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Efficiency Is Like Cooking BBQ

I find the obsession over efficiency to be a bit confusing. It's an obsession at all costs. "It doesn't matter, just be more efficient."

I used to subscribe to that ideology but I finally realized that at some point as you make your thing more efficient, it just stop being enjoyable. It's in the office doing more work faster. Or organizing your morning to squeeze one more chore in, or subscribing to some ridiculous way of studying to learn a little faster.

Russian Doll House.

Maslow's heirarchy is really interesting, it kind of lists out the tools you need to maximize your health and your life.

But it is a pyramid and it has this built in assumption that you're starting from a blank slate.

What if you aren't starting from a blank slate?

I think of working towards health is like peeling an onion, addressing each item as you work down towards the center, addressing the outside layer unlocks the next layer. From the outside in it might look something like this:

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Spans of Time

Thinking is often so short sighted. How do we think longer term?

What I have been experimenting with is pausing once or twice a day, or when I'm between things to reflect on where I'm at.

I try to consider perspective on different time scales, to formulate my decision making around longer scales of time.

For example:

Architectonic 2019

I wrote the original architectonic to structure and order the entirety of my philosophical beliefs and to some extent sense of self and person.

There is also have a grander goal of structuring and ordering the entirety of philosophical thought by encapsulating every thought concept into an outline. An architectonic. I hope I can accomplish this with total clarity.

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More aesthetical questions

In my previous writing, the focus was on experience and was more existential. Here I continue the work this time I am more inspired by two things. Once is epistemology and the other is Andy Warhol.

Does Aesthetics Go Far Enough?

I've been thinking about some newer philosophical questions of late and I cannot seem to find literature about the subject. Part of the problem is that I lack the vernacular to know what to ask about or search for online. I could not be wrong but these are not narrow questions, they seem to be almost entirely neglected thus far. Perhaps even more interestingly I think they fall under aesthetics in a way that makes the entire historical catalog of material thin and superficial by merely posing these questions.

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Philosophy of Attitude.

I have been thinking lately about how to live. Your day to day life, moment to moment. What should I think and feel when I wake in the morning. What should my attitude be through the day. With what disposition should I approach obstacles in life, or just life's events. And I had no answer. And I realized I have been negligent here, without agency around myself in a spectacularly important way. Probably the most fundamental way: attitude.

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What is Music?

There are many different sounds people have intentionally created.. music of course being the one that comes to mind. But others are used for signaling or for something utilitarian, usually guidance through something like a religious or military ceremony.

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Nobody is Perfect

All the events in the news last year has revived thinking on punishment, justice and forgiveness. Especially those who have produced major works for humankind.

There are a lot of factors and there is a lot of injustice. It can be easy to say that there is so much injustice we should just punish all these abusers and criminals with no possibility of forgiveness or reentry into society.

But is that appropriate? Is every bad person a monster that should be locked away, deprived of a way to make a living and opportunity for social connection?

Hierarchy of Integrity

I've been thinking a lot lately about health, safety and security. I think originally I was interested in studying ideas around the environment and the environment's impact on me and also my impact on the environment. My focus here was on capturing all the possible bad things that can happen and then how to mitigate, detect and prevent them. But unexpectedly I found that it also tied in with another hot topic for me lately: respect and integrity.

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