbies can overlap.
The only time I've ever approved of smoking weed is in socially, like at a party or before skating or something. If you just get off work and smoke some weed before you go to bed, that's just kind of weird to me..
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