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2013-09-04 @ 22:54:54
I have also wondered often if science contains even a small part of absolute truth. I came to the answer that it can only be true for our universe. Since we do not know who and/or what created the universe or ,if there are other universes out there, if they have our same physical principles (gravity, the speed of light, etc) we cannot claim that even our basic scientific principles are absolute truth. It’s like having a perception or viewpoint or angle for the whole universe as opposed to the world, a country, or a single person.
2013-09-04 @ 22:22:57
Working on 17 this month, ditch the fast food, HEthens actually helped to change my opinion about this one. It’s expensive and 95% garbage (excluding some vegetarian/natural cafes and carts I’ve seen). Not sure which one it falls under but I’ve also joined a gym and am following what the trainer planned out for me 100%.
2013-05-01 @ 00:03:20
Mind sending some of that brain explosion over here?
2013-04-30 @ 23:57:59
Amazing article. I was diagnosed bipolar at 21 and have been bouncing back and forth on any and all meds they throw at me, with a few periods of non-medication to see if marijuana could help me out. I am beginning to see that I am not necessarily broken and I certainly don’t conform to society’s norms. The problem is trying to live within those norms even when I know it doesn’t work for someone like me. Trying to stay in college, get a crappy job while in college, then eventually conform to some standards of a ‘career’ after college isn’t working, granted photography has *less* of those standards as a career. I tried to pick the options that I thought were less mainstream, like choosing art school over Ivy League schools, picking a creative career, and working at ‘normal’ jobs as little as possible. It still didn’t work. I am still criticized for my viewpoints on everything from relationships to global economics. I just challenge the established system in a lot of ways without making many conscious choices to be ‘anti-establishment’ or a ‘rebel’- it is just the way I have always been. People like me are not allowed to be empathic, different, creative or to have new ideas. Most others are content with a system that is broken, dumbs them down and keeps them complacent.
If all of the medications I have tried cause terrible side effects, do nothing, or do very little it is pretty clear to me that I am not ‘sick’ in the way we think about illness in Western culture. Also, we are sending ‘sick’ people to psych wards that are no different than jails. Since when does any culture treat the sick like criminals? We don’t send amputees or cancer patients to jail.
Someone above said **Perhaps, as a solution, there should only be one guide to mental illnesses that is used world wide. A guide that has diagnostic criteria, but is not published by a pharmaceutical company, but by a team of neuro-scientists, behavioral psychologists, and sociologists, all from around the globe**
This would be an incredible first step to fixing the problems with diagnosis and treatment. I would also find a way to incorporate the expertise of non-traditional healers from all around the globe. Also the first course of action given by any doctor should be “meditate, get away from people who cause you stress if possible, eat better, exercise at a level that is safe then get back to me in a month” Until those things happen it will be the same story.
As far as it being some spiritual awakening, I have not decided on that. Why would I be given the incredible gift of hypomania and even most of the full on mania if the immediate depression following it robs me of my ability to follow through on ideas formed during that mania? I know not all bipolar people ‘cycle’ as fast as I do, and many are given the opportunity to make great things actually happen. Just rather confused why that doesn’t seem to be an option for me no matter what spiritual practices I follow. It either isn’t spiritual, I’m not trying hard enough, or I need some guidance through it.
Either way, a better support system is needed for autistic, ADHD, bipolar and schizophrenic patients. Research is done in the scientific way, but is given little attention and credit because pharmaceutical companies are more interested in selling pills that ‘treat symptoms’ than figuring out what causes these things, if they are of benefit to society at large, and if they are indeed illnesses at all.
2012-09-02 @ 11:26:05
Thank you for posting this. I’ve been doing my part and I’m just going to have to do it harder. I propose we call it ‘equality’ rather than ‘feminism’, that term already has too much negative press.
2012-06-29 @ 22:35:30
I was unable to lucid dream during the 6 months of the everyman sleep cycle I was on. I was able to 4 times in a about a year prior to that. I went back to 8 hours a night because no one around me practiced alternate sleep cycles and I found myself procrastinating with the extra time instead of working on something useful. I have not tried to lucid dream after switching back but I think it’s about that time.
