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Wallstreetatheist
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5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
1) Submit to group-think
2) Submit to social conditioning
3) Live in reaction
4) Do not pursue difficult goals
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Feel free to add more
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DakotaKrafick
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5/22/2013 2:31:04 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
1) Submit to group-think
2) Submit to social conditioning
3) Live in reaction
4) Do not pursue difficult goals that you would otherwise want to pursue
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Feel free to add more

Four seemed pretty incomplete to me. For instance, becoming an astronaut would be very difficult for me to do but I have no interest in doing so whatsoever.

Anyway...

6) Regard the regret of action as worse than the regret of inaction.
7) Pursue the acknowledgment of your creativity than your creativity itself.
8) Be afraid to say you were wrong about everything.
DakotaKrafick
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5/22/2013 2:31:58 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 2:31:04 AM, DakotaKrafick wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
1) Submit to group-think
2) Submit to social conditioning
3) Live in reaction
4) Do not pursue difficult goals that you would otherwise want to pursue
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Feel free to add more

Four seemed pretty incomplete to me. For instance, becoming an astronaut would be very difficult for me to do but I have no interest in doing so whatsoever.

Anyway...

6) Regard the regret of action as worse than the regret of inaction.
7) Pursue the acknowledgment of your creativity rather than your creativity itself.
8) Be afraid to say you were wrong about everything.

fix'd
Smithereens
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5/22/2013 2:41:02 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
1) Submit to group-think
2) Submit to social conditioning
3) Live in reaction
4) Do not pursue difficult goals
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Feel free to add more

There is nothing endemically wrong with any of these, except the last one. Its just the social movement of wanting freedom that makes you conditioned to want to say this.
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MassiveDump
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5/22/2013 7:37:20 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 2:31:04 AM, DakotaKrafick wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
1) Submit to group-think
2) Submit to social conditioning
3) Live in reaction
4) Do not pursue difficult goals that you would otherwise want to pursue
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances
6) Regard the regret of action as worse than the regret of inaction.
7) Pursue the acknowledgment of your creativity than your creativity itself.
8) Be afraid to say you were wrong about everything.
9) Be a ginger.
wrichcirw
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5/22/2013 10:28:28 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 2:31:58 AM, DakotaKrafick wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:31:04 AM, DakotaKrafick wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
1) Submit to group-think
2) Submit to social conditioning
3) Live in reaction
4) Do not pursue difficult goals that you would otherwise want to pursue
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Feel free to add more

Four seemed pretty incomplete to me. For instance, becoming an astronaut would be very difficult for me to do but I have no interest in doing so whatsoever.

Anyway...

6) Regard the regret of action as worse than the regret of inaction.
7) Pursue the acknowledgment of your creativity rather than your creativity itself.
8) Be afraid to say you were wrong about everything.

fix'd

Disagree with #8. Would change to
8) Be afraid to say you were wrong about anything.

Otherwise good initial list, and nice corrections/addenda.
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philochristos
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5/22/2013 10:59:21 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
1) Submit to group-think
2) Submit to social conditioning
3) Live in reaction
4) Do not pursue difficult goals that you would otherwise want to pursue
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances
6) Regard the regret of action as worse than the regret of inaction.
7) Pursue the acknowledgment of your creativity rather than your creativity itself.
8) Be afraid to say you were wrong about everything.
9) Be an arse hole.
10) Shower infrequently.
11) Be a habitual liar.
12) Be unfaithful and disloyal to the people who care about you the most.
13) Take offense whenever possible.
14) Protect your ego at all costs.
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5/22/2013 11:59:19 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Define "substance".
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YYW
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5/22/2013 2:45:27 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
For me, in no particular order:

(1) Making or allowing yourself to be a victim.
(2) Being incompetent.
(3) Letting little things bother you.
(4) Being lazy.
(5) Not taking opportunities when they are in front of you.
(6) Believing that you know more than you do.
(7) Not being willing to take responsibility for your actions.
(8) Acting like a petulant child.
(9) Insisting that others respect you first.
(10) Being sanctimonious.
(11) Compromising ethical standards.
(12) Becoming cynical/jaded over time; not being optimistic.
(13) Believing that things are out of reach.
(14) Not being ambitious.
(15) Not standing up for yourself.
YYW
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5/22/2013 2:46:22 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 11:59:19 AM, Noumena wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Define "substance".

