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The irrationalities of society

I have a theory,that there are two kinds of logic:  social logic(what society makes us think)and real logic(what is obvious,but because we sometimes let society think for us,we don’t use it at times).I will show the difference between these ways of thinking through some aspects of life(I won’t use the terms social logic and real logic in the examples,because I think they’re quite easy to differentiate):

Relationships

Real love is rare.Let’s not pair up just for safety,fear of loneliness etc.Let’s face it,not many will encounter a deep soul connection.If you don’t,it’s ok to be single until you do,even if you never do.Let’s learn to not settle for less.There is a line between accepting your partner and settling for less.If you’re not happy with someone,with how they treat you,if you experience mostly negative feelings,anxiety etc don’t settle.Even if someone wants to change or promises to,they won’t.We are as we are,at some point,we can only make small changes in behavior,attitude,outlook,life philosophy and lifestyle etc.It’s worth waiting for such a love that will feel so right,you would never think of leaving or risk losing them,for whom you would give the world to and from whom you would receive it,someone you can’t imagine living without or not sharing this hell on Earth with:)Maybe that will happen never,but I think it’s worth not wasting your time on the mediocre,Mr/Mrs Right Nows,temporary people etc.If everyone focused on pairing up more meaningfully,there would be more value in relationships.People would put more effort in developing themselves as human beings,developing intellectually as well as emotionally.
Children
Not everyone wants children or is parent material.For many people,having children should be forbidden.Women have a physical instinct,but some should shush it,and find some other things they can put their energy into.If the wrong people have children,society suffers,either because of the children’s mental,physical or emotional disabilities.So it’s alogical that society wants everybody to have them although the more children the more people to make money.Thanks to modern technology,we could avoid the mental and physical disabilities,but we don’t.The emotional problems could be avoided or solved,by teaching parents or future parents,how to deal with and raise children.That also doesn’t happen(at least not thanks to the government).It’s not like people are born with knowledge how to be a good parent.It takes hard-work and talent to raise children well.I’m not saying that a school for parents will do the job(there are so many other factors),but it would be some kind of support for them,so they can feel less afraid and helpless or even depressed.There isn’t only a positive side to parenthood.Instead,society forces an idea,that it’s the most beautiful thing that can happen to a person.Work

I mentioned in my previous post,that work takes up so much precious time and we don’t get a lot in return.Most people dislike getting up early in the morning,but that isn’t taken under consideration when the basic work hours are from 8am or 9am.Work lasting 8 hours per day is also surreal.Everybody complains but they don’t do anything about it and continue to do it obediently.The truth is people don’t concentrate on work the whole 8 hours,so we could work shorter and be more effective.The work doesn’t finish in the 8th hour(some work longer)because you have to commute.You could say “Ok,but if I work shorter hours,I won’t be able to do my shopping etc,everything will closed earlier”.There could be shifts and that would be even better,all companies could be open much longer(maybe even 24-7 if needed).The next irrational situation is,that even if you are a millionaire or a director of a company,you sometimes have to work even longer than the average worker,so when do they have time for themselves,others or to spend their money(isn’t that the reason they want the money-to be free?).Even if you start your own business,at the beginning it takes up all your time and later it may not change,because you’re afraid to leave your company with no supervision.There’s no easy alternative to this way of life.I would start a change with cutting down the hours of the workday.This could be easier to swallow for the economy than for example the basic income idea.

School

Schools up to Secondary School should change their method of teaching.Instead of having so much boooring,useless theory,they should put the most important and useful information into practice.The same with Universities.If you aren’t a student or haven’t finished any University,people suppose you aren’t intelligent,ambitious or hard-working.The truth is,that nowadays any vulgar,dull thug  can get a diploma from some University,they just need to have a lot of money.Does that make sense?And still you graduate and have no skills,because you’ve just spent 5 years studying(if so) theory for exams and deleted the information from your memory afterwards.

Freedom

We go to war for it.We fight for the less fortunate countries to have it as well.Yet do we really have freedom in”civilized” countries?Can we live in whatever way we want to?Are we not being controlled?Do we not have to identify ourselves somehow,even to move around this planet?Is money really the only way to feel free?Based on what logic is the “freedom” issued?Is it logical that we can drink alcohol but not smoke a joint?Is it logical to get a fine for littering on a pavement,that stops nature from expanding?Are we really happy and comfortable to not rebel?If all of us stopped being pragmatic conformists,then something could be done.I believe this will happen some day.

Ok,these are just some aspects and situations,which are pointless,but we believe in these “verities” as if they were our own.We have to trust our intuition and not be afraid to state our opinions,even if others disagree or think of them as crazy.I know, I may appear to be an idealist,but in this situation,you need other people to put this into practice.A good way to do it would be starting temporary societies-where no one would have children.I’m not sure what would happen,but it could be an interesting experiment.Of course,it wouldn’t be big groups(people need to have children in order for the homo sapiens to not be extinct).The small size would make it less anonymous,so there would be better conditions for good things to happen.It’s just an idea,although I would be up for taking part in this!:)

 

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Money=happiness?

