KingCrimson

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  1. I've read Lord of the Flies. So what? What's your argument?
  2. Wooow. LOL. Honestly I have a hard time imagining how anyone could think that this is true. Do some research about doing philosophy with children. You would be amazed what sort of answers to philosophical questions kids come up with. I distinctly remember one answer by a really young kid (somewhere between 6-10) to the question of "What do you think God is?" The kid said: "God is so big/great, it is bigger/greater than anything else. Nothing is as big/great." This is a famous definition in philosophy and precisely the same that Anselm of Canterbury gives as part of his ontological argument for the existence of God. And that kid came up with the answer without knowing anything about philosophy. Hell, he didn't even know what philosophy was.
  3. I would suggest to not try to force yourself to do things that you don't want to do. Do things that you genuinely enjoy. Have a few different things that you like doing and that are moving you forward in some way. For example, when I get bored of reading a novel, I'll go pick up my guitar or sit down at the piano and practise/play. When I get bored of that, I go meditate or do yoga. When I'm bored of that, I do some studying for uni. When I've had enough of meditation, I'll go for a walk or do some sports. If I don't feel like doing sports, I'll sit down and write. Chances are, if you have enough things (though not too many) there will always be at least one of them that you are in the mood for. Do that. And just start. Many times the resistance vanishes once you get going. For example, today I didn't feel like practising the guitar because the song I was working on was so hard and I knew it would take a lot of effort to progress. Once I got going though, I played for more or less 4 hours straight, had a total blast and almost mastered the song. Another thing I recommend is having a written to do list (I like doing this by hand) at the beginning of your day where you write down anything that you want to accomplish today, and every time something else pops in your head, add it to the list. It feels good to cross out the stuff on there. It helps having small tasks on the list that are quickly accomplished. They will get you moving and chances are you'll keep going doing stuff that's on the list since it feels good to do the tasks you set up for yourself. For example, I'll have stuff like "move out the trash", "call XYZ", "water my plants", "take supplements/nootropics", stuff that doesn't take a lot of effort but gets me going. Last thing I recommend is developing a good morning routine that suits you and which includes meditation and/or yoga. This will set you up for an enjoyable and productive day. Also, don't forget to take breaks. You don't have to sit there and read/study for 6 hours straight. Take small breaks every 30 minutes or so for 5 minutes, and take a longer break every few hours. I like going for a 30-45 minute walk for example after a few hours of studying. Basically, set up your schedule in a way that you ENJOY it. Don't fill it with stuff that you don't want to do and where you have no time to breathe and need to force yourself constantly. Create a nice flow and rhythm for yourself. Think about what you want your ideal day to look like, map it out in your head, write it down, and then try it out, see what works and what doesn't, and adapt the schedule accordingly. If you like being lazy on the couch and watching YouTube videos, put that on your schedule too. You'll probably see that you don't need to do nearly as much of that as you thought to scratch that itch. Just some things off the top of my head, hope it was useful to you in some way. Have a splendid day. "What am I supposed to do with my time?" You are not SUPPOSED to do anything. What do you WANT to do? Like REALLY want to do? Do that. Don't frame it as "I have to do this". Frame it as "I want to do this". In my experience this reduces resistance considerably. A good book on resistance is Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art". You can find the audiobook on YouTube. It's really, really good, check it out.
