Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 8

August 23, 2020

The popular tidying guru, Marie Kondo, has a simple method for how to de-clutter your home. You hold an item in your hands — like an old sweater — and ask of it, "Does it spark joy?" If it does, you keep it. If it doesn't, you throw it away. In this way you minimize your material possessions to the most essential items.

But never mind de-cluttering your house — that's peanuts. The elephant in the room is asking this question of your life activities as a whole. Imagine designing a life in which most of the activities you do every day are ones that spark the greatest joy in you. Imagine what that would be for you. Now imagine a life where all the activities you do don't spark joy. Which life do you want?

Of course the problem is that most people have no clear idea of what activities spark the greatest joy for them. And the second problem is that they don't believe they can design a life which aligns with those. Well, you can figure both of those out. In fact you'll need to in order to have a good life. That's what my Life Purpose Course is designed to help you do.

But for now, just spend the next week asking yourself, "What sparks the greatest joy in my life?" Make a list. And then start to wonder how you can turn one of these activities into a career. That which sparks the greatest joy in you is a tiny kernel of the career you will one day build. For more specifics on how to go about this, see my Life Purpose Course.

August 22, 2020

I like to study the evolution of things. You can study the evolution of virtually anything to gain deep insights about how reality works. It can be especially insightful to study the evolution of cultural human things, as it gives you insight into the nature of culture and human behavior.

Here's an excellent video about the evolution of Japanese castles. As you watch it, contemplate how and why the evolution is happening. What is it doing at the meta level? — so to speak. Notice the deep intelligence at the heart of evolution.

August 14, 2020

Even though purpose is completely relative, arbitrary, and imaginary, the human creature needs purpose.

People who don't have a positive sense of life purpose will not just sit idly by enjoying life, they will get depressed and recruited and radicalized into a toxic life purpose.

A lot of the "evil" committed in the world is done by people who were not shown how to develop a positive and conscious sense of life purpose, so they adopted a toxic one. If you don't consciously develop a positive and loving life purpose, the default position will be that you get sucked into a selfish and unconscious one.

It happened with Hitler. It happens very often with white nationalists. It happens with Islamic and Christian fundamentalists. And it's now infected the American government:

Idle hands do the devil's work.

If you want to develop a positive and conscious life purpose, don't overlook my Life Purpose Course. It's over 25 hours of exclusive video content on how to do it. Don't become like the guy above.

August 13, 2020

"Ordinary men hate solitude. But the Master makes use of it, embracing his aloneness, realizing he is one with the whole universe."

― Lao Tzu

August 11, 2020

"The whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognized this, while not appearing to."

-- Nixon's Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman

"You start out in 1954 by saying niger, niger, niger. By 1968 you can't say niger. That hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like 'forced busing', 'states rights', and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now, you're talking about cutting taxes. And all these things you're talking about are totally economic things, and the byproduct of them is that blacks get hurt worse than whites."

-- Republican strategist, Lee Atwater

I would be interested to hear how conservatives mental-gymnastics their way out of this one.

The reason I love to study the conservative mind so much is that conservativism is a feat of such audacious denial, ignorance, selfishness, and self-deception that it rises to the level of performance art. It's like watching an exotic tropical bird performing an elaborate mating dance without a conscious clue of what he's actually doing and why. But he does it with such self-righteous confidence that it blinds him to how ridiculous he looks to onlookers.

August 7, 2020

A good overview:

Note: I am not necessarily advocating for socialism. My purpose is to educate people and open their minds. Government is far too complex a topic to be boiled down to simplistic attitudes such as capitalism bad, socialism good — or vice versa. What's necessary is a deep, unbiased historical understanding of how government works.

August 2, 2020

Great documentary about Steve Bannon, architect of the alt-right and Trumpism:

Trumpism is a toxic mix of stage Red, Blue, and low Orange, with a massive Green shadow.

People who find the alt-right appealing are not merely Blue/Orange, the have a Red underbelly. Which is what makes the movement dangerous. It's fueled by anger, fear, vindictiveness, and greed. Which is why so many of Trump's lieutenants have been forced to step down due to allegations of domestic abuse, rape, bribery, tax evasion, corruption, misuse of public funds, sexism, racism, alcoholism, etc. That's because such people are precisely the sort who find strongmen and con-artists like Trump appealing. Because he's one of their kind, and so is basically any top Trump lieutenant. Because a conscious human who has transcended Red would find Trump's style abhorrent. But what Trump's top loyalists and fans find most appealing about him is that Red underbelly which cannot be satisfied by any normal career politician, left or right. Trump's scumminess is not a bug, it's a feature for people with a Red underbelly.

So that's how Trump manipulates his most loyal base: by tossing them Red meat. And that red meat is stage Green SJWs.

If you wanted to start a fascist movement in America, this is precisely how you'd do it.

August 2, 2020

You play as a potted flower in a city dreaming of the open flower fields.

The grassy gameplay is the flower's dream!

Beautiful game:

July 31, 2020

Respect to this guy for being vulnerable and sharing his experiences as a serious drug addict and his path to recovery.

It's hard for us normies to understand.

He has a great channel. I just hope he doesn't kill himself.

Don't do addictive drugs, kids.

July 29, 2020

Sometimes an obviously great thing sits right under your nose for years as you ignore it.

YouTube Premium is such a thing.

I don't know why I hadn't subscribed to it earlier. It's only $12/mo and gives you access to a totally ad-free YT experience, with a built-in button for downloading videos and the feature I really love which is the ability to play videos on your phone with the screen off.

If you've been hesitant to try YouTube Premium, I highly recommend it. $12/mo is a bargain to stop sitting through all the mindless ads, and it helps support your fave YouTube creators directly, unlike when you use AdBlocker.

I wish the whole internet had a single ad-free subscription option.

Sometimes, by being cheap you end up shooting yourself in the foot.

Note: this is not a paid promotion. I don't get paid for you signing up.