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    Fuel the fire of mind, evolution of genius. I am source a life furthering and life sustaining energy. Time is not to be wasted.
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    How can I better contemplate the opposition and misunderstanding to Objectivism when I talk with most people about Ayn Rand? I have integrated tremendous value here and also worked very hard to touch on difficult places that need growth. Why is empathy so misunderstood? How do you build bridges of reason toward opposition. The test of time. Darwin says it isn't the strongest, nor the smartest who evolve, but the most adaptable to changing circumstances. Ayn Rand's DNA represents to me an arm of her philosophy that never bore fruit. I am 3.8 billion years as old as you are.
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  1. It seems rational to get restless with repetition of the same arguments... It looks like humans digest and move past their trauma with words and stories, so each person tries to vent their frustration in a place where they can feel heard and understood. It can be productive to get critical feedback from various sources to have more to add with personal intimate conversations. It can be like trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose, or as though someone is hammering a point into your head over and over again. I have watched many agnostic family members who give sincere deference to Christianity, Astrology, Buddhism and any other ideology that offers relief, become more vigorous in using irrational platitudes in the last couple years. It seems to be, in part, an attempt to swing the teeter totter back after tragic losses of friends, family, freedom, and physical contact. It seems irrational doctrines thrive when there are so many conflicting ways humans play with the truth. I wonder what unifying principles are helping the stronger religions herd their flock through hard times?
  2. My kind of people... the tender, thoughtful, meaningful, creative empaths are committing suicide. Perhaps the self esteem that Objectivism bolsters is a kind of emotional inoculation, but I think America is losing a lot of the artists and musicians that are a source of the wealth of my consciousness. Music concerts were my Sistine Chapel, they were better than church for most Americans. It isn't hard to make a correlation that religious leaders were eager to shut concerts down out of jealousy.
  3. "To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes. Centuries ago, the man who was—no matter what his errors—the greatest of your philosophers, has stated the formula defining the concept of existence and the rule of all knowledge: A is A. A thing is itself. You have never grasped the meaning of his statement. I am here to complete it: Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification." Is the mask part of your identity as a human consciousness?
  4. Jonathan Haidt links plumeting teen mental health to social media
  5. I love objectivism, yet feel ill equipped to keep up with the tremendous amount of words there are to sift through, I appreciate each of you who invest your time and attention to respond. I read this forum for hours, without posting my loosely organized thoughts and responses, then put it down for a few weeks. The majority of my mental real estate is dedicated to visual infomation. Here is one of my tumblrs I have used as catharsis and energy, I have posted more than 7000 masks from all the cultures and times I can find. I hope some of you find value if you take the time to scroll through. I recommend zooming into the images, I use 'COMMAND+++' on my mac to see the tumbnails more closely. https://submittothemask.tumblr.com/archive
  6. I definately see the effects in my 14 year old son, I wont use him as a pawn to fight the school directly, so I work to help him adapt. Humans have been using masks and plague scares as part of dogma leverage for thousands of years, the individual always has to develop a set of tools that help return to your values and priorities. I have an almost supernatural belief in the ability of an individual consciousness to transcend the collective.
  7. A rational explanation for irrationality... Why did I laugh when Ayn Rand said she liked the phrase "god bless you" even though she didn't literally believe in a god, she liked what the phrase means. When Ayn Rand said she never met her match in a debate, it seems like she was talking about the olympian exercise of developing her entire body of work. The Galt speeches are her conscious human identity grappling with the parts of herself and the collective she had to push back to become more fully human.
