Thursday, February 28, 2008
In perceiving the world, I discovered that I exist. And to discover anything assumes some permanent guiding factors, in the framework of which things can be discovered and have meaning and value.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Based on irrational beliefs and emotional feelings, one can undermine the principles which must be observed to some extent for anyone to be able to be happy.
The spoiled, angry child rebels against the most basic life responsibilities and yet demands that a government meet their needs for life.
Human life requires free choice, voluntary cooperation, adjustment to individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal, preferences, and work ethic. No one wants the rewards of life to be leveled. No human being wants a life of rules that contradict personal incentive and cause resentment, or reduces one to a dependent of the government or some organization or group.
This kind of view preys on weak individuals who dislike themselves, by:
- creating and reinforcing self-perceptions of victimization;
- satisfying any claim to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
- encouraging and promoting feelings of envy;
- Getting individuals to subordinating themselves to the will of the government or some organization or group to satisfy those feelings of victimization, entitlement, and envy.
Distorted intellectual development produces irrational beliefs. When you can get someone to whine about victims, rage against perceived villains, and try to run the lives of other people who are already competent to run their own lives, the breakdown is progressing.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Your unique position in the cosmos implies that the meaning of existence is not the inevitable outcome of evolution. Evolution might well cause the last person instead of the superperson. The meaning of your life is in rising above the common mass.
This rising, this going over, requires that you become a creator. A break with previous rules is constructive only when you've disciplined yourself in all areas of knowledge. The last thing you want is to be easy on yourself. First comes the beast of burden, then the defiant lion, then the creator.
Adapted from Nietzsche