  4. Thank you very much for your comments everybody. I found them all quite interesting and helpful in their own way. @Recursoinominado Thank you for sharing your experience. Interesting food for thought. Taking a leap of faith and just trying it out seems to be a good way to go. I might just end up like you and moving back to a bigger city again after all, who knows? @BlackMaze That's one of the thoughts I had as well. Sort of like an anchor effect. There are many stories where the main protagonist goes off to an adventure and then when they get old they return and settle down where they began their journey. However, I'm a bit young for that. I wouldn't want to live in the exact village I grew up in either. Most of the people there are very conservative and some of them can be quite nasty. Thankfully my parents were among the few progressively-minded people there (mostly Stage Green). As long as it's on the countryside, I could imagine living anywhere, be it in Austria, any other European country or even the US, although my feeling is that I prefer the European way of living. Can't really say though because I have never been to the US. Something I want to do in the near future though. I really want to experience culture in the US because they exert so much influence on all other countries. @peanutspathtotruth Wow, that's actually insane! Wouldn't have thought that anyone would have undergone the exact same transition music-wise. Let me know how this evolves in the future, will you? In case you haven't bought some noise-cancelling headphones yet, I want to help you with which ones to buy as I've done a bit of research. I found that the two best ones available currently are the Bose QuietComfort 35 and the Sony WH-1000XM3. The Bose are more comfortable to wear, the Sonys have the better sound. As a music producer I value high quality sound, but in this case I actually picked the Bose because they are just way more comfortable to wear, which I feel is more important on the road, and the sound is by no means bad. However, all these consumer headphones have really exaggerated bass. People who don't know anything about music are impressed by loud bass frequencies apparently. When I put them on for the first time I was actually shocked, I thought I had to give them back because the bass was so terribly loud, not a smooth frequency curve at all. This is easily fixed though by applying some EQ and turning down the volume on the low frequencies. I suggest you do that. @Mrs_C This is a beautiful comment. I think I get what you're trying to hint at. Thank you. A bit unrelated, but it reminded me of this great quote by John Cage: "Music is the silence between the notes."
  5. Hello everyone. I am looking for your advice today on a matter I've been preoccupied with lately. I have always been a rather introverted person, preferring alone time over social activities most of the time. I spent the first 18 years of my life growing up in a really small village on the countryside (barely 200 people). Leaving the house all I had to do was walk 100 meters and I was already in the forest all by myself. Great place to grow up as a kid, but a terrible bore as a teenager. At 18, I moved to England to pursue my first degree, and while the new surroundings took some time getting used to, I still enjoyed everything the big city had to offer, going out with buddies to drink and chase pretty girls at bars etc. I couldn't have imagined going back to that boring old village with nothing to do. Over the past few years however there has been a big shift in my preferences. My desire to go out to bars or clubs is pretty much zero. I don't care about going to the cinemas, to restaurants or whatever entertainment the city has to offer anymore. All I seem to long for is some peace and quiet. Tranquility. Silence. I am only 28 years old, yet in this regard I feel like I resemble a 70+ year old. I have attributed this partly to getting older, however peers my age don't seem to share this longing. I get irritated more and more by city life. Cars and everything related to them annoy me: The noise, the stench, the honking, the squealing wheels of aggressively driven vehicles, the sirens of police and ambulance. Bikers who seem to be under the impression that they are participating in an endless "Who can make the most noise?" competition annoy me. Dudes who delight their surroundings with their trashy gangster rap and rave music at max volume annoy me. People screaming like madmen in the middle of the night like they want to kill each other annoy me. People smoking at the entrance to the subway leaving their cigarettes on the floor even though the ashtray provided for by the city council is literally right next to them annoy me. Crammed trams, buses and subways annoy me. Constantly being approached by marketing people wanting to put their unwanted flyers into my hands annoys me. Buildings and poles plastered with advertisements screaming for my attention annoy me. Stage Orange culture all around me annoys the shit out of me. Sometimes I feel like these feelings are unwarranted. Reading the rant I just wrote makes me laugh at my pettiness. I live in Vienna after all, arguably one of the most beautiful places to live as far as bigger cities are concerned. It is comparably small, quiet and clean with a lot of parks and surrounding forests. It is still very different from living on the countryside, but come on. Should I really be this fed up? Could it be that the silence and tranquility I'm longing for is actually the kind that is found within me rather than the one in my external environment? I noticed a change in the music I prefer to listen to as well. As a musician I have over the course of the years developed a pretty eclectic taste ranging from rock and metal to jazz to electronic and classical music. However, over the past two