Simplicity, action, and the art of not thinking too much

 Manimal (@manimal)9 years, 7 months ago

This one is mostly aimed at a certain group of people on HE (you know who you are) but it’s a good read for anyone. Alright, let’s get right down to business!!

Let’s say you want to eat an orange, but you notice that there’s a peel that has to be removed before you can eat it. So, what do you do? Do you give up all hope of ever eating an orange, without even trying to peel it? Do you start whining about it and let it ruin your mood? Do you go on a forum and ask people how to do it and then get mad at their replies? Do you download 10 ebooks about peeling oranges, or watch videos about it, only to never do it anyway?

You wouldn’t? Interesting. Are you saying you would simply attempt to peel the orange anyway? That’s what I thought.

But let’s say you couldn’t find a way to peel the orange, so you ask for advice. Do you think anyone would say:

"Alright, first you have to find the orange, then you pick it up with your hand. Then you put your other hand on the orange (don’t confuse your left hand with your right one) and press the thumb -the short, fat finger that’s separate from the others- into the peel and apply sufficient pressure to puncture the peel. Be careful not to get any juice in your eyes. Now, once your thumb is through you have to hook it and pinch the peel between your index and thumb so you can pull it to the side to tear a strip of the peel off. Then you pinch and tear off strips like this until the peel is gone. See that white stuff, you might want to remove that. Now comes the tricky part. You need to divide the orange into smaller pieces so you can eat it without getting juice all over yourself. If you look closely (watch out for the juice!) you can see the lines where you can divide it. Once you break off a piece using your fingers, just put it down on something clean so you have your hands free to pick the rest apart. Once you’re done, just grab a piece and raise your hand to your mouth. Place the orange piece in your mouth, and chew it. Make sure to remove your hand before chewing, don’t chew your tongue, and don’t inhale the orange or choke on it. Once you’ve turned it into a mush, swallow. Then eat the rest of the pieces the same way. Then you take the peel and throw it in the trash."

And then the other guys reply "My dad told me you have to use a knife." "The guy on tv said I need a specially designed orange peeler." "The government says oranges are dangerous, and here’s some ‘science’ to back it up. You’re wrong, retard." "My grandma says you need a grenade." (people on the internet must have crazy grannies considering all the weird dumb shit they’ve "learned" from them.)

That’s the typical scenario in a nutshell. And really, was any of it needed? Sound advice would be "Just peel the damn orange, just do it!" But wait, if that happened, wouldn’t you just reply defensively with "I can’t" or "I don’t know how"? I bet you would. And then a flurry of excuses and blaming others would ensue.

"No I wouldn’t, I know how to peel oranges, that’s simple." you might say. Well, guess what! You would. Because on all other subjects most of you do this whenever anyone gives you any sound advice. And if you do take the advice, you still don’t take action. You just sit there and think about it, and feel proud about your new ‘knowledge.’

"Yeah, those people are lame. I’m not like that. I’m better than them." Are you? Really? Be honest with yourself. Do you take the good advice people give you? Do you take action right away? Or do you say to yourself "I’ll do it later" and/or overthink it?

You get the knowledge when you take action, not the other way around. It’s like expecting the answers before you have even asked the question, it’s fucking WRONG and -no offense- stupid. The world doesn’t work that way.

Are you offended by this post? Good, you should be. Why are you offended? Because I made you realize you are doing shit wrong and fucking yourself over. You want to ignore the fact that you’re doing this so you can keep going in the same circles, jerking your ego off, but I won’t let you. That’s why you’re offended.

Now take some fucking action and stop overthinking everything. Life is simple, the orange analogy applies to every area of life. If there is a will, there is a way. If there is a why, there is a how. Start living your life for real. The only reason some people are "better off" than you is because they take action while you sit on your ass doing nothing. The world is yours for the taking, so just fucking take it.

"Uuuuh how do I do that?" Fuck off!

