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"'Chaos has killed me, son,' you said, 'But the victory of unpredictability is hollow. Men imagine, in their pride, that they can predict life's each event, and govern nature and govern each other with rules of unyielding iron. Not so. There will always be men like you, my son, who will do the things no one else predicts or can control. I tried to tame the sun and failed; no one knows what is at its fiery heart; but you will tame a thousand suns, and spread mankind so wide in space that no one single chance, no flux of chaos, no unexpected misfortune, will ever have power enough to harm us all. For men to be civilized, they must be unlike each other, so that when chaos comes to claim them, no two will use what strategy the other does, and thus, even in the middle of blind chaos, some men, by sheer blind chance, if nothing else, will conquer.

"'The way to conquer the chaos which underlies all the illusionary stable things in life, is to be so free, and tolerant, and so much in love with liberty, that chaos itself becomes our ally; we shall become what no one can foresee; and courage and inventiveness will be the names we call our fearless unpredictability....'"

-Helion Prime (The Golden Transcendence; from The Golden Age trilogy by John C. Wright)

#liberty   #scifisunday   #chaos   #freedom
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What you quote has a lot of truth in it. But man has had two chances to rid chaos. Many religions based on there being an all powerful being which gave us rules to live peacefully. We messed up the first set, so He sent down another to try to humanize his rules. Whoops we messed that up too. Philip , freedom, liberty, and love, fidelity, we have the means, let's work on the implementation of them. Mary
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Life is short, as everyone knows. When I was a kid I used to wonder about this. Is life actually short, or are we really complaining about its finiteness? Would we be just as likely to feel life was short if we lived 10 times as long?

Since there didn't seem any way to answer this question, I stopped wondering about it. Then I had kids. That gave me a way to answer the question, and the answer is that life actually is short.

Having kids showed me how to convert a continuous quantity, time, into discrete quantities. You only get 52 weekends with your 2 year old. If Christmas-as-magic lasts from say ages 3 to 10, you only get to watch your child experience it 8 times. And while it's impossible to say what is a lot or a little of a continuous quantity like time, 8 is not a lot of something. If you had a handful of 8 peanuts, or a shelf of 8 books to choose from, the quantity would definitely seem limited, no matter what your lifespan was.

Ok, so life actually is short. Does it make any difference to know that?

It has for me. It means arguments of the form "Life is too short for x" have great force. It's not just a figure of speech to say that life is too short for something. It's not just a synonym for annoying. If you find yourself thinking that life is too short for something, you should try to eliminate it if you can.

When I ask myself what I've found life is too short for, the word that pops into my head is "bullshit." I realize that answer is somewhat tautological. It's almost the definition of bullshit that it's the stuff that life is too short for. And yet bullshit does have a distinctive character. There's something fake about it. It's the junk food of experience. [1]

If you ask yourself what you spend your time on that's bullshit, you probably already know the answer. Unnecessary meetings, pointless disputes, bureaucracy, posturing, dealing with other people's mistakes, traffic jams, addictive but unrewarding pastimes.

There are two ways this kind of thing gets into your life: it's either forced on you or it tricks you. To some extent you have to put up with the bullshit forced on you by circumstances. You need to make money, and making money consists mostly of errands. Indeed, the law of supply and demand insures that: the more rewarding some kind of work is, the cheaper people will do it. It may be that less bullshit is forced on you than you think, though. There has always been a stream of people who opt out of the default grind and go live somewhere where opportunities are fewer in the conventional sense, but life feels more authentic. This could become more common.

You can do it on a smaller scale without moving. The amount of time you have to spend on bullshit varies between employers. Most large organizations (and many small ones) are steeped in it. But if you consciously prioritize bullshit avoidance over other factors like money and prestige, you can probably find employers that will waste less of your time.

If you're a freelancer or a small company, you can do this at the level of individual customers. If you fire or avoid toxic customers, you can decrease the amount of bullshit in your life by more than you decrease your income.

But while some amount of bullshit is inevitably forced on you, the bullshit that sneaks into your life by tricking you is no one's fault but your own. And yet the bullshit you choose may be harder to eliminate than the bullshit that's forced on you. Things that lure you into wasting your time on them have to be really good at tricking you. An example that will be familiar to a lot of people is arguing online. When someone contradicts you, they're in a sense attacking you. Sometimes pretty overtly. Your instinct when attacked is to defend yourself. But like a lot of instincts, this one wasn't designed for the world we now live in. Counterintuitive as it feels, it's better most of the time not to defend yourself. Otherwise these people are literally taking your life. [2]

Arguing online is only incidentally addictive. There are more dangerous things than that. As I've written before, one byproduct of technical progress is that things we like tend to become more addictive. Which means we will increasingly have to make a conscious effort to avoid addictions—to stand outside ourselves and ask "is this how I want to be spending my time?"