It's kind of adorable to see WSA's pious side.
Wallstreetatheist
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5/23/2013 12:52:07 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/22/2013 2:46:22 PM, YYW wrote:
At 5/22/2013 11:59:19 AM, Noumena wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Define "substance".

It's kind of adorable to see WSA's pious side.

You misinterpreted the statement. I encourage people to try drugs and do exciting things, and I've done both, but I have the willpower to refrain from developing a harmful habit. Is one hookah session going to give me lung cancer? Probably not, but smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 40 years will. When asserting one's dominant reality an addiction is an incredible impediment to progress. That's the main point.
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YYW
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5/23/2013 1:04:08 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/23/2013 12:52:07 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:46:22 PM, YYW wrote:
At 5/22/2013 11:59:19 AM, Noumena wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Define "substance".

It's kind of adorable to see WSA's pious side.

You misinterpreted the statement. I encourage people to try drugs and do exciting things, and I've done both, but I have the willpower to refrain from developing a harmful habit. Is one hookah session going to give me lung cancer? Probably not, but smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 40 years will. When asserting one's dominant reality an addiction is an incredible impediment to progress. That's the main point.

I was actually being sarcastic... but probably good that you clarified in any case.
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5/23/2013 2:17:27 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/23/2013 1:04:08 AM, YYW wrote:
At 5/23/2013 12:52:07 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:46:22 PM, YYW wrote:
At 5/22/2013 11:59:19 AM, Noumena wrote:
At 5/22/2013 2:09:54 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
5) Become addicted to harmful behaviors and substances

Define "substance".

It's kind of adorable to see WSA's pious side.

You misinterpreted the statement. I encourage people to try drugs and do exciting things, and I've done both, but I have the willpower to refrain from developing a harmful habit. Is one hookah session going to give me lung cancer? Probably not, but smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 40 years will. When asserting one's dominant reality an addiction is an incredible impediment to progress. That's the main point.

I was actually being sarcastic... but probably good that you clarified in any case.

Although it is a sign of real maturity (sort of) that you're saying that. Most of the people (my age or around my age) who use drugs, do so with regularity -and even though they claim that they're not addicted, it's clear that they are (or they at least can't break out of the lifestyle).

Experimenting is one thing. A habit is another.
Skepsikyma
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5/23/2013 5:16:36 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I believe that there are many ways to fail to live, and that a life worth living is a rare thing indeed. As Thoreau astutely observed, most men lead lives of quiet desperation. People don't die, but neither to they live in the full sense of the word, with all of the sorrow, terror, and ecstasy that it entails. This phenomenon is explored quite wonderfully in Shakespeare's famed 'to be, or not to be' soliloquy, and he pins the problem, accurately, in my opinion, on the fear of death. This is the root of our failure to live, of the robotic, savagely indolent motions of the typical human life. A pathological fear, an aversion which, if fully adopted, causes us to sacrifice all value in life in order to pursue it. For the answer to this most grave of questions, I turn to the far east, to Yamamoto Tsunetomo and his Hagakure. In it, the esteemed monk argues that the only way by which to accomplish our aims is to consider ourselves dead already. That the only way for a man to live is to kill himself each morning. To face death and our fear of it, not in an attempt to conquer it, but to embrace it without it affecting us, is the path to conquering the paralyzing fear which all too often bleeds life of its colors, fading all joy, sorrow, anger, and pain into a dull gray wash in which no meaning, no happiness, no sense of anything grand can be found. In his own words: "There is a saying of the elders' that goes, 'Step from under the eaves and you're a dead man. Leave the gate and the enemy is waiting.' This is not a matter of being careful. It is to consider oneself as dead beforehand." Danger is everywhere, around every corner. It is an inevitable part of life. We can either let that danger, and our fear of it, rule us, or we can unburden ourselves of it and live freely. The biggest mistake in life is to fail to rid ourselves of that fear, and so subject ourselves to a reign of emotional terror from which there is no liberation or relief.
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