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  1. That makes a lot sense. Why should we assume that one education is the best for everybody? The world needs engineers so our philosophers have air conditioning and proper plumbing. Normally students are not given freedom to choose their education until college because most of the courses I took in high school were required. I still think math, english, history, and health should be required. It is the advanced courses like calculus that make no sense to require just like studying Shakespeare's plays. Some of the required courses are superfluous and not everybody needs to take them. Maybe required math should stop around algebra and geometry. How much freedom do you think students should have in high school? How far should required courses go on various subjects?
  2. A common complaint about how philosophy is taught is that people are not taught how to think. The main goal of teaching philosophy should be to help people use their minds as effectively as possible. Instead of this, philosophy becomes studying the history of delusional men. Studying mankind's mistakes can be useful if you learn from them and grow as a result. This does not help as much if students merely debate what a text from centuries ago meant. students can't really know for sure unless they ask the old men. In compulsory philosophy courses students should contemplate questions like "what is the mind and how should it be used.". These individual answers can then be improved upon through teaching logical fallacies that philosophers made in the past. Rather than giving students a philosophy on how to behave, it would be more interesting to let students be their own philosophers and then use history to supplement and improve their thinking.
  3. @vizual given the amount of people who fall for conspiracy theories that kill them, I can see the significance of learning about epistemology. Philosophy can teach us the importance of self reflection as we question everything we believe, making us more open minded in the process. I find it disappointing that philosophy is not even an optional course when it could be a special AP course, encouraging students to get college credits as well, saving money in the process. Maybe schools are afraid of making philosophy courses required because some people feel deeply threatened when questioning their relationship to reality. It could cause an existential crisis for students being exposed to the truth of no self for the first time. I can still see amazing benefits in helping students to tolerate difficult questions and not knowing. This could translate into tolerance for radically different world views, reducing political violence as people think carefully about what they believe.
  4. I see that education could have a massive impact on the future of mankind. I have many ideas for courses in mind, but I am not sure how to implement them. I may have to build schools in order to make these ideas real. Here are a few ideas for courses in schools and colleges. emotional mastery and meditation Developmental psychology How to distinguish between real news and fake news. (Already starting and we need more of this.). Other courses focused on the philosophy of logic and epistemology can be included. Religious philosophy. This is interesting and useful for understanding many worldviews, but controversial because some religions want only one religion to be taught, but Satanists argue that all religions should be taught. I agree with the Satanist because it helps people learn critical thinking by comparing different belief systems. This unlikely to happen in today's society because of close mindedness toward Satanism. The history of white washing history. This includes slavery, holocaust denial, and one day it will include January 6th. It studies the way in which historical narratives are cherry picked or completely ignored in order to help people gain political power or to avoid accountability. White washing history can lead to future genocides of the previous genocide is denied or blamed on the same group. How to learn. This would be a game changer for education. One of the goals of these kinds of courses is to address our overly secularized society in which emotional mastery and spirituality are underestimated. This backfires on mankind in many ways including suicide rates which could be reduced through meditation and emotional mastery. Other ideas for reforming education include improving access to online education in rural areas of developed country and introducing this technology to under developed countries. This can be combined with reduced classroom sizes to improve the quality of education. How else should education be changed? What courses should be included? How do we make these ideas reality? Do we have to build our own schools in order to make this possible?
  5. @Gianna I'm glad you found this helpful. I understand that for many people who are not philosophically minded it seems crazy to consider the idea that suffering is an illusion. I wonder what it would take for a society to apply these insights. I remember in high school there were some talks about teenagers getting depressed and committing suicide. These teachers were doing there best to tell people some of the signs that indicate that a student is suicidal. In spite of their efforts, many students still quietly struggled with a lot of emotional problems and did not know what to do about them. For a long time I was also struggling with domestic violence and drug addiction in my family. I felt like I was constantly fighting myself and my suffering felt very real. If these insights were shared with schools, I know their good intentions would pay off. This is similar to my conclusions about my life purpose in that I generate unique and overlooked perspectives with which I can derive powerful truths through my unique way of thinking to approach complex issues in counterintuitive ways.