Peace //Elion, a dude who takes action

February 10, 2012 at 11:58 am
Nicole (2) (@jhulyan19) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

Amazing! thanks Manimal, very well said. I used to be that person before, and I always want to change that attitude. Well this site is really a great help for me. I always find a lot of tips to improve my personality. You are right we should not just keep the knowledge and be proud, people are arrogant (good thing Im not one of them anymore)
I just want to share something, Im really annoyed and irritated to my classmates who always act dumb, I mean they really know that thing, they know what to do or how to fix it, but they keep on asking people how, and they just laugh *Its easy! or aaah, now I know, I really don’t get the point. I think that for them those actions are cute, but they should have known those within our ages it’s just really a dumb thing for me. I always remind them that they need to be mature, do the actions as early as possible, but I think they’re still not that open-minded and mature to listen to me

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Nicole (2) (@jhulyan19) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

Amazing! thanks Manimal, very well said. I used to be that person before, and I always want to change that attitude. Well this site is really a great help for me. I always find a lot of tips to improve my personality. You are right we should not just keep the knowledge and be proud, people are arrogant (good thing Im not one of them anymore)
I just want to share something, Im really annoyed and irritated to my classmates who always act dumb, I mean they really know that thing, they know what to do or how to fix it, but they keep on asking people how, and they just laugh *Its easy! or aaah, now I know, I really don’t get the point. I think that for them those actions are cute, but they should have known those within our ages it’s just really a dumb thing for me. I always remind them that they need to be mature, do the actions as early as possible, but I think they’re still not that open-minded and mature to listen to me

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stonedragon (143) (@stonedragon21) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

manimal thanks for that. i fall into the catagory of the people who need that and i appreciate all your time and effort to help us dumbshit people who have been too dependent on others all our lifes. i mean most people have been to school almost their whole life with teachers telling them , do this , do that, and then coming home and parents telling them did you clean your room , do your homework etc. they dont learn to think or act for themself.
me too. i was dependent on my husband until 3 years ago when he walked out. now i have to do shit that i do not want to do. or can not even figure out how to do. like for example right now , i have a situation with my pool pump. the pool is frozen solid and the pump is still going. but for how long. i know i have to take this pump out. but it scares me to even think of getting the right screw drivers opening the case of the pump. figureing it out on my own. and my hands will get cold. i would rather sit here and read HE or go an paint. you see my point. we are just too lazy weak and dependent mainly to do the stuff we need to do. it is gonna cost me 600 euro for a new pump. that is crap! i know this yet will i get off my ass and go and even try. hell no….
life gives you your own spankings manimal. that is why i stopped giving people advice.everyone has to learn the hard way most of the time.
but thanks for bringing this point up!

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stonedragon (143) (@stonedragon21) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

manimal thanks for that. i fall into the catagory of the people who need that and i appreciate all your time and effort to help us dumbshit people who have been too dependent on others all our lifes. i mean most people have been to school almost their whole life with teachers telling them , do this , do that, and then coming home and parents telling them did you clean your room , do your homework etc. they dont learn to think or act for themself.
me too. i was dependent on my husband until 3 years ago when he walked out. now i have to do shit that i do not want to do. or can not even figure out how to do. like for example right now , i have a situation with my pool pump. the pool is frozen solid and the pump is still going. but for how long. i know i have to take this pump out. but it scares me to even think of getting the right screw drivers opening the case of the pump. figureing it out on my own. and my hands will get cold. i would rather sit here and read HE or go an paint. you see my point. we are just too lazy weak and dependent mainly to do the stuff we need to do. it is gonna cost me 600 euro for a new pump. that is crap! i know this yet will i get off my ass and go and even try. hell no….
life gives you your own spankings manimal. that is why i stopped giving people advice.everyone has to learn the hard way most of the time.
but thanks for bringing this point up!

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@stonedragon Don’t be so hard on yourself.

And I was mostly talking about more general areas, not specific technical skills. Not everybody knows how to tinker with machinery, that’s why I don’t use machinery as the metaphor, I use an orange.

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

@stonedragon Don’t be so hard on yourself.

And I was mostly talking about more general areas, not specific technical skills. Not everybody knows how to tinker with machinery, that’s why I don’t use machinery as the metaphor, I use an orange.

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stonedragon (143) (@stonedragon21) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

ok manimal. i think then i will go an eat an orange and feel better about myself as i wait for the pool to thaw….

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stonedragon (143) (@stonedragon21) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

ok manimal. i think then i will go an eat an orange and feel better about myself as i wait for the pool to thaw….

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Sisyphus (48) (@sisyphus) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

People need to take some wisdom from Winnie the Pooh. He’s the master of simplicity.

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Sisyphus (48) (@sisyphus) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

People need to take some wisdom from Winnie the Pooh. He’s the master of simplicity.

