Wolfgang Winterkaise

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  1. @soos_mite_ah I think purpose is supposed to be aspirational and expansive in its meaning. For us to ascend and progress ourselves requires something abstract, a vision of expansion itself. I don't think people find significance in living in a vision that offers them no escape or one of inhibition. When deliberating over the logic and understanding, considering "why?" we must pursue one potential ought/ should over another, the most we can plan for having an actual living present-moment reality is a care for higher living, higher consciousness, higher, truer, realer self. The seat of the mind, our will and identity has a way of adapting and integrating many points at once, converging together in favor of underlying unities and undifferentiated wholes. The dissolution of ego boundaries and reality structures in a state of melted ecstasy. It's the Gnostic conception of Pleroma. That's the concern for what's right & good living we all want. As it says in the book The One Thing, "what starts out linear becomes geometric."
  2. Absolutely beautiful to experience. I've come back to this recording on and off for over 5 years. Michael Sealey's volume of work is of very high quality.
  3. Question: Is it always the case that Self-Transcendence (Humility, Benevolence, Universalism) is diametrically apposed to Self-Enhancement (Security, Power [resources & dominance], Achievement)?
  4. @Basman Good point. I was a bit sensational but still I acknowledge its usefulness. I'm divided between being construct aware of the illusion it is and also benefiting from its survival advantage. They're not mutually exclusive and both are true. Balance is healthy. Of course money is (i) a medium of exchange, (ii) a unit of account, and (iii) a store of value. Imagine a society that lacks money, and in which people have to barter goods with each other. Barter only works when there is a double coincidence of wants; that is, when A wants what B has and B wants what A has. But since such coincidences are likely to be uncommon, a barter economy seems both cumbersome and inefficient. At some point, people will realize that they can trade more easily if they use some intermediate good—money. This intermediate good should ideally be easy to handle, store and transport. It should be easy to measure and divide to facilitate calculations. And it should be difficult to destroy so that it lasts over time. There's also the credit theory of money: more abstract: money is a social construction rather than a physical commodity. This is well known. Example. The central bank has just created its own digital currency now (CBDC). That is, a promise from someone to grant (or repay) a favor (product or service) to the holder of the token. The issuer is “creditworthy” and the credit is transferable. A sort of social ontology of money: money is the sort of social institution whose existence depends on “collective intentionality”. a standing social rule. As a social invention it is not without problems in ethics though: Even in normal times, people with very low income or wealth have hardly any access to basic financial services. Commercial banks have little to gain from offering such services to them; there is an elevated risk of loan losses (since the poor lack collateral) and it is costly to administer a large amount of very small loans. Since financial assets are essentially promises of future money a central concept here is that of risk. Hence, the built in bias towards exponential inequality. Exponential inequality. Systematically Exponential... contemplate that as far as power and all of us being a slave to money is concerned. As a side note, It's not my intention to come across as rude, although I maybe blunt, and I value your feedback. I think we're largely in agreement. Thank you and please continue sharing your points of view. Power and/ or money are fascinating topics and everyone has their own unique input.
  5. @Michal__ @The0Self Thank you both for your feedback! I wasn't expecting such a high quality counsel. Know that it will be put to use. Thank you.
  6. @Basman I agree. And furthermore, isn't ultimately the belief in money the blood of all these institutions? And what is money? A concept. An illusion. Money is a stored energy potential that follows momentum and the consequence of individual human vision, not a reward in and of itself. Therein lies the problem with the chain of command, or in other-words, a chain of obedience. Because ultimately the finance industry is equally as large if not larger than the world economy and the ultimate requisite variety that props up institutions and entire countries. Imagine how twisted this reality truly is: Money and the monetary system creates and maintains a class system for hierarchical control. Is that not a perfect description of money and its function in society? The finance industry is perhaps the largest case of legal fraud, or as the gods, our gods would put it creatio ex nihilo ~ something from nothing. Talk about sorcery.
  7. Life Purpose 1. Who are you? 2. What do you do? 3. Who do you do it for? 4. What do they want or need? 5. How do they change as a result? ____________________________________________ To congruently lead lives where their philosophies and actions are one. It's hard, no impossible, to hit a target when you don't know what it is! Nihilism is not a valid survival strategy. Nihilism is self defeating! ____________________________________________ Goal setting, success/ achievement is like archery Program the mind with a target and focus on the process/ system moreso then the end goal. The outcome is feedback used to refine the system of lining up your shot. ____________________________________________ You can have many goals, but concentrating on just one at a time will help you accomplish far more than attempting to focus on many at once. Get the fire of desire started within being single-minded about one goal and the flame will naturally spread to others without you forcing it. ____________________________________________ Dabbling is as nonsensical as going to the train station with seven tickets to seven different locations, departing at the same time! ____________________________________________ The Power of Purpose Purpose is the straightest path to power and the ultimate source of personal strength – strength of conviction and strength to persevere. The prescription for extra-ordinary results is knowing what matters to you and taking daily doses of action in alignment with it. When you have a definite purpose for your life, clarity comes faster, which leads to more conviction in your direction, which usually leads to faster decisions. When you make faster decisions, you'll often be the one who makes the first decisions and winds up with the best choices. And when you have the best choices, you have the opportunity for the best experiences. This is how knowing where you're going helps lead you to the best possible outcomes and experiences life has to offer. ____________________________________________ 1. Aim toward the highest good 2. Specify your goals 3. Make a schedule and stick to it ____________________________________________ Flow State We all have goals that we would like to achieve and dreams that we would like to fulfill, but it doesn't matter what you are trying to become better at, if you only do the work when it's convenient or exciting, then you'll never be consistent enough to achieve remarkable results. The only way to become excellent is to be endlessly fascinated by doing the same thing over and over. You have to fall in love with boredom. The Goldilocks Rule states that humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom. As habits become routine, they become less interesting and less satisfying. We get bored. Anyone can work hard when they feel motivated. It's the ability to keep going when work isn't exciting that makes the difference. Professionals stick to a schedule; amateurs let life get in the way.
  8. + Mon-Fri, Resistance-Bands adjusting between 50-140 lbs, 6 upper body exercises 30 reps each + Full body calisthenics workout (hits every muscle): push ups, pull ups, plank, side plank, single leg bridge, squats, lunges & burpees + daily walking + lean balanced diet, mostly organic vegetables My goal is Bruce Lee's strong and functional physique
  9. There is genuine fulfillment and feeling at peace with oneself in the simplicity of the conservative worldview simplifying life. I know that you're far too intelligent and developed beyond conservatism to get caught up in its excesses so consider it's positive lessons on order and stable living. Higher meaning and not being overly fixated on ourselves is what makes life organized and our actions purposeful with others. Consider conservatism's view on organicism: It's about finding meaning in the collectives of our family, community, the nation, the environment, and the gods (in that order). And acting with honor and truth, humility, right action and good faith. I do think living life within clearly articulated boundaries is therapeutic. I hope you get well soon. Take it from our well to-do friend Ned Flanders: Just when you think there's nothing to fall back on there's still convention and tradition. It's one thing to specify a path unique to you, but another thing to really work on the foundation. There's great meaning and satisfaction in getting the foundation of our life put together like a work of art.
  10. I agree, well said you systems view magician you. That's beautiful. Godspeed.