Archive for the ‘Humanity’ category

Western civilization is more like a religious cult

January 28, 2014

http://science.time.com/2014/01/24/charity-doing-good-is-bad/

It really is more like a religious cult than a rational society.

Want to know a sure way to be seen as immoral, unethical and unlikable? Raise $1 million for charity. Want to know how to have people think a lot more favorably of you? Raise nothing at all. If you think that’s entirely irrational, you’re right. Welcome to the human condition.

The key to being thought of as a louse for helping the sick or the poor is not the act of giving by itself, but the act of benefiting from it. That million dollars looks a little less princely if, for your troubles, you kept 10% of it—even if you made that intention clear from the start and even if $900,000 still went to the folks who need it most. Fork it all over or don’t expect any applause.

This has the effect of either making sure people can’t sustain their economic life via doing jobs for donation drives, or it will actually draw in con artists that look like they aren’t benefiting but are taking 90% of the pot. Such as Arafat + terrorist charities or union organizations + 501s in the US.

Assignment in Eternity: How humans think

May 24, 2012

“We defined thinking as integrating data and arriving at correct answers. Look around you. Most people do that stunt just well enough to get to the corner store and back without breaking a leg. If the average man thinks at all, he does silly things like generalizing from a single datum. He uses one-valued logics. If he is exceptionally bright, he may use two- valued, ‘either-or’ logic to arrive at his wrong answers. If he is hungry, hurt, or personally interested in the answer, he can’t use any sort of logic and will discard an observed fact as blithely as he will stake his life on a piece of wishful thinking. He uses the technical miracles created by superior men without wonder nor surprise, as a kitten accepts a bowl of milk. Far from aspiring to higher reasoning, he is not even aware that higher reasoning exists. He classes his own mental process as being of the same sort as the genius of an Einstein. Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal. “For explanations of a universe that confuses him he seizes onto numerology, astrology, hysterical religions, and other fancy ways to go crazy. Having accepted such glorified nonsense, facts make no impression on him, even if at the cost of his own life. Joe, one of the hardest things to believe is the abysmal depth of human stupidity. “That is why there is always room at the top, why a man with just a leetle more on the ball can so easily become governor, millionaire, or college president- and why homo sap is sure to be displaced by New Man, because there is so much room for improvement and evolution never stops.

“Here and there among ordinary men is a rare individual who really thinks, can and does use logic in at least one field-he’s often as stupid as the rest outside his study or laboratory-but he can think, if he’s not disturbed or sick or frightened. This rare individual is responsible for all the progress made by the race; the others reluctantly adopt his results. Much as the ordinary man dislikes and distrusts and persecutes the process of thinking he is forced to accept the results occasionally, because thinking is efficient compared with his own maunderings. He may still plant his corn in the dark of the Moon but he will plant better corn developed by better men than he. “Still rarer is the man who thinks habitually, who applies reason, rather than habit pattern, to aU his activity. Unless he masques himself, his is a dangerous life; he is regarded as queer, untrustworthy, subversive of public morals; he is a pink monkey among brown monkeys-a fatal mistake. Unless the pink monkey can dye himself brown before he is caught. “The brown monkey’s instinct to kill is correct; such men are dangerous to all monkey customs. “Rarest of all is the man who can and does reason at all times, quickly, accurately, inclusively, despite hope or fear or bodily distress, without egocentric bias or thalmic disturbance, with correct memory, with clear distinction between fact, assumption, and non-fact. Such men exist, Joe; they are ‘New Manf-human in all respects, indistinguishable in appearance or under the scalpel from homo sap, yet as unlike him in action as the Sun is unlike a single candle.”

DaWade. ASSIGNMENT IN ETERNITY (Kindle Location 1206).

This miniature essay on human thinking was something I thought quite applicable to the modern day status quo. The number one advantage humans have over any other species is our ability to think. We cannot outmatch the physical or body power of other animals nor the persistence and numbers of insects. This has formed a key part of my education in H2H training.

Many people, even with the tools provided to them by the internet, do not make effective use of such tools. Things are tl;dr, meaning it was too long for them to read. They want something summarized in 2 or 3 sentences, usually at your expense. They want to hear the interesting and fascinating thoughts of the creative author, but don’t want to deal with the process and work required to produce that product. It’s as if they are parasites and they get angry if you refuse them or call into question their vice-full lack.