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Stony Island (115) (@emjay) 9 years, 7 months ago ago

Thats a lot of rage in one post Manimal.. But I do agree man.
99 percent of things in life are common sense.
I recall senior year in high school when everyone was freaking out about the SAT’s.. taking afternoon courses, after school classes, Saturday school, all that nonsense. Me? I just laid back, had a big breakfast (blame mj) a nice glass of juice and scored a cool 1360.. Anyway. the point is, sometimes even school and work and even your online life is just that, COMMON SENSE..
And the internet is full of ‘Neos’ trying to OVERstand the Matrix, without understanding the basics.

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

Bump

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jgreen (35) (@andropar) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

thanks for the bump haha
love that post, pretty much expresses what I think about some people sometimes :)

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1.61803399 (247) (@drunkmonkmeth) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@manimal, unfortunately the “advice” threads never stopped.

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Tine (366) (@tine) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

(1) Use a paring knife to carefully cut a circle of rind off of the top and bottom of the orange.
(2) Use the knife to score the orange rind and white pith in approximately 1-inch sections, pulling the knife across the rind from the top of the orange to the bottom of the orange. Or, if you have a lot of manual dexterity, cut the rind in a spiral as shown here. Don’t cut into the flesh.
(3) Peel each orange rind section away from the flesh of the orange.
(4) Separate the orange into sections and eat.
(5) Hold the orange over a bowl to catch the juice.
(6) Use a paring knife to remove all the peel, white pith, and membrane from outside the orange. The orange flesh should be exposed.
(7) For each section, cut between the fruit and membrane on each side. Lift out each segment and drop it into the bowl.

Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_1807_peel-orange.html

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Tine (366) (@tine) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

”You want to ignore the fact that you’re doing this so you can keep going in the same circles, jerking your ego off, but I won’t let you.”

I actually like this part, well said.

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DRebel (11) (@drebel313) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

YES! @manimal, You have posted and blown my mind with something that is extremely relevant to the point in my life once again. Thanks alot and hope you continue to expand our comsciesness with your perspectives! Peace, Love and Soul :D

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@tine, Holy shit, there is an article on it… haha.

Glad you liked it, thanks for the encouragement.
People don’t want to realize, but getting offended really is an internal thing, it’s the ego trying to distract attention from it.

@drebel313, I’m glad that you found it helpful, it’s what I’m here for. Thanks for the encouragement.

Good vibes~~

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Anonymous (216) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

I was just thinking about this today, interesting…

Behold, The KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid

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Tine (366) (@tine) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@manimal,

Well, I’m pretty OFFENDED! For some people it takes a long list of complicated instructions that include dexterous knife skills for us to be able to understand something! For instance, to open the door I,

(1) Walk towards it, (2) Take two steps back, (3) Pause, (4) Continue Pause, (5) Wait for additional ring or knock, (6) After ring/knock, I wait 7 seconds, not 8, not 6, but 7, as 7 seconds allows enough time to pass to make the person knocking for the second time start to feel uncomfortable, (7) Pause, (8) Continue Pause until the third knock or ten minutes has elapsed, whichever comes first

and this is my surefire method for answering the door… see… over-complicating it works too!

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FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@manimal, this would have been helpful if I had noticed it earlier. Much, much earlier, I guess. But still, thanks for the reminder! I wonder how does it happen that I’m always near overdoing everything without actually starting…

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passenger (6) (@passenger) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@manimal, ähhhhmmm sorry for breaking the peace but…..

I am quite new to this forum/platform and I am really amazed by the things I explore here every time I have a browse (thanks for that HE!). I have the feeling the one thing that brings us all together here is the passion for thinking, the ability to look at things from unusual/uncommon perspectives and the wish to look over the edge of the plate and given reality. In other words, to use your metaphor, manimal, isn´t the desire to find alternative ways, more efficient ways, more ethical ways, more enriching ways of peeling an orange the reason we all gather here? If I would peel my orange according to the common sense, I would be drinking the same juice, nourishing myself like all the people out there whose juice i criticize all to often.

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Healing Chime Audio (107) (@healingchime) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@manimal, just wondering why if the point is simplicity, are you spending so much time thinking?

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Healing Chime Audio (107) (@healingchime) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@passenger, conversation is our pleasure, from time to time. No?

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