posted on Jul, 7 2012 @ 01:47 PM
Is this self-help?
I wonder what he thinks about it? Is it spiritual? Just for fun? Any philosophy?
Sometimes I'll read old things I wrote and be amazed at how emotional and encompassing and at the same time naive and religious they were. I'm not
religious like I was then. My emotions were more intense. Maybe it was my youth. Maybe it was the lack of knowledge (that I filled in with intuition
or emotion). But sometimes a few things I said stick and still sound impressive even now. I'll wonder Did I write that
? I'll not even recognize
my own self. And then I start to think about all the things I've forgotten about my past self. It's so blurry and even my most clear memories are
In the end, we forget a lot about the past and fill-in the rest with gobbledegook.
Are we better because we're older? Society says that we're at our peak between 25 and 40. That's when we make the most academic and professional
success. After that it's downhill. We tend to tell ourselves that wisdom makes up for it and we can share hat with children and young adults. But
ultimately, even our wisdom becomes out of date as it's intimately tied with a outdated world.
Then we die. And I think a lot of questions remain. My grandpa died at 100 and at 99 I asked him what the biggest problem was. He said greed. But I
knew his answer before he said it. He complained about the rich buying increasing amounts of the world and excluding the rest of the people from
gaining access to it. He also moaned about the debt. I mostly agree with him, but my understanding of greed is different. Or maybe I'm just fooling
myself. But I think greed is just desire mixed with ignorance. Desire originates from instinctive needs: hunger, comfort, social networking, etc. But
our knowledge is never perfect, so we're always ignorant, no matter how hard we try to correct for it. Even as we learn we're making everything more
complex and asking more questions.
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