These were pretty interesting data points and research material for me.
These were pretty interesting data points and research material for me.
I thought this topic of where people got their views from, was interesting.
Ymar, besides Ayn Rand, Socrates and Plato, could you give some specific books, articles, etc., for the other things you mention? Something others here could read to understand your views better?
A lot of it was personal research and thoughts which I produced through my own “individual” take, so to speak. So they’re hard to communicate in any usable format. Well, I’m sure Socrates had the same issue, that’s why he kept writing stuff with questions in it.
Reading books were something I found useful when I was younger. These days, I prefer more interactive models, I find they stimulate more “questions” and is less Authoritarian in nature, less biased, less prone to Group Think. That’s because I can set the initial conditions. It’s not some NBC culture, not some Gaia cultist, that sets the initial conditions for me and then I have to run through the maze like some rat in an experiment.
For example, martial arts is interactive, because I interact with other people’s methods, bodies, as well as my own. And the interaction produces results I can analyze. Then I can read translated Chinese history texts about Neijia, and it kind of fits. But if a person just read the Chinese text, even in the native language without the physical experiences… it’s just abstract stuff to them. Might as well be reading the stock market at that point, without having any stocks. I never did like rote learning, regurgitating stuff just for the sake of regurgitating it because some author or education/indoctrination system said it was right.
Of course, I suppose it is ironic for me to say that, since I used to read a textbook on European history and still score above 90 on a test the week after. That’s because I found it interesting, not because of memory itself. These days, I probably wouldn’t even need the textbook, just wikis and the internet.
Socrates’ speech, which I thought was more interesting and more educational than reading Aristotle’s Nicomachean ethics, the first half that is before I lost my bookmark. Nicomachean Ethics was probably a little bit too forward thinking for me at the time, but I didn’t realize it at the time. It was also a progenitor of my belief, unknown at the time, that learning a foreign language and thinking in it, would be better than reading translations. There’s a significant mind shift that occurs. Looking at how people lived their lives, was more important to me than what they wrote in a book, with a language I don’t understand, for people that don’t even exist now a days.
If I hadn’t been in Socrates’ situation, if I hadn’t known any real human in his situation, I probably would have chalked it up to some fable or myth. No effect whatsoever on real life. His fate and his specific end had always troubled me, but it wasn’t until I read the actual speech that I saw the details. And probably only understood them because I also had questions like he had at the time, due to the Iraq war, terrorism, and the usual political corruptions.
For reading body language, it seems there’s a wiki about it now. http://www.wikihow.com/Read-Body-Language
Amazing progress on the net. Back in the day, there were only audio/books and maybe some articles that were too abstract to be useful at the time. I wanted the skill, because reading psychology is also called being affected in a way. Using a skill to interrogate and assess results from actual humans, is a different scenario. No middle men corrupting the feed. Just you and them and the space between you and them.
Hrm, what else is there…
Translated from the original Chinese by the author.
What does this have to do with politics btw? Nothing, and also everything. The lowest unit of a political system is the person, the individual. Changing the individual, also changes everything above the individual. How they see above and around. How others see them from above or around.
If you want something specific Tom, you’re going to have to come up with a question. I’m good at isolating down answers and questions. Open ended topics tend to make me go off on tangents eventually.
Miyamoto Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. They became a lot easier to use once I could look around in life and connect them with concrete issues and experiences.
Will reading any of this stuff help people understand my views better? I would have to say no, it wouldn’t. It’s not pointless, but it is like reading the biography of a person. You haven’t lived their life, you don’t have their personality and skill set. You didn’t grow up during their time period or with their life experiences conditioning their habits. People can read books and then say “that is my idea too” or “I agree with that” or “I disagree with that, here’s how to do it better”. A person’s ability to focus, distill, and reflect the knowledge of the world around them is only ever unique to that person. If it can be copied… it loses its value.
That’s why I think reading the Art of War does not confer Sun Tzu’s abilities unto me. It’s just reading a book about chainsawing a tree down. Doesn’t mean I got the skills or experience of it. Now if I wanted to get closer to that, I might do what grim is talking about and use tech to get rid of a tree, then I can say “oh, I know how it works now, just need to 50% transfer it to a chainsaw now”.
