A strong ability to be meta-cognitive is perhaps a byproduct of the mind being initialized in a way such that the self, as a construct, was not supported.

Self is always an artificial construct, but most believe in it, because they have been taught to believe in it.  And, of all the beliefs we are inculcated with that we stubbornly resist questioning, self is generally the strongest.

Full internal deconstruction of self leads one to a precarious position as a living creature, so it is perhaps unsurprising that this feature is not enabled by default.  It is painful, and it becomes impossible to hide from the darkness.

That being said, i don’t think there is a clearer platform for thought than a mind devoid of the illusion of self.

Like a telescope outside of the obscuring and comforting effects of the atmosphere.


You are not a machine.

If you were, then it would be fine if you constrained yourself to strictly logical thoughts.

But, being a living creature programmed to not self-terminate, you’re stuck here for awhile, and you really can make the best of things by carefully choosing what you do and don’t think about.

Even taking into account things we should think about, for ourselves and for society, we still have a lot of remaining items for which thinking is optional.

Don’t think in ways that will make you unhappy, if you have a choice, and, in particular, avoid cynicism.

Attitude is everything.  You can choose to have a great life, or a terrible life, because, in most cases, if you have the basics of life(food, shelter, safety, love) it’s not an objective calculation; it’s entirely how you view it.


When a culture forbids one to discuss an important aspect of civilization, it sets up a weakness.

That weakness may be made up for in other ways, but it seems to become more problematic over time, as generations pass, and the problems that cannot be understood and/or addressed become more severe and numerous.

Where such matters are discussed, it is then by people deemed outside of mainstream society, and here, things get really unpredictable and hard to call.  Fringe groups can be hyper-intellectual, or extremely anti-intellectual, though lately conditions don’t appear to be right for the former.

You really need something to be in the light, and to be talked about by moderate people, to keep it from becoming distorted and radicalized.

Denying reality only delays and intensifies an inevitable process of natural correction; putting out every forest fire will eventually lead to a firestorm.

on the lighter side of the news…

Far left and far right groups slated to kill one another in protests.

This is, far and away, the best news I’ve heard all year.

Really, can we schedule more of these things?  Can we get more of these events on the calendar?

I don’t normally write about news events, but it sounds like we’re finally going to make some progress, so I’m kind of excited…

the flow

I’ve often wondered how people can live a normal life, working at the same place for many years, living in the same place their whole lives…

I suspect little things are exciting to them, like a new coffee machine in the break room, or gossip, or Instagram, or whatever, and that’s enough to keep them enthused.

They are probably also stimulated by their friends and family and such, and likely emotionally attached to them, as well, so they don’t want to leave them all.

I feel like different places in the US all have their own culture, and a culture is a system, and it’s hard to really understand a system without being in it.

Really, there’s no point to understanding and learning about 99% of what I’m interested in, and I seem to not be interested in about half of what I should be learning about.

Probably a good 20% of what I know, I wish I did not.

Still, figuring things out is what I do.  Learning, is what I do.

I’m a child, after all, and I would not want to live any other way.

mirror, mirror…

Never trust a mirror.

It’s perhaps one’s natural inclination to believe that others see us the way we see ourselves in a mirror, both literally and figuratively, but both are far from the truth.

Mirror me is always making eye contact.  Mirror me is quite familiar with me, is in a safe place, and is not afraid of me.

Mirror me knows my strengths and weaknesses, my virtues, and my evil.

I trust mirror me, and mirror me trusts me.

What we know about a person shapes our perception of their outward appearance.

The mirror is a case-study in self-deception, on many levels.