A never ending cash flow maybe would be satisfying and could make us happy. But money doesn’t come easy. You have to spend a lot of time earning it, by doing something dull, or even if not, the time is wasted. Living in a materialistic society makes us work hard with too little free time, therefore we are prone to some illnesses, physical as well as mental. The level of satisfaction with life is low,if we don’t have time for ourselves. Taking part in a rat race gives no meaning to life. We must have time to evolve and for our hobbies. Long working hours don’t let us concentrate on all aspects of life, to live life to the fullest.

Buddhism is an old philosophy, which teaches that “suffering ends when craving ends”. So, the less we need and want,the happier we are. It concentrates on the more important matters in life, like humanity, love, the spiritual aspects of our life etc. There is some reason for this philosophy being so popular especially in western cultures. Our capitalistic society has a totally different outlook on life and other values (if any). Some who notice the negative side of society, modern civilization and technological development, have a need to free themselves of this kind of money and time prison, and turn to unconventional methods and lifestyles.

“DO LIKE STEVE JOBS DID: DON’T FOLLOW YOUR PASSION” This article shows how hypocritical Steve Jobs was by saying “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.He was just on a way of spiritual enlightenment at a Zen Center,when he realized he could make good money off of his friend’s idea.Suddenly his enlightenment(what he did for free,so it must have made him happy) stopped being necessary,as soon as he started to benefit financially off of this.So,when large sums of money are involved,some can sacrifice everything for them.I don’t want to be negative,but let’s remember how and at what age Job’s life ended,wasn’t really a happy ending,didn’t even get to use that money properly.However,even if he lived to be old,that’s not a great time to use money as well,when you’re weak,sick and tired.
Job’s motto,doesn’t really include basic jobs,which are very important,but not lovable or fun.We need all kinds of professions,and there shouldn’t be such a financial hierarchy.Actually,physical jobs should be paid a lot,as they’re very important and not so fun.Another aspect is,if you love what you do,don’t do it for money.Some people actually would be less motivated after a while,if what they love to do became an obligation.We need a passion after work.Or we need fewer hours of work,to enjoy life,which is another thing.If I would love to play video games,and I got paid to do it 8 hours per day,5 days a week,wouldn’t I get sick of it?Such an amount of work on some specific thing,doesn’t allow us to develop ourselves completely,just in one direction.After work we have so little time,that we can’t dedicate ourselves to anything else completely.
It’s hard for me to say which values should be more important for happiness than money, but any higher(at least in some way)values cannot be maintained if we’re thinking about earning money, paying the bills, buying material things etc. Of course money is needed, but you never know when the need can overwhelm us and if we don’t control ourselves, our needs will become whims or suck humanity out of us.And this article-“Happiness Comes from Giving, Not Buying and Having”-shows the opposite.Giving away money and spending time on helping people,makes us happier than earning money.
Deficiency actually,sometimes may lead to boosted creativity. For example, in the past, when there wasn’t such a variety of toys in the shops, children had to make their own toys or think of games to play. This automatically enhanced their imagination. People before used to spend time by having meaningful conversations,creating games and activities,now they mostly use technology or stimulants when with people.So having less may be helpful.Creativity doesn’t have to bring in more money,but just by different forms of activity,communication,ways of spending your time not depending only on money,we can benefit from this.
Therefore, money itself may not be the problem here, but the way we come to achieve it. I have no easy way out for people in general, I know what some may do to run away from this kind of life trap. But it’s not a solution for all, because society must function somehow, and if we can’t change it, there have to be people to work for it.If all people earned enough for a comfortable life for less than 40 hours per week,the world could actually be civilized.I don’t understand why that hasn’t happened yet.All economies are different,yet the time of work is more or less the same.What I want to do in life is treat myself,people I love,my hobbies as priorities and work as a mean to have time for these aspects.As I am low-maintenance with few needs and much flexibility,I don’t mind having not a fun job for some time to save money, and have time for what I want.With a retirement account,I can be secure for old age,health insurance can protect me to be safe and that’s all I need.I like to enjoy life and the simple things too much,to be obsessed with money and work.My passion can become at some point my job,as long as it’s not my whole world.We need higher values to appreciate life,and to have them,we need time for development,and I mean the real development,not just the professional one to get more money.I think even if I were a millionaire,I still would want to live like this.My goal isn’t to stop working.Even the not so fun jobs can be positive,as long as they’re temporary.People need some structure in life,but from time to time.So,it’s not that I’m lazy and don’t like the idea of work.I just want to work enough for my own entertainment of doing something and getting an income for a life full of simple pleasures,time being most important,not money.