To Climb A Mountain

 

The essence: This article focuses on what makes us engage in (what seem to be) long and difficult tasks. The difference in small and big tasks and how it impacts our choice whether or not to tackle them.

There is this philosophy snip from Alan Watts – who was a western philosopher and theologian influenced by eastern culture “before it was cool”. You can also find the same philosophical principles from psychologists such as Jordan B. Peterson. In a way, here is what it’s all about:

Looking at the mountain makes us quit the climb

Every-time we set out to accomplish something major, or at least something that can’t be done in 1 one day, we find ourselves contemplating the enormity of our task. We attempt it as far as our will allows us, but ultimately we see the fatality of things and we quit.

Our tasks, long-term goals, bad habits etc. – can seem more or less difficult depending on the perspective from which we look at them.

For example, we have decided to quit drinking or smoking, perhaps we have a book that we need to read, or a project that we must complete. Perhaps we want to go to the gym for a year, or we just need to wash that big dirty pile of dishes…
What is common with every one of these examples, is that as soon as we decide that we need to do a task, the devil inside us reminds us of the enormity of the task.

  • “To quit smoking” becomes “can I imagine not smoking for years?”
  • No more drinking – In our mind becomes no more alcohol, ever!
  • I have to read 300 pages?!
  • Working full-time means from 08:00 to 16:00, every day – and possibly more.
  • The project will take at least 50 hours to complete…
  • I need to go to the gym at least 3 times a week for 4 months to lose a bit of weight?!

Immediately we think of the insurmountable picture and thus we demotivating ourselves, or give up by accepting the first excuse that comes to mind.  Continue reading “To Climb A Mountain”

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This Is How A Procrastinatinator Looks Like

You wake up in the morning, which is usually around 13.00’o clock. Your day starts by checking Facebook. After a quick check of 40 minutes, you go and wash up, then you go on Facebook again to see if there are any changes. After that you get something to eat and it’s time to be productive… BUT WAIT, you just ate and kinda feel like you are loosing energy, you get sleepy (again, even though you wont admit to it), so you decide to be productive… Later… Hey, there is still time – your day has just begun anyway. So, as I said it’s 18.00’o clock and your day had just begun, so you decide that you don’t have the energy (yet) and think “well maybe I’ll play just one game”. And off we go, First game – WIN, Dopamine surges and time passes quickly, hell yeah! Let’s play another – you are enjoying yourself too much to stop now (besides, there is still time). Second game – Fail. Can’t stop now, you have to get back in and get even. Third game – doesn’t really matter, it’s 21.00’o clock, there is no way you can be productive now, and it’s too late to think about going out so you might ass well play a few more. It’s 23.00’o clock… You fucked up! You didn’t do anything today but at least, at least… This is usually the part when cognitive dissonance kicks in (your mind starts bullshitting you so that you don’t feel bad about yourself) and you keep on playing, until you fall asleep with your laptop/ PC… It is important to say that not everyone is like this, some people watch series instead of playing games. BIGGGG DIFFERENCE!
Does this remind you of someone? Find anything similar?

Methods of Manipulation – Podcast

Personal and media manipulation techniques.
Timestamps:

00:00:55 – Triangulation
00:11:50 – The Ultimatum Game
00:21:00 – Bernays Propaganda (References: http://classes.design.ucla.edu/Fall07/28/Engineering_of_consent.pdf)
00:29:10 – Isolation
00:34:15 – Loaded Question
00:44:11 – Appeal to the Greater Good
00:51:10 – Low Hanging Fruit
00:53:40 – Gas-lighting
00:57:50 – Human Shield
01:02:20 – Theoretical vs. Functional Outcomes
01:04:55 – The Benjamin Franklin Effect
01:11:45 – Victim Blaming and Responseability (referenced video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmJk8NNc_8U)
01:26:37 – Sexual Harrasment
01:33:30 – Hypocrisy
01:38:00 – Political Asassination
01:46:50 – Cult Recruitment Provocation
01:49:43 – Cults vs. Religions

Дијаспората во Словенија

Ајде да пробаме со позитивен пристап кон дијаспората.

Потребно е да согледаме кои конкретни чекори можат да бидат превземени за подобрување на состојбата на тие кои се во странство, и за тоа како може дијаспората да и помогне на Македонија.

Убеден сум дека дијаспората сака и може да помогне, наше е тоа да го овозможиме и нивната доверба да не ја изневериме.

I – Согледување на состојба

Артиклот ќе го ограничам само на Словенечката дијаспора бидејќи работите кои важат тука незначи дека важат и на останатите места.

Прво е битно да се знае демографскиот состав на дијаспората во Словенија. Податоците покажуваат дека во Словенија се доселува добар дел на интелектуална младина со намера да студира, како и стручњаци од полето на градежништвото, медицината и техничките науки. Министерството за внатрешни работи за 2017 има објевено дека во Словенија со привремен и стален престој живеат 12926 македонски државјани – подетален преглед на овие информации можете да добиете тука:

http://www.mnz.gov.si/si/mnz_za_vas/tujci_v_sloveniji/statistika/

Оваа бројка не ги вклучува поседниците на двојно државјанство, и поранешните поседници на македонско државјанство кои со текот на годините добиле словенечко државјанство. Continue reading “Дијаспората во Словенија”

The Russian Wedding

When a young man (let’s call him Vlad) decided to get married, he sat down with his best man in a tavern and asked him for a favor.

“I asked her to marry me, and she said yes!”

“That is wonderful news” his friend reacted. “What will you do now?”

“I want to make a great feast for all of my friends” explained Vlad. “But I cant make the arrangements myself, so I need to ask you something.”

“Anything” his man encouraged.

“Can you send all of my friends a letter, to come and celebrate with us here next Saturday?”

“Of course Vlad” his friend agreed. “All of us will be waiting for you here on Saturday. I will send the letters”.

The week went by, and as agreed, Vlad came to the tavern.

Expecting to enter a room full of people, he was stunned to see none of his friends, but the best man there…

“Where are all my friends?!” He asked.

“They are all here” said his best man.

“Did you send the letters?”

“Yes”

“For today?”

“Yes”

“What did you write?”

“Vlad is in trouble, come to the tavern next Saturday.”

Meditating on Brandy

There is nothing to writing, you just sit down and bleed – Bukowski

Not that I’m a fan… Never actually read the man, but his words do seem to resonate with the meaning of writing. It’s not that there is a point to express, rather, the meaning of writing is to test your reality towards yourself by receiving feedback from the world. I’m not making sense am I?! Well I suppose I need to be genuine in order to make some sense, and perhaps my sentences should be a tad bit simpler.  Continue reading “Meditating on Brandy”

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