The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

Location: Edge of Nowhere, Washington, United States

Military Jumper, Diver, Motorcycle Rider, Air Traffic Control and Demolitions Man. I build furniture and cabinets and can frame, roof, wire, plumb and finish a house. Can weld steel, drive heavy equipment, build pole barns and mortared rock walls. Have written one bad novel and one brilliant thesis. And I play the guitar.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

How to Tell If You Ain’t Doing It Right Pt II

It’s an irrefutable law of behavior. The system of conditioning that establishes the patterns of behavior is a indisputable factor in most things we do. It’s not 100% but it’s probably at least 50%.
We tend to seek outcomes that deliver a preferred emotional condition. The unpredictable part is that not all people seek the same emotional condition. Some find the greatest pleasure in the esteem of others. Some find happiness in making others happy. Some find happiness in making others miserable, And some find their satisfaction when their victim status evokes pity. They wallow in it. Some people take the greatest pleasure in invention, creation and production of things other people appreciate.

What fuels you? Do you know? Do you ever ask yourself what you are trying to generate by seeking certain outcomes? Is your outlook optimistic/positive or pessimistic/negative

If you can be happy with a job done well for it’s own sake– that’s a positive.
If you can take happiness in serving the ungrateful - that’s a positive.
If you seek the accumulation of wealth through honest work and risk – that’s a positive

If you think celebrity has intrinsic value – that’s a negative
If you think your happiness is completely dependent on the actions and attitudes of others – that’s a negative
If you think that individual success is dependent on the destruction of others – That’s dangerously negative.

Optimistic/positive strategies involve harvesting whatever opportunities are available. The playing field is not always level, but there are always opportunities. Sometimes that opportunity is illegally emigrating to the US. Sometimes it is figuring out how to market white paint to secretaries for correcting typographical errors. Sometimes it’s only to help a pensioner that can’t mow their lawn.

Pessimistic/negative strategies seek to separate outcomes from individual action and attitude, focusing on emotion after the fact rather than pre-emptive action to create an outcome. Often, these strategies are focused on comparative esteem and status (Comparing ones self to others.) They mark celebrity, adulation, fear or pity as objectives. They typically refuse to examine the behaviors for actual value and measure the value by the intensity of the emotive response. Perhaps the most destructive pretext is the believe that the worth (intrinsic or esteem) of an individual can only be elevated by the transfer of esteem or wealth from another.

If you are harnessing your attitude and actions to be productive because you derive pleasure from the knowledge that you actually created value, you are doing it right. You are a net producer of worth.

If you are trudging from one task to the next reluctantly, looking for opportunities to compare your outcomes or status to others, you are focused in the part that does not create actual value. You may be a net consumer of worth.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Copyright © 2005 Michael A. Breeden