As well as avoiding bullshit one should actively seek out things that matter. But different things matter to different people, and most have to learn what matters to them. A few are lucky and realize early on that they love math or taking care of animals or writing, and then figure out a way to spend a lot of time doing it. But most people start out with a life that's a mix of things that matter and things that don't, and only gradually learn to distinguish between them.

For the young especially, much of this confusion is induced by the artificial situations they find themselves in. In middle school and high school, what the other kids think of you seems the most important thing in the world. But when you ask adults what they got wrong at that age, nearly all say they cared too much what other kids thought of them.

One heuristic for distinguishing stuff that matters is to ask yourself whether you'll care about it in the future. Fake stuff that matters usually has a sharp peak of seeming to matter. That's how it tricks you. The area under the curve is small, but its shape jabs into your consciousness like a pin.

The things that matter aren't necessarily the ones people would call "important." Having coffee with a friend matters. You won't feel later like that was a waste of time.

One great thing about having small children is that they make you spend time on things that matter: them. They grab your sleeve as you're staring at your phone and say "will you play with me?" And odds are that is in fact the bullshit-minimizing option.

If life is short, we should expect its shortness to take us by surprise. And that is just what tends to happen. You take things for granted, and then they're gone. You think you can always write that book, or climb that mountain, or whatever, and then you realize the window has closed. The saddest windows close when other people die. Their lives are short too. After my mother died, I wished I'd spent more time with her. I lived as if she'd always be there. And in her typical quiet way she encouraged that illusion. But an illusion it was. I think a lot of people make the same mistake I did.

The usual way to avoid being taken by surprise by something is to be consciously aware of it. Back when life was more precarious, people used to be aware of death to a degree that would now seem a bit morbid. I'm not sure why, but it doesn't seem the right answer to be constantly reminding oneself of the grim reaper hovering at everyone's shoulder. Perhaps a better solution is to look at the problem from the other end. Cultivate a habit of impatience about the things you most want to do. Don't wait before climbing that mountain or writing that book or visiting your mother. You don't need to be constantly reminding yourself why you shouldn't wait. Just don't wait.

I can think of two more things one does when one doesn't have much of something: try to get more of it, and savor what one has. Both make sense here.

How you live affects how long you live. Most people could do better. Me among them.

But you can probably get even more effect by paying closer attention to the time you have. It's easy to let the days rush by. The "flow" that imaginative people love so much has a darker cousin that prevents you from pausing to savor life amid the daily slurry of errands and alarms. One of the most striking things I've read was not in a book, but the title of one: James Salter's Burning the Days.

It is possible to slow time somewhat. I've gotten better at it. Kids help. When you have small children, there are a lot of moments so perfect that you can't help noticing.

It does help too to feel that you've squeezed everything out of some experience. The reason I'm sad about my mother is not just that I miss her but that I think of all the things we could have done that we didn't. My oldest son will be 7 soon. And while I miss the 3 year old version of him, I at least don't have any regrets over what might have been. We had the best time a daddy and a 3 year old ever had.

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don't wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That's what you do when life is short.
January 2016. Life is short, as everyone knows. When I was a kid I used to wonder about this. Is life actually short, or are we really complaining about its finiteness? Would we be just as likely to feel life was short if we lived 10 times as long? Since there didn't seem any way to answer this ...
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Every time I discover an insightful book, it feels like I've found the key to finally unlocking the truth. But I'm slowly starting to realize that each one is merely a piece to an endless puzzle. I'm gong to have to accept that working on the puzzle--not solving it--is the goal.
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Just seems a little self contradictory...
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Your daily reminder that you can do stuff that matters.
 
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Here is a great story about one mans fascination with butterflies. For centuries, the California pipevine swallowtail — or, Battus philenor hirsuta — called San Francisco home. As development increased in the early 20th century, the butterfly slowly began to disappear. Today it is a rare sight. Then aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, Tim Wong decided to do something about that.
 
"He researched the butterfly and learned that when in caterpillar form, it only feeds on one plant: the California pipevine (Aristolochia californica), an equivalently rare flora in the city. 'Finally, I was able to find this plant in the San Francisco Botanical Garden [in Golden Gate Park],' Wong says. 'And they allowed me to take a few clippings of the plant.' Then in his own backyard, using self-taught techniques, he created a butterfly paradise."
 
The importance of native plant species should not be underestimated. What Tim Wong has done is show that with the right tools, and attitude, one person can change the course of history for one species. If more people in the city we're to start planting more native plants, the decline of The California pipevine swallowtail in San Francisco could be halted, and even reversed.
 
