Three unrelated essays I read recently that I thought were excellent reads and worth sharing.

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    Three unrelated essays I read recently that I thought were excellent reads and worth sharing.

    Post  Tezcatlipoca on Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:14 pm

    That's what we have here, Bill.

    Our lives are ultimately driven by our emotion. We burn it as a fuel to keep going. It’s what makes our life “worth living”. And, when we cannot share our feelings with others, we feel lonely. It’s like living in a foreign country where nobody speaks your language. In a war, it’s easier to kill someone who does not speak our language because it’s sharing of our emotions that creates any meaning in human relationships. So, being an outlier emotionally is a significant disadvantage.

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    The humans in Star Trek are right in telling Spock the importance of emotion; the only problem is that they are too blind to realize that Spock only appears to devalue emotion because he is an emotional minority. If the majority status were to be reversed, if Captain Kirk were alone in a society full of Vulcans, he would be the one lacking emotions; strange, out of touch, and isolated. He would have no choice but to resort to reason in order to communicate with the Vulcans. But sadly, he would be out of luck, because Vulcans are ahead of the curve in reason. He would probably be an old alcoholic who vents his anger towards the society that does not understand him, like a bitter drunken racist who cannot understand why our president is black.

    - Being an Emotional Minority by Dyske Suematsu


    Why would I trivialize my life, what I have done, what I will do, who I Am, by using a wish to get what I want rather than getting myself?...Whatever I would want is already mine if I take it. The Universe is the ultimate wish granter.  The difference between the genie granting my wish and the universe is that the universe gives me an opportunity to be it myself, plus it gives me what I really want.  The genie merely lets me “witness” it, as opposed to be the cause of it, plus the genie can only give me what I think I want.  I already have essentially unlimited potential, but if I take the genie up on his offer, I am basically a slave to him, as it is him that is the source of my experience, rather than myself and the Universe.

    Haven't Used a Single Wish Yet and Not Planning on It by Patrick Chapin

    (Patrick Chapin is a reformed drug dealer who managed to turn his life around in a very inspiring way, FYI. Not that I think selling drugs is morally wrong but it did land him in prison, which is hard to come back from.)

    Revenge is a form of self-sabotage which demonstrates conflicting desires well. Most people have had feelings of revenge at some point, particularly when we felt angry about something that someone else did. With revenge we desire to get back at that person in a way that will bring satisfaction to us by upsetting the other person, such as with the "silent treatment." By doing so we hope to make him or her see that they've hurt us. That usually works pretty well, right?

    Yet, the problem with revenge is that, if we care enough about the person to be hurt by their actions, we probably also desire a long, healthy relationship with that person. This is where the conflicting desire comes in. Fulfilling the desire for revenge sabotages our desire for a strong relationship. Usually our acts of revenge don't send the message we wanted, and we end up as "the bad guy."

    When Desires Collide: Which Ones to Choose? by Eddie Selby


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    Re: Three unrelated essays I read recently that I thought were excellent reads and worth sharing.

    Post  Tezcatlipoca on Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:22 pm

    Taxi Driver was all about the pain of being an emotional minority. This scene is possibly the first (and best) instance of characters in American cinema who really have no idea how to communicate with one another. They genuinely try to relate to one another but don't even come close. Which is why it's so authentic; because we've all been Travis Bickle at some point in our lives, trying to confide in someone who we hope will understand what we're going through. But sometimes your would be confidant is a generation apart and too far removed from your struggle; or they're just too simple and it goes so far over their heads that it's actually painful.



    Peter Boyle did an amazing job with that idiotic soliloquy; his delivery was perfectly rambling and incoherent. A lesser actor would have suffered from a greater instinct for self preservation.


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