Sunday, April 06, 2008

Practicality ... [An On-Going Project]

Ask people, how can I improve my life, and they look at you as if you are nuts?!

Let's start from the end, improving life is improving habits, therefore assuming you know what new habit to acquire (or old habit to change) you need a long-term plan to do it little-by-little,
you have to observe the habit like a predator following its prey
you must expect defeat, and learn from each attempt, adjust your move, be creative, and patient
then, after a few years, you can see the outcome

what I do not have answer for, is how do you decide what to change ???!!!

One option that attracts me is learning new physical skills, because we are already using our brains a lot ... This seems to be the approach some people adopt when they start new hobbies ... there is an intuition of not focusing on behaviors in the social context and instead polishing skills at something irrelevant to the core of life ... I am not sure why?!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

An Impossibility Theorem

Nothing good comes quick
When evaluating options, ask yourself, how long this is going to take ... if the answer is years go ahead, otherwise know something is wrong
Practice perfection for years and then it reveals its nature little by little, that is why, for example, films about interesting subjects turn out to be hoax, but a well-made film has something to offer, against all odds!
Do something over and over for years and try to improve it and it reveals itself
"Drink eight glasses of water for healthy life" or "do 10 minutes meditation four to six times a day for spiritual health" are easy ways to get out, there is not an easy way
that's why romanticism does not work either

Romanticism

Although I cannot define/describe this properly but there is great dangers in romantic approach to life ... the sense that life has something to offer, that there are some ways to go beyond the day-to-day occurrences of life ... life is the day-to-day events nothing more or less ... there is nothing beautiful or ugly or ... about life no matter how unfair and unjustifiable some event appears to us, there is no way to change the inherent unrationalizability(!!!???) of life, simply because all "romantic" ideas are created by human mind and do NOT necessarily apply to ... anything!

I got this intuition from reading this article:
"Zen in the Art of Archery - A practitioner's View", Liam O'Brien, Kyoshi 7 dan"
where it refers to the romantic approach of a westerner to Kyudo (Japanese Archery) and to some extent its absurdness

Friday, April 04, 2008

Image -- vivid

Suddenly, out of blue, saw the image of an old friend right in front of me ... I was thinking about something unrelated, I believe, but could have been something in the air ... went for a few seconds into the memories from 15-20 years ago, such a long time ... clear memories, but the worst thing was the big hole in the memory, could not remember what happened to that friend at least for a 4-5 years interval and after that just remember hearing from another old friend that he moved to Germany ...

Freedom, Religion

A couple of days ago I read a discussion between some friends regarding religion, worship, freedom, and slavery. In Farsi and Arabic, the t...