#rare 
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We can all contribute to conservation efforts — sometimes even from our own backyards.
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Thanks for your dedication and hard work and giving back to real Native Americans lol we're killing off the true Native Earthians

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Lo Pan. May 17, 2001 - July 7, 2016. RIP.
He wasn't my cat. He wasn't anybody's cat. We just lived together for 15 years. He ruled his street, he survived being shot three different times, he came and went as he pleased. One night he snuck into the neighbors' house and woke up the homeowners by peeing on their blanketed feet just to demonstrate his dominance over their timid felines. (We paid their cleaning bill, they removed their cat door.) He lived more fully than every person I've ever known. Lo Pan, you drove me crazy. I will miss you terribly, you handsome, cross-eyed devil. You were the greatest.
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Paint a cow butt, save a lion.
 
This may be IRL legit as such, but it might give pointers to applications belonging in the twilight zone.
A conservation biologist has come up with a novel method for protecting cattle from being hunted by African lions: paint eyes on their butts. The lions will think their intended prey has seen them and will move on, since they’ve lost the element of surprise.
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No sympathy for anybody who tortures and kills innocent beings. And no, bulls do not bleed pink.
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I find myself lacking empathy for the matador, and am cheering inside for the bull. One for the bull this time!
Victor Barrio, 29, was pronounced dead Saturday night by a surgeon at the Teruel bullring.
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I haven't checked the authenticity of the quote, but it seems like the best medical advice available.
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Flonase nearly destroyed my life. (Not hyperbole.)

I don't handle altitude changes very well. My ears don't equalize pressure and I end up in excruciating pain if I'm not very careful. So two months ago when I was planning to spend more time driving into the mountains, I went to the doctor seeking a permanent solution. He prescribed, among three things, Flonase (Fluticasone) nasal spray. When I picked it up, the pharmacist recommended I start using it immediately in preparation for an upcoming trip into the mountains. "It takes time to build up," he told me. And that's when my life started to fall apart. I ended up with a massive congestion and ears that would not unplug. Several doctors assured me during the following weeks that I was suffering from allergies, and they all prescribed more nasal sprays, air purifiers, antihistamines, oral steroids, and continued use of Flonase. I had to start using the Medisafe app just to keep track of my medication schedule.

Fast forward 45 days: I was carrying around a bag full of prescriptions, shaking my head and moving my jaw incessantly trying to clear my ears, and getting no more than 2 hours of sleep per night. The sleeplessness, congestion, and ear torture was quickly pushing me to the end of my rope. At approximately 2:15AM on June 26, I let go of the rope. I ended up literally on the street beating my head against the pavement. My wife found me and took me to the ER where I was put on a psych evaluation. From there I was handed over to a care facility where I was drugged and forced to sleep for roughly 36 hours. I'm taking a guess on the time because I don't remember the experience at all; they knocked me out cold. My caregivers took me to a professional allergist who determined that I have no significant allergies.

During my tenacious tip-toe back from the brink, I took no drugs other than sedatives to help me through my now critical anxiety levels at night. Within a few days, I awoke from a nap with a "pssshhhhh-pop!" in my ears and could suddenly hear again. I can't tell you how good that felt! But by this time, my family had already arranged an ENT appointment for me, so I kept the appointment. The ENT said my ears look fine but wanted to follow up to deal with my severely deviated septum. And, he recommended that I start taking Flonase again just out of caution. WITHIN 24 HOURS, yesterday morning, my nose was completely stuffed, and my ears were filling with fluid again. That was the moment I put it all together.

I stopped taking Flonase immediately and spent my day drinking water and expelling phlegm. This morning, I'm feeling almost completely better. I am 100% confident that Flonase sent me into the sleepless, aggravated hell that destroyed my ability to concentrate and literally made me want to die. I've been through the worst depression of my life, spent hundreds of dollars chasing red herrings, and put my family and friends through the wringer.

Dear Flonase, die slowly in a fire. I'm going back to the medicine that works: friends, exercise, and craft beer. That is how I'm avoiding your goddamn side effects.
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It may very well work for you and most people. It just angers me that every doctor I saw agreed that their various treatments should have quickly solved my problems, yet none of them stopped to question why their collective approach wasn't working. Insanity. Driven to sickness and mental breakdown by modern medicine. I think it's time for an A.I. to take over the medical diagnostic process on a global scale. Let the doctors just be good technicians administering whatever treatment plan is chosen by the computer brains using the totality of medical experience as its reference.
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Very interesting brain and body effects from simple and lightweight fasting. I tend to skip breakfast and lunch every day, then gorge myself at dinner time. I've always thought this was a bad habit, but perhaps I was accidentally doing something right. Not sure, but maybe. (If the video won't play for you because of your location, there are workarounds, the easiest of which is finding a copy on YouTube.)
Fasting can not only reduce weight but also has the potential, if properly controlled, for wider health benefits,
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