Monday, March 29, 2010

Everybody Gets Used For Something

"Everybody gets used for something. And if you're not being used...then that means you're useless. And well, that's not something that you want to be." - Mordeth13 

 I heard someone say this about 2 years ago...and if I could find the video, I'd post it.

 That right there, is how the world works. After seeing the world, and reason for why people do makes hard to think that there's any merit in altruism (last topic on this for a while, I swear!) 

 But either way, that isn't the point. It's about the valuable life lesson that people get used. Sometimes you let them, and sometimes you don't. 

 Success in life seems to be about diversifying yourself and making yourself marketable - you need to make yourself exploitable...but limit who exploits you, and how much they exploit you.

After all, isn't that what "working" is? You provide your service, for a fee. 

The more degrees/credibilities/experience that you have...the more of an asset you become.  

 I'm not suggesting that you kiss everyone's ass, but what I AM suggesting is that you understand the give & take needed, if you ever plan on getting what you want. 

 Think about it: what are friendships? It's essentially a companionship. If you're not enjoyable to be around, you're not "useable". If you're not're not "useable".

If you want to have your way, you need to make it so that others WANT you to have your way...or at least don't mind if you do. I'm not advocating that you be a sneaky, deceitful, deceptive bastard...but know your cards and when to play them. 

 This all sounds like common sense, but I've realized that not a lot of people know this. 

 In short: sell your soul to the devil, if you can buy it back for less. 

 Do what you NEED to do, in order to do what you WANT to. 


- knowledge

 P.s. Would that last part about selling your soul to the devil be as bad if I just chose to say "make yourself useful"? 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Honour In Keeping Your Word

We live in a world where "actions speak louder than words", yet the "pen is mightier than the sword". Pardon the dichotomy, but it's gotta be one or the other.

Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like to live in a society where honour truly existed. A society where taking someone's word meant everything, and we didn't try to find outs of responsibility by hiring a lawyer to look for possible loopholes in a formal agreement.

When I make a promise, I sincerely intend to keep it. It's one of the actual few things that I do feel bad about. If I say that I'm going to be somewhere at a certain time, and I come ridiculously late, I actually do feel bad. If I say I'm  going to do something, I actually try to do it.

If I don't plan on doing something...why say it? If I don't plan on calling you back, I won't say "I'll call you back", because there's a reason "bye" is a word.

Also, to the people that say that "promises are meant to be broken", I honestly hope that you get hit by a bus. The fact that stupidity like this manages to pop into someone's mind as a result of synaptic connections WORKING, boggles my mind. 

I hate how social contracts have become to be concepts taken so light-heartedly by everyone. RSVPing, or making plans, only to cancel last-minute for illegitimate reasons are common occurrences and something that we've become accustomed to say "oh well!" or "whoops!" to.

Or how about cheating when you're in a relationship? This is another social contract - and one that you shouldn't be a part of if you can't commit to it. It's saddening to know that people accept "I was drunk" as an excuse.

Call me old-fashioned, but these kinds of things REALLY offend me. It's hard to have faith in humanity when the most basic and rudimentary concepts of courtesy and respect can't even be honoured. Sure, people make mistakes...but most of them are avoidable.

Or maybe I'm just expecting too much.


- knowledge

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Heidi Montag & The War Against Beauty/Perfection

For anyone who's dumb enough to be a fan of "The Hills"(oh hell naw!) show, or anyone who listens to the radio...I'm sure you've heard of everyone bashing Heidi Montag for getting like 10 procedures in one day  (click here).

I think all of you people need to fuck off. Or if you won't do that, then at least realize what you're implying by condemning plastic surgery & Heidi Montag. Plastic surgery is a step towards (subjective) perfection. Is it unrealistic? Of course it is. They're putting materials that aren't supposed to be in them, in them - but it's still striving for perfection, nonetheless.

I would say that Heidi Montag's a pretty attractive woman to begin with, and that she really didn't need the surgery. She looked fine the way that she was...but I'm not her - and that's what actually matters. I'd be lying if I said that it didn't make her look better, because it did!

For the parents who say that this sets unrealistic standards for your little daughters...maybe you should stop blaming people and work on making your daughter realize that the type of beauty gained from alterations like that aren't natural. Your value judgments don't matter, and to force your children to think about  plastic surgery as some evil thing is no more different than shoving your ideologies down your child's throat. Maybe it is evil, and maybe it isn't - but that's for your child to decide.

