Friday, 10 March 2017

Who are Leaders?

It could be argued that true leaders encourage their followers to become their own leaders - if not in word, then by example.

Having Thoughts and Verbalising Them

What marks me out from other thoughtful human beings is that I choose to verbalise my thoughts and share them. Others choose not to. 

The fact I choose to verbalise them may give off the impression I have a superiority complex.

Of course people are entitled to their interpretations, however hostile. 

Meaning of Tough Love (Short Version)

"Tough love": allowing consequentialist laws governing behavioural choices teach the lesson rather than verbal advice.

Self-Acceptance or Self-Improvement?

Self-acceptance > self-im-prove-ment

To Influence or to Inspire?

To inspire by example > To influence by content

Focus & Sensibility

Your focus determines your reality.

But what determines your focus?

Your sensibility. 

(For more elaboration, see post Knowledge and Sensibility)

Power Over Others (Short Version)

The desire and need for power over others as rooted in a polarity of fear, i.e. weakness.

Showing People the Way

As a messenger journeying up the Mountain of Enlightenment you can only show people the way, not carry them all the way.

This expresses a similar insight to
"You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink."

Basic Instinct (Short Version)

The basic instinct may indeed be survival.

But that does not mean it is the highest instinct.

Nietzsche's Error

What Nietzsche failed to grasp is that immorality is based in fear, i.e. weakness, not in the strength of love. 

Self-Respect (Short Version)

Self-respect = to look at oneself again

Free Will as Acquired (Short Version)

Free will = as I think, so I feel and so I act.

Free will is acquired by aligning our thoughts with our emotions and actions.

It is not innate. 

How Others Perceive You

It is always interesting to consider how others perceive you even if their view of you differs from the view you have of yourself. 

As French novelist Marcel Proust noted
"Notre personnalité sociale est une création de la pensée des autres."
(Our social personality is a creation formed by the thoughts others have of us.)

While it could be argued that each is the expert on him or herself, others may perceive our blind spots, i.e. elements of our being we are not consciously aware of.

Cerebral Person

I think it's fair to say I'm a pretty cerebral and introverted person.

Like all personality traits, this has advantages and disadvantages.

Fart Joke

Is silence golden or deadly?

As ever, it depends on context.

Stress & Threat

In fight or flight/stress mode, one interprets threats everywhere.

Prolonged stress is therefore unhealthy. 

Life Finds a Way

Life or that which overcomes itself again and again.

It Takes One (Not) to Know One

It takes one to know one.

It also takes one not to know one.

Reproaching Others

Maybe the majority of the reproaches we make of people are really asking them not to be flawed and contradictory - in other words, not human. 

Legitimate and Illegitimate Authority

Legitimate authority is based in consent.

Illegitimate authority is based on coercion. 

Mother and Father in Politics

Left-wing - nurturing mother - Welfare State
Right-wing - disciplinarian father - Police State

Lazy and Uninspired

Maybe feeling lazy and uninspired is a way for the subconscious mind to recharge itself.

Intelligence as Good or Bad?

Is intelligence, the ability to understand, overrated or underrated and by whom?

Maybe it's just one of those things that pops up here and there, whether for good or for ill.