Category : Philosophy

Personal Philosophy

Perfect, Yet Changing!


“Perfection” means absolute adherence or correspondence to a standard of value.

Perfection is possible, and it’s a contextual issue.

If you take a 10-word spelling test, and you spell all ten words correctly, then you have executed the test flawlessly; perfectly.

If a person is declared to be in “perfect health,” it means that every part of his body is working as it should. It does not mean that he is invincible to disease, or that he might not occasionally battle a rhinovirus, and certainly not that he’s automatically going to live forever without a single speck of effort. (It also doesn’t mean that he can’t raise his level of fitness still higher if he does put in the effort.)

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Personal Philosophy

The Style Icon

So, after I had an argument with someone near to me about “fashion sense”, I was left pretty astounded by the opinions people carry about their own and that of others. Clothing, accessories IS in part one’s measure of self-esteem. If the main purpose of fashion is to impress people – whom you do not even know, the entire purpose is lost. The best builder of self-esteem is one’s productivity and sense of accomplishment; in that sense AND context, people who do not attempt to look their “best” are kind of unproductive people, and in extension, it would apply to personal hygiene, character, clothing and personal appearance, all together. Also remembering that simple, clean, comfortable, well-fitting clothes with color, variety, carried the right way, amounts to the same – it may not be “fashionable” but offer utility and doesn’t imply low self-esteem.

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Personal Philosophy

Art As an End in Itself!

If ART is inspiring, then it appeals to that within me that is the most important of all things to me: my values. The various types of art viz. literature, music, painting, sculpture, dance, architecture, etc. are concrete expressions of abstract epistemological and metaphysical values. A work of art is limited by the nature of man’s senses and unlimited by his sense of life.

If ever there could be a school of art that I would happily subscribe to it would be “romantic realism”; where at the outset one would have embraced a benevolent universe premise to live one’s life. To begin, art then would perceptually be the exact same thing (the style, the theme, the plot, the characterization) though its interpretation would be conceptually different. Why romantic realism? What does it mean? Well, if one values reason, self-esteem, capitalism, ambition, pride, integrity, productivity one would believe that reality is knowable, objective, very concrete and benevolent. To such a man splashes of various colors on a canvas is not art, his rational mind would dump it instantly. It would say to him: most “abstract paintings”, for instance are NOT art; that such artists arbitrarily paint whatever they “feel” and THEN interpret it to the rest of the world; a good case in point, partially, would be Pablo Picasso.

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Kimchi!

Some physicists claim certain parts of physics are governed not by the identity of the entities involved but by chance (or partially by chance). This however is merely an attempt to evade finding the actual causes involved.

I remember a test I had proposed in a popular social media site a decade back, when there was a fight on the forum about the uncertainty principle:
Here’s how it went: Here’s a test for your buddy. As him if he thinks that it is possible, even remotely, for K+ to decay to π+π-π0 (that’s pi, not n), and what is the probability? If he’s blowing smoke up your ass, he’ll just bluster, but if he has a clue, he can compute it.

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Loyalty As a Value

Definition: a type of attachment to values that does not waver in the face of new information and new evaluations.

I take loyalty to be a devotion to someone or something – a ready willingness to work for its benefit, with a firm emphasis on “ready”.

Loyalty to a friend would mean giving the benefit of the doubt. Suppose you had a very close friend whose judgment, values, and philosophy you have found to be unwaveringly wise and upstanding. One day, you see a person getting angry with him and then getting violent. A loyal friend will not jump in and say, “What was the argument about? Were you right, or is he justified in breaking your nose?” He will readily defend his friend, without asking questions. This is an example of rational, un-blind loyalty. It is an act of volition, adherence to reality, commitment to what one knows to be right, commitment toward one’s own life and one’s own chosen values…

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The Conquest Of Paradise

The Lion King

My primary goal is to lead a happy life and I know what ‘happy life’ means for me. It logically follows that I evaluate my choices, actions, options in reference to that primary goal. Is this… enhancing it (knowing more about myself) or is it taking away from it?

My life is my reference. If your life is not your reference then what other standard are you using or proposing in its place?

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The Earning Curve

Another thing both Nikesh and me have been criticized for is quick and swift promotions of key staff members. For instance when Amey was promoted to VP, a lot of underlings, who do not work with us anymore, were yelping behind his and our back saying it was most undeserved. Or when Arin was appointed as the COO, the same folks (there was a popular term for those guys: gossip girls!) claimed that it was a big joke! Both deserved their promotions; for their loyalty, their tenacity, their ability, their passion for work. Simple as that, we saw it; we rewarded it. Yes, we do tend to see the infinite potential in each deserving human being and arm them with responsibilities which they have to shoulder and rise up to the learning that we believe they will rise to. They have “earned” it, we reasoned.

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The Physics A is A Too

Some physicists claim certain parts of physics are governed not by the identity of the entities involved but by chance (or partially by chance). This however is merely an attempt to evade finding the actual causes involved.

And then they say that Quantum Physics doesn’t just contradict the concept of God, Quantum Physics points to conclusions that are weirder, scarier, and fundamentally harder to accept than the concept of a God. You give your religious buddies shit for believing in an Omnipotent Creator, then your Physics professor shows you a particle that can be in two places at the same time, and the physics glamour dolls go off on a tee proclaiming and preening that the universe is weirder than the stuff we make up. A box of n-dimensional nonlinear spacetime? Energy arising from the inherent curvature of space? Bubbles of “false vacuum?”

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