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Rhetoric and Dialectic / A STATE OF SELFISH CONTENTMENT
« Last post by MORTALSFOOL on January 31, 2018, 06:57:37 pm »

Somewhere during my pursuit of happiness, I was freed from many things, and many people, about which, there could possibly be made strong argument against my ‘giving them up’. I don’t say that the arguments are wrong because others don’t choose to do the same, but they are wrong for me, because mine is a personal choice based solely on the individual right to the pursuit of happiness.

I found that in order to ‘feel’ happiness, you don’t have to be doing any particular thing with any particular persons. Happiness isn't dependant on any standard of living, nor is it dependant on activities that could be called ‘normal’. Happiness and contentment are however, highly dependent on how many distasteful people you carry with you. Now this may sound like a purely selfish view, and indeed perhaps is, this being because it pertains only to the person seeking to fulfill ‘happiness’ for himself. While being fully justified in seeking that which is available to all of us, it is hard, because of the number of people that do not so wisely chose their own paths, and for which cause they suffer karma in their lives fitting the category of things which I’ve chosen to dissociate myself.

Now when I say,‘I dissociated myself from them’, I realized a great Plus.  The plus is, being so completely freed from all mental encumbrances and existing in ‘the desired state of happiness’ makes me free enough to help those that need it. ‘Need’, being the key word! Since it's readily apparent to all, how advise is rarely taken when given, makes it necessary to filter and recognize those whom ‘need’ has prepared for helps acceptance. In doing this time and effort isn't wasted on issues of those who choose not to consider an avoidance of their own stumbling by walking upright and facing the truth of matters.

Contentment is directly related to how you use your time. It's only by a selfish decision to be happy, that you can separate your efforts from those that choose a lesser degree of happiness for themselves. Since the personal application of a philosophy serves only one persons fulfillment ‘selfishness’ is justified; indeed, without this depersonalizing selfishness there can be no contentedness. 

When such a state of happiness is reached, it being purely mental, a larger philosophical question arises, ‘How much of my personal contentment should I give, or as I see it, sacrifice for others?’ and again I am back to a dilemma. How much of myself do I owe to others? So far I have only been able to answer ‘Not as much as they think!’

I found that if I eliminate, by order, what I call intrusions into my contentment, I remain in a perpetual state of happiness. To accomplish this, it was necessary to disassociate myself from takers, then ingrates, then users, then the arrogant, then the pompous, then the dullards, then those with bad habits, and finally whenever mercy allows, even able to escape the stupid's. Only after removing these detrimental types of people from my life, did I find that I could help those in real need. Helping those that are left, meaning those I care about, presents no negative effect on my personal state of happiness, in fact it enhances the feelings of having good judgment, self-worth, and accomplishment.

I ask, have you ever considered how much of your life is wasted on dullards, and users, and those unfortunate ‘others’ that refuse to help themselves? I have!
 
Agnostic with a great deal of faith
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Member Blogs & Websites / Re: Today I...
« Last post by surreptitious57 on April 29, 2017, 07:58:02 pm »
This is very interesting Mags and I would like to know more. And so if you can 
attend it please do. You could also start a thread about it at I Love Philosophy
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Member Blogs & Websites / Re: Today I...
« Last post by MagsJ on April 25, 2017, 03:20:09 pm »
I am considering whether to attend this discussion:

Roman Krznaric: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day


So, what are we going learn about and debate this time?

Five very different ways humankind has discovered over the centuries to seize the day - which we urgently need to revive.



Roman Krznaric is a favourite at the group. And he's back to update us on his latest research on living without regrets - by embracing carpe diem in five ways:

• opportunity

• hedonism

• presence

• spontaneity

• politics




SCHEDULE

Roman's talk

Q&A (the question with the most interest will be what we debate after the break)

Group debate (we'll break into groups of six or so)



OUR SPEAKER

Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages.  He is the founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library. He is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life and on the faculty of Year Here.


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Member Blogs & Websites / Re: Today I...
« Last post by MagsJ on April 13, 2017, 04:59:23 am »
The applications could be endless.. I will be trying these at home.

Where have they been all my life.. well, for the last few years at least


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Member Blogs & Websites / Today I...
« Last post by MagsJ on April 12, 2017, 03:50:35 pm »
feel like my back is broken... it isn't, but it might as well be.. I don't like this pain.. never had it before, so I don't know why I've acquired it this time round.



Magnesium spray works on such pain, but I don't like the false sense of security that the reprieve brings, and so I use it sparingly/once a month at the very most.




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Rhetoric and Dialectic / Truth about TED talks
« Last post by Arius Didymus on March 28, 2017, 07:31:45 am »
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4JhwQ17mLjo

I stopped watching them after three talks when it first came out,  realised it was a infomercial scam.  Known many people obsessed with it. Just stopped caring.

This exposes the methodology of the organization,  they make 16 Million each year off the show from ticket sales alone,  not to mention advertising money from YouTube watches..... none of the speakers are paid.

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News Stories and Commentary / Re: Freedom Of Speech Dead In UK
« Last post by Arius Didymus on March 25, 2017, 09:40:40 pm »
Nubia converted to Christianity of it's own accord early on,  wasn't even as a unified nation but various kingdoms importing different creeds popular north in Egypt at that time. It was largely positive and stimulated state formation that lasted a thousand years. No white person,  nor colonialism forced Nubia to convert,  quite to the contrary. Records still exist,  as well as local church services,  I was editing a text a month or so back (maybe two)  on the history of one of the local kingdoms.

Wasn't until the Turks,  followed by British-French struggles in the 1880's during the Madhi War that anything resembling western colonialism emerged,  and the way it emerged was honestly rather absurd.

They are a ancient people, well documented and not dependent on outsiders for their existence. Same goes for Ethiopia,  nobody forced them to design their churches as such. When you choose to see the world through white racial colonialism you miss a lot of preceding history,  or worst,  the need to overinflate it. Nubia is,  no better,  no worst,  than a lower tier civilization who rubbed shoulders with the Granarian Civilization,  Ur,  and Egypt,  even conquering Egypt at times,  but due to the Cataphracts in the Nile River,  couldn't form a large state in antiquity or the middle ages for long. It has great antiquity,  but was rarely stand out amazing- which is in fairness a characterization of most states,  and is far better than most people who couldn't even form the rudiments of central government and sedentary civilization, like my German ancestors couldn't. Nubia was civilized far longer than my people ever would,  and the Germans didn't have the excuse of harsh terrain or logistical barriers.

Nubia has full rights to classical architecture,  they after all participated in it.
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News Stories and Commentary / Re: Freedom Of Speech Dead In UK
« Last post by MagsJ on March 24, 2017, 11:05:34 am »
I think you will find that it is not hatred of a single country. Rather of the West in general
Both in terms of what it has done in Iraq and in Syria..

...more like what it has done throughout history in general.. ruining nations and civilisations.. like kicking over sandcastles at the beach because they are too sensational, then exercising the concept known as culture-stealing.. and so it goes on ad infinitum.. reason why a Nubian temple looks like later Greco-Roman architecture.





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News Stories and Commentary / Re: Freedom Of Speech Dead In UK
« Last post by surreptitious57 on March 24, 2017, 05:35:14 am »
I think you will find that it is not hatred of a single country. Rather of the West in general
Both in terms of what it has done in Iraq and in Syria and of the values that it represents
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