Some Less-Known Principles of Life

Some Less-Known Principles of Life

Hereby a few of my original principles to life; principles that are less spoken about and that, with logic, may disprove some common beliefs, at lest theoratically:

· Evil is not necessary: What is evil? Evil is the joy, or desire, caused by making other people tormented What need there is in life to enjoy the misery of others, whether you have caused them or not? I do not believe is the cliché that good cannot exist without evil and the opposite. Clean water is the best drink there is, and consuming it is necessary for one’s health. What evil is there in drinking clean water? Masochism, the joy of being tormented by oneself, is also an act of evil. The joy of causing others suffer should not exist in an optimal society. Besides, you could get much more by being kind to others. Innocence is a value that should be preserved in the name of harmony and serenity.

· You are always alone: The fact that people are physically separated from each other, even when they are together, is enough to prove that you are always alone. What creates a culture is a collective consciousness, not a physical collective, because technically there is no such thing as a collection in the objective reality beyond the jail of our perception. Collection is a mental and social concept, not a physical. In the objective reality, everything is separated from each other even if there is interaction. Since society is a collection of individual, there is also no such thing as society, beyond our subjective perception.

· Only death and void/space/seclusion are eternal: Those who seek the absolute in life, won’t find it in life, but in death and emptiness. Even if the universe is to break apart, the dead would stay unaffected and void is simply something that exist in non-existence. Thus, to live a life of asceticism is the closest thing to eternity, even is a mere symbolism, a lifelong ceremony. Emotions, too, are not eternal.

· Thoughts do not generate reality, but an interpretation of reality: Reality exists whether you are dead or alive. Actual physical deeds are the things which have influence over reality. Simply thinking about something won’t necessarily bring you to it. You can be a life-long prisoner and dream for a can of peanut butter, but die without ever feeling its taste again. Thoughts are reflections of our personality and behavior. You could live the same existent reality like many other people, and still have different mindsets from each other. Thoughts are the journalistic media of the self. Thoughts are there to interpret reality and our understanding of it. The more reality is interpreted, i.e, the more complex and deep are your thoughts, the more you become a philosopher, and the more you become a philosopher, the more “dead” on the inside you’ll be. This is because ideological frameworks are prisons, and a philosopher is both the warden and the prisoner. Thoughts gradually take over the place the full experience of life created by unquestioning and less complex and puzzled thinking. This is why I view myself as metaphorically undead, as this metaphor seems in accordance to this logic.

· Beauty is just a social and evolutionary perception: Why does beauty considered such an exalted value nowadays? Because this era is the era of anxiety, of fearing that one may not be acceptable enough in the circles of society if they are not to correspond themselves with the standards of society. I heard that in Tajikistan (I think?), a connected eyebrow is considered beautiful, and in traditional Morocco, soon-to-be-brides are expected to eat a lot and become fat before their wedding. Beauty is simply a way to justify one’s place and status in their society. Beyond that, beauty is the evolutionary indication that the possessor of this value may bring healthy and strong children to their partner, and vice versa. This is why I do not understand the ambition to become beautiful, more than to become socially accepted and a possible parent. When I am to be complimented as a handsome man, I simply thank the complimentor and nothing else, for I do not care to be socially accepted or a source of good genetics.

· Emotions are external from you: Emotions are merely tools used to survive and function in an environment. Evolution created emotions for the sake of personal and collective survival, and also as a way to gain power and authority over others. Think about it. A teen idol gets their fans from creating the submissive emotion of love and admiration, and a religious leader attracts believers by awakening in them the enthusiasm of zealotry. I have this computer as a tool; does that make me a computer? That way, emotions are temporarily, always changing tools, used as means of survival and development. We are always feeling some kind of emotion because if we were not to feel anything, we would be less likely to survive or gain authority (or to submit to an authority) in a social construct. However, serenity is the exception; it is a satiation from what one has in life, and a sign of minimal desire and suffering. Those who are usually serene, are usually “dead” on the inside, for the cycle of life is that of desire and suffering; serenity is a way to transcend beyond this allegedly never-ending cycle. Emotions are interpretations of situations, they are not situations themselves, and you are not a situation but an agent in a set of situations.

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