years or so I find myself listening pretty much exclusively to tranquil ambient music. As of late, even that has become too much for me most of the time, and I seem to prefer listening to nature sounds instead. This is another thing I couldn't have imagined only a few years ago. I am dead set on leaving the city and moving to the countryside as soon as possible. A small house in the middle of nowhere with nothing but fields and forests around me. The chirping of birds greeting me in the morning. Fresh air filled with the scent of flowers. Taking long walks and riding my bicycle around the countryside. Sadly, this is not an option right now, as I have yet to finish my second master's degree and create a means of making money for myself that does not require me to live in a city. I'm confident that I will be able to make it happen, but it will probably be a few years still. Until then, I need to look out for other solutions. There are a few things I have already done to remedy the issue somewhat. I have invested in a good set of noise-canceling headphones and quality earplugs and don't know how I ever managed without them. I spend a lot of time at the local parks reading and meditating, however, there's always so many people there making noise, blasting music through bluetooth speakers, and the traffic noise is never drowned out completely. It is hard to find a spot where one can actually be completely alone. Another thing I have taken up which helps is doing regular solo retreats at a monastery in the countryside. However, I enjoy my time there so much I dread going back to the city again. What are your thoughts on this issue? Have you had similar experiences? Do you think moving to the countryside would be merely an escape, just like it is no solution for a person who is lonely to “fix” their loneliness by getting a spouse or keeping busy with social activities? Do I simply need to keep up my daily yoga and meditation so I can enjoy the quiet spaces within me no matter how noisy my environment is? Or is it just a matter of different strokes for different folks? Maybe city life is just not for me (anymore)? I appreciate you taking your time to read all of this, this text turned out much longer than I had anticipated. Thank you in advance for your responses and have a lovely day.
  6. @nowimhere @Rilles He's amazing, yes. There are a couple other videos of his up on YouTube as well, although they are all quite similar in their content.
  7. Your Political Compass Economic Left/Right: -8.88 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.21
  8. I've been there. Best thing you can do is to simply stop hanging out with them. It's not worth it to waste your time with them. In time, you will attract new people who are on your wave length and that you enjoy spending time with. For more in-depth info, see Leo's video on how to deal with toxic people:
  9. I wanted to share with you all the remarkable work of Shelli Joye. I found her presentations fascinating to say the least and am curious about your opinions.
  10. Are you referring to Meister Eckhart, Giordano Bruno, John of the Cross etc. or are you aware of any more recent examples? Would you consider Thomas Keating and his teaching of centering prayer coming from Stage Blue, for example?
  11. Reading novels is not just "useful" in many ways. They are simply a joy to read as an end in itself. Yes, certainly, reading will written novels will influence your speaking and writing, but it doesn't end there. There are so many genius authors who were able to convey deep truths in their novels. Just think of Hesse, Kafka, Tolstoi, Dostoyevski. Some books are so well crafted that I wouldn't believe they existed if I hadn't read them. Sometimes, everything fits together on so many levels - the structure of the text, the rhythm, the onomatopoeia, the story, the many levels of subtext etc. all woven together in such a masterful manner that every aspect of the novel corresponds perfectly to all the other ones. You feel like this stuff had to be written. Good poetry is often the pinnacle of this, and great poems are extremely hard to write. There are many okay poems, but writing a great one? That's a rare feat. You don't have a lot of words to say what you want to say so it has to be really condensed, every word has to be in the right spot. Novels are more forgiving in that way. But I digress. My point is: Do read great novels and poetry, they can enrich your life tremendously on so many levels.
  12. Thank you for reminding me that this exists. Always makes me laugh. I'm not really into mashups, but this one is just really well done and absolutely hilarious.
  13. Thank you so much for sharing! I'll eat up anything related to David Bohm that I can get my hands on.
  14. I am very sorry to hear what you've been going through. I am really punching above my weight here, but for the moment I just want to say to you: Life can be tough. When I was around your age I found myself in a deep hole as well, on the brink of suicide even. I couldn't have imagined ever feeling happy again. I was wrong. Turns out one can turn one's life around. Losing that money sucks, but it is far from the end of the world. You are still young, and you do have the resources and the power within yourself to create a life that is meaningful and filled with joy. It will take some work and time and listening to your heart, but it is so worth it. Try to take what happened as a lesson and don't beat yourself up about it more than you absolutely have to. If you feel like you could use someone to talk to: There is a user on this forum called Nahm who offers Skype sessions. He's a very loving individual who as far as I am aware has been able to help guide a lot of people out of dire situations. This is his website: https://www.actualityofbeing.com/ Sending lots of love! I believe in you.