The Folly of Genius

Einstein Stupidity Quote

As I’ve covered in previous posts, one of the most important lessons one can learn in life is that every person is experiencing a different, personalized version of reality…and while their version of reality may overlap in many ways with that of others, there is never perfect overlap, and in general quite the opposite.

Every mind is filtering and twisting sensory inputs to craft a personalized map of reality, those maps differ wildly from person-to-person, and we never actually experience the true territory of reality…and thus we stand divided.

Herein lies the trouble with genius ideas…they’d probably be great ideas, if the world was inhabited by geniuses.

But the majority of humanity is average or below average intelligence, and so we have a bit of a problem. 😎

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The Nature of Reality

The Nature of Reality

I was having a chat with a friend the other day about free will, and the simulation hypothesis, and at the end he said something to the effect of, “Well, that makes sense, but even if so I don’t know how that changes anything. I’d live my life the same way.”


Knowing always changes things, but it’s difficult if not impossible to know exactly how knowing will change things for *you*. You could become a Morpheus…or you could end up like Cypher 😂

I’ve been thinking for a long time though about the potential natures of reality, and what each might mean, so I wanted to put together a post exploring some of the many possibilities, and how knowing the answer to “What is the nature of reality?” could actually change everything. Continue reading…

Waste of Time?

Clear glass hourglass with red sand dripping down

How many times in life has someone told you “that’s a waste of time”? How often have you said those words to someone else, or even to yourself?

Here’s the thing: nobody other than you can define what is or isn’t a waste of your time, because it’s YOUR time.

It belongs to you and nobody else. You can and should use it as you see fit.

Frankly, anybody trying to tell you how to use or not use your time is judging your life and your choices according to their programming, their biases, their desires, their world view…and such a judgment is almost certainly worthless because it’s all about them.

When someone says “that’s a waste of time” to someone else, what they really mean is “that’s not how I would spend my time”, or “that’s not how I think you should spend your time”, or maybe even “I think you should be spending more time on/with me”.

Making someone else’s choices all about you…rather selfish, don’t you think?

If they are not you, they are not qualified to judge your path.

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Option XYZ

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled

I imagine most people have probably heard or read the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken, or at least this small piece of it, at some point during their childhood education 😉

You’ve probably also heard phrases like “Thinking Outside the Box” or “Option B”, right?

While shit like this may sound lovely and empowering, in reality it’s just a run of the mill false dichotomy.

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