Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty

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“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. ” – Socrates

Ever since I stopped reaching my hand out in countless attempts to fill myself up, my life became less about me, and I have become content within a world and society who lives in a state of discontentment.

Did you ever stop and wonder if there is more to life? I believe we all have at one time or another. But why? Could it be that for a moment we realize the vain emptiness within the vast societies of the world we live in? That what is seen and spoken by the media, government, television, entertainment, and a large part of the population all around us is mundane? Could the people, money, things, relationships, entertainment and all inbetween not suffice when we are face to face with a moment of truth of this unexplainable thing called life? If you are reading this, ask your self, are you content with you and your life?And for the record, no I am not poor and struggling saying some fancy stuff to make myself feel better. =)

Allow me to pull out the dictionary quickly…

Content [kuhn-tent]
To be satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.

Allow me to elaborate. Prior to the definition, my statement above claims, although once being this way precisely, I now as a result of not being obsessed with my self, wants, needs, desires, and how I will fufill these demands has brought me great contentment. Now this does not mean I neglect myself and that I do not want money, wealth, prosperity, marriage, family, or the likes. No. Infact I DO want to own the Mercedes, I DO want to achieve financially security, I DO want to have the financial freedom to enjoy the fruits of my labors, I DO want the freedom to travel and I DO want a family. But, through an internal transformation, my life is no longer being driven by obtaining things. There is much more to life.

Please, can you honestly look around and within and argue that this is not the truth? These are the NORMS of society. So I don’t blame you for being the way you are. We are human and in some ways just wired like this. But how is it working for us? Are you satisfied? Are you content? Are you fufilled? Are you constantly thinking, acting, and seeking for more means to an end? This leads us right into a mind discontentment. And is the basis of many of our lives…

I am no less of a person or greater of a person based on what I have or don’t have. My life is not empty because of the things I lack.And my life is not fufilled by the things I obtain. 

Infact this seperation of a life based on me being the center of the universe allows me to realize how insignificant I am, yet also how I am already whole and fufilled, naturally.

Contentment brings peace, why? Because peace of mind body and soul does not exist from with out.

If I am naturally fufilled, that means obtaining stuff or losing stuff will not add or take from who I am.

I lived a life where if I had the pretty girlfriend to show off I would be feel and be seen as greater. If my bank account was large and I could by fancy things that everyone else lusts, I would be envied, wanted, and needed by others. If I kept up to date on fashion or the latest trends I would fit in and people would want me around. And so on. My self-worth and who I was as a human was based on what I had. It is exhausting just speaking about it. But these are truths. What happens when I lose these things that I have grown to depend on to define me? Well you guessed it. The opposite end of the spectrum. I am now not enough. Not worthy, not respected, not needed, not wanted.  I experience dissatifaction. I want more. I feel empty or lost. I will say it again, this is an exhausting way to live.

I’ve concluded, living a life dependent on people or external things will never satisfy me for any length of time. I will never be content. This never has worked for me, and I am under no illusion that it ever will. This cycle is repeated on a yearly, monthly, weekly, basis until we die. We experience these highs and lows, this see-saw kind of life based on what we have or don’t have. This is not contentment and peace of mind, satisfaction and true happiness can never be found in the midst of this, yet we live as though it will.

The irony to all this, is the universe unfolds as it should. I am well taken care of. I have nice things, I have money, a bank account, I am able to experience things just like the next man. But unlike the next man, I have peace of mind, contentment, and a joy and happiness that is not understood by many or found in anything material.

“To be content with life — or to live merrily, rather –all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.” Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile

If you are discontent with your life as you have been living it, if contentment and joy sound foriegn, please comment publicly or email me privately at [email protected]

Good night and many blessings.
-jon

The End Is Coming

Probably this is not the end of the world. But a plague is creeping around the globe at a seemingly exponential rate, killing some of us and affecting all of us. And this pandemic is only the most recent and most sudden of a series of afflictions facing humanity. We are rapidly replacing our natural habitat with one that is, on the one hand, made by human beings, and, on the other, proving difficult for us to manage—a situation we euphemistically refer to as “climate change.” On the political front, the past decade has seen a rise in civil unrest worldwide, and the leaders of a number of countries have given us reason to be less optimistic than we used to be about the prospects for global democracy. Given the ever-cheapening technology, weapons—including those of mass destruction—must be proliferating unnoticed. And all of the above is happening against a backdrop of low economic growth and stagnant wages, at least for most of the world’s wealthiest countries.

