What I don’t believe in anymore • Mass media (mostly trivia and lies) • Pop culture (mostly shit) • Money (monkey money) • Current Western elecBon systems (masquerade) • Oﬃcial history (propaganda) • Most revoluBons (crowd & media manipulaFon) I am a realist, with some dose of opFmism. Notably, I believe people can wake up, one by one.
The world we live in We live in a world between “Brave New World” (class society, comfort, sex, soma), 1984 (police state, fake enemy, fake sense of wealth, doublespeak) and “The Iron Heel” (class repression, robber barons)
Peddling NarraFves & Images • Hollywood • TV • Disney • Porn We are trained to believe in those by repeFFon.
Primed for Disappointment • Sets unrealisBc expectaBons • It’s all visual • “Live happily ever aker” is the hard part The resulFng frustraFon/dissaFsfacFon makes us feel inadequate, pushing us to buy stuﬀ and pop pills to feel beXer.
SemanFc Prisons • Words constrain our thinking • Examples – “Patriot” Act? – RevoluFonary vs. Rebel – “Bullshit” – “Awesome” – “Let’s have fun” This bit is harder to understand. EssenFally, our words limit our thinking to crude forms and prevent us from grasping the nuance of situaFons and emoFons.
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What I believe about people • AcBons speak louder than words • People do their best, but are oken unaware, misguided or weak • Majority are by-‐standers to the world, a small numbers acFvely good or bad People are generally well-‐intenFoned (when not scared, then they turn selﬁsh) but too oken misguided and passive
Twilight of the Idols • Importance of dissent • DoubFng authoriFes (“idols”) • Using criFcal thinking – Asking WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY (Toyota) – MoFves & circumstances behind acFons The way forward could be to train our criFcal thinking. Applying Toyota’s “Five Why” to all situaFons. Being brave enough to express concern and dissent from the majority, even alone.
On Work• Most people are capable but not in the right job for them • Staying in the wrong work = Opportunity cost • Skills + Fun + Purpose is what maXers • It’s the “Startup of You”. Learn, network, create.
On Love ATTRACTION (lots of people, many incompa1ble) LIFE COMPATIBILITY (many we are not a6racted to) COMMITMENT To end on a diﬀerent note, here is what I understand of love. The Western-‐style “passion” is the aXracFon part, while the “CompaFbility” part is prevalent in India. Add those two and Commitment, and you might have the winning formula.
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