And how about people that say "oh, the image of 'beauty' that the media portrays is unattainable". They sure as hell are, but to blame that on the beautiful people would be to condemn beauty itself for not being a commodity. These people don't realize that what makes things beautiful is the way that everything comes together. It probably wouldn't be as appealing, or attractive if mediocre aesthetic appeal was the norm. What makes beauty so significant is the fact it's not as common as we'd all like it to be.

I never understood what made attractive people so despicable to the general public. it jealousy, envy, or legitimate hatred because of something that we don't have? After all, look at the critics: the one criticizing the sexy starlets who flaunt their curvaceous bodies are often the non-sexy starlets who are unable to flaunt their curvaceous bodies. Instead of pointing out the obvious, why not enjoy things for what they are. A beautiful woman's, a beautiful woman. 

It's a shame that people need to go to lengths of plastic surgery just to be satisfied with who they are...but then again, many of us go to great lengths, in other respects, in order to be satisfied of who WE are. After all, everyone's got their own demons to fight.

Take it beauty at its face value, and leave it at that. 



- knowledge

p.s. I checked out a debate for "Upcoming superpowers: Chinv
a vs. India" and I've been reminded on how much I've been missing out on, by neglecting debate team meetings.

p.p.s. I start writing a book this week...hopefully

Good Idea!: Man Submits Drawing Of Spider Instead Of Payment For Overdue Account

"David Thorne didn't have the $233.95 to pay an overdue account. So what did he do? What any other budding young genius would do, he submitted a picture of a spider he drew instead. Unfortunately, Jane Gilles, who is clearly a mega-bitch to the nth degree, wouldn't accept it. So what happened next? Hit the jump to find out. But I'll give you a hint: time travel! And also, David's account not getting paid"

Had me LOL-ing.


- Knowledge

Thursday, March 4, 2010

We're All Selfish

All of our actions are selfish and completely self-motivated. Give me a scenario, and I'll tell you how or why it's selfish. Love, Religion/faith, Charity, these are as selfish as it gets. "That's preposterous!", you might say. But it isn't. The reason that everything is selfish is because actions depend (primarily) on two things:
- happiness/the avoidance of sadness
- reason.

No one intentionally makes themselves more sad, unless they derive a happiness from it that transcends the feeling of sadness. Furthermore, people don't do things that don't make sense, UNLESS it makes sense to them.

Religion's completely selfish. It seems ludicrous, at first...because we do it all for the big man, right? Correct. But we do it because pleasing the big man up there grants us entry into heaven/the after-life. If you don't agree with me, ask yourself whether you'd still live as god wanted you to live IF you were promised to go to hell. Of course you wouldn't - because it makes no sense to spend your whole life chasing after a punishment coupled with eternal damnation. Faith isn't any more selfless, because it revolves around self-development (which isn't a bad thing). But the keyword is "self"!

Love's selfish, too. To prove this, I'll take the example of "if you love someone, let them go." You only let it go because deep down inside, it makes YOU happy to see them happy. Knowing that the person that you think deserves absolute happiness, will be happy gives you a sense of happiness that is greater than the one derived from staying with them. If you truly cared about someone, the ultimate happiness obtained from this action. After all, love isn't a one-way street.

Surely, charity can't be selfish! Oh, but this is, too. Am I accusing Mother Teresa of being selfish? Hell yes. Anyone who does a good act, only does so because it makes them feel better, or because it makes sense (at the time). Any good act done, is done in order to appease your conscience. It seems hard to imagine how risking your life to save an unrelated little boy from a burning house could be selfish...but it's selfish. You help people because YOU feel bad if  you don't, and are in a position to help. We tell ourselves that we have an obligation to help the unfortunate, like it's some higher moral order...but it really isn't. We help because we have our own interests at stake.

Bear in mind that the whole concept of selfishness has been given negative connotations by society. We've been conditioned to be disgusted by selfishness. The reality is, that it's what drives us. If our ancestors weren't selfish, we wouldn't be alive. None of us would be alive, or would have any money, or would have a roof over our heads, or anything else, for that matter. If we were truly selfish, we should have nothing - because there's ALWAYS someone less fortunate who needs what we have.

Selfishness isn't a bad thing. It's how the world works. We've been told that selfishness is evil...but have you realized that evil is a man-made concept? Evil doesn't stem from the characteristics of man, it stems from man, itself. If you really want to bring good vs. evil into this, what makes an act evil is not whether or not it was selfish, it's how it was handled or committed.

I guess I'm just tired of the condescending"sacrificial-holier-than-thou-for-the-greater-good-of-mankind" tone that I hear from Philantrophists and "kind-hearted people."

The world ain't all sunshines and rainbows. You don't have to be selfless to do good. Alternatively, you do have to be selfish.


- knowledge

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