In the current environment of welfare, redistribution of wealth, nationalization of American companies, and socialism writ economically, politically, and spiritually, this is just as, if not more, important to understand than ever before.

Social Dynamics and Cultural Anthropology

April 17, 2012

Anthropology in simple terms.

Relieving Stress and Recovering Energy

March 5, 2012

These are some basic guidelines from my study and practice of chi gong. The body produces a fixed amount of oxygen and sugar, that can be used for mental concentration or physical exertion. Eventually the brain cells decrease in efficiency due to fatigue toxins and overuse: same for muscles.

The basic breathing method is Buddhist breathing, where upon inhaling, the belly gets big as the lungs expand from the bottom up. By controlling how long and how much air you inhale vs exhale, you can modify the rate at which your body replenishes oxygen to your cells. Considering that the brain cells use 10 or 12X more than other cells, thinking and creative use can often expend copious amounts of oxygen and nutrients. While you can control how much nutrients you can intake and digest, controlled breathing is a method not often taught or known in the West. By inhaling and exhaling quickly, you are able to energize the body with fresh oxygen, allowing it to do more work and apply more strength, for a brief burst.

Here are some natural examples of breathing that people may not have ever thought about. Laughter, longer exhalation joined with short inhalation, produces heightened emotions, tension, and energy. The opposite, deep inhalation with short exhalation, produces a decrease in energy and is the normal way people who are sad breath. Neither one is 100% good to do all the time. Eventually as you keep laughing you will find that you will run out of oxygen and the cells in your body will start emitting pain as a result. Often a consequence of people who can’t stop laughing. If you are sad for a long time, you can get into a major depression where your body starts malfunctioning.

These two types are generally what you can use to relieve your stress and recover your energy. The longer you exhale, the more energy you send to your muscles and the surface of your skin, causing an increase in physical and mental energy. The second type is the long inhalation: the more you inhale, the more oxygen is stored in your lungs, allowing you to concentrate energy but not release it. Inhalation relaxes the body and calms the mind, while at the same time supplying the body with a reserve of oxygen to use for many things. Since people should be relaxed when inhaling, this energy goes to their brain and removes the toxins, rather than goes to the muscles via breathing out.

First, learn how to breathe in, by making sure that your belly expands first, and then your chest. Then relax and let the air out, or if you are focusing on doing some physical activity (try this with opening a jar lid), harden the abdominal muscles and force the air out like whistle or funnel as you apply power to the muscles. For mental energy balancing, the process is relatively the same except in reverse: breath in more and exhale softly and quietly.

If you feel yourself too stressed, breath in long and breath out short. Stress is unused energy and a result of too much thinking. Re-balance yourself providing additional oxygen to the brain and supplying oxygen to the tense body. If you are coming home after a day of hard work, mental or physical, it can pay great dividends to breath in and breathe out, longer on the out than in. By taking in extra oxygen, you are giving your body more resources to achieve harmony, and can speed up your recovery. When you are given an opportunity to fix the problem causing your stress, then you can heighten your energy levels and exhale faster, to produce more energy for your body and your mind. More oxygen to the brain means clearer thinking and better focus. More oxygen to your muscles means greater endurance and strength.

Try it out and see for yourself. You may just realize that it’s a more affordable and more efficient method than taking external supplements like caffeine or energy drinks. Even better if you have both resources at your command.

P.S. If you feel uncomfortable during your practice, simply breath in and then release the air in your lungs as you breath out. This allows equal in and equal out, so you don’t have to worry about complexities. It’s not much different from telling people to inhale deeply as a way to calm down. But there are great depths to this, which are only unlocked with diligent practice and study. Relaxation is the best way for beginners to feel the full benefits. Tension will usually interrupt things. It’s not enough to do this for a few seconds or a few breathing cycles. Breath work or chi gong, is done for 30 minutes or even 60 minutes. A beginner, however, can usually see benefits almost immediately because they probably have never utilized such breathing methods and will see a remarkable difference. The large rewards, however, only come through diligent practice. Which is why chi gong is often associated with gong fu or martial arts.

