Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

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If you ever wonder which words resonate most with your friends...

This is worth doing exactly once, and I've chosen today! I scanned through only the most recent 80 posts on Unabridged Too-many-to-read List & found these the words worth clipping & spreading:

There are no filters save a search engine: your browser is a microscope, the Internet is ameba, and all that separates you is the thin glass of Google. I want to find a secret in the place where no secrets are supposed to exist... (post)


How a story is told is crucial. I've probably read three dozen different tellings of "Cinderella" or "Beauty and the Beast" in my life, and I'm only counting the traditional Western versions (not refigurings or cultural analogues). Some are great. Some suck. It's not just the what of the telling, it's the how of the telling that makes the story great, okay or lousy. (post)


'My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them. Yet, god, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can.' (post)


Pay attention.

Not just in general, but at every moment.

When I glance at my coffee cup and think "Yknow, getting decoffee is easier than getting tea", I should be frank with myself. Tea is better for me than decoffee. Keeping this in mind, it will be easier to push myself to take the extra minute or two to get tea, rather than decoffee.

An extra five footsteps to get tea is a trivial difference over getting decoffee, but getting (de)coffee is a habit ingrained in me by two years of getting coffee at work. The main reason why I quit coffee so easily was because the decoffee is kept right next to the coffee, so it didn't require a huge change in my habits. Habits, mental macros, et cetera, are not easily changed.

...determining which macros are useful and worthwhile, and which are useless and resulting from mental laziness. (post)


LSD may open the doors of perception, but pot, with its fewer risks and more manageable buzz, offers a nice long gaze through the catflap. (someone's friends-locked entry)


synonyms? -

solipsism n.

1. The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.

2. The theory or view that the self is the only reality.

stoicism n.

1. An ascetic system, teaching perfect indifference (apathea) to everything external.

2. The conviction that nothing external can be either good or evil. Hence to the Stoics both pain and pleasure, poverty and riches, sickness and health, were supposed to be equally unimportant.

There is no question that to survive, and especially to survive in a complex society, it is necessary to work for external goals and to postpone immediate gratifications. But a person does not have to be turned into a puppet jerked about by social controls. The solution is to gradully become free of societal rewards and learn how to substitute for them rewards that are under one's own powers. This is not to say that we should abandon every goal endorsed by society; rather, it means that, in addition to or instead of the goals others use to bribe us with, we develop a set of our own.
-Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi (post)
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