I’m beginning to understand some of my anxiety’s nuances beyond the constantly striking panic attacks, insomnia, night time alcohol abuse, and obsessive-compulsive thoughts of death that used to consume me. The more blatantly obvious symptoms now curbed, courtesy of Effexor, and a wife who devotes herself to conceptualizing and practicing a philosophy of what I believe it means to thrive (like seeing a doctor for a check up, “for starters”), certain other symptoms, previously overshadowed, now capture my attention—for example: impatience and hastiness…
Walking helps me meditate.
My thoughts: streaming, roaming, like wind, or birds flying.
No obligations… except to walk, and meditate.
The sky, a sheet of blank white paper.
I wish it would snow.
Yes, let winter arrive early!…
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I don’t view myself as better, more important, or more interesting than anyone else. And because each of us is so uniquely complex, I think the art of sharing one’s self and the art of getting to know others is good for deepening a sense of community, especially in a culture where it’s so easy to slip into viewing ourselves and one another as mere social media entities or sales pitches.
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Competition is an inevitable part of life. Even at the most metaphysical and psychological level, this piece of perception and that piece are competing for our integrated and perceptual focus and perspective. If you look out the window you inevitably choose where your eyes will focus, and some aspects of the scenery will lose out to other aspects in scope or magnification. There may be some ways to curb the anxiety inducing aspects of inevitable competition, or even get rid of competition in certain parts of our lives altogether, thanks to niche marketing and hyper-personalization. But to what degree should we get rid of competition? To what degree (if any at all?) do the postmodern aspects of niche marketing and hyper-personalization destroy opportunities for universal experience and community?
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More on how we perceive ourselves & each other as well as how we’d like to be perceived and how I’d like to be perceived.
-Friday, June 14, 2019; East Windsor, NJ
*Why do we think what we do of ourselves and each other?
*How would we like to be perceived
*Maybe you think I change a lot?
*I want to be perceived as competent — not at everything but at least at talking to you about politics, philosophy and self improvement.
*I believe we must support each other!
Trying to think about people without being superficial.
-Friday, June 14, 2019; East Windsor, NJ
*How we are perceived by others & ourselves
*One of my favorite passages by Proust
*The limited contexts in which we are exposed to each other
Uncanny connections to contemporaries and people from over a century ago, reading routine, balance.
–Thursday, June 13, 2019; East Windsor, NJ
IN THIS EPISODE:
*Connections like the “pragmatic clarification” of Charles Sanders Peirce and my “practical clarificationism”
*Seeking to develop a daily routine
*What to read and for how often? (Fractal reading)