  6. @Gianna I meant that I do this in a physical journal. It has a different feeling compared to doing it online when it feels closer and more personal. I also feel pressure to keep posting when I commit to these online projects. I did an online journal a while back before I purchased the life purpose course and book list. Aside from the journal, what I discuss with my brother is specific to our life experiences. secondly, in order to resolve inner emotional tension, it takes a lot of different perspectives. Overtime, you can observe your thoughts and emotions and watch how they gradually evolve in terms of how you react to them. This happens through many small insights, gradually being integrated into your psyche. Do you have a thread about low self esteem in which you expand on this topic? The most powerful insight weakens suicidal thoughts a lot. Although you can moralize to yourself about suicide being selfish and use this to avoid killing yourself successfully, it is not optimal. It is far more powerful to recognize that the desire to die comes from love in that one seeks to reduce suffering. If you hesitate to commit suicide, then this is also a form of love when the desire to survive conflicts with the desire to die. If there is hesitancy, then there could still be hope. Rather than having these desires conflict with each other, one can meditate and observe both desires while releasing attachment to both. If one attempts to make the desire to live win out, then although this is another form of love, it backfires if the desire to die is repressed and not fully resolved. This leads to further inner conflict and backsliding into depressive episodes full of hopelessness. Through this counterintuitive move to release both the desire to live and the desire to die, one can begin to recognize the deeper underlying truth. The truth is that love is your essential nature and nothing can truly separate you from it. This also means that evil is an illusion, therefore harsh moral judgements about your behavior become untenable. This insight is what is being missed by most of society and it could save a lot of people's lives while fixing self esteem issues. This is how one can move from suicidal, to getting by, to optimally coping. I am currently checking my coping mechanisms to see if I am getting by, or can I optimize them to discover something powerful and counterintuitive as this can lead to a massive difference in our thinking. It is possible to self reflect so deeply that you can experience a state of consciousness in which you realize that all suffering is love, and in this sense you never truly suffered as outrageous as it may sound. you could feel as if all of your suffering was an illusion and you were never hurt at all. This makes me feel like crying in a good way. This might have been what Jesus meant when he said "the kingdom of heaven is found within.". My brother struggled with the philosophical and religious sounding insights and he found it helpful to study ego defense mechanisms as a form of practical psychology. You can find a list on Wikipedia and ask yourself "how do I use these defense mechanisms?"
  7. @Gianna thank you for this affirmation. I have studied multiple books on life purpose and emotional mastery from the list. I notice that I am coping with all of these things far better than I used to be. I am glad to see that the book list is worth my time and this investment has made me better in areas of my life that schools did not teach. I am continuing to look for the most optimal ways to be an emotional conductor. I am far enough along that I am able to help other people like my brother cope with low self esteem, and with more growth I could be even more help to him. I will journal about some of these ideas for a few days before making a similar thread in self actualization or life purpose section as the initial intensity is fading away. This is my goal behind facing difficult truths.
  8. In my work place at Kroger I recognized that my co-workers don't like to think about the harsh reality that many of us feel like a waste of potential. We feel like there is almost no expression of creativity and it creates a recipe for long term bitterness. This ties into life purpose and self actualization very well. I prefer to face these unpleasant realities rather than sweep them under the rug. this resulted in feeling intense sadness, frustration, and anger which is sometimes mixed with suicidal thoughts. I would like to have an optimized approach to confronting harsh realities so that I can get the most growth out of them. I often approached these things in a way that leads me to feeling devastated and stuck. My intention is to grow from facing what most people wouldn't. I found that there are no job opportunities for creative expression in the company unless I move to corporate Kroger. Otherwise in jobs like the one I have people try to cope for the lack of creative expression through pet contests. I could do it, but I have a bigger task at hand. It looks like I would have to start college over after getting an associate of science degree. I end up feeling lost and overwhelmed by everything I could do. It looks like my best bet is further focus on the life purpose course or keep trying to gain something from the book list. Otherwise I would need to find a way to generate value outside of a normal job. I am doing some chess coaching which is a start, but there is probably more I could do. I end up putting a lot of pressure on myself to achieve something special. Letting this go helps me sleep at night. There is still a strong urge to live a life beyond mediocrity and it comes with these emotional reactions.
  9. @Hap E-Boi that sounds useful. I never heard of the Reid diet, but it makes sense to avoid foods that worsen overstimulation. I find myself lying awake at night for hours. Sometimes melatonin works, but not always. I also remember I eat a lot of cereal and oatmeal. What did the Reid diet look like for you? I'm 22 and still eat a lot of cereal.
