Reflecting on my “loneliness”

This post is quite sappy and melodramatic (but let’s be honest, if you’ve read any of my writing, you know I do this a lot).

It’s Valentines Day today and another reminder from society that I am single.

Granted, every year, I’ve felt this feeling.

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve never been in a relationship. And although I thought I was ready to be in one last year, I think the more time I’ve spent understanding myself and life, the more I realize how important it is to learn to love myself before I can expect anyone else to.

I’ve been contemplating a lot. Not just about love, but about life in general.

The global economy. I could go on for hours about Sino-US trade relations, or the global political-economic trends, or why some countries are poor while others are thriving.

Religion. Because I’ve been taking a course called “God” for my humanities minor. And now I have the omniscience objection against God, the religious orthodox faith proof, the argument of design, the argument of evil and 4 miseries, and the cosmological argument. I’ve read Descartes, Plato, Aristotle, Hume, and German Philosopher’s works.

I can talk to you about finance. Money is just a construct. Credit and debt are fallacies. And compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.

And finally, I can talk to you about love.

Why love can be poisonous. Why love is often an external projection of our internal selves. How love can be corrupted.

But also why love is the greatest power we can possess–but also dangerous when we allow love to possess us instead.

I’m single for another Valentine’s Day but I’m also happy that it’s a day for a celebration of people in love.

I believe deeply in love. I believe that having a good partner is integral to a happy life. And I’m happy to see other people live through relationships.

 

 

 

 

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Taxes???

I literally had a dream about taxing the rich last night. And while I don’t necessarily have a firm position on tax, I think there’s more to the picture than just tax or no tax.

I believe an honest major issue in regards to tax politics in America is that majority of the people who throw their rage of attacks on the “leftist liberals” is that they don’t truly understand how tax works in America—Marginal tax bracket.

And believe it or not, there’s actually an economic benefit (called Laffer curve) to the recently quoted 70% tax on the ultra rich ($10 million+)

Look out for a future DTF post where I try to shed some more light on this entire issue.

Thoughts?

two approaches to “original”

Are music remixes “original”?

Are they new?

Granted, the lyrics, the underlying beat, and the underlying song used to create the remix is not original. But the DJ has to interpret it in his own unique perspective. He/She adds their own voice to the song–thus a “remix.” Without his unique touch, it wouldn’t be original. But because he put his voice in the remix, it is.

Yes, he doesn’t own the song. But do writers own words?

Books are simply an author’s interpretation of the world, or their own mind, and created by re-arranging words, sentences, and grammar, none of which they own.

How creative the remix or the book is can be debatable. Creativity is characterized by how unique and enjoyable the “new” product is. But we have to accept that it is new, not just to the creator, but to the world.

The other approach is to realize that everything is derived.

Comedy. Music. Artists.

Everything is inherently derived. That’s how humanity was built to thrive. It’s a cornerstone of evolution and adaptation.

We take something good. And we make it better.

When taken these two approaches together, you can see that they aren’t so different.

We can accept that what we create is derived, but we can also make it unique. We can make it original because we made it.

So don’t worry about what’s new or what’s cool or what’s original. Worry about creating.

 

Knowledge Gaps

Closing knowledge gaps lead to more insightful discussion

More innovation

Better ideas

Creativity

and levels the playing field

Education is the cornerstone of today’s society

Information is what we get out of education

But what is truly important is the application of that information

Information is becoming cheaper and cheaper

While excitement for education and ability to connect the dots is becoming more valuable

No activity

One of the biggest self-battles I’ve been having with myself since the start of the new year is the concept of leisure.

How do I have good leisure?

Today I did nothing productive. I slept a lot. I ate some good food. I “relaxed” and played video games.

But my soul was never at peace. And that is what I’ve been learned to accept as leisure: an at-peace of the soul.

Regardless of what the activity I am doing, if I am not at-peace internally, then it cannot and will not be considered “leisure”

Leisure can happen while skydiving or while traveling the world, or it can happen in your dorm room.

But for me, I did not have leisure today.

Instead, I was fighting myself. I was resisting.

I don’t know how I’ll fix this aspect of my life.

I imagine if I don’t figure out a solution soon, then I’ll eventually burn out.

Despite what Elon Musk or Gary Vee might tell you, man was not meant to only work. We must find a way to recharge–even if it’s through other forms of work.