Sometimes the Japanese may behave strangely in our eyes. I do not mind in the slightest. It is all right, they behave in a totally appropriate manner. You would not mind yourself doing the same thing if you were them. You see, Japanese are a superior race, brought about by Gods to lead the world to total order and prosperity. If you think I am joking, think twice. We are not supposed to be on the same level, if I were to describe it in simple terms, I would say that you and me are the cattle and they are the farm owners. Do not let their friendliness and apparent spinelessness mislead you. They can and will slaughter cattle whenever the need arises.
What does one do then? Well, you have to become totally indispensable to some of them. Those will protect you and use you. This part is really no different from any other company. The difference is that you cannot complain – you are equal, so your complains are only mildly annoying to everyone and may be embarrassing to your protector, nothing else. You cannot object to them using and abusing your work – wouldn’t you find such objections from Roman Empire slaves ridiculous? Keep this frame of mind. They can do whatever they want, you are limited in options. You have the freedom to quit, of course. But as long as you stay you have to follow the game. Invent new and interesting ways to become useful. Invent new works, new templates, new objectives, new obstacles, new projects. Invent ways for your protector to look brilliant in the eyes of peers when he uses and abuses your work. As long as you do that, you will be fine. And if you help your protectors, you can ask for many things in return, as a favor, just do not try to be equal.… --> continue reading →
I call this interesting thing “The Factor of Money”. What is it? It is one of the things quite wrong with the world from most people’s perspective. Although, to be fair, most of them do not realize it. And there is a minority who abuse the rest so it is quite ok for them. But let’s see.
A society is built on a number of factors that the society considers important. And whoever controls the decisive factor controls the society. If most of the world considers a single factor of utmost importance then whoever controls that factor controls the world.
Factors important, or crucial, for the people in the society may differ. One of the factors quite widespread nowadays is money. Notice how USSR, the Soviet countries overall, were not into money before. like the eighties. And those countries were quite apart from the other countries that were controlled by money. They were independent and powerful, they could not be easily subverted by money. Once they joined the throng in cherishing the money factor, they became a slave to the controllers of the money factor. Notice how quickly their deterioration happened.
Now watch this. China was always quite separate from the money world. They became strong on a basis totally different from money. Now they let the money in. What do you think will happen? Yes, let’s watch them being overtaken by the overlords of money. They stand no chance anymore whatever they may think about it.
The Factor of Money is the factor that leads to enslaving entire countries to the will of the Lords of Money. If you want your society or country to be independent, the first thing to do is to break away from The Money Factor.… --> continue reading →
This is a great book for all you vegans and vegetarians out there: The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability by Lierre Keith. I cannot state it as elegantly and simply, so go read the book, whether you are vegetarian or not. And then grow up and take the responsibility.
“…for someone to live, someone else has to die.”
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Minimalism is good. Minimalism is great. But where to start getting back your life and happiness?
Here is a new and short guide.… --> continue reading →
I finally discovered the single most precious piece of advice on productivity.
It’s on The Ultimate Productivity Blog and it is:
You should be working.… --> continue reading →
Многие соционики занимаются тем, что пытаются определить так называемый “интегральный социотип” страны. Это, в общем, не такое уж невинное занятие состоит в том, чтобы попытаться определить, каковы общие характеристики поведения населения в целом той или иной страны, а потом присвоить социотип, соответствующий этому наблюдаемому социотипу.
Естественно, возникает множество споров и разногласий. Просто потому, что люди по-разному представляют себе общие поведенческие черты других культур. Это вообще сильно напоминает Жванецкого: “Давайте спорить о вкусе бананов с теми, кто их ел! До хрипоты! До драки!” Здесь примерно то же самое: чтобы получить минимальное представление о стране, надо в ней хотя бы немного пожить, а не посмотреть клуб путешественников по телевизору.
Всё бы ничего, если бы не одна проблема. Когда нам навязывают определенный “социотип страны”, мы автоматически начинаем её воспринимать сквозь призму характеристик этого навязанного типа. Просто потому, что мы знаем соционику. Это приводит к созданию стереотипов на пустом месте. А потом эти ложные стереотипы подтверждают собственно и навязанный стереотип. Самоподдерживающийся самообман.… --> continue reading →
Rhetoric, it seems, is a producer of persuasion for belief, not for instruction in the matter of right and wrong … And so the rhetorician’s business is not to instruct a law court or a public meeting in matters of right and wrong, but only to make them believe.
Then the case is the same in all the other arts for the orator and his rhetoric; there is no need to know the truth of the actual matters, but one merely needs to have discovered some device of persuasion which will make one appear to those who do not know to know better than those who know.
How true, how true… The whole point of any public speaking, be it on TV or in a meeting room, is not to bring the enlightenment but merely to convince. And this simple truth takes years to discover. Some may think that reading Plato in the young age may spare us some difficulty and suffering but I disagree. One must become ready through experience to accept such simple truths.
The obvious consequence should not escape our attention: any public speaking should be seen as an attempt to convince you, not to make you better off. Simple, neh?… --> continue reading →
For those who forgot and for those who never knew: The Principia Discordia.
Remember to have fun!
And then tell about it. Or don’t.… --> continue reading →
This definitely deserves to be an epigraph:
“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
— Albert Einstein
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