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Was Socrates Anti-Democratic?

by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse

When people talk about Socrates, they typically refer to the leading character in Plato’s dialogues. This is because little is known about the historical Socrates beyond the fact that he wandered barefoot around Athens asking questions, an activity that got him executed for religious invention and corrupting the youth in 399 BCE. The relation between the historical figure and the Platonic character is debatable. In any case, Plato’s Socrates is most commonly read as a staunch anti-democrat. However, once one distinguishes between being opposed to democracy from theorizing the ways democratic society can fail, the relationship between Socrates and democracy grows more complicated.

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How Democracy Made Us Dumb

http://www.unz.com/imercer/how-democracy-made-us-dumb/

From the riffs of outrage coming from the Democrats and their demos over “our democracy” betrayed, infiltrated even destroyed—you’d never know that a rich vein of thinking in opposition to democracy runs through Western intellectual thought, and that those familiar with it would be tempted to say “good riddance.”

Voicing opposition to democracy is just not done in politically polite circles, conservative and liberal alike.

For this reason, the Mises Institute’s Circle in Seattle, an annual gathering, represented a break from the pack.

The Mises Institute is the foremost think tank working to advance free-market economics from the perspective of the Austrian School of Economics. It is devoted to peace, prosperity, and private property, implicit in which is the demotion of raw democracy, the state, and its welfare-warfare machine.

This year, amid presentations that explained “Why American Democracy Fails,” it fell to me to speak to “How Democracy Made Us Dumb.” (Oh yes! Reality on the ground was not candy-coated.)

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The ancient connections between atheism, Buddhism and Hinduism

https://qz.com/india/1585631/the-ancient-connections-between-atheism-buddhism-and-hinduism/

A group of atheists and secularists recently gathered in Southern California to talk about social and political issues. This was the first of three summits planned by the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy group based in Washington DC.

To many, atheism—the lack of belief in a personal god or gods—may appear an entirely modern concept. After all, it would seem that it is religious traditions that have dominated the world since the beginning of recorded history.

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How the World Thinks – a global history of philosophy

Tim Whitmarsh in The Guardian:

In his view, people everywhere grapple with the same moral questions, which are fundamentally about balancing contradictory imperatives: individual autonomy versus collective good; the social need for impartial arbiters of truth versus awareness of subjective experience; adherence to rules versus commonsense flexibility; and so forth. The differences between people lie not in the issues they face, but in the positions they end up adopting on the scale between the extremes. The analogy he draws is with a producer in a recording studio: “By sliding controls up or down, the volume of each track can be increased or decreased.” All cultures play the same song, but some prefer the cymbals higher up in the mix.

Hedonism holds the secret to a happier life, but not for the reasons you think

Source: https://qz.com/1356786/hedonism-holds-the-secret-to-a-happier-life-but-not-for-the-reasons-you-think/

  • Hedonistic philosophers knew better. This school of thought holds that pleasure is a good worth pursuing and that the ideal human life is filled with pleasure.
  • in Ancient Greece, the hedonist worldview did not necessarily descend into a life of gluttony and frivolity.
  • Epicurus ultimately advocates for a rather simple life
  • the highest pleasure you can achieve is the absence of pain
  • content with bread and water
  • once he’d sated his hunger, he thought no greater pleasure would come from actively seeking more elaborate dining.
  • the key to Epicurean hedonism is eradicating all anxiety
  • the Epicurean lifestyle of bread and water doesn’t sound particularly hedonistic or appealing.
  • stop desiring anything you don’t naturally need
  • If you think about modern stresses and desires about status and consumerism, there’s a lot of that we might be able to do without and probably would be healthy for us to do without
  • It’s easy to fall into false beliefs about what matters, based on the expectations of those around us

佛曰:缘来天注定,缘去人自夺。 若无缘,与之言多,亦废; 若有缘,你的存在就能惊醒他所有的感觉。 种如是因,收如是果,一切唯心造。笑着面对,不去埋怨。悠然,随心,随性,随缘…

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掏心掏肺要分谁: 虚情假意的,咱不陪; 实心实意的,咱多给! 有情有义要看谁: 转身就走的,咱不追; 患难与共的,咱回馈! 感情其实很简单: 八两换半斤,你重我就沉; 人心换人心,你真我更真!

Great People

Van Gogh never had an art exhibition in his lifetime.
-Emily Dickinson never published a book
-Kafka didn’t have a published novel while alive
-Henry David Thoreau’s Walden sold only 2000 copies before his death.
-John Kennedy Toole had no books published until after his suicide
-Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was published in 2008, 4 years after his death

These people did their art in isolation. They teased the blood and guts out of their bodies and used the blood to write and create.

Immanuel Kant on Freedom

today we turn to Immanuel Kant who offers a different account of why we have a categorical duty to respect the dignity of persons and not to be use people as means merely even for good ends.

is well, it’s about what the supreme principle of morality this number one, and it’s also it gives us an account one of the most powerful accounts we have of what freedom really is so let me start today.

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