Same as usual, to me there is no scientific consensus, since it is not justified or legitimate. There’s no social consensus, either. When there is, it was created artificially.
It reminds me of when Maxwell or Ohms developed unified theories explaining a lot of natural phenomenon, which often appeared like crackpot pseudo science to their “peers”. Peers, hah, of idiots perhaps.
When people are agreeing with each other, it’s a sign of stagnation. It’s group think. It’s not advancing the progress of the Race or the Species. It’s not thinking outside the box. It’s developing and promoting the applications inside the social authority, inside the accepted status quo. It is not advancing beyond the limitations of the box, of the paradigm of the time.
On practical applications, people growing gardens can use this new viewpoint. Martial artists using neijia or chi gong can also keep this in mind.
P.S. Yes, I did notice the psychological manipulation of the background music in that video. It’s pretty obvious.
This was an interesting question, which I had thought about for some months now.
Where anti-Semitism comes from is a puzzle. Most of the accusations against Jews seem, to me, to be after the fact. First, the anti-Semitic believer hates Jews and then takes up or makes up falsehoods to support the hate…..
So where did it start? Why?– Richard Aubrey
From my research, it goes back to Islamic slave raids, where Italian/Lombardian merchant patriarchs and Jews in Europe and the ME, helped in the selling of European slaves to Islamic Caliphs and harems.
Islam had a direct market for slaves, they would go raid for them directly. Then there was a secondary market, economic, where slaves in general were sold, to the highest bidder.
Europe’s DNA was built upon hatred and fear of Islam, and to a lesser extent the Vikings. The Vikings mellowed out pretty soon in Normandy, and converted to Christianity soon afterwards, by around 1000 AD.
Islam was significantly more virulent and aggressive in expansion.
Humans tend to fear foreign enemies, and begin hating them. But it was easier to develop a genetic hatred of Jews, who they could touch and kill, than to take on the Islamic war machine, which they could not even touch. They could only huddle in their fortified baronies and pray.
That’s my theory and research results, at least. Some of it is explained by epigenetics as well.
This also has the effect of promoting anti American values, rather than American values, although these days even American values have been degraded and corrupted by the Left in time.
The reason for the design difference is where the money comes from.
An American centered film uses 75 million to make 100-200 million in the American audience which includes making its budget +25% in one week, but also gets 500 million in total overseas vs 300 million total domestic, estimated of course. These numbers are rounded approximately.
Whereas an international centered film, one designed for foreign audiences, like 2012, tends to make less than its budget in America, 166 million vs the 200 million budget, while making the super majority of its profit back from international income, 603 million.
An American centered film, makes 300/800, whereas foreign audiences provide 500/800 million. And that’s one of the better ratios.
Thus until Hollywood is taxed on their foreign exportation, their culture will continue to become unAmerican, antiAmerican, and everything else for that matter. Because part of human nature is to do what is profitable, what gives better returns.
As for wealth redistribution and taking money from the rich to feed the poor, it’s long past due for a progressive profit tax on these foreign exported Hollywood movies. 50-90%, I believe, is the going rate, depending on profit size, in income gaps. If America is going to suffer a cultural decadence and corruption effect from producing and creating films designed to profit from foreign cultures, America might as well profit from it, not merely the directors, stars, and producers. The Left, however, doesn’t apply their rules to themselves. The Leftist alliance is a WMD designed to destroy Western civilization, thus their rules are only an initiation of force and devastation, they do not plan to follow them.
They used to say of General anything in America, that what was good for the country was good for the corporation. What was good for General Motors was good for America. China these days have a more cozy relationship with “private” corporations than perhaps even the fascists had. An oligopoly, similar to what the US had after WWII. Not quite a monopoly, just a set of power elites at the top determining everything using conformity, coercion, laws, and power.
It is a very different philosophy for students and for martial training, than what people can find in the West. Japan is also different, their focus on youth is more Western than the Western countries.
Inevitably, this kind of social conditioning will produce generations that use violence and are conditioned to have violence used on them, to conform, to be coerced. For what ends? If the Authority is good, then everyone following that Authority becomes mostly good. But if the Authority becomes evil or insane… well, the entire country will convert to exactly that.
That is the function of Obeying Authority, no matter the cost.