  8. People use a volitional spirit to play with things that scare them, like halloween. Mammals need to feel safe and in control. The virus makes us feel like we are out of control. If you can't control the virus you might try to control other people as an attempt to alleviate anxiety. People are irrational in predictable ways, whether you are for or against the mask, you can find an avalanche of 'evidence' online to support what you want to believe. The anxiety the virus causes one person doesn't affect another the same depending on how many people you know personally who died from it. The anxiety of being told what to do by other people can be just as painful, especially if you have suffered personal abuse, institutional abuse, or malpractice. Some people have a very strong physiological disgust mechanism that makes them germ phobic, while plumbers are elbow deep in human waste on a daily basis for years. and the executioners face is always well hidden
  9. I moved to Wyoming for a few years, back in Kearns now. It seems like there are a lot of loud obnoxious angry kids gripped by irrational political ideology in the Utah Atheists group on Facebook.
  10. Innovators actively seek critical feedback, how does copy/pasting add to the discussion of metaphysics, epistemology, identity or volition?
  11. Thats why the quality of your consciousness is not a copy paste auto response if it wants to have real impact on deep thinkers...
  12. Thinking more about this. If oppressive governments are pouring billions of dollars into "Anti-Human" social media ad campaigns to polarize all sides of the American political spectrum... are they getting their moneys worth? Their approach works on their own people who are crushed by more than 50,000 years of slave mentality. What do they seem to be gaining as they vicariously dabble with the concept of free speech in America? How do you get good at spotting the clever tricks of oppressors who think they can push the "empathy button" without actually feeling it? The empathy center in your brain expands in proportion to the freedom of volition in your surrounding area. This is why the difficulty and solitude of colder climates produce a greater percentage of independent, resilient, and benevolent individuals. Native Americans had 10,000 years of much greater volition to spread out. Early slave traders were perplexed at how impossible it is to violate a Native American's volition. In each oppressed person there is an oppressor who believes that accepting subversion will make them part of something stronger. Americans seem to love the underdog as a celebration of volition. How do you temper your empathy to free the oppressed with understanding that the responsibility of freedom is overwhelmingly horrifying to those who have been punished their whole lives for any attempt to think for themselves?
  13. How is it that a year ago it was much more common to feel derision toward germaphobes and hypochondriacs? Humans die without contact, I wouldn't trade anything for my 4 year old niece jumping my lap and giving me a kiss on the cheek with her booger face. I get a tissue, clean up her face and tell her she is adorable. A germ or virus is nothing compared to human consciousness. Why teach children to feel overwhelming helplessness in the face of something you absolutely have the intelligence to adapt to?
  14. The 'Do no harm, take no crap' approach is interesting. Last year YouTube was repeatedly recommending a hostage negotiation masterclass, looking into it I discovered a... language within the language... that I have been spending the year learning. It has absolutely evolved the way I approach conflict and difficult conversations. I am starting to actually look forward to challenges. I am kind of feeling like the 'shit head whisperer'. I watch a group called Utah Atheists who seem to be dominated by marxists shouting down every awkward individual who is newly questioning their faith in the conservative state. The curious semi-atheist tries to see if its worth it to take a lonely jump from one community to another. After seeing hundreds of posts in support of twitters freedom by people who constantly post threads taxing the life out of business owners... I started a thread about freedom of speech separate from the Trump debate and got a hundred people telling me to shut up and go away. Understanding history is my incentive to engage. The thought came that the aggression is a manifestation of volition, and not to take it personally. If they want to use their freedom of speech to try to shame me into conceding on deeply meaningful issues, it won't work. They have obviously never contemplated in depth. Why let it take me for a ride? I remember Ayn Rand saying the rats will scatter at the first sound of a human step. I could have handled some of my reaction better, my patience seems to have paid off, the group is loosening some restrictions. If my words inspire a person who is uncomfortable but can't explain why, then I feel like I am not standing idly by letting my home be overrun with stupidity. What does this have to do with wearing masks.... to negotiate with a hostage taker, you spend the beginning of the conversation listening, mirroring, using tactical empathy, calibrated questions, to let the control freak feel like he is in control. These skills are awkward at first and might feel like wearing a mask, but they can become integrated into your personality as an evolutionary approach. A human will irrationally defend volition, letting him have it changes his brain chemistry and brings his higher reasoning online.
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