  10. @Tim R I think a related question is "how do we know humanity is evolving at the rate it should be?" you pointed out that many species are not evolving fast enough and going extinct. How are we so confident that we are evolving fast enough. I don't know how to evaluate that this is the rate of evolution humanity needs at this time. Everything I was told in science, botony, biology, and meteorology contradicts these assertions and we could be underestimating their political biases. Meanwhile, not everybody is affected equally. The impoverished nations will suffer the most, so humanity as a whole should survive in spite of the water wars. I remember that water wars is the main issues that got me concerned about politics to begin with as I think of it as the biggest threat to mankind aside from maybe nuclear weapons combined with water wars.
  11. I am 1.9 on primary and 2.9 on secondary. there were some good questions. One interesting question was "I feel bad when my actions cause emotional harm to other people.". I used to feel very bad about it to the point that it became dysfunctional. Now I don't worry about it as much because I hurt myself a lot in the process of worrying about it. It sounds like a bad quality, but it doesn't have to be. In fact many of my behaviors were linked to autism spectrum disorder because people don't understand me. I thought I would be higher for primary, but I don't hurt people in purpose... Usually. I remember one was "love is overrated.". The way I usually think about love, it cannot be overrated because it reveals to me that all evil and suffering are illusions and everything is perfect. For this test I figured they meant the usual way of thinking about love. In this case I think of people who get to use emotional manipulation on me through various social games or people assuming they have to have a relationship or a family or they can't be happy. I am perfectly fine on my own. It is not that I'm afraid of other people, it is just obnoxious. It is worth noting that my parents were both drug addicts and there was domestic violence that could weigh in this evaluation of love. I don't think the second part is reliable. I really had no idea what I was doing with those words. Maybe I got less then have of them right, but that was very hard and I could have easily done worse or better.
  12. This is a very interesting to me from a spiritual and personal growth standpoint. I have so many memories both good and bad that I could integrate lessons from or release the emotional significance I attach to them. If I released all of the emotional significance, it would almost be like a blank slate. Maybe it would be like transcending time if ego cannot exist without memories of a past or aspirations and fears of the future to give context to "me." I would like to spend about 1 month alone so I could write out all of my memories and meditate on the emotions attached to them. I do a little bit every day and I can tell it is hard to do because I have to go to work, occasionally fight with my family as we play a bunch of power games with each other through emotional manipulation, and I am practicing against strong chess players for my tournaments. If these were not concerns for me, I could get a lot of inner work done and I could be a considerably different person in terms of my consciousness. Currently, my work allows for one week vacation at most. I do my best to stay out of the fights because when I'm angry I'm more likely to say something stupid, yet I also feel harassed. as for my memories, I often have inner conflict regarding my interpretation of past events. This can lead to harsh self judgement, intrusive thoughts, and other limitations. How much do you think this kind of spiritual practice could accomplish? Maybe I should start by writing out all memories good or bad that has a strong emotional charge.
  13. @Knowledge Hoarder that was a very interesting study done on conspiracy theorists. This is probably what more people need to be taught in order to prevent them from subscribing to these theories to begin with. What other studies do you know of?
  14. @Leo Gura that makes perfect since. It is not feasible to reform every child rapist, hence criminal prevention is key to addressing crime. I could apply the same thing to ideology, COVID, education, and more. It is not feasible to heal everybody in the hospital, therefore many are expected to die for a lack of ventilation. This is probably a better approach than convincing conspiracy theorists. I remember another saying that when you learn something wrong once, you have to relearn it 7 times. It would be easier to work with a blank slate because many conspiracy theorists may use the fact that I voted for Biden to discredit anything I say. This would be attacking the messenger, and there would be nothing I could do at that point.
  15. If I were to talk to people who subscribe to one of the many dangerous conspiracy theories, then I would try to redirect their efforts toward something better rather than convince them that they are wrong. In this process I try to be as non-judgemental as possible. For example, if a person subscribed to the theory that the election of 2020 was rigged and Trump won, I don't think I can convince them they are wrong. Instead I would tell them how elections are rigged and what can be done to stop it. This includes the need for a constitutional convention to address term limits and campaign finance reform. Other measures include stopping the abuse of lobbying, gerrymandering, and voter suppression. Many people on supported the for the people act until Republican leaders told them it was the leftists trying to push their agenda. Many of these conspiracy theorists might agree to sign a petition calling for a constitutional convention. Another example are the human trafficking conspiracy theorists. Without necessarily convincing them they are wrong, they might be willing to refocus their efforts to favor measures like ending child marriage or training police officers to better detect the victims of modern slavery. Do you think this approach could work for some of these people?