Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights
Miscellaneous bits of wisdom about personal development, philosophy, epistemology, nonduality, life purpose, psychedelics, etc. Published randomly throughout the week.
Insights here are meant to be quick and half-baked. Consider these food for thought.
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The mind is always trying to make sense of the world. There are many different way of making sense of the world, some very low-quality, some very high-quality. You can take conscious control of the sense-making process or let it unfold unconsciously. Unconsciously is the default choice of most minds. In this case your mind will never develop a robust understanding of the world. But your mind won't stop there, it will still seek understanding, and so it will fall prey to ideologies and other sense-making schemes designed by selfish, greedy, fearful, and power-hungry minds who seek to manipulate and exploit you. Since you did no take conscious control of the process, your mind will be brainwashed with a warped understanding of the world that serves the selfish interests of those in power.
As they say, nature abhors a vacuum. Your mind will not simply sit around happily without sense-making. If you are lazy and irresponsible about this — if you don't pursue high-quality sense-making — your mind will absorb the toxic sense-making of others.
This is how evil happens. You have been warned.
The path of conscious sense-making is a life-long commitment that you practice every day. It will consume thousands of hours of your free time. But the benefit will be immunity from all forms of toxic and selfish belief systems.
An eye-opening explanation of the real purpose of fascism:
Most normies don't even know such things exist:
P.S. Don't mistake this as my endorsement of Hinduism. I'm just opening your normie mind.
An outstanding analysis:
Good quote from the new Dune trailer.
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
But it's missing the final piece:
I am Love.
Popular firearms YouTuber, FPSRussia (Kyle Myers), got arrested for a half an ounce of weed and sentenced to 60 days in a light security federal prison in Alabama. This is the podcast he did right after he got out, talking about how the whole prison system works. Very fascinating, entertaining, and full of juicy insights.
It's long, but worth the listen.
Oh, how crazy human culture can get...
Patriarchy in a nutshell. Stage Blue in a nutshell.
The popular tidying guru, Marie Kondo, has a simple method for how to de-clutter your home. You hold an item in your hands — like an old sweater — and ask of it, "Does it spark joy?" If it does, you keep it. If it doesn't, you throw it away. In this way you minimize your material possessions to the most essential items.
But never mind de-cluttering your house — that's peanuts. The elephant in the room is asking this question of your life activities as a whole. Imagine designing a life in which most of the activities you do every day are ones that spark the greatest joy in you. Imagine what that would be for you. Now imagine a life where all the activities you do don't spark joy. Which life do you want?
Of course the problem is that most people have no clear idea of what activities spark the greatest joy for them. And the second problem is that they don't believe they can design a life which aligns with those. Well, you can figure both of those out. In fact you'll need to in order to have a good life. That's what my Life Purpose Course is designed to help you do.
But for now, just spend the next week asking yourself, "What sparks the greatest joy in my life?" Make a list. And then start to wonder how you can turn one of these activities into a career. That which sparks the greatest joy in you is a tiny kernel of the career you will one day build. For more specifics on how to go about this, see my Life Purpose Course.