2012-06-29 @ 21:54:04
I would leave the health/exercise/diet info to someone’s specific doctor, the people reading this site can have any number of medical conditions that would make general advice not helpful or even dangerous. I hope for your legal sake that you have a disclaimer somewhere on your website that states you and the members of this site are not medical professionals, people take things too literally on the internet sometimes and I’d hate to see you sued over something stupid.
Other than that, I did like the first list better. I already do about 20 things from both lists and quite a few of these are absolutely mandatory. I especially agree with planning to go to some crazy event at least once a year, most recently was EDC for me, absolutely incredible experience.
2012-06-29 @ 15:00:42
I am happy to see you here at such a young age, keep that motivation, keep that positive outlook. There will be people who try their hardest to take it away from you, just refuse to let them do that.
2012-06-29 @ 14:57:41
Number 5 has been a lifelong challenge for me. I’m sure others have challenges with one or a few goals on this list, but after looking at the list 3 times now I’m sure that accomplishing the other goals on the list will allow people to move forward in the items that challenge them. I’d also like to point out that trying to take on too many of these at one time is asking for failure. No matter how motivated we think we are there are limits to human will power and physical ability, each and every time I tried to take on more than two major goals at a time all of the goals suffered to some degree.
That being said, I’ve added the books to my amazon wishlist and I’m taking on number 13 and 19 starting today.
Never telling a lie can sometimes do more harm than good, but I think the original post was referring more to major lies rather than white lies. If a friend asks if her hair looks bad, and you know it does, and you say ‘it looks awful’, it’s probably going to damage her self esteem a little and make her feel even more self conscious about her looks, which did a lot more harm than saying ‘it looks just fine’.
2012-06-29 @ 14:20:25
I see this line of thought leading to mass depression for all who subscribe to it. If personal preference and experience are negated because we are not really a ‘self’ or an ‘I’, then WHY does the universe insist on a world that reinforces the idea of self and individuality? I believe individual experiences and preferences must have at least some importance. Perhaps as information to bring back to the collective consciousness? This temporary experience of having a ‘self’ here on this Earth must have value to our higher forms, if not why allow it to persist?
2012-06-29 @ 00:51:07
I am drawn to this idea, but my reptile brain still enjoys things like cell phones and video games and HDTVs and especially the Keurig brewer. I’ve visited a few intentional communities and so far I see a lot of farming without the help of any technology, suspicion of visitors, unwillingness to accept that technology and/or western medicine has any value at all and this kind of attitude that having any conflict with another community member is unacceptable.
I would honestly LOVE to see your version of this type of community work for one year. Unfortunately I’m not able to get over my past experiences with them or love of technology just yet to help make it work in the early stages.
2012-06-29 @ 01:33:24
-“So the second rule is that you don’t know how to open and close your hand, you don’t know how you think your thoughts, beat your heart, grow your toenails or, and this one might be far-fetched for now, how to float the clouds and beam the sun. It just happens by itself in the awareness of right now. There’s nothing you about it.”-
This particular section I wasn’t able to “dumb down” or rearrange for myself. I will think about this over the next few days to see if I can figure out what the intent behind it was.
After reading this I realize that I have reached “Kensho” but have not yet been able to see the longer lasting “Satori”, as least as it is so narrowly defined by wikipedia. I’ve certainly searched for it, and the long and not so fruitful search makes me question the validity of the goal itself
2012-06-18 @ 23:08:57
I also stopped watching or reading any form of news about a year ago. I found that I was less depressed, less pissed off and that I was thinking more about how to change myself rather than trying to change the entire world. If I need to know something that’s in the news, it will come to me. A friend will send me a link or start talking about it, those are the only times I even pay the slightest attention to the news.
2012-06-18 @ 22:58:43
The relationship section assumes monogamy is best, just throwing out there that polyamory is an option :)