EDIT: Some corrections have been made to clarify the distinction between breathing in vs breathing out. For more information on this, I recommend people buy Dr. Yang’s book or DVD set at YMAA. There’s no way I can cover the subject in detail on a blog. I can only provide you some tips that beginners can use.

Valour IT: Team Army

November 3, 2010

To raise even more money the team has applied the idea of ebay auction items to the goal of raising money to pay for services to the wounded.

Psychological Warfare

May 27, 2009

Haven’t had the requisite inspiration to write anything worth posting here. But I have made some, perhaps, interesting comments on the topic of our day, dark as it is with Our Big Ass Mistake America in power.

First, a little comparison of therapy and non-therapy that Book was gracious enough to let me guest blog.

Then there is Book’s “How to Talk to a Liberal”, which addresses certain communication and propaganda methodologies to employ against our arch nemesis, the cannon fodder and true believer.

And as a bonus, here is a link courtesy of Neo-Neocon concerning a Berkley operator and stealth conservative and her travails amongst enemy territory.

Hope you enjoy. I am sure there will come a crisis soon enough that I cannot prevent myself from writing an analysis about here.

Juicy Brain Matter

December 13, 2008

This was a very sublime quote from David Gemmell’s novel “The Legend”.

‘Will we die tomorrow?’ asked another.
‘How can I tell?’ answered Antaheim. ‘But all men must die eventually. The gift of life is not permanent.’
‘You say “gift”,’ said Rabil. ‘This implies a giver?’
‘Indeed it does.’
‘Which then of the gods do you follow?’

‘We follow the Source of all things. How do you feel after todays’ battle?’

‘In what way?’ asked Rabil, pulling his cloak closer about him.

‘What emotions did you feel as the Nadir fell back?’

‘It’s hard to describe. Strong.’ He shrugged. ‘Filled with power. Glad to be alive.’ The other men nodded at this.

‘Exultant?’ offered Antaheim.

‘I suppose so. Why do you ask?’

Antaheim smiled. ‘This is Eldibar, Wall One. Do you know the meaning of the word “Eldibar”?’

‘Is it not just a word?’

‘No, it is far more. Egel, who built this fortress, had names carved on every wall.

“Eldibar” means “Exultation”, it is there that the enemy is first met. It is there he is seen to be a Man. Power flows in the veins of the defenders. The enemy falls back against the weight of our swords and the strength of our arms. We feel, as heroes should, the thrill of battle and the call of our heritage. We are exultant! Egel knew the hearts of men. I wonder did he know the future?’

‘What do the other names mean?’

Antaheim shrugged. ‘That is for another day. It is not good luck to talk of Musif while we shelter under the protection of Eldibar.’ Antaheim leaned back into the wall and closed his eyes, listening to the rain and the howling wind.

Musif. The Wall of Despair! Where strength has not been great enough to hold Eldibar, how can Musif be held? If we could not hold Eldibar, we cannot hold Musif. Fear will gnaw at our vitals. Many of our friends will have died at Eldibar and once more we will see, in our minds, the laughing faces. We wll not want to join them. Musif is the test.

And we will not hold. We will fall back to Kania, the Wall of Renewed Hope. We did not die on Musif and Kania is a narrower fighting place. And anyway, are there not three more walls? The Nadir can no longer use their ballistae here, so that is something, is it not? In any case, did we not always know we would lose a few walls?

Sumitos, the Wall of Desperation, will follow. We are tired, mortally weary. We fight now by instinct, mechanically and well. Only the very best will be left to stem the savage tide.

Valteri, Wall Five, is the Wall of Serenity. Now we have come to terms with mortality. We accept the inevitability of our deaths, and find in ourselves depths of courage we would not have believed possible. The humour will begin again and each will be a brother to each other man. We will have stood together against the common enemy, shield to shield, and we will have made him suffer. Time will pass on this wall more slowly. We will savour our senses, as if we have discovered them anew. The stars will become jewels of beauty we never saw before, and friendship will have a sweetness never previously tasted.

And finally Geddon, the Wall of Death . . .

On a more funny note, we have this youtube vid courtesy of Cassandra by way of Sly.

Speaking of homoerotic subjects, check this one out about Keith Olbermann: Courtesy of Zhombre.


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