Most people sincerely believe that our world is flat. Classical dichotomous thinking divides the world into two halves, black and white, good and bad. The world is truth, the real truth is three-dimensional, and the false truth is flat.
What drug addicts call a gray, bleak and terrible reality is the same lost Paradise that has faded against the background of an overdose of illusory pleasures. "Give us more drugs," the addicts cry, " we don't want your squalid reality." The real Paradise is unbearable for drug addicts and sees them as a cesspool of hellish suffering. The problem with drug addicts is that they consider their illusions to be real, being unable to separate reality and cinema, tourism and immigration.
Rudeness is the sharpness of judgments. In fact, this is pride and dichotomous black-and-white thinking, generated by ignorance. The brute is categorical in his judgments, he lacks a color gradient in his thoughts.
What is a drug? "The drug is your only problem, your only source of energy, your only love. Against the background of the drug, everything else is not interesting to you and does not matter ... but it's scary. After all, the world is very dark against the background of the drug. Over time, the drug becomes addictive, the energy ends, and the world is forever plunged into darkness.
Alcoholism leads to the fact that it generates dichotomous thinking, against which the world becomes very gray and unpleasant. Rejection of reality is fear. Chronic fear undermines health and a person begins to slowly rot, further aggravating their plight.
It is white that creates black. The less white there is, the more concentrated it is, and everything else becomes black against it. You should give the white man freedom by letting him go, and by creating an overdose, you will stabilize the system.
The Epiphany is to realize that pain is useful and cannot be rejected. Once I had been in Paradise for a thousand years, I had exhausted all my joy, and my joy turned into a hellish pain. Unable to endure thousands of years of pain, I ran away from Paradise. The point is, I was wrong. If I did not run away from pain, but humbly rejoiced in the night, I would wait for the morning of a new day.
Pride is the greed of big steps and judgments. Dichotomous thinking is big, fast, and contrasting judgments. If a man humbled his greed and judged in the smallest terms, the world would go from black-and-white and vile to colored and joyous. Those who judge with moderate, slow, and small steps realize that there is no boundary between black and white.
I forgot to wear glasses today. And watched the world - as it is: people, houses, trees, birds… Such living, such substantive. You can almost touch them, almost visible contours on a white background extremely material in this digital reality…
Looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses is just as silly as having a morbid outlook on life. Life should be seen in a broad realistic view. Anything organic is always better than chemical things.
All those colored glasses only strain eyes and distort reality. Those who live in a fool's paradise and lose touch with reality, soon become useless people.
Men in whom there is no love of truth might be despised, but that is pride. Replace contempt with compassion, these people are burning in hell, their lives are endless suffering in contrast to the rare pleasures that are no more than wood in the fire of their suffering.
The good is especially appreciated when opposed to the bad. And when everything around is purely good... and there's nothing to compare it with, then everything good automatically becomes grey and usual.
So you might have guessed what it feels like when everything about you is 80% good and 20% ho hum. And being full of greed you decide to get EVERYTHING with your last strength, to become totally satisfied. But right the moment after you get it ALL, you will lose it ALL. And soon your life will become terrible and you'll have to start it all over again.
This sequence of events is typical of every field. People are social animals who constantly need to compare themselves with what is near and what is far. And though any philosophy constantly teaches us that we should compare ourselves only with ourselves, does it really help anyone?
Religious books are usually written by people of great wisdom. You read them and read...and see it's all nonsense nonsense and nonsense...and then just a single line, a thought of 'diamond wisdom'. A wonderful, right thought that simply gets imprinted in your mind. It's like light, like a revelation. You'll never forget this thought. It will always remain in your mind and be the light in the dark.
Besides, as far as I'm concerned, authors do it on purpose when they consciously put this light of wisdom into nonsense. It's a contrast that makes wisdom seem so brilliant that it won't be forgotten. You may feel yourself a hunter. You wander through the dark jungle of obscurantism and look for some light. And suddenly you find it... It's such a pleasure and happiness to find light among the dark jungle.
I've also noticed that authors of such books have a great sense of moderation and harmony as they delicately put the diamonds of wisdom in the text- not too frequently and not too rarely. It's not in every line but as soon as you get a bit tired, you suddenly see it in the text and it makes you joyful and enthusiastic about keeping on reading. And thus, you wander through the dark jungle from one thought to another and feel yourself a hunter and every new catch brings you joy. It's not only a hero who is joyful, as Nietzsche once said. But it's also a hunter who is joyful as well.
Any hunt is always about searching, being excited and expending some effort. An easy catch never brings joy. While something too hard to get makes one lazy and passive.
One who lives only in joy and pleasure, becomes a disgusting obese soul full of sins… It's necessary to suffer to remain human. Joy and suffering should take turns to keep the balance.
They say that freedom is a necessity and that all people are born free. But it's not true. A person needs only joy and pleasure to feel happy, and pain and suffering just for the contrast. While freedom is just a mask of vanity and the desire to be in power: at first over oneself and then over others.
The fight of good and evil doesn't exist. There's just some mechanism that makes some check-and-balance system work so that to make people fulfil tasks that providence prepared for them. A person who does something good, gets sweet carrot. But sweet carrot makes this person fat so that it's stick and not carrot that is necessary for making this person fit again. By the way, one who doesn't do what one should, becomes treated with the stick approach as well. Nothing personal, just celestial mechanics.
I see alternation of day and night as dark and light times in life. It makes me think that it's necessary to use good times for doing useful things. And I believe that it's necessary to rise with the light and go to bed before midnight. As night is meant for having rest and sleep.
Yes, it's necessary to rise with the light. It's the best time for thoughts and actions after the night is over. They say «the early bird catches the worm». After dark time, a person has a fresh mind and is ready for action.
I’ll decode the idea. When the main big pain or the main big fear comes, you don`t care about all the other pains and fears. Everything becomes extremely small and insignificant. Fears, enemies concerns, problems. This effect can be used in daily life. Any fear can be killed by contrast pain.
I got no advantages as I'm a person full of disadvantages.
But I can be a good background so that you will feel yourself a totally good person and get excited with your own superiority. Having become overwhelmed with sticky joy, you'll be happy as a pink pig in shit.
P.S. A bit later it occurred to me that a superhelpless person is close to becoming superhelpful. Thus, person full of disadvantages should only take one step to gain all advantages.
Luck is as dangerous as failure, it is luck that breeds failure. Luck is the comfort of setbacks, contrast, to lure flies on sticky tape. The point is to abstract from both of these phenomena and see the system.
Separately, both these entities do not inspire confidence. Good, devoid of the contrast of evil, in an instant becomes absolute evil. Wisdom, deprived of the contrast of stupidity, sinks to the bottom, turning into absolute stupidity.