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  1. A lot of ego driven behaviour (often detrimental to self development) seems to come from needing the love of others. It's interesting to contemplate where this perceived 'lack of love' comes from. My pet theory is that most kids when they become independent of their parents, are so used to getting love and support from their parents, that they go into a sort of 'love shock' when they don't automatically receive it as adults. This sets up neurotic behaviour as an adult. One way out is to become a parent to yourself. Speak to your inner child (as an adult) and give them love and support, it sounds ridiculous but it can work.
  2. Ask a farmer about philosophy and s/he will talk about sheep.
  3. @Ibn Sina what's more complex than a human? Two humans. It's a matter of scale. A rock has less defined structure than a human, but is a planet full of rock, say Mars, less complex than a human? You could also shift your analogy with machines to more of an analogy with flow. A human being could be seen as more like a waterfall, with matter flowing in and matter flowing back out. A waterfall has a kind of ephemeral existence, it's constantly in motion, but somehow keeps its identity. But where does a waterfall begin and a waterfall end? The boundary is kind of fuzzy. If you can't tell where something begins or ends, then does that something really exist separate from everything else around it? Isn't the complexity of a waterfall part of the same complexity of the landscape it is in?
  4. I wouldn't know if I am enlightened or not and nor do I care, personally. What I do care about is that my consciousness keeps rising up and up.
  5. @RichardY each to their own.
  6. How do you make a plant grow? You don't, it does it by itself. How do you encourage a plant to grow? Give it more sunlight, more water, more fertilizer. But not too much, or it will get scorched, or drowned or poisoned. A friendship is reciprocal. You have to like them, but they also have to like you - and that can't be forced. The best you can do to encourage the friendship, is show your interest in them, see and talk to them regularly, and let it grow from there. But if they are not interested in you, then be grateful and move on.
  7. The number one signal of closemindedness is that the person cherry picks certain facts to uphold their view and completely ignores other facts. If you have to argue with them, then the best way to do it is to keep pointing out the facts they are ignoring. But that means you have to be more open minded and knowledgeable than they are. That also means there is always someone more open minded than you, and you're the closeminded one to them!
  8. Three things to be aware of: 1. Societal programming. There is immense pressure from society not to be single, and you have been brainwashed into always seeking to be with someone. 2. Sexual attraction. Basically biology. You have been programmed by evolution for billions of years to reproduce, so that your genes survive in perpetuity. 3. Being god incarnate, you can choose to ignore 1 and 2 and focus on more productive things - like realising your true nature.
  9. And belief and existence are the same too. There is no existence, you just believe you do.
  10. @Shadowraix understood. I'll shut up. I was just being a devil in any case.
  11. @Shadowraix it's funny you should mention circles. Aren't they the embodiment of an infinity inside a finite form? Aren't they also only a construct of the mind?
  12. To understand something, you must well... understand it. When you talk about 'infinity' you have an understanding of it. Then all talk of 'infinity' is based on that understanding. The natural question to ask as a consequence is: 'Does my understanding of infinity have infinite depth to it?' In other words, is your understanding of 'infinity' inexhaustable? Can you keep on discovering new aspects to your understanding without end? The only possible awareness that could possibly even get close to having an inexhaustable understanding of 'infinity' is Absolute Infinity itself. If the understanding is limited on the other hand, it can only be a 'finity', and hence you have not grasped the true meaning of 'infinity'.
  13. There's nothing wrong with repetition. The need for constant novelty is a sickness we all suffer from - how else do you master a thing? Constant repetition is the key for mastery. And, without the repetition you would soon fall back asleep.
  14. Scrum is just a methodology for optimisation and as such is an Orange activity - the aim being to save money, by reducing time spent on non-productive development - since there is a tendency for customers to constantly change the goalposts, and also to get round the problem of lack of immediate feedback (from customers) from changes made in software. Scrum fails, because it doesn't take into account the individual characteristics of the workers in the team. It's a one size fits all methodology. In other words it fails to see each worker as an individual system in her/his own right; it also fails to model the interactions between those workers. Scrum also fails, because of a tendency to 'game' the system by the individuals involved for various reasons; such as reducing stress, moving deadlines, staff churn, supporting junior developers, pleasing the boss and so on.
  15. @Antonius of all the types of jobs most amenable to yellow thinking, programming/development must be up there. Don't we constantly work with systems? It's just a matter of expanding your thinking right out to include the entire world, not just a phone app interacting with a database. A first step is to invert your thinking. Top down rather than bottom up. Then funnel down to something manageable in software. Some global systemic issues could be: Plastics in the food chain and their effects on animal/human health. Mitigating the effects of automated trading systems on the boom/bust cycle of world markets. Logistics for environmental disaster relief. Stopping food waste world-wide. Supplying high quality affordable education for third world countries. Improving access to the internet for third world countries. By tackling the large systemic issues, you allow large numbers of people to improve the quality of their lives. This is turn frees them up to raise their consciousness. The way I see it, is that maybe by 'freeing' up thousands if not millions of people, you have a snowball effect. You end up freeing up that one person that will themselves change the world, another Ghandi or Mandela or Newton or Da Vinci. You don't have to change the world yourself, just enable someone else to change it. To run a yellow company, as well as large scale systemic thinking, requires that your workers are also catered for in a system type way. That means some of the following things are catered for: their needs for rest and relaxation, child care, earning potential, flexibility of working hours, flat hierarchies, strategic involvement in planning, fluid job roles, health and fitness, easy access to counselling, regular learning and development. Perhaps even a company without any management as such.