purpose of my life is to expand my understanding and calm my ego the fuck down (“ego” used colloquially here). Either we are nothing more than a series of self perpetuating chemical reactions or we are some kind of more complex and eternal being than the material world reveals – I assume the former but am aiming to believe the latter. In either case I see expansion and acceptance as solid purposes, though in the former case it’s fully self-created while in the latter it could be tied to some eternal thing.
Perfectly written lines. Things that are perfectly the thing they are. Often this has a structural component or rhythm, timing, etc type thing to it. The complexity of something that is perfect is hard to describe but I know it when I see it/read it. Much of Shakespeare is perfect. That old npr sports writer who just retired and then died I think, his radio essays.
And it makes me happy when I see my kids do things that I can’t source from shit my wife or I taught them. Emergent things and individual initiative.
Confluence of intention and genius—i am happy anytime I see a genius operate at 100%. Edit to add proximal example: first time I heard @blake discussing something in a recording about some cognitive function it made me happy because it had the signature of genius at 100%. Which is worth precisely $6 a month to me haha.
I don’t, currently. I tend to be helpful if needed though, especially to strangers or to friends and family if they explicitly ask. It doesn’t bother me to be honest about things that others give a weird amount of credit for. A dude seemed super pleased that I returned the watch he left in my Uber last weekend. It was not like a $10K watch, but it was like a $500 watch, like an overpriced Nordstrom watch, Burberry brand. I’m particularly comfortable with physical effort for those when they need it. But I do all this stuff because I want to so I tend to struggle with knowing whether it qualifies as service, a concept I’ve never quite understood. If service means doing stuff I want that also benefits someone else, what’s the difference between service and working a good job? Is service defined by the lack of immediate monetary compensation? I don’t get it, never have quite gotten it.
Not important. Most the people I love most have very little, and I don’t really know integrity when I see it. I guess I think of integrity as being related to duty. And I don’t viscerally understand the idea of duty. It seems to me to be a thing that is fundamentally the same as peer pressure but sounds better.
I see consistency as an amoral concept. The thing with which you are engaged, to which you are loyal or aren’t, the thing that is furthered or halted as a result of your integrity, those things are colored in moral tones. And accurately understanding what is/isn’t true, or the likelihood of it being true or not true–basically doing good thinking about a thing–seems to me to be a much more dependable attribute in the end than integrity. Maybe I appreciate integrity to / commitment to doing good thinking. But do I have that kind of integrity? Eh, no.
I see an overemphasis on loyalty, consistency, or even integrity as it’s often defined, as at worst potential contributors to evil actions and at best the hobgoblin of little minds. they are tangential to ethics, really unrelated.
I’m extremely honest with myself. I miss a lot though. Only for a time. I have a track record of coming clean with myself even when it’s quite uncomfortable.
This question causes me to draw a major blank. I don’t have a single quality I think everyone should have. The first thought I had was “legs,” and then I decided against it.
I’d say I used to think it was super important, but I really only use it as tertiary Fe to sell myself to myself and others. Most of my social noise is Exploration (Ne) and it’s important for me like Bat Screams are important for bats but it’s not important for understanding each other because that’s not going to happen via communication, I have come to believe.
A figment of my imagination a decade ago
“And then what?”
We should hate things that aren’t what they say they are. Like Advertising based Free Software and social networks. But hate is a pretty strong word. Probably we should hate nothing. Definitely we shouldn’t hate any actual people. Why? What’s the point? Seems infantile to me to hate. Or comic book.
The most of all the things.
No way. Not holding onto a grudge is “Strictly better” than holding onto a grudge.
Nothing. That’s propaganda or dumb-speak for “It’s hard to explain my stance so can’t you just believe it because I am saying it?”
Others: we go to sleep and wake up the next day and be like "lol funny I was so annoyed."
Self: hmm. I guess if I can forgive others I can forgive myself. Others is much easier.